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Cal football: Introducing Andy Ludwig

I was able to have my first conversation with new offenisve coordinator Andy Ludwig a little earlier today. Here is some of what he had to say:

(On taking the Cal job): “I have some family history in the Bay Area (he is from Danville originally). And I’ve know Coach Tedford for several years now. We’ve talked at different times about job opportunities. When this one came up, I felt like it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

(On leaving Kansas State after only being there two months): “It was very difficult to leave the way I did. This is where I wanetd to be, but It was a tough circumstance. I knew I would have to work through that.”

(On the change of philosophy from Utah to Cal): “At Cal, they have a style of play that I haven’t been involved with the last couple of years. But I think Coach Tedford and I have a common philosophy. It’s more about the players than the plays. You put together an offense that highlights the guys’ skills and abilities.”

(On bringing the winning culture from Utah to Cal): “Cal had a lot of success over the same time frame I was at Utah. Last year was just another year of experience. Some things might come up where I reflect back on how the situation was handled at Utah, but also at Oregon and Fresno State.”

(On how much he’s been able to evaluate Cal’s personnel so far): “Quite a bit. A big part of learning the system is studying the plays on tape. But it’s more about the players than the plays.”

(On his opinion about Cal’s personnel): “I have an appreciation of the athleticism on the offensive line. Obviously, at the tailback position, we are very skilled. We have good speed on the perimeter. There are other spots where we still need development.”

(On Kevin Riley): “I think Kevin has shown a lot of promise. Like I said, there are some positions on the field where there needs to be some development. The quarterback position is one of those. Kevin has a great opportunity ahead of him in spring practice, as does Brock (Mansion) and Beau (Sweeney).”

(Is it possible to fairly evalute Brock Mansion yet?): “I really can’t. I really haven’t had a chance to see him throw except for a couple of practice video tapes and when he came into games in a clean-up role. He did soem good things. He’s a young guy with a bright future. There is some development ahead.”

(Describe the past two months for you): “It’s something I’ve never been through and never want to again. The Sugar Bowl and the undefeated season seems like two seasons ago now. Right now, I’m just anxious to keep grinding with the offense and keep working with this system. I’m getting acclimated to Cal and Cal football. I’m looking forward to getting on the field two weeks from tomorrow.”

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • milo

    Great report JO. Looking forward to your analysis of spring ball. Definitely looking forward to the season.

  • John

    Good things to hear. Thanks JO

  • locamotion

    JO did you attend Cals Junior Day yesterday, or have any info on how it went studs, scholarship offer etc. or possible early signees.