One of the unheralded members of the Wisconsin Badgers football staff over the past few seasons, at least for people who don’t follow recruiting religiously, has been QB coach Jon Budmayr. He has been integral in identifying under-the-radar quarterback prospects early (Graham Mertz, Deacon Hill) that have blossomed into 4-star talents.
According to a report from FootballScoop.com Colorado State Rams head coach Steve Addazio has tapped Budmayr as his new offensive coordinator in Fort Collins.
Sources: Colorado State planning to hire Wisconsin assistant to run offense https://t.co/IjDdxZvoC0— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) January 27, 2021
The Rams just lost their previous offensive coordinator, Joey Lynch, to the new staff at Vanderbilt so Addazio had been on the prowl for a new play-caller.
Budmayr, a Wisconsin graduate, has been a coach in Madison for six years and has been the QB coach for the past three. Per FootballScoop, Budmayr should have his work cut out for him as the Rams offense struggled last year:
Budmayr inherits an offense that struggled to score in its transition season from the Mike Bobo era that ended after the 2019 campaign into the onset of the Addazio era. The Rams averaged just 22 points per game and the only time last season in which they topped 30 was the team’s 34-24 upset-win against Wyoming.
If these reports are true and Budmayr leaves for Colorado State, the Badgers will have an appealing job to offer potential hires with tons of young talent in the quarterback’s room. However, losing Budmayr will be quite the blow and hopefully Paul Chryst can find someone that potentially could call plays too.
We will have more on this as news breaks throughout the day.
UPDATE, 8:18 a.m. CST: Jon McNamara of BadgerBlitz has confirmed the report that Budmayr is leaving.