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Dan Roushar

Dan Roushar, a 29-year coaching veteran enters his second season as running backs coach of the New Orleans Saints.

Dan Roushar, a 29-year coaching veteran enters his second season as running backs coach of the New Orleans Saints.

Under Roushar’s guidance in 2013, the Saints running backs helped the team finish ranked fourth in the NFL in offense. Pierre Thomas (77) and Darren Sproles (71) became the first running back duo in franchise history to each record at least 70 receptions, as Thomas led the league among running backs and Sproles ranked fourth. Thomas led the team in rushing with 549 yards and finished with 1,062 total yards from scrimmage. Roushar also helped foster impressive development and late season production out of Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson, who were the club’s leading rushers in the postseason.

Roushar came to New Orleans following a six-year stint at Michigan State, the final two as offensive coordinator/tight ends coach. In 2012, the Spartans enjoyed a productive campaign running the ball as junior running back Le’Veon Bell won the Big Ten rushing title with 1,793 yards, the second-highest single-season total in MSU history as he was selected first-team All-Big Ten and a first-team All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com. The passing offense ranked fourth in the conference. In Roushar’s first season as coordinator in 2011, the Spartans averaged 31.0 points per game, ranked third in the conference, setting school records for most points (434) and passing yards (3,535), while finishing second in net yardage (5,466). Prior to his promotion, Roushar served four seasons as the Spartans’ offensive line coach.

In four seasons coaching the offensive front, Roushar’s linemen earned All-Big Ten recognition on eight occasions. In 2010, the Spartans established their running identity early, rushing for more than 200 yards in five of the first six games. In 2009, his unit surrendered only 14 sacks, the fewest amount of any team in the conference. The previous year, the offensive line blocked for the nation’s fourth-leading rusher in Javon Ringer, while allowing only 24 takedowns. Upon his arrival in East Lansing in 2007, Roushar had to juggle the starting lineup with eight different offensive line combinations, but he led his unit to be one of the most productive in the Big Ten as the Spartans ranked fourth in the conference and 25th in the NCAA in rushing with 198.2 yards per game.

Prior to arriving in East Lansing, Roushar served two seasons as offensive line coach at Cincinnati from 2005-06. A two-year letterman as a quarterback at Northern Illinois, he began his coaching career as a student assistant at his alma mater in 1984 and also spent time as an assistant at Butler (1986-92), Rhode Island (1993), Ball State (1994) and Illinois (1995-96). Roushar then spent six years as offensive line coach/offensive coordinator at Northern Illinois before returning to Champaign for a two-year stint in 2003.

PLAYING CAREER: Northern Illinois, 1982-83.

COACHING CAREER: Northern Illinois, 1984; Butler, 1986-92; Rhode Island, 1993; Ball State, 1994; Illinois, 1995-96; Northern Illinois, 1997-2002; Illinois, 2003-04; Cincinnati, 2005-06; Michigan State, 2007-12; New Orleans Saints, 2013-.

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