BOZEMAN -- Montana State football coach Rob Ash has named Tim Cramsey as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Cramsey's hiring was announced Friday. He replaces Kevin McGiven, who left MSU for Utah State in January.
Cramsey comes to Montana State from Florida International, a Bowl Subdivision school in the Sun Belt Conference. Cramsey was offensive coordinator at FIU.
Prior to that, Cramsey was the offensive coordinator at New Hampshire for three years. He had also served as quarterbacks coach, running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at UNH.
Cramsey was the Wildcats’ offensive coordinator in 2011 when they played MSU in a second-round FCS playoff game. The Bobcats won, 26-25.
“I remember that preparing for (Cramsey’s) offense was very difficult because it was so balanced and so diverse, very unpredictable and explosive,” Ash said. “There were lots of positive things. I know (defensive coordinator) Jamie Marshall commented a number of times about how solid and good they were on offense.”
In 2011, Cramsey mentored New Hampshire quarterback Kevin Decker, the Colonial Athletic Association's offensive player of the year. Decker completed nearly 69 percent of his passes, with 3,272 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Cramsey inherits an MSU offense that posted per-game averages of 33.5 points, 414.4 yards, 167.9 rushing yards, 246.2 passing yards, 22.7 first downs and 32:44 of possession time in 2012.
The Bobcats eclipsed the 500-yard barrier twice, including one of the biggest offensive outbursts in school history -- a 55-point, 695-yard, 39-first down performance in a 55-10 drubbing of North Dakota on Oct. 27.
Cramsey played quarterback at New Hampshire from 1995-98 after redshirting in 1994, and was team captain as a senior.
Cramsey’s philosophy at MSU will be simple.
“Score points,” he said. “That’s what it comes down to, score points on every drive. Something I’ve preached to every team I’ve ever coached is do your job. If everybody does their job we’ll have a chance to score points on every play.”