Brad Cornelsen Added To Coach Tiger Quarterbacks
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Go Tigers!

Jan. 24, 2012

MEMPHIS, TENN. - Coach Justin Fuente continues to work at filling out his staff and has added another former Illinois State connection as Brad Cornelsen has been hired to lead the Tiger quarterbacks.

Cornelsen coached five seasons at Illinois State (2003-07), where Fuente served as an assistant from 2001-06. This Tiger offensive group will be very familiar with each other as Fuente, Holman Wiggins and Cornelsen were all on staff together in 2006 at Illinois State. Offensive line coach Vance Vice also was on staff at ISU from 2000-04.

Cornelsen joins the Tigers from Northeastern State, a Division II program located in Tahlequah, Okla. He served the last three seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at NSU. In 2011, NSU ranked 13th nationally in passing offense, averaging 291 yards per game. The squad was also 22nd nationally in total offense with a clip of 440 yards per game, and the RiverHawks participated in the Mineral Water Bowl - the team's first bowl appearance since 2000. NSU finished the 2011 season with a 7-5 record, which was also the most wins for the program since 2000.

With Cornelsen's guidance, quarterback Johnny Deaton passed for 2,520 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2011. In addition, receiver Trey McVay was named a first-team All-American after logging 82 receptions for 1,533 yards. McVay ranked second in NCAA Division II in receiving yards per game.

A native of Texhoma, Okla., Cornelsen spent the 2008 season at Oklahoma State, where he worked with quarterbacks and the special teams unit. The Cowboys finished the regular season 9-3 and earned a berth in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl. Cornelsen also spent the 2001-02 seasons as a graduate assistant coach at OSU where he worked with quarterbacks and wide receivers.



In his first four seasons at Illinois State, Cornelsen guided the receiving corps. He mentored Laurent Robinson, who was selected in the third round of the NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons. In 2005, the All-American rewrote the school and conference record books with 86 receptions for 1,465 yards.

In 2007, Cornelsen moved to coaching quarterbacks and helped Luke Drone to an all-conference senior season with 2,222 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Cornelsen graduated from Missouri Southern State with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 2000. With the Lions, Cornelsen became the first quarterback in the history of NCAA Division II to pass for 4,000 yards and rush for 2,000 yards for a career.

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