Cardinals newest QB coach brings a ton of talent to the desert

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The Arizona Cardinals are getting one heck of an assistant in Connor Senger.

Recently, the Arizona Cardinals announced their newest participant in the Bidwill Coaching Fellowship program, Connor Senger. If you asked yourself, “who is that?” don’t worry. Senger has a phenomenal coaching history, especially when it comes to working with quarterbacks.

I know this personally as he and I were on the same roster in 2015 (Senger wore No. 5 in the upper left, and I am in the row below No. 29 and No. 1 with the aviator shades on).

Senger was in his first year at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and I was a student assistant offensive line coach. Senger had a tremendous high school career as the starting quarterback for Milwaukee Pius XI, where I played against him in the Classic Eight Conference.

I vividly remember him running a 90-yard touchdown against my team during my junior year where we lost pretty badly. But back to Senger in high school; in three varsity seasons, he threw for 4,564 yards and 37 touchdowns. On the ground, he had 326 carries for 2,190 rushing yards and 39 touchdowns.

Those numbers were good enough to get him a walk-on offer from Wisconsin, where he played in the 2014 spring game and was dubbed “Young Russ,” in reference to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Senger transferred to UW-Oshkosh after a gruesome injury to his finger in 2015. He was the scout team player of the year the previous two seasons. He would see game action in the showdown with conference rival UW-Whitewater, where he tragically tore his ACL (We won that game against Whitewater with our third-string quarterback and blocking the game-tying field goal).

The final game Senger would suit up for as a player was the 2016 NCAA D-III National Championship, where Mary Hardin Baylor defeated UWO 10-7.

Connor Senger has a chance to elevate the Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks

Since 2017, Senger has been coaching quarterbacks and succeeding at it. Senger helped propel UWO to a 12-1 record in his first season as a quarterbacks assistant, where UWO finished as the third-ranked team in the country and WIAC conference champions.

Brett Kasper threw for over 3,000 yards and 34 touchdowns in addition to also winning the Gagliardi trophy. That is Division III’s Heisman award, for those who don’t know.

After stops at Carroll University (WI) as a QB coach and UW-Whitewater (where he also appeared in another D-III National Championship game) as a running backs coach, Senger joined the staff at North Dakota State as an offensive quality control coach. Senger helped guide the Bison to the Missouri Valley Conference championship and the 2021 FCS National Championship.

Senger had a plethora of achievements at NDSU that you can read here. But, on top of that, Senger is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing and calling my teammate/coachmate, or whatever word can be put there.

This is an incredible hire for the Cardinals as his vast experience will only help Kyler Murray. Senger is pretty close in height to Murray and he might be able to offer some pointers that Murray hasn’t heard before. Bringing a championship pedigree and never-ending work ethic is what Senger excels at, and this couldn’t have been more of a slam-dunk hire.

I could go on and on, but what I’m really trying to say is that the Cardinals made a perfect choice.

From one UW-Oshkosh Titan to another, congrats, Connor! I wish you the best of luck. You’ve made Titan nation extremely proud, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.

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