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Bo Hardegree is in his second season with the Miami Dolphins after he was named quarterbacks coach on Jan. 20, 2016.
Bo Hardegree is in his second season with the Miami Dolphins after he was named quarterbacks coach on Jan. 20, 2016.

In his first season with the team, Hardegree helped quarterback Ryan Tannehill have the most efficient season of his five-year NFL career. Despite getting injured in Week 14 and missing the rest of the season, Tannehill still set career highs with a 93.5 quarterback rating, 7.7 yards per attempt and a 67.1 completion percentage. He tied for the NFL lead with seven games where he completed at least one 50-yard pass.

Both Tannehill and quarterback Matt Moore led the NFL in red zone passer rating (min. six attempts). Tannehill posted a 119.7 mark to lead the league, while Moore finished second at 118.8. After Tannehill’s injury, Hardegree groomed Moore to win two of his three starts, propelling the Dolphins into the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

Prior to Miami, Hardegree spent one season in Chicago as an offensive assistant. He helped the Bears’ rushing attack improve from 27th to 11th in the NFL as the unit averaged 25.6 more rushing yards per game. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler finished the 2015 season with the highest passer rating (92.3) of his career and threw seven fewer interceptions than the prior year. He also posted the best interception rate (2.3) of his career in a season where he played at least 12 games. Running back Jeremy Langford rushed for 537 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie. His 537 rushing yards ranked No. 7 among NFL rookies and his six touchdowns were tied for fourth amongst rookie rushers.

In 2014, Hardegree was an offensive quality control coach for the Denver Broncos, also working with Head Coach Adam Gase. Hardegree helped the Broncos finish 12-4, earn an AFC West title and first-round bye in the playoffs. Denver ranked No. 2 in the NFL in scoring, averaging 30.1 points per contest. Quarterback Peyton Manning completed 66.2 percent of his passes for 4,727 yards and 39 touchdowns and set the NFL’s career-passing touchdown record on Oct. 19, 2014 against San Francisco. Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas recorded 1,619 receiving yards, breaking the team record for most receiving yards in a season. Thomas’ 111 receptions were a career high and ranked No. 2 in the NFL. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders also set career highs in both receptions (101) and receiving yards (1,404) and ranked No. 5 in the NFL in both categories. Running back C.J. Anderson, who entered the 2014 season with just seven career carries, rushed for 648 yards on 140 carries (4.6 avg.) and eight touchdowns over the final seven games of the regular season, helping the Broncos win five of the seven contests. Anderson was the first Denver running back since 2004 to rush for 150 yards in back-to-back games.

Prior to Denver, Hardegree spent three years (2011-13) as an intern at Louisiana State, working with the offense in 2012-13 and the defense in 2011. During his three seasons, LSU went 33-7 overall, winning the SEC in 2011 and advancing to the 2012 BCS National Championship game. In 2013, LSU ranked No. 23 out of 124 FBS teams in scoring, averaging 35.8 points per game. Current Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry was the team’s leading receiver, hauling in 77 receptions for 1,193 yards (15.5 avg.) and 10 touchdowns. At LSU, Hardegree also coached N.Y. Giants wide out Odell Beckham, a two-time Pro Bowl selection and the 2014 Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, and Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill, who rushed for 1,124 yards as a rookie in 2014.

Hardegree began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Duke (2008-10), where he earned his master’s degree. He worked primarily with the offense under head coach David Cutcliffe, who coached both Peyton and Eli Manning at Tennessee and Ole Miss, respectively.

Hardegree played quarterback at Tennessee, where he was also a tennis student-athlete. He earned All-SEC Academic team honors from 2004-07 and graduated in 2007 with a degree in exercise science. A native of Jackson, Tennessee, he is married to his wife, Lauren.

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