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Ex-Gopher Petersen new QB coach for Cyclones

AMES, Iowa -- Minnesota assistant Tony Petersen has been
hired as quarterbacks coach at Iowa State, coach Gene Chizik said
Thursday.

Petersen spent eight seasons with the Gophers, serving as a
co-offensive coordinator from 2001-05 and as the passing game
coordinator the past two years. A former quarterback at Marshall,
Petersen spent eight seasons as an assistant with the Thundering
Herd before his stint at Minnesota.

Marshall's QBs earned first-team all-league honors four times in
his five seasons as quarterbacks coach. Current New York Jets
starter Chad Pennington heads that list, earning first-team All-Mid
American Conference honors twice under Petersen.

Minnesota has had a 2,000-yard passer in each of the last five
seasons, a school record. Petersen will inherit senior quarterback
Bret Meyer, who threw for 2,546 yards but had as many interceptions -- 12 -- as touchdowns.

"The most impressive thing to me about Tony was how he has
coached several different quarterbacks and all were successful over
a period of time," Chizik said in a statement.

Petersen replaces Todd Fitch, who left to take a similar
position with East Carolina.