Jake Peetz, who spent the 2020 season working alongside former LSU offensive coordinator Joe Brady on the Carolina Panthers coaching staff, enters his first year as offensive coordinator for the Tigers in 2021. He was named to the position in January.
A native of O’Neill, Nebraska, Peetz’s offense will feature the spread concept and will be much like that of LSU’s 2019 offense that set numerous NCAA, SEC and LSU records during the national championship season. Peetz will also coach the LSU quarterbacks.
Peetz comes to LSU with 10 years of NFL experience, most recently holding the position of quarterbacks coach for the Panthers. Some of the quarterbacks Peetz has coached at the NFL level include Teddy Bridgewater (Panthers), Derek Carr (Raiders), Kirk Cousins (Redskins), Chad Henne (Jaguars) and Blaine Gabbert (Jaguars).
Peetz spent two years with Carolina, coaching the running backs in 2019 when Christian McCaffrey put together a record-breaking season for the Panthers. In 2019, McCaffrey led the NFL in scrimmage yards (2,392) and became just the third player in NFL history with over 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in the same season. He also set the NFL record for receptions by a running back with 116 in 2019, becoming only the second player in league history with 1,000 rushing yard and 100 receptions in the same season.
In 2020, Peetz helped Carolina produce four players with over 1,000 scrimmage yards in a season as the Panthers become only the fifth team in the Super Bowl era to accomplish such a feat. Bridgewater completed 69.2 percent of his passes and threw for 3,733 yards and 15 TDs for the Panthers in 2020. The Panther offense also produced a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in 2020 with Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore both eclipsing the mark.
Other NFL stops for Peetz include the Oakland Raiders (2015-17), Washington Redskins (2014) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2012). Peetz spent the 2013 and 2018 seasons as an offensive analyst with Alabama. He also coached at Santa Barbara City College in 2006 and at UCLA in 2007. He was a scout for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2008-11 before moving to an on-field coaching position with the franchise in 2012.
Peetz coached quarterbacks in his final two seasons in Oakland (2016-17), serving as assistant quarterback coach in 2016 and quarterbacks coach in 2017. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr earned two of his three consecutive Pro Bowl selections working with Peetz. Peetz originally joined the team as a senior offensive assistant in 2015, working primarily with the running backs. He helped Latavious Murray earn Pro Bowl honors after rushing for 1,066 yards and six touchdowns, the first 1,000-yard rushing season by a Raider since 2010.
Peetz spent one year with Washington as the offensive quality control/assistant wide receivers coach in 2014. In his one season working with Peetz, Washington wide receiver DeSean Jackson led the NFL with an average of 20.9 yards per reception and led the team with 1,169 receiving yards.
Peetz played defensive back and was a long snapper at Nebraska from 2003-05. While at Nebraska, he was twice named to the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team for his extensive community outreach work. He graduated from Nebraska in exercise since in December of 2005.
Peetz and his wife Maggie have six children – Gianna, Julia, John Robert, Emma, William, and George.
The Jake Peetz File
Year at LSU: First
Birthdate: April 5, 1983
Hometown: O’Neill, Nebraska
Children: Gianna, Julia, John Robert, Emma, William, George
High School: St. Mary’s High School
College: Nebraska, 2005
Jake Peetz Coaching History
2006 Santa Barbara City College (special teams, safeties)
2007 UCLA (defensive assistant)
2008-11 Jacksonville Jaguars (scout)
2012 Jacksonville Jaguars (assistant quarterbacks)
2013 Alabama (offensive analyst, quarterbacks)
2014 Washington Redskins (offensive quality control, assistant wide receivers)
2015-16 Oakland Raiders (senior offensive assistant, 2015; assistant quarterbacks, 2016, quarterbacks, 2017)
2018 Alabama (offensive analyst)
2019-20 Carolina Panthers (running backs, 2019; quarterbacks, 2020)
2021 LSU (offensive coordinator, quarterbacks)
Jake Peetz Playing Experience
2003-2005 Nebraska (long snapper/defensive back)
As a Player
Season Bowl Team Opponent Results
2003 Alamo Nebraska Michigan State W, 17-3
2005 Alamo Nebraska Michigan W, 32-28
As a Coach
Season Bowl Team Opponent Results
2007 Las Vegas UCLA BYU L, 17-16
2013 Sugar Alabama Oklahoma L, 45-31
2018 Orange Alabama Oklahoma W, 45-34
2018 CFP National Champ. Alabama Clemson L, 44-16