Marcus Arroyo spent two seasons on the Cal coaching staff from 2011-12, including his second campaign with the Golden Bears as the pass game coordinator and quarterbacks coach after receiving a promotion following his 2011 season as the quarterbacks coach. Arroyo also took over the majority of the team's play-calling in 2012. The former San Jose State quarterback has spent the last 10 seasons coaching at the collegiate level, including four as an offensive coordinator or co-offensive coordinator.
Arroyo's starting quarterback during both of his campaigns was Zach Maynard, who ranked No. 10 on the career list at Cal in both passing yards (5,204) and total offense (5,350) in only two seasons at the school. His 128.36 career passer efficiency rating is eighth on Cal's all-time list. Maynard started each of the first 23 games of his career before missing the final two due to injury, completing 411-of-701 passes with 29 touchdowns and 22 interceptions.
Maynard had career best numbers in 2012 of a 60.8 completion percentage rate and a 130.26 quarterback rating, completing 180-of-296 passes for 2,214 yards with 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Cal had a much improved offensive in 2011 during Arroyo's first-year of working with the team's quarterbacks, especially in the passing game where the Golden Bears jumped from No. 94 in 2010 (175.08 ypg) to No. 46 in 2011 (246.62 ypg). Cal also rose from No. 90 (334.00 ypg) to No. 44 (401.46 ypg) in total offense in his first season. In addition, Cal moved up 20 spots to No. 53 nationally in scoring, improving from 25.8 points per game the previous season to 28.3.
Arroyo guided first-year starter Maynard throughout a 2011 season in which he completed 231-of-405 passes (57.0%) for 2,990 yards, with 17 touchdowns and 12 interceptions for a 126.98 passer efficiency rating. Maynard's 2,990 yards of passing were the third-highest in school history, while his 17 TD throws were one outside the school's single-season top 10. After missing the 2010 season following his transfer from Buffalo, Maynard came on strong over the final third of the 2011 regular season as evidenced by the dramatic rise in his completion percentage, touchdown to interception ratio and quarterback rating. Over his final four regular-season games, he completed 68.1 percent of his passes, threw five touchdowns to one interception and posted a 154.25 rating compared to completing 53.4 percent of his passes, 12 touchdowns to 10 interceptions and a rating of 121.31 over his first eight regular-season contests.
Prior to joining Cal, Arroyo served for two seasons at Wyoming as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks' coach during the 2009 and 2010 campaigns. He helped develop 2009 true freshman quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels into the Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year and the Offensive MVP of the 2009 New Mexico Bowl. Carta-Samuels completed 59.7 percent of his passes in two campaigns under Arroyo's guidance.
Arroyo made a significant impact in his first season at Wyoming in 2009 when he installed a new spread offense that helped the Cowboys score 30 or more points five times, winning all five of those games. Arroyo's offense displayed an ability to come from behind in his first season, recording five fourth-quarter comebacks. His offensive unit also did an outstanding job of protecting the ball. Wyoming ranked No. 7 in the nation in fewest turnovers lost (14) and was No. 15 nationally in both fewest fumbles lost (7) and fewest interceptions thrown (7).
When Wyoming captured the 2009 New Mexico Bowl title, it marked the second time in four seasons that Arroyo was part of a New Mexico Bowl winning team. His other victory in the game came in 2006 while he was coaching at San Jose State.
Prior to his stint at Wyoming, Arroyo was the co-offensive coordinator for two seasons and quarterbacks coach for three campaigns at his alma mater San Jose State. He was the quarterbacks' coach and play-caller for the Spartans in 2006, before being promoted to co-offensive coordinator for his final two seasons in 2007 and 2008 under head coach Dick Tomey.
In the first and last of those campaigns, the Spartans earned bowl-eligible status. In 2006, San Jose State posted a record of 9-4 to earn a berth in the inaugural New Mexico Bowl, where the club defeated New Mexico by a score of 20-12. SJSU again achieved bowl eligibility status in 2008, with a 6-6 mark, but was not invited to a bowl game.
From 2006-07, Arroyo tutored the Spartans' all-time leading passer and total offense leader Adam Tafralis, who set school records for career passing yards (7,548) and total offense (8,111). Tafralis went on to sign a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL in the spring of 2008. He also played three seasons (2008-10) with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, and spent time on the rosters of both the United Football League's Sacramento Mountain Lions (2011) and the CFL's Toronto Argonauts (2012) before his retirement from football.
Arroyo also spent one season at San Jose State in 2005 as a graduate assistant coach on the offensive side of the ball before being elevated to a full-time assistant in 2006.
Arroyo began his collegiate coaching career in 2003, serving as an undergraduate assistant coach at his alma mater for one year. In 2004, he was the offensive coordinator at Prairie View A&M, an NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) team in Prairie View, Texas.
Arroyo played quarterback at San Jose State in 1998 and from 2000-02. He finished his career among the Spartans' all-time leaders in passing yards (No. 9, 4,603), total offense yards (No. 9, 4,525) and passing efficiency (No. 10, 115.6).
Arroyo's legacy at San Jose State includes being the quarterback or play-caller for four consecutive bowl-eligible teams Spartans (2000, 2002, 2006, 2008).
Arroyo received his bachelor's degree in kinesiology at SJSU in 2003.
He and his wife, Kelly, were married on July 9, 2010. Kelly began her collegiate athletic career as a volleyball player at Southern Oregon and later was a swimmer at San Jose State.
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