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Drew Petzing
Assistant Wide Receivers

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Petzing completed his 4th season with the Minnesota Vikings as the Assistant WRs Coach in 2017. Petzing has spent time aiding both the RBs and WRs corps during his 1st 2 seasons with the Vikings. Petzing brings a diverse background from collegiate and pro football to the Vikings staff.

During the 2016 season the Vikings WRs found production from several players enjoying career years. Adam Thielen had a career-best 967 yards to lead the team and joined Stefon Diggs in breaking the 900-yard mark. Diggs led the team with 84 receptions. Entering 2016, Thielen had 20 catches for 281 yards and 1 TD in his 2-year career. He went on to notch 202 yards receving at Green Bay (12/24) to tie for the 3rd-best day in Vikings history. Thielen and Diggs each had 3 games over the 100-yard mark during the season.

Drew Petzing completed his 4th season with the Minnesota Vikings as the Assistant WRs Coach in 2017. Petzing has spent time aiding both the RBs and WRs corps during his 1st 2 seasons with the Vikings. Petzing brings a diverse background from collegiate and pro football to the Vikings staff.

During the 2016 season the Vikings WRs found production from several players enjoying career years. Adam Thielen had a career-best 967 yards to lead the team and joined Stefon Diggs in breaking the 900-yard mark. Diggs led the team with 84 receptions. Entering 2016, Thielen had 20 catches for 281 yards and 1 TD in his 2-year career. He went on to notch 202 yards receving at Green Bay (12/24) to tie for the 3rd-best day in Vikings history. Thielen and Diggs each had 3 games over the 100-yard mark during the season.

In 2015, Petzing spent his 2nd season with the Vikings mainly helping WRs coach George Stewart on the practice field, as well as assisting the offensive coaching staff in general. Petzing helped assist a WR corps with a blend of experience and youth. Stefon Diggs, who was a 5th-round selection out of Maryland, became the 1st rookie in club history to lead the team in receptions (52), despite being inactive for the 1st 3 games of the season. Diggs also led the Vikings with 720 receiving yards, the most by a rookie since Percy Harvin’s 790 in 2009. The 22-year-old burst onto the scene, recording at least 6 receptions and at least 85 yards in his 1st 4 games in the NFL. Diggs was named the PFWA’s All-Rookie team and was 2nd among all rookies in receiving yards, trailing only Amari Cooper, the 4th-overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Veterans Mike Wallace and Jarius Wright contributed 39 and 34 receptions, respectively.

In his first season with the Vikings, Petzing worked primarily on the field with the Vikings RB corps, a position group that saw two different RBs lead the team in rushing, including rookie RB Jerick McKinnon, who finished the 2014 campaign with the 3rd-most rushing yards by a rookie. The 3rd-round selection out of Georgia Southern who primarily played an option QB in college, posted 538 rushing yards in his debut season. The rookie finished tied for 5th in the NFL among RBs with more than 100 carries by averaging 4.8 yards per attempt.

Petzing spent the 2013 season with the Cleveland Browns working as a football operations intern focusing primarily on the offensive side of the ball. He served on the Browns staff that included Vikings Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner and QBs coach Scott Turner.

Prior to working for the Browns, Petzing served as the OLBs coach at Yale for the 2012 season.

He spent the 2010 season at Boston College as the recruiting graduate assistant before moving on the field as the defensive graduate assistant in 2011.

After graduating from Middlebury College in 2009, Petzing spent a year with Harvard as a volunteer assistant.

Petzing spent his first 2 years at Middlebury as a DB on the football team but suffered injuries which ended his playing career. During his time at Middlebury, he was teammates with future Super Bowl-winning K Steven Hauschka, who began his NFL career as a rookie free agent with the Vikings. He spent the final 2 years as a volunteer student assistant before graduating from Middlebury in 2009 with a degree in economics and minors in math and philosophy.