One of the finest quarterbacks in Azusa Pacific history, Rudy Carlton is in his third year as an assistant for his alma mater, taking over as the offensive coordinator this season. He'll continue to oversee the Cougar quarterbacks.
With an attention to detail, the youthful Carlton was given the OC nod this past spring after taking over the play-calling for the final 2 games of the 2009 campaign and leading the Cougars to 92 points scored, their best back-to-back offensive showings in 5 years.
Like his playing career, Carlton has displayed savvy and courage as play-caller, bringing an excitement to the offense that excites players and entertains fans.
Prior to joining the Cougar staff full-time this year, Carlton spent 2 years as a quarterback in the Arena Football League II. He threw for over 2,600 yards while playing for the Texas Copperheads in 2008 and the Boise Burn in 2009.
Carlton completed a 4-year playing career with Azusa Pacific in 2006 with one of the best seasons ever put together by a Cougar QB. He threw for 2,605 yards by completing 197-of-344 (.573) passes and tossed 28 TD passes to lead the Cougars to a 6-5 record.
He arrived at Azusa Pacific in 2002 and redshirted the season as a true-freshman. He narrowly missed winning the starting berth out of 2-a-days in 2003, yet earned a role in which he still come off the bench in each game. However, 2 contests into the campaign Carlton hurt his shoulder and was lost for the rest of the season and all of 2004 as he recovered from 2 surgeries. He returned to action in 2005 and midway through the season he won the starting call. He returned in 2006 to start the first 5 games before another injury ended that season.
Carlton, who had already graduated from Azusa Pacific with a bachelor's degree in psychology opted to move on. Yet late in the summer of 2007, he changed his mind and returned for one more season, and in so doing he fashioned a season that ranks among the 3 best ever by a Cougar quarterback, throwing for 2,605 yards and 28 TDs in 11 games.
On Azusa Pacific's all-time passing charts, he is second in touchdown passes (38), third in passing yards (4,373) and third in completions (331).
Carlton came to Azusa Pacific out of Dakota Ridge High School in Littleton, Colo., where he is the school's No. 2 all-time passer with 2,323 yards and 12 TDs.
Along with his bachelor's degree, Carlton also earned a master's degree from Azusa Pacific in organizational leadership.
Carlton,26, is single and resides in Glendora, Calif.