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Utes add Taylor Stubblefield as wide receivers coach

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham hires Taylor Stubblefield to become the team's wide receivers coach, while Aaron Roderick moves to quarterbacks coaching, replacing Brian Johnson.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - Taylor Stubblefield, who spent last season coaching the wide receivers at Wake Forest, has been hired in the same capacity at Utah, head coach Kyle Whittingham announced today.

In other personnel moves, Aaron Roderick—Utah’s receivers coach since 2005—will coach the quarterbacks. Whittingham, like his predecessor Urban Meyer from 2003-04, will oversee the special teams along with his head coaching duties.

Stubblefield, a consensus All-America wide receiver during his playing days at Purdue, has coached receivers at the college level since 2007. The Yakima, Wash., native has made coaching stops on the East and West coasts, the Midwest and the Mountain West region.

“Taylor was a record-setting college receiver who has developed into a fine coach,” said Whittingham. “He will be an asset for us both on the field and through his recruiting ties across the country. We are excited to have Taylor join our staff.”

“I’m fired up to be at Utah and to work for someone as accomplished as Coach Whittingham,” said Stubblefield. “I couldn’t ask for a better situation with the style of offense Coach Christensen (offensive coordinator Dave Christensen) plans to run, which fits my background perfectly. On a personal note, I am from Washington and my family and I are excited to be back out West.”

He has spent the last seven seasons at Central Washington (2007), Eastern Michigan (as a graduate assistant in 2008), Illinois State (2009-10), Central Michigan (2011), New Mexico (2012) and Wake Forest (2013).

Last season at Wake Forest, his leading receiver, Michael Campanaro, was named second-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference. While at Central Michigan, Stubblefield coached three third-team all-Mid-American Conference receivers in Titus Davis, Courtney Williams and Cody Wilson. Davis was a Phil Steele Freshman All-American.

In his two years at Illinois State, Stubblefield mentored three all-Missouri Valley Football Conference honorees, including first-team wide-out Eyad Salem. Salem set a school record for receptions in a season with 92. Stubblefield also had two receivers named to the MVFC all-Newcomer team during his time at Illinois State.

As a player at Purdue, Stubblefield was a consensus All-American and a 2004 finalist for the Biletnikoff Award. He finished his career (2001-04) with an NCAA record 316 receptions and ranks second in Big Ten history with 3,629 receiving yards.

Stubblefield's performance against Washington State in the 2001 Sun Bowl (nine receptions, Sun Bowl-record 196 yards, two touchdowns, Sun Bowl-record 244 all-purpose yards) earned him a spot on the Sun Bowl’s 75th anniversary team. His 16 receiving touchdowns in 2004 are a Purdue single-season record.

After graduating from Purdue in 2005, Stubblefield had professional stints with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and St. Louis Rams as well as the Canadian Football League's Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
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