Taylor Stubblefield Named New Penn State Wide Receivers Coach

By Matt de Bear on January 19, 2020 at 1:04 pm
Aug 24, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes wide receiver coach Taylor Stubblefield talks with wide receiver K.J. Osborn (2) during the second half at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State has its fourth wide receivers coach in as many seasons. Head coach James Franklin has named Taylor Stubblefield to the position. He replaces Gerad Parker, who left the Nittany Lions earlier this month to take over as offensive coordinator for West Virginia.

Stubblefield is surely a familiar name to Big Ten fans. He was a fixture on the early-2000s Purdue teams and left the Boilermakers after the 2004 season as the all-time leader in receptions in NCAA history with 325. That mark stood until 2011 when Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles surpassed it. 

After graduating, Stubblefield played professionally for the Carolina Panthers, St. Louis Rams in the NFL. He also had two separate stints with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. He retired from the professional game following the 2006 season and began what has already become a lengthy coaching career.

Since ending his playing career, Stubblefield has served as a wide receivers coach for Eastern Washington, Eastern Michigan, Illinois State, Central Michigan, New Mexico, Wake Forest, Utah, Toronto (CFL), Air Force, and Miami. 

The Hurricanes offense largely struggled in 2019, but it would be hard to pin those issues on the wide receiver play. Miami struggled for much of the year with inconsistent play at quarterback and issues up front on the offensive line. Despite that, Stubblefield led a unit that had three players catch 30 passes or more. They were led by senior K.J. Osborn's 50 receptions for 547 yards and five touchdowns. 

Stubblefield figures to bring the kind of playing experience that Franklin has valued at wide receiver, and will bring another fresh perspective to an offensive coaching staff that brings in new coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca and offensive line coach Phil Trautwein.

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