Taylor Stubblefield

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Taylor Stubblefield
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1982-01-21) January 21, 1982 (age 35)
Yakima, Washington
Playing career
2001-2004 Purdue
2005 Carolina Panthers*
2005 Hamilton Tiger-cats*
2006 St. Louis Rams*
2006 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Position(s) Wide Receiver
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2007 Central Washington (WR)
2008 Eastern Michigan (GA/WR)
2009-2010 Illinois State (WR)
2011 Central Michigan (WR)
2012 New Mexico (WR)
2013 Wake Forest (WR)
2014-2015 Utah (WR)
2016 Toronto Argonauts (WR)
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
Consensus All-American (2004)
First-team All-Big Ten
All-Freshman Big Ten

Taylor Evans Stubblefield (born January 21, 1982) is a former American football wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers and St. Louis Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He left Purdue owning the most receptions in NCAA history. Stubblefield was most recently the wide receivers coach with the Toronto Argonauts. A three-sport athlete at A.C. Davis High School, Stubblefield committed to the Purdue University to play football for the Boilermakers. In his collegiate debut in 2001, he had five receptions for 65 yards. He led the team in receptions and was named to the All-Freshman Big Ten team by Sporting News. During his sophomore season, he finished with 77 receptions for 789 yards, but didn't record a touchdown catch. As a junior in 2003, Stubblefield earned second-team All-Big Ten honors at the conclusion of the season. In the 2001 Sun Bowl, he had nine catches for a Sun Bowl-record 196 yards. During the 2004 season, Stubblefield was a Biletnikoff Award finalist, earned first-team All-Big Ten honors and was named a Consensus All-American. He finished his college career with an NCAA record of 325 receptions which he held for seven years, 3,629 yards, and 27 touchdowns. He was named to the Purdue Athletic Hall of fame in 2015 and was also named to the 75th Anniversary Sunbowl Team.

Despite his college success, Stubblefield was not selected in 2005 NFL Draft. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Carolina Panthers and then signed with the Hamilton Tiger-cats of the Canadian Football League. During the 2006 season he was signed by the St. Louis Rams and later was re-signed by the Tiger-cats.

When the 2007 season came around, Stubblefield hung up his cleats and returned to his home state of Washington, where he was named the wide receivers coach for Central Washington University. The following season, he took the same position with Eastern Michigan, while also working towards his master's degree. For the 2009 and 2010 seasons, he was asked by former Purdue Defense Coordinator Brock Spack to take the wide receivers coaching position at Illinois State. For the Redbirds, Stubblefield coached Eyad Salem, who broke the school's single-season receptions record (92 catches) and twice tied the single-game receptions record with back-to-back 14-catch efforts. Salem was an All-MVFC first-team selection. The next year, he took a job with Central Michigan as their wide receivers coach. After stops at New Mexico and Wake Forest, Stubblefield was hired with a two-year contract at Utah. Utah recorded 9-4, and 10-3 seasons and attended the Las Vegas Bowl both years.

Early years[edit]

Stubblefield was born in Yakima, Washington. He graduated from A. C. Davis High School in Yakima,[1] where he was a member of the football, basketball and track and field teams. For football, he set school records with 123 receptions, 1,900 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns. He also had the school record for receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in a single game, which was broken in 2011.[2] He was named First Team All-State. He also led the basketball team to the state tournament three times, earning fifth and eighth-place trophies.

College career[edit]

Stubblefield attended Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he played under head coach Joe Tiller. He played alongside current NFL player Kyle Orton, and consensus All-American kicker-punter Travis Dorsch. As a redshirt freshman he led the Boilermakers with 73 receptions.[3] In the 2001 Sun Bowl against Washington State, he tied a Sun Bowl record of nine receptions, and set a record with 196 receiving yards. He also scored two touchdowns and recorded a bowl record with a 244 all-purpose yards. He helped lead the Boilermakers to a second straight Sun Bowl appearance in 2002. As a junior in 2003, Stubblefield led the Big Ten Conference with 86 receptions. He totaled 835 yards and three touchdowns. He was a Second Team All-Big Ten selection.

Stubblefield was named a First Team All-Big Ten selection his senior year (2004), in which he caught 89 passes with 1,095 yards receiving and scored 16 touchdowns, third-most in the nation. He became the first player to lead the conference in receptions two seasons in a row since Ohio State's David Boston in 1998. The All-American participated in the East-West Shrine All-Star Game, where he had seven receptions for 128 yards and scored two touchdowns, while throwing a pass that led to the first touchdown. He became the first consensus All-American receiver for Purdue since Bernie Flowers in 1952 and earned First Team-All Big Ten honors.

With career totals of 3,629 yards and 21 touchdowns, Stubblefield ranked as the all-time NCAA receptions leader with 325 in his college career (until it was broken by Ryan Broyles of the University of Oklahoma on October 15, 2011).[4] His teammate, John Standeford, had set the Big Ten Conference record with 266 receptions in 2003. Stubblefield was named to the Sun Bowl's 75th anniversary team.

Statistics[edit]

Source:[5]

    Receiving   Rushing   Kickoff Returns   Punt Returns
Season Team GS GP Rec Yds Avg TD Long Att Yds TD Att Yds Avg TD Long Att Yds Avg TD Long
2001 Purdue 7 12 73 910 12.5 2 65 2 -2 0 5 114 22.8 0 28 0 0 -- 0 --
2002 Purdue 2 10 77 789 10.2 0 24 1 -9 0 0 0 -- 0 - 0 0 -- 0 --
2003 Purdue 7 13 86 835 9.7 3 43 5 24 0 0 0 -- 0 -- 0 0 -- 0 --
2004 Purdue 12 12 89 1,095 12.3 16 97 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 -- 16 49 3.1 0 16
Totals 28 47 325 3.629 11.2 21 97 8 13 0 5 114 22.8 0 0 16 49 3.1 0 16
  • Numbers in bold are Purdue school records

Professional career[edit]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

Stubblefield went undrafted by the NFL after his successful college career. He was signed as a free agent by the Carolina Panthers on April 26, 2005.[6]

Hamilton Tiger-cats[edit]

He played during the 2005 season with the Hamilton Tiger-cats in the Canadian Football League.[7]

St. Louis Rams[edit]

On January 6, 2006, Stubblefield was signed to the St. Louis Rams.

Return to the Hamilton Tiger-cats[edit]

Stubblefield returned to the Tiger-cats on March 6, 2007.[8]

Coaching career[edit]

Central Washington[edit]

After a brief stint playing at the professional level, Stubblefield returned to his home state of Washington, where he served as a wide receiver coach for the Wildcats at Central Washington University, an NCAA division II program.[9]

Eastern Michigan[edit]

After just one season with Central Washington, Stubblefield joined the Eastern Michigan staff to become an assistant coach under head coach, Jeff Genyk.[10]

Illinois State[edit]

After Genyk was replaced by Ron English, Stubblefield moved on to Illinois State to be an assistant and wide receiver coach.[11] He joined head coach Brock Spack, who was a former defensive coordinator at Purdue.

Central Michigan[edit]

On February 18, 2011, Central Michigan announced the addition of Stubblefield as their wide receivers coach.[9]

New Mexico[edit]

Stubblefield coached wide receivers for New Mexico in 2012.[12]

Wake Forest[edit]

Stubblefield moved on to Wake Forest in 2013.[13]

Utah[edit]

In February 2014, Stubblefield was named the wide receivers coach at Utah.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Taylor Stubblefield: Purdue Boilermakers WR, 2000-2004". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  2. ^ "AC Davis Pirates Move to Playoffs Behind Wright and Kupp". northwestprepreport.com. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  3. ^ "Purdue receiver Stubblefield fractures skull in fall from fence". chicagotribune.com. 2002-07-17. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  4. ^ Trotter, Jake (16 October 2011). "Ryan Broyles breaks receptions record". ESPN. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Taylor Stubblefield". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2011-11-16. 
  6. ^ "Panthers sign 8". Scout.com. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  7. ^ "Stubblefield signs with CFL team". highbeam.com. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  8. ^ "Tiger-Cats Sign Cavil, Stubblefield". ticats.ca. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  9. ^ a b "Taylor Stubblefield". CMUChippewas.com. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  10. ^ "Taylor Stubblefield Joins EMU Football Staff". emueagles.com. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  11. ^ "Taylor Stubblefield". goredbirds.com. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  12. ^ Rick Wright (January 28, 2013). "Stubblefield Moving On". www.abqjournal.com. Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved January 20, 2015. 
  13. ^ John Taylor (February 19, 2013). "Wake Forest adds Taylor Stubblefield as receivers coach". www.collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved January 20, 2015. 
  14. ^ Dick Facer (February 12, 2014). "Utah football: Whittingham adds Taylor Stubblefield to staff". www.desertnews.com. Desert New. Retrieved January 20, 2015. 

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