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|Taylor Stubblefield finished his career at Purdue in 2004 with a then-NCAA record 316 receptions.|
Taylor Stubblefield left Purdue in 2004 with the NCAA record for most career receptions. Soon, he might challenge the NCAA record for most coaching jobs.
This week, Stubblefield became wide receiver coach at Utah -- his eighth employer in the past eight seasons. Yes, you read that correctly: Eight jobs in eight years.
Actually, Stubblefield has had two jobs this month: He was hired at Eastern Michigan on Feb. 6, then hired away by Utah six days later.
Stubblefield spent the 2013 season at Wake Forest. In 2012, he was at New Mexico. In 2011, he worked at Central Michigan. In 2009 and '10, he was at Illinois State of the FCS. In 2008, he was a grad assistant at Eastern Michigan. And in 2007, he began his coaching career as an assistant at Division II Central Washington, which is located about 40 miles from his hometown of Yakima, Wash. (Presumably, all this moving is OK with his wife, Lisa. They met at Purdue and were married in 2010.)
Perhaps in reference to Stubblefield's peripatetic background, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said in a release from the school that Stubblefield "will be an asset for us both on the field and through his recruiting ties across the country."
Incredibly, research done by coachingsearch.com showed that Stubblefield had been one of three current assistants who had five jobs in five seasons. The others were Zach Azzanni (from Central Michigan in 2009 to Florida in 2010, to Western Kentucky in 2011, to Wisconsin in 2012 and to Tennessee in 2013) and Lytrel Pollard (from Memphis in 2009 to Mississippi College in 2010 to Tennessee-Martin in 2011 to Marshall in 2012 and to Southern Miss in 2013). But Azzanni and Pollard have stayed put this offseason.
After graduating from Purdue in 2005, Stubblefield had professional stints with the NFL's Carolina Panthers and St. Louis Rams as well as the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He was a consensus All-American as a senior in 2004, when he also was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award. He ranks second in Big Ten history with 3,629 receiving yards. His 316 career receptions now rank third in FBS history.
Stubblefield has a lot of work to do with the Utes, who return just one wide receiver who caught more than 13 passes and only three wide receivers who caught a pass at all. There is a good guy to build around in Dres Anderson, a deep threat who is the son of former UCLA and NFL wide receiver Willie "Flipper" Anderson. Anderson (6-foot-1, 187 pounds) has NFL potential and should be one of the top three or four receivers in the Pac-12 in 2014 as a senior.
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