Taylor Stubblefield, the NCAA's career pass receptions leader, is in his second season as wide receivers coach at Illinois State and brings his skills and knowledge of how to catch and run with a football to the Illinois State football team.
In his first season with the Redbirds, Stubblefield helped Eyad Salem become the school's single-season reception leader and become one of the most prolific receivers in Illinois State history. With his 92 receptions, Salem set the new standard for receptions in a season and twice tied the school single-game record with back-to-back 14-catch games against North Dakota State and Southern Illinois. When the season was over, Salem finished his career ranked second in career receptions (186), fourth in receiving yards (2,246) and fourth in touchdown receptions (18) and was named a First-Team All-MVFC selection.
Stubblefield also helped freshman Tyrone Walker evolve into a go-to receiver that could fill the void left by Salem. Walker played in all 11 games for the Redbirds, with seven starting assignments, and led all league freshmen with 37 receptions for 485 yards on way to being named to the league's All-Newcomer Team.
Stubblefield came to Illinois State following a one-year graduate assistant coaching position at NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Series (FBS) member Eastern Michigan.
Stubblefield coached on the same Eastern Michigan staff in 2008 that Illinois State assistant head coach/linebackers coach Jay Peterson served on as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. Stubblefield worked with the wide receivers while serving as a graduate assistant coach at EMU during the 2008 season.
Prior to his coaching stint with the Eagles, Stubblefield served as the wide receivers coach from 2007-08 at Central Washington.
Stubblefield had a storied career at Purdue under former head coach Joe Tiller. The 2005 graduate earned All-America and All-Big Ten honors as a four-year starter for the Boilermakers. He completed his intercollegiate career as the career record holder for pass receptions at the NCAA FBS level with 316 career catches.
Stubblefield ranks second all-time in the Big Ten Conference for career reception yards with 3,629 yards.
The Yakima, Wash., native was recently named to the Sun Bowl 75th anniversary team after he started in three Sun Bowls for the Boilermakers. Stubblefield tied a Sun Bowl record in 2000 with nine receptions for a record 196 yards and two touchdowns while posting the most all-purpose yards in bowl history with 244.
After graduating from Purdue, Stubblefield went on to play professionally with the Carolina Panthers (free agent, 2005) and St. Louis Rams (free agent, 2006), as well as with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Canadian Football League.
Stubblefield and his wife, Georgia, reside in Normal, Ill.
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