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Taylor Evans Stubblefield (born January 21, 1982 in Yakima, Washington) is a former American football wide receiver for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. He left Purdue owning the most receptions in NCAA history. Taylor is currently an assistant coach at Illinois State University.

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High school career

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Davis High

1997-2000

Taylor Stubblefield graduated from A. C. Davis High School in Yakima, Washington, where he set school records with 123 receptions, 1,900 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns. He was named First Team All-State. He also led the basketball team to the state tournament three times, bringing back a 5th and an 8th place trophy.

College career

Purdue

2000

Redshirt.

2001-2002

Stubblefield attended Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he played under head coach, Joe Tiller. He played along-side current NFL player, Kyle Orton, and Consensus All-American kicker/punter, Travis Dorsch. In the 2001 Sun Bowl against Washington State University, he tied a Sun Bowl record of 9 receptions, and set a record with 196 receiving yards. He also scored two touchdowns and recorded a bowl record with an all-purpose yard total of 244. He helped lead the Boilermakers to a second straight Sun Bowl appearance in 2002.

2003

As a Junior, Taylor led the Big Ten Conference with 86 receptions, leading to 835 total yards and three touchdowns. He was a Second Team All-Big Ten selection.

2004

Taylor was named a First Team All-Big Ten selection his Senior year, where he caught 89 passes with 1,095 years and scored 16 touchdowns, which was the 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 7 receptions for 128 yards and scored 2 touchdowns, while throwing the pass that led to the first touchdown. He became the first Consensus All-American receiver in Purdue football history since Bernie Flowers in 1952 and earned First Team-All Big Ten honors.

Career notes

With career totals of 3,629 yards and 21 touchdowns, the four-year starter ranks as the all-time NCAA receptions leader with 325 in his college career, breaking his teammate, John Standeford's, conference record a year after he set his 266 mark. Taylor was named to the Sun Bowl's 75th anniversary team.

Professional career

Carolina Panthers

2005

Stubblefield went undrafted after his successful college career, although known as a self-made player with a comprehensive understanding of the passing game and holds a great talent to get open with quick moves and precise routes. This is due to his lack of size, speed and quickness, in which he held a 4.65 40 yard time and stood at 5'10" in height. He was instead signed as a free agent.

St. Louis Rams

2006

On January 6, 2006, Taylor Stubblefield was signed to the St. Louis Rams. He played the 2007 season with the Hamilton Tiger-cats in the Canadian Football League.

Coaching career

Central Washington

2007

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.

Eastern Michigan

2008

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

Illinois State

2009

After Jeff Genyk was replaced by Ron English, Taylor moved on to the NCAA Division I level at Illinois State to be an assistant and wide receiver coach. The Cardinal's head coach, Brock Spack, is a former defensive coordinater at Purdue.


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