Wide receiver position is among the more talented on the Lobos
Assistants' resumes include stops at prominent and winning football programs
Taylor Stubblefield begins his second season with New Mexico, working with the wide receivers. He works under Lobo offensive coordinator Bob DeBesse, who was Stubblefield's position coach at Purdue. Stubblefield coached in 2011 at Central Michigan, overseeing the Chippewas' wide receivers for the 2011 season.
In 2012, Stubblefield got his WRs to buy into UNM's heavy run philosophy, not only as blockers but also as ball-carriers. The Lobo wideouts combined for 565 rushing yards and three touchdowns. That, coupled with the unit's downfield blocking, helped the offense rank fifth in the nation in rushing with an average of 301.3 yards per game.
As a player at Purdue, Stubblefield was a consensus All-American and a 2004 finalist for the Biletnikoff Award. He finished his career (2001-04) with an NCAA record 316 receptions and ranks second in Big Ten history with 3,629 receiving yards. Stubblefield's performance against Washington State in the 2001 Sun Bowl (nine receptions, Sun Bowl-record 196 yards, two touchdowns, Sun Bowl-record 244 all-purpose yards) earned him a spot on the Sun Bowl's 75th anniversary team. His 16 receiving touchdowns in 2004 are a Purdue single-season record.
After graduating from Purdue in 2005, Stubblefield had professional stints with the NFL's Carolina Panthers and St. Louis Rams as well as the Canadian Football League's Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
As a Central Michigan assistant, Stubblefield mentored a group that included one of the top freshman receiving tandems in the country in Titus Davis and Courtney Williams. Davis earned All-Mid-American Conference third-team accolades and Freshman all-America honors from Phil Steele's Magazine after catching 40 passes for 751 yards and eight touchdowns; his eight touchdown catches were a CMU freshman record and tied for the sixth most in a season in CMU history. Both Davis and Williams scored touchdowns on their first career receptions, and they combined for 13 TDs on the season.
Stubblefield also worked with Cody Wilson, who was an All-MAC third-team selection after leading the Chippewas with 48 receptions in 2011.
Stubblefield came to CMU from Illinois State, where he coached the Redbirds' receivers for two seasons. Stubblefield worked directly with three All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honorees and two All-MVFC All-Newcomer selections during his two seasons at Illinois State.
In 2009, 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.
Stubblefield began his coaching career as the receivers coach at Central Washington in 2007. He was a graduate assistant working with the receivers at Eastern Michigan in 2008.
Stubblefield's wife is named "Lisa" but goes by "Georgia."
The Stubblefield File
Hometown: Yakima, Wash.
Bowl games: 2001 Sun Bowl; 2002 Sun Bowl; 2003 Capital One Bowl; 2004 Sun Bowl