Utah wide receiver coach Taylor Stubblefield will not return to Utah football next season, per Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham. Stubblefield, who held the career receptions record when he left Purdue, coached Utah's wide receivers for the past two seasons after former wide receivers coach Aaron Roderick was moved to quarterbacks coach. Utah's passing game finished no better than 11th in the Pac-12 in Stubblefield's two seasons at Utah.
While it is still early in the process, former BYU wide receivers coach Guy Holliday seems like the likely candidate right now to replace Stubblefield. Holliday was one of the few coaches who was not going with former BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall to Virginia.
An immediate candidate is BYU receivers coach Guy Holliday. He's been a great recruiter at BYU.
— Zak Hicken (@zakhicken) December 23, 2015
Utah has an obvious candidate to replace Taylor Stubblefield in BYU receivers coach Guy Holliday. He would be an upgrade at that spot. #Utes
— John Coon (@johncoonsports) December 23, 2015
This move, along with this tweet from Brian Swinney, could indicate Utah intends to make a serious effort at throwing the ball next season. Utah has averaged under 200 yards passing per game in four out of five seasons in the Pac-12 (only in 2013 did they top 200 yards passing per game).
Just got off phone with a Utah coach that said, 'next season, we want to throw the ball. We will throw the ball. Want more guys to throw to'
— Brian Swinney (@BSwinneyScout) December 21, 2015