Utah announces hiring of new wide receivers coach
Utah has its next wideout coach.
Kyle Whittingham announced Tuesday he has hired former Wisconsin assistant Alvis Whitted to be the program’s next receivers coach. Whitted will take over for Chad Bumphis, who left earlier this month to coach at Mississippi State. Whitted arrives in Salt Lake City after three seasons as the wide receivers coach at Wisconsin.
He brings experience at the Group of Five and Power Five levels, as well as the NFL — where he also spent nine years as a player.
Welcome @CoachWhitted to the Utah family! 🙌
More on our new wide receivers coach: https://t.co/EKgUvFvsPP pic.twitter.com/T70nNa7Jn2
— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) January 24, 2023
Prior to his time with Wisconsin, Whitted coached wideouts for the Green Bay Packers in 2019. Under his watch, Davante Adams set the franchise playoff record with a 160-yard, two-touchdown performance against Seattle in the NFC Divisional Round.
Whitted began his coaching career at the high school level, spending two seasons as an assistant for his alma mater before moving on to coach wideouts at Millsaps College in 2010. The following season, he was a quality control analyst for UCLA. In 2012, he got his break at Colorado State.
With the Rams, Whitted mentored All-Americans and Biletnikoff Award finalists during seven seasons. Rashard Higgins and Michael Gallup were both consensus first-team All-Americans and Biletnikoff Award finalists under the direction of Whitted with Gallup being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys and Higgins earning a draft spot with the Cleveland Browns.
Gallup capped off his career at Colorado State with 100 receptions for 1,418 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior in 2017. He posted 76 catches for 1,272 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior. Higgins became the Rams’ all-time receiving leader (3,649) after leading the nation in 2014 in receiving yards (1,750) and touchdowns (17) on 96 receptions, recording at least 100 receiving yards in 10 games that season.