Monday, January 5, 2009

Taylor officially announced

For the second time in a week, Auburn raided the Oklahoma State coaching staff – this time by hiring co-offensive coordinator Trooper Taylor.

He will serve as Auburn’s receivers coach and assistant head coach.

“This is a great opportunity to join coach (Gene) Chizik at Auburn and be a part of a dynamic offensive staff that he has put together,” Taylor said. “I’m excited to be coaching at a program like Auburn and return to the Southeastern Conference.”

Taylor served with Luper as a member of the Cowboys staff this year after spending four years with Tennessee. Luper said they are close friends and seemed excited about the opportunity to continue coaching alongside Taylor.

At Oklahoma State, Taylor coached all-America receiver Dez Bryant, who finished with 87 receptions for 1,480 yards and 19 touchdowns. Bryant was a Biletnikoff finalist.

Taylor is known as a strong recruiter. has named him a top-25 recruiter twice since 2005. He has also coached at Baylor, New Mexico and Tulane.

“Trooper is an outstanding wide receivers coach and has had a long line of players that have flourished under his direction,” Chizik said. “He’s been successful at every stop as a coach, has a strong knowledge of the Southeastern Conference and is a tremendous recruiter.”

Taylor spent most of Sunday in meetings with Auburn coaches and was seen at the Auburn athletic complex.


Auburn also announced that Jay Boulware will coach tight ends in addition to his special teams duties.

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