Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer announced former Tulane assistant Trooper Taylor as the newest member of his coaching staff Tuesday. Taylor replaces Woody McCorvey, who resigned Dec. 9 to take the offensive coordinator's position at Mississippi State.
"We're very excited to have Trooper with us," Fulmer said. "We're looking forward to getting his energy and enthusiasm, along with the expertise he brings to the football field and recruiting."
Taylor, who turns 34 next month, just completed his fifth season at Tulane. He has mentored the wide receivers under coach Chris Scelfo since 1999, and he brings a successful resume to Knoxville.
"I'm definitely excited about being a part of the Volunteer family," Taylor said. "I'm looking forward to being a part of a new system and that Volunteer tradition, which is winning. It's exciting both for my family and me.
"For me, it's a step up being able to coach and recruit in the SEC - obviously a coach's dream," Taylor added. "You want to be at the highest level. Everybody talks about it being the No. 1 conference in the country and you want to be a part of that."
The Cuero, Texas, native coached four Tulane receivers into the NFL during his tenure in New Orleans. He had the nation's top receiving trio in 2001 in Adrian Burnette, Kerwin Cook and Terrell Harris, who combined to lead the country with 2,384 receiving yards on 185 catches.
In 1999, Burnette and JaJuan Dawson were the only Division I-A receiving pair to each gain more than 1,000 yards.
A 1992 graduate of Baylor University, Taylor finished his playing career as the school's career leader in kickoff returns and return yardage. After helping the Bears to the 1991 Copper Bowl and completing his degree, Taylor joined the coaching staff at his alma mater.
He spent two seasons as a graduate assistant before being named wide receivers coach in 1994. He then coached Baylor's secondary for two years before returning to the wide receivers again.
Before signing on at Tulane, Taylor spent the 1998 season as running backs coach at New Mexico.