N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien found a new receivers coach in Troy Walters who fits his program’s recruiting profile — an under-the-radar overachiever.
Overlooked out of high school because of his height (5-8), Walters went on to a prolific college career at Stanford and eight seasons in the NFL as a receiver and punt returner. He joined O'Brien’s Wolfpack staff Wednesday after spending the previous two seasons at Texas A&M.
“N.C. State has a great staff, great players and great fans and I like the direction that Coach O’Brien has the program headed,” Walters said in a statement released by the school. “I’m looking forward to being a part of something very special here.”
Walters replaces assistant Don Horton, who retired in May, and will be the first receivers coach for O’Brien at State. Offensive coordinator Dana Bible, who also coaches the quarterbacks, handled the receivers in O'Brien's first five seasons.
Walters, 35, got his coaching start at Indiana State in 2009. He played for four NFL teams in eight seasons from 2000-07, including a four-year stint for the Indianapolis Colts.
Walters helped Stanford win the Pac-10 title in 1999 and reach the Rose Bowl. He won the Biletnikoff Award, as the nation's top college receiver, in 1999 with 74 catches for 1,456 yards with 10 touchdowns.
Stanford was one of the few Division I programs that offered Walters a scholarship. He still holds the Stanford career receiving records for catches (244) and yards (3,986).
“He has outstanding experience as a player on the collegiate and professional levels and as a coach,” O’Brien said in the statement. “He will be a great mentor and leader for our young wide receiver corps.”
Walters is the third new assistant hired this offseason, joining Des Kitchings (running backs) and Corey Edmond (strength and conditioning).