Alvis Whitted
Alvis  Whitted

Wide Receivers

Years Coaching:
9th season (Fifth at CSU)


Spring Notebook: Wide receivers aim to reload, not rebuild

Rams get preview of spring game with practice at Hughes Stadium


Spring Football Notebook: Practice 10

Rams prepare for scrimmage at Dove Valley


CSU's Higgins named Player to Watch by Touchdown Club of Columbus

Higgins one of 17 players on exclusive list


Mike Bobo retains Alvis Whitted to inaugural staff

Whitted to remain as wide receivers coach


Rams Football begins Spring practices on Tuesday, March 26

Colorado State takes field for its second spring drills under Jim McElwain


2015 Spring Practice - Practice 5

Photos from Colorado State's fifth spring practice of 2015 (photos by Dan Byers)

Alvis Whitted at a glance...

  • Last name is pronounced WHITT-id.
  • Hired by Mike Bobo on Jan. 2, 2015.
  • A nine-year NFL veteran selected in the 1998 draft by Jacksonville and then-head coach Tom Coughlin, played for the Jaguars, Falcons and Raiders, where he spent his final season with McElwain on staff.
  • Played in two AFC championship games as well as Super Bowl XXXVII.
  • A former world-class sprinter at North Carolina State, joined the Rams in 2012 after a season as an offensive quality-control assistant at UCLA.

Personnel file

  • Age on Sept. 1, 2014: 39.
  • Hometown: Hillsborough, N.C.
  • High School: Orange; Hillsborough, N.C.
  • College: North Carolina State (business management/finance, '98)
  • Family: Wife, Tracy.

Career background

Seasons Team/School Title/Position Coached
2008-09 Orange H.S. (North Carolina) Assistant coach
2010 Millsap College Wide Receivers
2011 UCLA Offensive Assistant
2012-14 Colorado State Wide Receivers

Postseason experience

Season Appearance Opponent
1994 Peach Bowl Mississippi
(player at N.C. State)
1998 Wild Card Playoffs New England Patriots
(player for Jacksonville Jaguars)
1998 AFC Divisional Playoffs New York Jets
(player for Jacksonville Jaguars)
1999 AFC Divisional Playoffs Miami Dolphins
(player for Jacksonville Jaguars)
1999 AFC Championship Tennessee Titans
(player for Jacksonville Jaguars)
2002 AFC Divisional Playoffs New York Jets
(player for Oakland Raiders)
2002 AFC Championship Tennessee Titans
(player for Oakland Raiders)
2002 Super Bowl XXXVII Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(player for Oakland Raiders)
2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Illinois
(assistant coach at UCLA)
2013 Gildan New Mexico Bowl Washington State
(assistant coach at Colorado State)
2014 Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Utah
(assistant coach at Colorado State)

Playing career: Wide receiver at N.C. State, 1994-97; nine-year NFL veteran, 1998-2006 (Jacksonville, Atlanta, Oakland).

Alvis Whitted, a nine-year NFL veteran, is in his fourth season as wide receivers coach at Colorado State in 2015. He originally came to Colorado State in 2012 and was retained by head coach Mike Bobo in January 2015.

Whitted has played a key role in the development of consensus first-team All-American Rashard Higgins. As a true sophomore in 2014 Higgins was named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award while leading the nation in receiving yards (1,750) and receiving touchdowns (17) with his school-record 96 receptions. The first-team All-Mountain West wide receiver recorded a school-record 10 games with 100 or more yards in 2014 and has scored a school-record 23 receiving touchdowns in just two seasons.

The Rams' wide receiver corps was outstanding in 2014, as junior Joe Hansley (35-540-15.4, 2 TDs), redshirt freshman Xavier Williams (30-430-14.3, 3 TDs) and senior Charles Lovett (28-490-17.5, 3 TDs) provided dangerous targets for MW Offensive Player of the Year Garrett Grayson. All but Lovett return in 2015, along with a host of of young talent that makes the Rams wide receiver corps one of the best in all of college football.

Whitted in 2013 helped develop one of the most improved position groups on the Rams' roster. Under his tutelage Higgins set a CSU freshman receiving record with a team-high 68 catches for 837 yards and six touchdowns. Higgins' 68 receptions ranked sixth by all players on CSU's all-time single-season receptions list. As a sophomore Hansley also blossomed in his second season under Whitted, catching a career-high 52 passes for 613 yards and one touchdown.

In his first season at Colorado State, Whitted guided Lovett, then a sophomore, and senior Marquise Law to the best years of their careers. Lovett led the team with 35 receptions for 428 yards (12.2) and two touchdowns, while Law capped his collegiate career with 29 catches for 287 yards (13.3) and two scores, catching passes from three different starting quarterbacks because of injuries at the position.

Whitted (pronounced WHITT-id) came to Fort Collins in February 2012 after a brief stay at Appalachian State, following a year as offensive quality-control assistant on Rick Neuheisel's UCLA staff in 2011.

At UCLA, Whitted worked with wide receivers and special teams, and helped prepare the offense for games by heading the defensive scout team.

Before moving to Pasadena, Whitted spent the 2010 season at Division III Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., as wide receivers coach. There, he began to launch recruiting ties throughout the Southeastern U.S., and coached senior Michael Galatas, a first-team all-conference selection and the league Special Teams Player of the Year.

Following an impressive NFL playing tenure, Whitted began his coaching career as a high-school assistant at his alma mater, Orange High School in Hillsborough, N.C., from 2008-09.

Selected by Tom Coughlin and the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round (192nd overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft, Whitted played for three teams, including the Atlanta Falcons (2001) and Oakland Raiders (2002-06). In addition to Coughlin, who would go on to win two Super Bowls, Whitted's NFL head coaches included Dan Reeves, Norv Turner and Art Shell. He played under coaching staffs that included Dom Capers, Wade Phillips, Jim Harbaugh, Bobby Petrino, Frank Gansz and Dick Jauron.

Over a nine-year NFL career, Whittted played in 122 games with 24 starts, and caught 74 passes for 1,030 yards and six touchdowns. He also picked up 118 yards on 14 rushing attempts. As an occasional kickoff returner, he had 388 yards on 21 returns, including a 98-yard touchdown in 1999. A special-teams standout, he recorded 20 career coverage tackles.

Whitted played in a pair of AFC championship games, with Jacksonville in 2000 and Oakland in 2002, and helped the Raiders to a berth in Super Bowl XXXVII following the '02 season. His finest season was his last, 2006, when he started 13 games and established career highs with 27 receptions and 299 receiving yards.

Whitted and Colorado State cornerbacks coach Terry Fair both entered the NFL in the 1998 Draft and played against one another in one game. On Dec. 6, 1998, Whitted's Jaguars defeated Fair's Detroit Lions 37-22 in Jacksonville. Fair made four tackles in the game while Whitted was credited with one rushing attempt for -1 yard.

A dominant return specialist at N.C. State (1994-97), he totaled 1,929 kickoff-return yards, No. 2 in school history at the time of his graduation, and currently third all-time. He owns two of the top 10 kickoff returns in Wolfpack annals, a 97-yard TD vs. Maryland in 1994 and a 96-yard score vs. Florida State in 1996.

Whitted's N.C. State athletic contributions on the track in the spring were just as valuable. A world-class sprinter as a four-time All-American, he holds the school records in the 100, 200 and 400 meters. At the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials, he finished sixth in the 200. On two occasions, the Atlantic Coast Conference named him its most valuable performer, and seven times he won an individual conference title. After being drafted into the NFL, he graduated with the H.C. Kennett Award, the most prestigious honor given to an N.C. State athlete each year.

A native of Durham, N.C., Whitted competed in football and track at Orange High School in Hillsborough, N.C. He won the 100 and 200 meters at the North Carolina state championship.

Whitted graduated from North Carolina State in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in business management/finance. In the summer of 2014 he married Tracy Ljone, who serves as a strength and conditioning coach and professor of sport management and health education at Colorado State.

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