Coaching Position: Offensive Coordinator – Wide Receivers
Alma Mater: Stanford
Graduating Year: 1999
2018: Nebraska, Offensive Coordinator
2016-17: UCF, Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers
2013-15: Colorado, Assistant Coach (Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator)
2012: NC State, Assistant Coach (Receivers)
2010-11: Texas A&M, Assistant Coach (Receivers)
2009: Indiana State, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Receivers
Troy Walters will coordinate Nebraska’s offense in 2018 after serving as Scott Frost’s offensive coordinator at Central Florida the past two seasons. One of the nation’s top assistant coaches, the 2017 Broyles Award Finalist owns six years of Power Five experience in his nine years as a collegiate assistant.
Walters’ offense played a major role in UCF posting the greatest two-year turnaround in modern college football history. The Knights showed dramatic offensive improvement in each of Walters’ two seasons and were the nation’s most improved offense in 2017. Walters inherited an offense that ranked 125th nationally in scoring offense (13.9 points per game) and 127th in total offense (268.4 yards per game). Two years later, UCF led the nation in scoring in 2017 and ranked fifth in total offense. In Walters’ two seasons, UCF increased its scoring production by more than 35 points per game and its total offense output by more than 270 yards per game.
In 2017, Walters was one of five finalists for the Broyles Award, presented annually to the nation’s top assistant coach. UCF led the country in scoring at 49.4 points per game, and the Knights were the only team to score at least 30 points in every regular-season game. UCF also ranked fifth nationally in total offense with an average of 540.4 yards per game. The Knights recorded more than 600 yards of total offense four times, including 727 yards in the American Athletic Conference Championship Game victory over No. 16 Memphis, the ninth-highest yardage total of any team in 2017. UCF also topped the 60-point mark a nation-leading four times, including 62 points in the conference title game and 73 points against Austin Peay, the third-highest point total by an FBS team in 2017.
UCF ranked third nationally in completion percentage in 2017 and seventh in passing. In addition to boasting one of the nation’s top passing offenses, the Knights averaged 5.2 yards per carry and ranked sixth nationally with 38 rushing touchdowns.
Individually, sophomore quarterback McKenzie Milton was the 2017 American Athletic Conference Player of the Year and was one of seven UCF offensive players to earn all-conference honors. Milton ranked second nationally in passing efficiency and completion percentage and was fourth in touchdown passes, fifth in total offense and sixth in passing yards. In addition to his offensive coordinator duties, Walters also coached the Knight wide receivers, and he excelled in that area as well. First-team All-AAC pick Tre’Quan Smith was fourth nationally in receiving touchdowns in 2017 and 14th in receiving yards.
In Walter’s first season in 2016, UCF improved 59 spots in scoring offense, averaging 15 more points per game from the 2015 season. The Knights ranked 12th nationally in red zone offense and Smith totaled 57 catches for 853 yards and five touchdowns.
Walters came to Orlando following a three-year stint as the receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Colorado. He coached Nelson Spruce for three seasons, helping Spruce set 41 school records, including CU’s all-time marks in receptions (294), receiving yards (3,347) and receiving touchdowns (23).
Walters also coached Paul Richardson to first-team all-conference accolades in 2014, when Richardson set a school record with 1,343 receiving yards and was the first Buffalo wide receiver to earn first-team all-conference honors in nearly 20 years. During his time at Colorado, Walters’ receivers posted the top three single-season reception totals in CU history and the top two receiving yard totals.
As recruiting coordinator, Walters played a key role in recruiting players that helped the Buffaloes win 10 games in 2016, play in the Pac-12 Championship Game and finish with a No. 17 final ranking.
Before going to Colorado, Walters was the receivers coach at NC State in 2012, when he helped three Wolfpack receivers each post at least 44 catches and 620 receiving yards. Walters coached receivers for the first time in the FBS ranks for two seasons at Texas A&M in 2010 and 2011. With the Aggies, Ryan Swope and Jeff Fuller both set the school record with 72 receptions in 2010, and Fuller set the program record with 1,066 receiving yards. Swope then broke both records with 89 catches and 1,207 yards in 2011.
Walters began his coaching career as Indiana State’s offensive coordinator in 2009. He also coached the quarterbacks and receivers with the Sycamores.
As a player, Walters set Stanford all-time records with 244 receptions, 3,986 yards and 19 100-yard receiving games in his four-year career from 1996 to 1999. He also set Stanford season records with 86 catches in 1997 and 1,456 receiving yards in 1999. Walters also ranks second in Cardinal history with 26 career touchdown receptions, and he had a school-record 278 receiving yards against UCLA in 1999.
In the Pac-12 record book – which includes bowl statistics – Walters is credited with 4,047 career receiving yards, the most in conference history. He was a consensus All-American, the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year and the Biletnikoff Award winner as a senior in 1999, when Stanford won its first conference title since 1971.
Following his Stanford career, Walters was selected in the fifth round of the 2000 Colorado and played. He played eight seasons in the NFL and totaled 98 catches for 1,135 yards and nine touchdowns. He also totaled more than 3,800 return yards.
Walters earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford. He earned his bachelor’s degree in communications in 1999 when he was a first-team Academic All-American, and his master’s degree in sociology in 2000. He and his wife, Josephine, have two children, Tate and Faith. Walter’s father, Trent, coached football for more than 40 years, including nine seasons in the NFL and collegiate stops at Colorado, Louisville, Washington, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M and Notre Dame.