Big 12: Troy Walters

IRVING, Texas -- Troy Walters, a former Biletnikoff winner and NFL player, was the offensive coordinator at Indiana State a week ago. This morning, Texas A&M announced Walters as its new wide receivers coach, and coach Mike Sherman called Walters "a perfect fit."

Walters is a native of College Station, Texas, and had been coaching under Trent Miles at Indiana State, a former receivers coach himself in 2000 under Sherman with the Green Bay Packers.

"A lot of the language -- he's very familiar with the West Coast terminology, which is what our base is," Sherman said.

Knowing that now-former receivers coach Steve Kragthorpe intended to resign to attend to family health matters in Tulsa full-time, Walters came to College Station on Friday to interview.

"A selling point for me was the fact that he worked in the Indianapolis Colts system, which in NFL circles it's very well known that the Colts, in all of football, run probably one of the most precision-driven routes of anybody, and he conveyed that preciseness, that discipline in his interview with me," Sherman said. "So that's exactly what we're looking for."

Aggies WR coach resigns, Walters hired

July, 26, 2010
Texas A&M wide receiver coach Steve Kragthorpe has resigned, the school confirmed on Monday.

Family medical issues forced the first-year assistant to step down just over a week before fall preseason camp begins. Kragthorpe came to College Station in February after being fired as head coach at Louisville after compiling just a 15-21 record in three seasons.
"Steve and I sat down and discussed his situation," Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman said in a release. "I wanted to try to make it work where he could come back this season once the family health issues were resolved. Ultimately, he felt his wife Cynthia, and his three boys, required his undivided attention and I respect him for that. Steve is not only an excellent coach, but he is an even better person. We will keep him and his family in our prayers."

Added Kragthorpe: "My family is dealing with some medical issues and they need me at home. The timing could not be helped and I hate to leave Coach Sherman and the guys at this time. My group of receivers worked extremely hard this spring and they were a lot of fun to work with."

One of the conference's most talented units, the Texas A&M wide receivers will now be coached by Troy Walters, a former NFL star and Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation's best receiver. The Stanford grad is a native of College Station, Texas, and attended A&M Consolidated High School.
"I believe I have a lot to offer," Walters said. "I have been blessed to have played with many outstanding players during my NFL career and the privilege of playing for some outstanding coaches."

Five Aggies receivers caught at least 35 passes in 2009.

One quick note: Oklahoma has added running back DeMarco Murray to its list of players coming to media days on Wednesday. The school will also bring linebacker Travis Lewis, wide receiver Ryan Broyles and defensive end Jeremy Beal.

Oklahoma joins Texas as one of just two teams scheduled to bring four players to media days.