At Stanford in the late 1990s, wide receiver Troy Walters wasn’t just a football star. He was a scholar, earning both a bachelor’s in communication and a master’s in sociology during a 1999 senior season that saw him earn First Team All-America, Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year and Academic All-America honors in addition to the Biletnikoff Award for the nation’s best receiver.
That marriage of skills and smarts is serving Walters well now as a coach. The 35-year-old is in his first season as NC State’s wide receivers coach after previously holding the same position at Texas A&M (2010-11) and a stint as Indiana State’s offensive coordinator (2009).
“He grew up as a coach’s son, so he understands the demands of the profession and what it takes to be a championship team,” Wolfpack head coach Tom O’Brien said of Walters upon his June hiring. Walters’ father Trent was an assistant coach at Indiana, Louisville, Washington, Pitt, Notre Dame and Texas A&M during his career.
After the 1999 college season, during which he also led the Cardinal to its first Rose Bowl appearance since 1972, Walters was drafted in the fifth round by the Minnesota Vikings. During an eight-year NFL career, he also saw action with the Colts, Cardinals and Lions.
Walters’ alma mater takes on Oregon State on Saturday in a huge Pac-12 clash. Troy Walters profile