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Colorado State retained wide receivers coach Alvis Whitted and added former Louisiana-Monroe running backs coach Bryan Applewhite to new head coach's Mike Bobo's staff.

By Thayer Evans
January 02, 2015

New Colorado State coach Mike Bobo has retained wide receivers coach Alvis Whitted and hired Louisiana-Monroe running backs coach Bryan Applewhite.

Whitted has coached wide receivers for the Rams for the last three seasons while Applewhite oversaw running backs at ULM for the last five. Applewhite’s role at Colorado State has yet to be determined.

Whitted discovered star junior-to-be wideout Rashard Higgins, a finalist this season for the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the nation’s top wide receiver. Higgins had 96 catches and led the nation with 1,750 yards and 17 touchdowns. Whitted, 40, played wide receiver in the NFL for nine seasons and was an offensive assistant at UCLA in 2011. He coached wide receivers for Millsap College the season before and got his coaching start as an assistant at Orange High School in Hillsborough, N.C. from 2008-09. During his collegiate career at North Carolina State, Whitted was also a star sprinter.

Applewhite, 40, was an assistant for a season at Montana State before being hired at ULM. Before that, he was an assistant for six seasons at Wyoming. He began coaching at his alma mater, Northern Colorado, after his playing career as a fullback ended in 1998. He was promoted to full-time assistant a year later.

Bobo was hired last month after eight seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Georgia. He replaces Jim McElwain, who left to become head coach at Florida.

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