Alvis Whitted

Alvis Whitted, who played nine seasons in the NFL, finished his seventh season as wide receivers coach at Colorado State in 2018. He originally joined the CSU coaching staff in 2012 under Jim McElwain and was retained by head coach Mike Bobo in January 2015.

In 2018, Whitted coached and developed a WR who most consider yet another NFL-ready wide receiver and one of the top receivers in college football, Preston Williams. 
Williams was named 1st Team All-Mountain West while finishing ranked #3 in the Nation in Receiving TDs (14), #4 in Receiving Yards (1,345), and #3 in Receptions (96).

Whitted has mentored two consensus first-team All-Americans who also were finalists for the prestigious Biletnikoff Award: Michael Gallup (2017) and Rashard Higgins (2014).

Under Whitted's tutelage in 2017,Gallup became just the fourth consensus All-American in CSU history and was named a Biletnikoff Award finalist. His school-record 100 receptions ranked third in FBS, while his 1,413 receiving yards--second in school history behind Higgins' 1,750 in 2014--ranked fifth. In Whitted's tenure at Colorado State, Gallup and Higgins have posted three of the top four single-season marks in school history for receptions and receiving yards.

While Gallup set records and earned accolades, two other Rams excelled under Whitted's guidance in 2017, as junior Olabisi Johnson (41-595-14.5, 2 TDs) and senior Detrich Clark (41-504-12.3, 6 TDs) combined for 82 receptions, 1,099 yards and eight touchdowns. The Rams ranked 11th in FBS in total offense with a school-record 492.5 yards per game, and also set school records for first downs (25.5) and third-down conversions (50.3%).

In 2016 the wide receiving corps played a key role in the Rams ranking fourth in the nation in red-zone scoring (94.6%), as well as 12th in passing efficiency, 28th in scoring offense (35.3) and 30th in total offense (462.5). Gallup, as a junior, led that effort, earning first-team All-MW honors under Whitted’s tutelage in his first season of FBS play. Gallup caught 76 passes for 1,272 yards and 14 touchdowns—each a top-3 total in school history at that time—and ranked 8th in FBS in scoring receptions and top 15 in receptions and receiving yards. Johnson, as a sophomore, broke the CSU single-game receiving record in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl with 265 yards on seven receptions again Idaho (12/22/16).

Whitted played a key role in the recruitment and development of 2014 consensus first-team All-American Rashard Higgins, the Rams’ all-time leading receiver, who was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2016, as well as Joe Hansley, who signed a free agent contract with the Oakland Raiders. Hansley finished his CSU career ranked 10th all-time in receiving yards (1,873), playing all four years under Whitted’s tutelage.

The Rams’ receiving corps in 2015 was instrumental in helping first-year starting quarterback Nick Stevens to set CSU sophomore passing records and earn second-team All-Mountain West honors. Higgins was named first-team All-MW, catching 75 passes for 1,062 yards (14.2) and eight touchdowns, and Hansley was first-team All-MW by Phil Steele with 28 receptions for 415 yards (14.8) and six touchdowns.

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.

The Rams’ wide receiver corps was outstanding in 2014, as 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.

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

Received his bachelor's degree in business management/finance from North Carolina State in 1998. 

Whitted married Tracy Ljone, who served as a strength and conditioning coach and professor of sport management and health education at Colorado State. They have a daughter, Remy, born in 2016.