Troy Taylor leaves Utah for Sacramento State


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – Kyle Whittingham is searching for a new offensive coordinator once again.

Troy Taylor, who served as the Utes OC the last two years, has accepted the head coaching job at Sacramento State.

Taylor could stay on the Utes coaching staff through the Holiday Bowl December 31st against Northwestern. Kyle Whittingham left the door open and said it depends on how things go with Taylor at Sacramento State.

Offensive line coach Jim Harding with take over as the interim offensive coordinator.

“I am thrilled to be the new head football coach at Sacramento State,” said Taylor, who is from Sacramento. “My family and I are excited to move back home and take on the challenge of building the Hornet Football program into something the city can be very proud. I want to thank President Nelsen, Mark Orr and the rest of the search committee for giving me this opportunity.”

Taylor coached at Folsolm High School in Sacramento before becoming an assistant coach at Colorado, Cal and Eastern Washington.

Utah averaged 28.7 points per game in 2018 and averaged 396.0 yards per game in a balanced attack which featured 186.8 yards rushing and 209.2 yards passing per game. Taylor’s offense had to adapt to two quarterbacks, Tyler Huntley and Jason Shelley, who took over for Huntley for the last three games after Huntley suffered a collarbone injury.

Running back Zack Moss sparked the ground game with 1,096 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns despite missing the last three games because of a knee injury.

During his first season with the Utes in 2017, the Utes offense featured a second-team all-Pac-12 receiver (Darren Carrington II) and a 1,000-yard rusher (Moss). Taylor’s offense spread the ball around with 16 players catching passes and 11 players rushing from scrimmage. That season, Utah amassed 413.4 total yards per game and posted a 30-14 win over West Virginia in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Whittingham will begin his search for a ninth offensive coordinator in the last eleven years.

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