Aaron Moorehead Wide Receivers Coach

    Former Illinois standout and Super Bowl champion Aaron Moorehead is in his second season on the Virginia Tech coaching staff after spending the previous three seasons as an offensive assistant at Stanford.

    Personal
    Born: Born: 11/5/80, Aurora, Colo.
    Hometown: Deerfield, Ill.

    Education
    High School: Deerfield High School
    College: Illinois (2003)

    Playing Experience
    Illinois (1999-2002)

    Coaching Experience
    2009New Mexico (graduate assistant)
    2010-12Stanford (offensive assistant for wide receivers)
    2013-Virginia Tech (wide receivers)

    Bowl/Playoff Experience
    Player
       1999MicronPC (Illinois vs. Virginia)
       2001Sugar (Illinois vs. LSU)
       2003NFL Playoffs (AFC championship)
       2004NFL Playoffs (AFC semifinals)
       2005NFL Playoffs (AFC semifinals)
       2006Super Bowl XLI (Indianapolis vs. Chicago)
       2007NFL Playoffs (AFC semifinals)
    Coach
       2010Orange (Stanford vs. Virginia Tech)
       2011Fiesta (Stanford vs. Oklahoma State)
       2012Rose (Stanford vs. Wisconsin)
       2013Sun (vs. UCLA)

    Handed a young and inexperienced group when he arrived in 2013, Moorehead worked tirelessly to turn the group into one that could be counted on for big plays. The trio of Joshua Stanford, Willie Byrn and Demitri Knowles became the first trio in program history to each record 40 or more receptions in a season. Byrn finished with 51 catches, tied for the fifth-most in program history and Stanford was named a freshman All-American.

    At Stanford, he worked with the wide receivers, helping coach a team to three-straight BCS games, including wins in the Orange and Rose Bowls. Under his tutelage, the duo of Doug Baldwin and Ryan Whalen combined for 99 catches for 1,296 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2010, leading to NFL roster spots for both. Additionally, Chris Owusu was picked up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012 following his senior season at Stanford and Griff Whalen transitioned from a successful collegiate career at Stanford under Moorehead to an NFL career with the Indianapolis Colts.

    Prior to his time at Stanford, he spent the 2009 season as a graduate assistant coach at the University of New Mexico, where he worked with the wide receivers.

    Following his collegiate career at Illinois, Moorehead spent five seasons (2003-07) in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts, including an appearance in Super Bowl XLI when the Colts beat the Chicago Bears. In five seasons with the Colts, Moorehead appeared in 36 games, including one start, catching 31 passes for 330 yards and one touchdown. Moorehead’s father, Emery, played 12 seasons (1977-88) in the NFL with the New York Giants, Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears and was part of the Bears Super Bowl-winning team following the 1985 season. The Mooreheads are the only father-son combination to play in, and win a Super Bowl.

    A four-year letterwinner at Illinois from 1999-2002, Moorehead caught 85 passes for 1,293 yards and nine touchdowns. A native of Deerfield, Ill., Moorehead attended Deerfield High School where he participated in football, baseball and track, finishing fourth in the state 110-meter high hurdles as a senior. He is the cousin of Brad Daugherty, the former North Carolina and NBA standout.

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