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Tyke Tolbert
Wide Receivers
College:
LSU
Experience:
12

Tyke Tolbert is in his fourth year with the Denver Broncos coaching the wide receivers in 2014—a position he has instructed with three previous teams since joining the NFL ranks in 2003. He is entering his 12th NFL season and was named to his current position on Jan. 17, 2011.

Tolbert spent the 2010 season coaching under John Fox in Carolina, preceded by six seasons with Buffalo (2004-09) and one year with Arizona (2003).

In 2013, he coached a unit that produced three players with 10-plus touchdowns (Demaryius Thomas – 14, Eric Decker – 11, Wes Welker – 10) along with two 1,000-yard performers (Thomas – 1,430, Decker – 1,288) for Denver’s record-setting offense.

Tyke Tolbert is in his fourth year with the Denver Broncos coaching the wide receivers in 2014—a position he has instructed with three previous teams since joining the NFL ranks in 2003. He is entering his 12th NFL season and was named to his current position on Jan. 17, 2011.

Tolbert spent the 2010 season coaching under John Fox in Carolina, preceded by six seasons with Buffalo (2004-09) and one year with Arizona (2003).

In 2013, he coached a unit that produced three players with 10-plus touchdowns (Demaryius Thomas – 14, Eric Decker – 11, Wes Welker – 10) along with two 1,000-yard performers (Thomas – 1,430, Decker – 1,288) for Denver’s record-setting offense.

Thomas, whose 14 receiving scores tied a franchise record, earned his second career Pro Bowl honor and was named a second-team All-Pro selection by the Associated Press. He joined Decker as just the second pair of teammates (Cris Carter/Randy Moss, Min. – 1998-99) to post 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns each in consecutive seasons. Welker set a career high with 10 touchdowns, including at least one in an NFL-record six straight games to begin a season with a new team.

Denver’s 2012 wide receiver group helped Denver’s fifth-ranked passing offense score 30 or more points in a team-record 11 games. Third-year wideouts Decker and Thomas became the youngest tandem in NFL history to record 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns each in a season, while veteran Brandon Stokley became one of 10 players in league annals to post 40 receptions and five touchdowns after age 36.

Teaming with quarterback Peyton Manning, Thomas earned his first career Pro Bowl selection after finishing fourth in the NFL with 1,434 yards and 10 touchdowns on 94 receptions (15.3 avg.), while Decker posted 85 receptions for 1,064 yards (12.5 avg.) and an AFC-best 13 touchdowns. The young wideouts also tied for first in the AFC with four receiving scores apiece on third down.

Thomas and Decker emerged as solid targets under Tolbert’s instruction in 2011, combining for 76 receptions for 1,163 yards (15.3 avg.) with 12 touchdowns in Denver’s run-heavy offense led by quarterback Tim Tebow. Fourth-year wideouts Eddie Royal and Matthew Willis also provided steady production after a trade in Week 6 that sent Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to St. Louis.

In Buffalo, Tolbert helped wide receiver Lee Evans become one of the most productive receivers in Bills history. Evans led all NFL rookies in 2004 with nine touchdown receptions and a 17.6-yard average per catch. After finishing second in the NFL with seven receptions for 40-plus yards in 2005, Evans continued to improve under Tolbert in 2006, amassing a team-record 265 yards receiving on 11 catches with two touchdowns in Week 11.

Under Tolbert’s tutelage with the Cardinals in 2003, Anquan Boldin earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and was the only rookie to make the Pro Bowl that season. He set an NFL-rookie record with 101 catches for 1,377 yards — the second most by a rookie in league history.

He gained his first professional coaching experience by participating in the NFL's Minority Internship Program with the Detroit Lions during training camp in 1997 and again with the Cardinals during training camp in 2001.

Tolbert coached for eight seasons at the collegiate level before joining the NFL ranks. He began his college coaching career as a graduate assistant at Louisiana State in the spring of 1994 and Northeast Louisiana in the fall of 1994. He moved on to coach wide receivers at Ohio in the spring of 1995, before returning to Northeast Louisiana in the fall of 1995, where he tutored the team’s tight ends for three seasons. In 1998, Tolbert was hired as the tight ends coach at Auburn. He became the wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator at Louisiana-Lafayette for three seasons (1999-2001). Tolbert served as the tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator at Florida in 2002, before making the jump to the NFL the following season.

Tolbert was a three-year letterman at LSU, where he played wide receiver. A native of Conroe, Texas, he graduated from LSU with bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He and his wife, Linda, have two daughters, Morgan and Madison.

PRO BOWL PLAYERS COACHED (2): WR Anquan Boldin (2003), WR Demaryius Thomas (2012-13).

*as head coach, coordinator or primary position coach

COACHING EXPERIENCE

Denver Broncos

Wide Receivers 2011-14

Carolina Panthers

Wide Receivers 2010

Buffalo Bills

Wide Receivers 2004-09

Arizona Cardinals

Wide Receivers 2003

University of Florida

Tight Ends/Recruiting Coordinator 2002

University of Louisiana-Lafayette

Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator 1999-2001

Auburn University

Tight Ends 1998

Northeast Louisiana University

Tight Ends 1995-97

Ohio University

Wide Receivers 1995 (Spring)

Northeast Louisiana University

Graduate Assistant 1994

Louisiana State University

Graduate Assistant 1994 (Spring)

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