Arkansas head coach, Sam Pittman, seems to have found a replacement for wide receiver position coach fairly quickly. Justin Stepp left the Razorbacks to join South Carolina on Sunday afternoon. Pittman put in quick work with his offensive coordinator, Kendal Briles, to hire Kenny Guiton away from Colorado State on Sunday evening.
Colorado Freakin’ State?! Yes. But, catch this: he worked under Briles as the receivers coach at Houston when the Cougars had one of the most explosive offenses in the country. Another cool tidbit is he had a few starts at quarterback for Ohio State in 2012 and 2013. Other coaching experience for Guiton includes stops at Texas as quality control, Houston as a graduate assistant in 2015-2016, Louisiana Tech as receivers coach and Colorado State as receivers coach.
Guiton played quarterback at Ohio State from 2009-2013 primarily as a backup to former Buckeye quarterback Braxton Miller. Guiton came in relief of Miller in the Purdue game down 22-14 in the fourth quarter and lead the Buckeyes back to win in overtime to save an undefeated season at 8-0. He finished his Buckeye career with 16 touchdowns to only four interceptions.
While Guiton was at Louisiana Tech, Guiton’s receiving corps were Conference USA’s fourth ranked passing offense at 268.5 per game. He also had receivers Adrian Hardy and Malik Stanley who were named to All-Conference USA honorable mention.
During his two year stint at Houston as wide receiver coach, he coached sophomore Marquez Stevenson to All-American Athletic Conference honors posting 75 receptions for 1,019 yards and nine touchdowns. Another receiver, Keith Corbin had 40 receptions for 691 yards as the Cougars were one of just two AAC programs to have a pair of receivers rank in the Top 10 among AAC players in receiving yards per game.
In 2020, Guiton was also named to the 247sports.com best 30 under 30 list of coaches that are the fastest risers in the profession.
Kenny Guiton to Arkansas would be a home run. A guy that worked his butt off at Ohio State, won some games, made an NFL roster, has coached up great talent at Houston, Texas, LA Tech and Colorado State.— Jacob Davis (@JacobScottDavis) January 4, 2021
Plus, he was named to the 30 for 30 list for rising coaches in 2020.
What Guiton Gets
Guiton will get to coach a very talent wide receivers. Stepp certainly didn’t leave his position void of talent. Anyone that has Treylon Burks and Mike Woods would do well going into 2021. He also will have Trey Knox, De’Vion Warren, Darin Turner, Ketron Jackson, Raheim Sanders and many more to spread the field with.