After making waves nationally with the recent hire of Tony Franklin, the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders added another assistant coach to the staff. Edmonton Eskimos assistant coach Kez McCorvey has officially been added as the wide receivers coach.
Excited to announce the addition of Kez McCorvey as @MT_FB's wide receivers coach! https://t.co/u2m62yDNhg #TrueBlue pic.twitter.com/AMIA4KV7wl— MT Athletics (@MTAthletics) January 26, 2016
McCorvey, a former Florida State Seminole wide receiver, has been part of the Edmonton Eskimos coaching staff in the Canadian Football League since the 2014 season. Before that, he spent one season coaching at the professional level with the Toronto Argonauts for the 2012 season as their wide receivers coach.
A standout wide receiver during his college career with Florida State, McCorvey amassed 192 catches during his college career (1991-1994). His best season came in 1993 when he was the leading receiver, 74 catches, for the National Champion Seminoles. He ended his college career with 2,660 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns. McCorvery was a two-time All-ACC selection, named to two All-American teams, and a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Trophy as a senior. McCorvey was also inducted into the Florida State football hall of fame in 2005.
The 44-year old coach spent his professional career with the Detroit Lions (1995-1997) as a fifth round pick, 156 overall. After a two year spell in the NFL, McCorvey took his talents to the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe in 1999, and then the Edmonton Eskimos (2000-2001).
The Mississippi native decided to get into coaching eight years after his professional career ended, accepting a head coaching position with Maclay School. McCorvey was with Maclay for two seasons before joining NAIA program Bethel Univeristy as the receivers coach, pass game coordinator, and strength and conditioning coach.
After a single year with Bethel University, McCorvey was able to land a job in the CFL as a wide receivers coach with Toronto. His first year of coaching saw the Toronto Argonauts defeat the Calgary Stampeders in the 100th Grey Cup, 35-22. McCorvey helped lead Edmonton to the most recent Grey Cup win, a 26-20 win over the Ottowa Redblacks that gave him two Grey Cup championships in his three seasons coaching in the CFL.
Between his two stints as a coach in the CFL, McCorvey spent the 2013 season as a high school head coach with Northeast High School in Florida.
McCorvey will be the third wide receivers coach in three years for the Blue Raiders after Justin Watts (2014) and Kodi Burns (2015) left for other programs. He is inheriting a wide receiver group that returns freshman phenom Richie James. The freshman is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, USA Today, and Athlon Sports Freshman All-America teams.