Josh Gattis enters his second year on the Vanderbilt offensive staff. He
coaches the team's wide receiver corps and serves as the team's offensive
With Gattis' guidance Jordan Matthews became one of the greatest wide receivers in Southeastern Conference and Vanderbilt history. Matthews took over the top spot in the SEC and Vanderbilt record books for career receptions, career receiving yards, 100-yard receiving games and single-season receptions. His 24 receiving touchdowns are the most in VU history and his 1,477 yards receiving during 2013 are the most ever by a player in the Black & Gold. Matthews is also the only player in league history to ever record two seasons of at least 90 catches and the only player to catch over 100 passes.
While Matthews may get the headlines fellow senior Jonathan Krause enjoyed a career year in his final season on West End. Krause posted his first two career 100-yard games in consecutive weeks against UMass and UAB while also catching his first touchdown pass in the win at UMass. The combination of Krause and Matthews has produced 154 catches for 2,191 yards and is set to become the greatest receiving duo in school history.
Freshman Jordan Cunningham also developed under Gattis starting five games and catching 15 passes. Junior Trent Pruitt also became a contributor for the squad making several key catches in wins for the Commodores. In all, six of Gattis' wide receivers caught at least one pass during the regular season.
In his first year with the Commodores, Gattis enjoyed superb success,
mentoring the most productive wide receiving tandem in team history.
Gattis, who joined the Commodores after serving as receivers coach at
Western Michigan in 2011, helped Jordan Matthews and Chris Boyd put
together receiving statistics unmatched by any other Vanderbilt duo. The
Matthews-Boyd tandem totalled 144 catches and 2,097 receiving yards, 217
yards more than the next closest Commodore duo.
Matthews was superb, earning consensus First Team All-SEC and
third-team All-America honors after registering 94 catches and 1,323
receiving yards. Boyd also enjoyed a sensational season with 50 catches
and 774 receiving yards. They combined to haul in 13 touchdown passes.
In just two years as a collegiate coach, Gattis has mentored All-America
receivers at both Vanderbilt and Western Michigan.
Prior to arriving in Nashville, Gattis helped Western Michigan to a 7-6
mark and the 2011 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, just the fifth postseason bowl
in team history.
Wide receiver Jordan White, Gattis' top pupil at Western Michigan, established a slew of team and Mid-American Conference (MAC) records en route to consensus All-America recognition. As a senior in 2011, White topped the nation with 140 receptions and 1,911 receiving yards. His 17 touchdown catches ranked third in the NCAA. He finished his career with 306 catches and set a new MAC record with 4,187 receiving yards. White owns virtually every Western Michigan receiving record. He capped his Bronco career by setting a Little Caesars Bowl record with 265 receiving yards.
White became Western Michigan's first consensus All-America recipient, earning recognition from the Associated Press, Walter Camp Football Foundation, American Football Coaches Association, Sports Illustrated and Yahoo! Sports.
After the 2011 season, White was selected in the seventh round by the New York Jets.
Two other Western Michigan wide receivers, seniors Chleb Ravenell and Robert Arnheim, produced career campaigns under Gattis' guidance. Ravenell had 67 receptions and nine touchdown catches. Arnheim finished the year with 62 receptions.
Gattis joined Western Michigan after serving as a graduate assistant in 2010 at the University of North Carolina. Among the coaches working closest with Gattis at North Carolina was then-Tar Heels' offensive coordinator John Shoop, a former Vanderbilt grad assistant and the brother of current Commodore defensive coordinator Bob Shoop.
Gattis was a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference recipient during an outstanding career at Wake Forest. A three-year starter at safety, Gattis earned All-ACC honors in 2005-06. He finished his career with 32 starts, 253 total tackles, six forced fumbles and 12 interceptions. He posted five picks in both his junior and senior campaigns.
Gattis participated in the 2007 Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Game. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft by Jacksonville. He played the 2007-08 season with the Chicago Bears.
Gattis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Wake Forest in December 2006.
The Gattis File Personal
Birthplace: Durham, N.C.
Alma Mater: Wake Forest, 2006
Playing Experience: Wake Forest (Safety, 2003-06)