Graduate assistants are often an overlooked part of coaching staffs, but they can be valuable pieces that provide additional insight and training to their respective position groups.
BYU added a new graduate assistant to its staff in Dallas Reynolds (ESPN960 radio producer Mitch Harper confirmed the news Monday afternoon on the station). Reynolds is one of the best offensive linemen in the Bronco Mendenhall era. A four-year starter, Reynolds was a Freshman All-American and a first team All-MWC offensive tackle during his junior and senior seasons.
Following his BYU career, Reynolds played in the NFL for seven seasons. Reynolds bounced between the practice squad and active roster for the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants, playing mainly center. His most successful year came in 2012 when he started 14 games at center for the Eagles.
Reynolds joins the other 3 graduate assistants who were already on the staff last season:
- Harvey Unga (offense)
- Jan Jorgensen (defense)
- Vince Feula (defense)
Reynolds is an intriguing addition to BYU’s coaching staff. BYU’s offensive line made strides under first year offensive line coach Mike Empey last year, and now will have the benefit of learning under an NFL veteran.
Reynolds will provide additional coaching to one of the most important position groups on the team. With BYU playing some of the best defensive lines in the country (LSU, Utah, Wisconsin) and having questions at the offensive skill positions, the offensive line will be heavily relied on to lead BYU’s offense.