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BYU Football Names Rice University Assistant AJ Steward as Running Backs Coach

BYU brings in a young coach with FBS coaching experience

Twitter: @Coach_Steward

BYU made the final addition to its coaching staff Tuesday afternoon, by hiring Rice University Running Backs Coach AJ Steward as the 10th assistant.

The 28-year-old Steward served as the Running Backs coach at Rice from 2014-2017. In 2017, Rice’s running attack was 38th in the country, averaging 187 ypg.

Before Rice, Steward was a Tight End for the Kansas Jayhawks from 2007-2011 (back when Kansas was good!), where he mostly played on the Scout team.

Steward will bring a young, energetic personality to BYU’s coaching staff, and be relied on to recruit. With his time spent coaching in Houston, he will be expected to make connections and bring in guys from Texas’ rich recruiting grounds. Although Steward is young, he does have multiple years coaching at the FBS level under his belt.

With the hire, BYU’s offensive staff looks as follows:

Offensive Coordinator- Jeff Grimes

QB/Passing game coordinator: Aaron Roderick

RB: AJ Steward

WR: Fesi Sitake

TE: Steve Clark

OL: Ryan Pugh

With National Signing Day tomorrow, we could see Steward make an appearance in front of the media.