A month after former offensive line coach Ryan Pugh took the offensive coordinator position at Troy, it seems that BYU is finally ready to hire Pugh’s replacement.
According to Football Scoop, BYU will hire Texas State offensive line coach Eric Mateos to the same position. Here is the full report from Football Scoop:
“Source tells FootballScoop BYU is planning to hire Eric Mateos as offensive line coach. Mateos, who was at LSU February 2016 – February 2017 with BYU offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes who then was LSU’s offensive line coach, coached offensive line at Texas State the past two seasons. Mateos will be filling the role vacated by Ryan Pugh (who also worked with Grimes at LSU) who left to become offensive coordinator at Troy.”
Mateos has been the offensive line coach of Texas State — a member of the Sun Belt Conference — for the past two seasons. Prior to that, he was hired as an offensive line graduate assistant at LSU in February 2016 before being named the tight ends coach at the start of the season. Mateos was on the LSU staff at the same time as Jeff Grimes.
Mateos also had a three-year stint as an OL grad assistant at Arkansas and one year at Hutchinson Community College. He played two years at Southwest Baptist, where he was the team’s starting center and team captain in 2009 and 2010.
The Mateos hire seems very similar to Ryan Pugh. Both Pugh and Mateos had experience as an OL coach at a lower-level FBS school in Texas and worked under Jeff Grimes.
Offensive line coach was the lone position that needed to be filled on the coaching staff, so BYU now has its full staff a few weeks prior to spring ball starting.