The gathering of BYU player alums continues as Reno Mahe has reportedly been tabbed to coach running backs for Kalani Sitake and the Cougars.
The report initially came from Dick Harmon of the Deseret News, and the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame, of which Mahe is a board member, also tweeted its congratulations.
Expecting former Cougar and NFL RB @RenoMahe to be announced on Sitake's staff before recruits arrive for the weekend.— Dick Harmon (@Harmonwrites) January 28, 2016
Mahe, the former Cougar running back and receiver, played five seasons in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and most recently has coached offense at Brighton High School (UT).
As an Eagle, Mahe tallied 230 receiving yards and 196 rushing, spending much of his tenure as a return specialist.
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At BYU, Mahe first played running back in 1998, rushing for 481 yards as a freshman tailback. After running afoul of the honor code, Mahe transferred to Dixie State for one season, reportedly catching 57 balls for 1,387 yards and 19 touchdowns.
He returned to BYU as a receiver in 2001, racking up 1,211 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns, including 5 receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown against Utah six days after having his appendix removed.
Mahe's mildly-checkered past should serve to help him and the staff relate to a breadth of recruits. In 2006, pleaded no contest to stealing gas and was ordered to pay it back to the construction company. Mahe claimed the person providing the gas said it came with his employment. Mahe said he made a mistake, but did not intend to commit a crime.
All in all, Mahe has a personality that should play very well in recruiting, which was Sitake's No. 1 stated goal for his coaching staff.