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Baylor to hire Oregon State's AJ Steward as next RB Coach

January 17, 2023
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Baylor head football coach Dave Aranda is set to hire Oregon State’s AJ Steward to coach running backs for the Big 12 program, SicEm365 has learned. Steward spent the last two seasons at Oregon State (2021-2022) after stops at Arizona (2020), BYU (2018-2019) and Rice (2014-2017) in the same position. 

Come hear from Aranda, Grimes and Powledge on Feb. 4th

Steward helped Oregon State finish the 2022 season with a 10-3 record with the running game paving the wave at 196 rushing yards per game, fourth best the Pac-12, including 36 rushing touchdowns which ranked third in the league. Oregon State rushed for 212 yards per game and 33 touchdowns in Steward’s first season in 2021. 

Under Steward in 2021, senior B.J. Baylor became first OSU back to lead conference in rushing since Steven Jackson in 2003. Baylor totaled 1,337 and was named All-Pac-12 First Team and honorable mention All-American.

In 2022, true freshman Damien Martinez rushed for 982 and seven touchdowns on 161 carries and was named the Pac-12 Offensive Freshman Of The Year and All-Pac-12 First Team. 

Steward spent the 2018 and 2019 seasons at BYU under the leadership of then BYU offensive coordinator and current Baylor offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes. Steward coached alongside current Baylor offensive line coach Eric Mateos at BYU in the 2019 season.

Steward spent a total of six seasons at Rice for 2012-2017 while mentoring running backs Darik Dillard and Jowan Davis, who combined for 4,226 yards and 36 touchdowns in their Owl careers.

Steward played in 37 career games at Kansas from 2007-2011.

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Baylor to hire Oregon State's AJ Steward as next RB Coach

6,549 Views | 26 Replies | Last: 10 days ago by Mitch Henessey
parch
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Dude mentored a running back named Baylor and coached with Mateos and Grimes. If you waited for another sign you'd only find out his firstborn's name is Waco.
No Quarterback
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I hope we look lure that running back named Baylor to Baylor just because it would be fun. Seems like a good hire as he already has experience with the wide zone. How is he at recruiting?
PartyBear
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parch said:

Dude mentored a running back named Baylor and coached with Mateos and Grimes. If you waited for another sign you'd only find out his firstborn's name is Waco.
I like that Aranda scopes out the country for his assistants.
Jayman1963
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He was at Rice 2014-2017 so he should know Tx HS coaches.
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boognish_bear
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FWIW..,...last year's national rank on Rushing Offense:

28th Oregan St at 196 yards per game
43rd Baylor at 182 yards per game
BearlyBeloved
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parch said:

Dude mentored a running back named Baylor and coached with Mateos and Grimes. If you waited for another sign you'd only find out his firstborn's name is Waco.
Doesn't he have a daughter named Elm Mott?
GruntTuff
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It'd be nicer if his daughter was named Lacy Lakeview.
CorsicanaBear
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Meh.
Bear8084
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"Steward helped Oregon State finish the 2022 season with a 10-3 record with the running game paving the wave at 196 rushing yards per game, fourth best the Pac-12, including 36 rushing touchdowns which ranked third in the league. Oregon State rushed for 212 yards per game and 33 touchdowns in Steward's first season in 2021.

Under Steward in 2021, senior B.J. Baylor became first OSU back to lead conference in rushing since Steven Jackson in 2003. Baylor totaled 1,337 and was named All-Pac-12 First Team and honorable mention All-American.

In 2022, true freshman Damien Martinez rushed for 982 and seven touchdowns on 161 carries and was named the Pac-12 Offensive Freshman Of The Year and All-Pac-12 First Team."

Totally "meh".

Good coach that should only make us better in our young and talented RB room. And having a designated ST coach is a welcome addition. Welcome coaches!
CorsicanaBear
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Meh. Maybe it was the O-Line coach who made that possible, or the play caller/scheme, or the opposition, who knows. Until he wins at BU, meh.

I don't care who the coaches are, as long as they win. Meh.
Bear8084
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CorsicanaBear said:

Meh. Maybe it was the O-Line coach who made that possible, or the play caller/scheme, or the opposition, who knows. Until he wins at BU, meh.

I don't care who the coaches are, as long as they win. Meh.


Or maybe it is the coach and it's not a meh hire by his credentials? Because it isn't even close to meh.
No Quarterback
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CorsicanaBear said:

Meh. Maybe it was the O-Line coach who made that possible, or the play caller/scheme, or the opposition, who knows. Until he wins at BU, meh.

I don't care who the coaches are, as long as they win. Meh.


It's the off-season, so not a lot to talk about. You cared enough to post twice about how you didn't care
boognish_bear
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CorsicanaBear said:

Meh.


Who were some of the guys you were hoping we would pick up as RB coach?
Karab
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boognish_bear said:



What does being AHC even truly mean?
bear2be2
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Karab said:

boognish_bear said:



What does being AHC even truly mean?
You coach the bowl game when the head coach bails or gets fired.
Russell Gym
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Karab said:

What does being AHC even truly mean?

The structure of the AHC position varies greatly from program to program. It is even often restructured multiple times under the same HC, depending on who the AHC is. In some programs it is a significant role; in others, it's just a title.

That's the best non-answer I can give you, without a longer, and even more boring, post. (Yes, it's possible).
No Quarterback
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Karab said:

boognish_bear said:



What does being AHC even truly mean?


The honest truth is that it's an honorary title used to explain higher salary relative to the job. It's kind of like Dwight Schrute being assistant regional manager. Nice resume booster and kind of a way of saying, "hey, if you want to hire me away, it needs to be for an offensive coordinator position"
boognish_bear
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I think Joey held the AHC title in his last year here.
whiattsmith
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Any chance we get Adonai Mitchell? He was originally recruited by Baylor.
Whiatt Smith
bear2be2
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No Quarterback said:

Karab said:

boognish_bear said:



What does being AHC even truly mean?


The honest truth is that it's an honorary title used to explain higher salary relative to the job. It's kind of like Dwight Schrute being assistant regional manager. Nice resume booster and kind of a way of saying, "hey, if you want to hire me away, it needs to be for an offensive coordinator position"
Assistant to the regional manager
cowboycwr
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Good pick up I think. I didn't realize we needed a RB coach. Where did the previous one go?
boognish_bear
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cowboycwr said:

Good pick up I think. I didn't realize we needed a RB coach. Where did the previous one go?
EvilTroyAndAbed
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bear2be2 said:

No Quarterback said:

Karab said:

boognish_bear said:



What does being AHC even truly mean?


The honest truth is that it's an honorary title used to explain higher salary relative to the job. It's kind of like Dwight Schrute being assistant regional manager. Nice resume booster and kind of a way of saying, "hey, if you want to hire me away, it needs to be for an offensive coordinator position"
Assistant to the regional manager
Beat me to it.
alidonkaka6
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I hope we can entice that running back named Baylor to come to Baylor simply for fun. He appears to be a decent hire because he has prior familiarity with the wide zone. How effective is he at recruiting?
Mitch Henessey
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BJ Baylor exhausted his eligibility two years ago, unfortunately. He's a practice squad RB for the Atlanta Falcons now.
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