AJ Steward - Running Backs Fundamentalsby Lauren's First and Goal
Coach AJ Steward teaches Arizona's Core Run Plays and the fundamentals that create an elite running back.
The appointment is contingent on the completion of all university hiring processes. "I'm excited to have AJ join the Oregon State family," Smith said. "He's a veteran coach with a great reputation for developing running backs through his previous stops at Rice, BYU and Arizona. He knows the Pac-12 well and is a great addition to our coaching staff." "I'd like to thank Coach Smith for this opportunity," Steward said. "Oregon State has an incredible tradition of running back success and I'm excited to be a part of that. I'm looking forward to getting to Corvallis to work with a talented group of running backs in an exciting offense led by Coach (Brian) Lindgren." Steward comes to Corvallis after one season in the same position at Arizona, and two seasons at BYU, from 2018-19. The St. Louis, Mo., native opened his coaching career at Rice from 2012-17, where he spent the last four years as running backs coach after serving as a graduate assistant the first two seasons. While at Rice, Steward mentored running backs Darik Dillard and Jowan Davis, who combined for 4,226 yards and 36 touchdowns in their Owl careers. They rank seventh and eighth, respectively, in the Rice record books. In 2015, Steward had four running backs tally at least 100 yard rushing effort, a first in school history. Two of those backs, Samuel Stewart and Austin Walter, were named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team.