New BYU football assistant coach AJ Steward is a stranger no more

Strangers no more.

AJ Steward stepped into his role as BYU’s running backs coach barely knowing his boss, offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes. The athletes he’d coach were total strangers. He came aboard the week of national letter-of-intent signing day a month ago.

Fast-forward to BYU’s first week of spring football practice, and he talks about Cougar running backs as if he’s been with them for years. Steward, who came to Provo from Rice University, believes he’s found a coaching soulmate in Grimes.

“He’s very detail-oriented, and being disciplined is the main focus,” said Steward.

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