BYU Football Hires TJ Woods As Offensive Line Coach
Dec 21, 2023, 10:02 AM | Updated: 10:08 am
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PROVO, Utah – BYU football officially tabbed Georgia Southern Run Game Coordinator TJ Woods as the next offensive line coach and run game coordinator.
Excited to welcome Coach Woods to the family 🤙 pic.twitter.com/IowjQcid4s
— BYU FOOTBALL (@BYUfootball) December 21, 2023
TJ Woods has a history in the state of Utah from his time during two stints under Gary Andersen at Utah State. He also worked with Andersen at Wisconsin and Oregon State.
TJ Woods tabbed as BYU football offensive line coach
Woods worked with Kalani Sitake in 2015 on the Oregon State staff when Sitake was the defensive coordinator for Andersen at Oregon State.
“TJ coaches his players the right way with great technique, fundamentals, toughness and has proven it in multiple places,” said Sitake. “He really loves his boys and helps them increase their football IQs while coaching them into consistent NFL Draft picks wherever he has been. I am looking forward to having him and his family with us.”
Since exiting Corvallis in 2017, Woods has had stops at Western Kentucky, USU, UNLV, and Georgia Southern.
During his coaching career, he has had two stints as a Co-Offensive Coordinator. Those were at UNLV in 2022 and Oregon State in 2016.
While with the Rebels in 2022, Woods was part of an offensive staff that led to Aidan Robbins rushing for over 1,000 yards for UNLV.
Woods’ coaching career dates back to 2003, when he started as a graduate assistant at Azusa Pacific.
Aaron Roderick said Woods came highly recommended
“TJ came highly recommended by multiple offensive coordinators and head coaches that he has worked for,” said BYU offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick. “He is a terrific coach that comes here with a reputation as a great technician that has had success running the ball from many different offensive systems. TJ is also a relentless recruiter that has proven he can develop offensive linemen and prepare them for the NFL.”
Woods inherits an offensive line and ground attack that struggled in 2023. BYU was 118th nationally, averaging 104.3 yards per game. The Cougar offensive line had games where they “whiffed,” according to head coach Kalani Sitake. Woods will be tasked with getting BYU’s offensive line back to the physical identity they built from 2020-2022, where they won 29 games over that span.
BYU still has one vacancy remaining on its coaching staff that they need to fill. That is expected to be a tight ends coach position after they let go of Steve Clark.
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