Has worked at grad assistant last two years
Rice defeated Fresno State 30-6 in the 2014 Hawai'i Bowl
Rice Owls football game vs. Old Dominion on Sept. 20, 2014
Rice opened the 2013 season against Texas A&M in College Station
Images from the Owls' overtime loss to Marshall
A.J. Steward enters his third year of coaching the Rice running backs. He was promoted to running backs coach on March 7, 2014 after spending the previous two seasons as an offensive graduate assistant.
Steward has a deep corps of running backs at his disposal in 2016, led by the senior tandem of Darik Dillard and Jowan Davis, who are the first pair of Owls’ running backs to enter their senior years with over 1,700 yards and are one of four returning FBS duos who have topped that mark. They are joined by sophomores Samuel Stewart and Austin Walter, who combined for 800 yards on the ground and 1,700 all-purpose yards and powerful redshirt freshman Emmauel Esupka.
SIn his first year at Rice, Steward saw Davis and Dillard step into the void created by the departed Charles Ross, rushing for a combined 1,608 yards and 17 touchdowns. Steward originally joined the staff prior to the 2012 season as a GA after graduating from the University of Kansas with a BSE in Health and Physical Education.
Steward was a four-year letterman at Kansas. Originally recruited as a quarterback, Steward found his first playing time as a wide receiver before switching to tight end. He was a member of the 2008 Orange Bowl Championship team, earning the Otto Schnellbacher Scout Team Player of the Year as a quarterback, as well as the 2008 Insight Bowl champions.
He was a four-time member of the Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
Steward and wife Virginia make their home in Houston
Football Preview Set for August 24
08/17/2016 - ans of Rice Football will have a chance to get preview of the 2016 season on Wednesday, August 24 when the Owls host the 2016 Rice Fall Football...
Two Games to Air on Campus Insiders
08/16/2016 - Conference USA and Campus Insiders have entered into a partnership to produce and stream live content from the league, including a pair of football...
Training Camp 2016 First Scrimmage Report
08/13/2016 - Rice held its first scrimmage of Training Camp 2016 at Rice Stadium on Saturday morning.
Rice Athletics Hosts 2nd Annual Owls Fall Fan Fest
08/12/2016 - Rice Athletics will kick off an exciting fall season of football, soccer and volleyball tomorrow, August 13 when the Owls host their second annual ...
David Bailiff Media Day Press Conference Quotes
08/04/2016 - Rice Head Football Coach David Bailiff held his first press conference of the year in advance of fall practice during Media Day.
Rice and LSU Announce Two Additional Football...
08/02/2016 - Rice and LSU have signed contracts to add two additional games to their historic series, including the first game between the two schools in...
Single-Game Tickets Now Available
08/01/2016 - Single-game tickets for the 2016 edition of Rice Owls Football are now on sale on-line and through the Rice Athletics Ticket Office.
2016 Home Football Game Times Set
07/22/2016 - Fans of Rice Football will have equal opportunities to watch the Owls during the day or at night in 2016 as the Owls have released their start...
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