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