PROVO — BYU offensive line coach Ryan Pugh will become the new offensive coordinator at Troy University, according to a report.
Football Scoop reported Monday that Pugh, 30, will join Chip Lindsey’s staff at Troy. Lindsey was named the head coach at Troy, located in Troy, Alabama, last week, replacing Neal Brown, who took the head coaching job at West Virginia.
Pugh, an Alabama native, has never been an offensive coordinator. He arrived in Provo last December when he was hired by his mentor, first-year BYU offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes.
Previously, Pugh was the offensive line coach at UT-San Antonio from 2016-17 and he was an O-line graduate assistant at Louisiana State (2015), Cincinnati (2014), Virginia Tech (2013) and Auburn (2012).
At BYU, Pugh coached a young offensive line that included a few freshmen starters, including center James Empey, who was named a freshman All-American last week. Pugh helped the Cougars earn a winning season with a 7-6 record and a dominating 49-18 victory over Eastern Michigan in the Idaho Potato Bowl.
One potential candidate to replace Pugh is Dallas Reynolds, who has served as an offensive graduate assistant since 2017.
Reynolds was added to BYU’s staff in the summer of 2017 after he played in the NFL for seven seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants. He was a four-year starter at BYU and a first-team all-Mountain West offensive tackle his junior and senior seasons.
Pugh and Grimes share a connection that goes back to the days when Grimes was the offensive line coach at Auburn and Pugh played for him. They won a national championship together with the Tigers in 2010. Pugh was a three-time All-SEC selection, earning All-America honors as a senior, and was a finalist for the Rimington Trophy.
When Grimes asked Pugh if he wanted to join the staff at BYU, there wasn’t much hesitation on Pugh’s part.
“He and I spent some time talking about the opportunity more than anything, making sure it’s the right fit for my family and the best thing to do for my career, too,” Pugh said last April. “There wasn’t any hesitation in the opportunity to get back working with him and being in Provo and living here. I had heard how much of an impact Provo had made on him during his first stop here. I knew kind of what I was getting into before I got here. It’s been nothing but great since I’ve been here.”
Pugh and his wife, Cathey Lee, had their first child last spring.
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