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Former Brave Aaron Roderick nabs national honor

Feb 18, 2021 11:47AM ● By Tom Haraldsen

Bountiful High School graduate Aaron Roderick, who was recently promoted to Offensive Coordinator for the BYU football program, was named 2020 Quarterbacks Coach of the Year by Football Scoop. The award is given following voting by previous winners of the award.

Roderick, who starred as a member of the Braves’ football program, has coached for 21 years, the past 10 seasons as a coordinator. He previously worked with University of Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham.

Ironically, Roderick beat out a former BYU quarterback, Alabama’s Steve Sarkisian, for the award, along with Willy Korn of Coastal Carolina, former U of U QB Brian Johnson who is a coach at Florida, and Eric Evans of Western Michigan.

The publication said Roderick was instrumental in the success of BYU quarterback Zach Wilson this past season, when the Cougars were 11-1 and came within two yards of what would have been a game-winning score at Coastal Carolina on the final play. It was the only blemish on the Cougars’ record. Wilson, a sure-fire first-round draft pick in the NFL Draft next month, threw for 3,692 yards and 33 touchdowns this year, with just three interceptions (two of which were caused by receivers failing to catch passes). He also rushed for 255 yards and 10 touchdowns.

He was named the Cougars’ new OC following the 2020 season by head coach Kalani Sitaki. All things being back to normal, the Cougars will open their 2021 season on Sept. 4, facing the Arizona Wildcats at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The 2021 schedule also calls for home games against Utah, Arizona State, South Florida, Boise State, Virginia and Idaho State, while the Cougars will play road games at Utah State, Baylor, Washington State, Georgia Southern and USC.