BYU linebackers coach is a rising star

by | Aug. 16, 2010

Saints & Sports

Bronco Mendenhall's latest hire came few feet away.

The sixth-year BYU coach hired Nick Howell as the new outside linebacker coach.

Young, energetic, idealistic, and a hard worker with a thing for the BYU brand, Howell — a Mendenhall clone — replaced longtime defensive coach Barry Lamb, who stepped down this past winter to take care of personal business.

The reviews coming in on Howell, who is only 30, are glowing.

"He's young but very smart," said top outside linebacker Jordan Pendleton.

"He's intense all the time, and if you aren't ready for it, good luck, because it will be a very long day."

Pendleton says he relates to Howell and respects him. "I've had a lot of coaches who've cared about me, but with Howell, well, he's taken a very personal interest in me and my life, from calling me to texting me all the time. He is concerned about me as a person, and that means a lot to a player."

The Ogden native and former Ben Lomond coach, Howell says this new gig, which came after toiling as a graduate assistant the past two years, is all about representing the school and getting players to do likewise.

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