"He stuck it out, worked hard in practice and did everything the coaches wanted," LaVell said. "It was a great opportunity for him to learn and get that experience that will help him down the road. To be a coach, it doesn't matter how good of a player you were, it's just the fact that you were around it and in a good program."
Last summer, LaVell arranged for Matt to meet with Andy Reid, a former Cougar, and coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
"He gave me the best advice about coaching," Matt said. "He said to cherish every moment at practice this year. He told me to watch the coaches, how they work and see what I like," to help him start developing his own coaching style.
Matt is getting married in December and being a grad assistant at BYU would be an ideal, fitting place to begin his coaching career — at the same place where the stadium is named after his grandpa, the same place where Matt has enjoyed an unforgettable, unexpected ending to his playing career.
"Football has always been a part of my life," Matt said. "Growing up, it's pretty much just been BYU. I came down here and was around the team a lot when my grandpa was coaching. Then to be able to play here too has been incredible. It's kind of in my blood."
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