Eric Drage Applies For Coaching Position

As New BYU Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall fills out his coaching staff, TBS has become aware of an intriguing candidate for the wide receiver's coaching position. TBS Guest Columnist Shawn Mansell of the UVSC College Times give us the inside scoop on BYU receiver's coaching candidate, Eric Drage.

Cougar record holder Eric Drage has applied to be the receiver's coach at BYU. "It's kind of my dream job," Drage said. "I consider myself quite a big fan."

He has talked with offensive coordinator Robert Anae and assistant head coach Lance Reynolds but as of press time has not been formally interviewed. "I'm still waiting on that," he said.

Anae was a graduate assistant during Drage's playing years. The possibility of working with Anae has him intrigued. "They [Texas Tech] put up a lot of big numbers and they are really wide open," he said. "I'll watch them in their bowl game."

That kind of wide-open offense could click in Provo, Drage believes. "You don't have to have five Todd Watkins to be able to throw the ball," he said. "There is something to be said for running good routes and not dropping balls."

Drage played a year in the Canadian Football League for the Toronto Argonauts. While he enjoyed it, distance from family members and dissatisfaction with some of the business elements of the CFL led him to short-circuit his playing career and return to the states. He subsequently spurned offers to play professionally in Europe.

He does have some coaching background. His BYU degree is in physical education with an emphasis in coaching. And Drage was involved in one capacity or another with Lehi High School's football team for over five years. This past year he coached the Utah County-based Wasatch Wildcats, a semi-professional team.

"It is in my blood," Drage said of football.

While it may have been in his blood, financial responsibilities have pulled Drage away from coaching a time or two. "It's hard to feed a family [on a teacher's salary]."

Drage has worked in the sales and recruiting sector of business, something he thinks would come in handy as a college coach. "I've been recruiting people for years," he said.

Whether or not he is chosen for the job he will remain a faithful BYU fan. He has followed his alma matter closely although he concedes that the last few seasons have been painful viewing at times. "It has been hard to watch."

Eric Drage is ready and willing should Bronco Mendenhall and Robert Anae come calling. BYU's career receiving yardage and touchdown record holder is even willing to see some of those records go by the wayside. "I think Austin Collie is going to break all of my records," said Drage.

For him reuniting with his college team would be fair trade for losing a slot or two on the statistics page of a media guide.

"This would be a great opportunity to get back into doing what I love."


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