Texas Tour in Tyler

Featuring Baylor Football Offensive Line Coach Eric Mateos
Event held May 18, 2022

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About our Speaker

Eric MateosEric Mateos
Baylor Football Offensive Line Coach

Eric Mateos joined the Baylor Football staff in January 2021. He serves as offensive line coach.

A native of Overland Park, Kansas, Mateos joins Baylor following two successful seasons at BYU from 2019-20. While in Provo, he molded a BYU offensive line that anchored one of the top offenses in the country in 2020. BYU finished its season ranked in the top 15 in 10 different statistical categories including scoring (3rd, 43.5 ppg), total offense (7th, 522.2 ypg) and passing offense (8th, 332.1 ppg).

Led by Consensus All-American tackle Brady Christensen, the BYU offensive line allowed only 12 sacks in 12 games, the eighth-best per game average in the country, and helped the Cougars to the fourth-most rushing touchdowns nationally with 34.

Christensen received 10 All-America honors overall. He finished the 2020 season as the highest-graded offensive tackle in the country by Pro Football Focus with a 96.0 rating, earning grades above 95.0 as both a pass-blocker and run-blocker. He allowed just three pressures across 372 regular-season pass-blocking snaps.

BYU posted an 11-1 record in 2020, including an impressive 49-23 victory over UCF in the Boca Raton Bowl. The Cougars reached as high as No. 8 in the AP poll during the season. BYU tied for the national lead in yards per play at 7.84, and led all of FBS in plays of 30 or more yards with 45. Overall, the program scored 40 or more points nine times in 12 games.

Since 2014, Mateos has coached 13 NFL players including eight draft picks. Most recently, Christensen was selected in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers.

In 2019, the Cougars finished 7-6 with a Hawaii Bowl berth. Under Mateo's guidance, Christensen and center James Empey earned All-Independent honors from Phil Steele. During the team's final five regular-season games BYU boasted the nation's No. 8 offense (520.6 yards per game), No. 13 passing offense (323.0 yards per game) and No. 34 rushing offense (197.6 yards per game). BYU's capped the season with 505 yards of total offense in the Hawai'i Bowl, including 274 through the air and 231 on the ground.

Mateos' 2019 offensive line finished the season ranked No. 12 overall as a unit by Pro Football Focus.

Mateos spent two seasons from 2017-18 as the offensive line coach at Texas State where he had an All-Sun Belt performer each of his two years. Prior to his stint with the Bobcats, Mateos served as the tight ends coach at LSU in 2016 after starting the season as an offensive line graduate assistant under Baylor offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes.

Midway through the 2016 season, Mateos was named tight ends coach by Ed Orgeron and helped lead the Tigers to a victory over Louisville in the Citrus Bowl. Before joining Grimes at LSU, Mateos worked under Sam Pittman at Arkansas from 2013-15.

He began his coaching career as an assistant offensive line coach at Southwest Baptist in 2011 before serving a one-year stint in 2012 as the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Hutchinson Community College.

A two-year starter at Southwest Baptist, Mateos was the starting center and team captain in 2009 and 2010. He earned his bachelor's degree in public relations at Southwest Baptist in 2011 and a master's degree from Arkansas in 2015. Mateos is married to the former Gillian Chavez.

About our Emcee

David WetzelDavid Wetzel
Associate Athletic Director for Football Relations, Baylor University

David Wetzel joined the Baylor staff in December 2016. He serves as associate athletics director for football relations.

He returned to his alma mater after 25 seasons coaching at the high school level in Texas, including the final 13 years from 2004-16 as head coach and athletic coordinator at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio. He also served as the president of the Texas High School Football Coaches Association at the time of his hiring. His overall head coaching record at three high schools was 163-71.

Wetzel led Reagan to seven district championships and five regional finals over a nine-year span, including undefeated district titles in each of his last four seasons, and amassed a 114-42 record over 13 years. In his second season at Reagan in 2005, he led the Rattlers to the school’s first winning season in school history.

Prior to Reagan, Wetzel spent four seasons from 2000-03 as the head coach at Killeen High School. He led the 2000 squad to its first playoff berth since 1994 and the 2001 team to the 5A Div. II regional quarterfinals.

He spent the 1998-99 seasons as head coach and athletic director at Hyde Park Baptist High School in Austin, advancing to the state semifinals both years. Wetzel began his coaching career as an assistant at Ellison High School in Killeen from 1992-97, where he served as offensive coordinator, secondary coach and wide receivers coach over his tenure.

Wetzel lettered two seasons at wide receiver for Baylor in 1990 and 1991 under legendary head coach Grant Teaff. He graduated from Goldthwaite High School in 1987 and played on the 1985 state championship football team. He was named all-state as a defensive back and all-West Texas as a receiver.

He and his wife Shana are the parents of three boys, Garren, Skyler and Chase.

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