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Charles "C. J." Ah You, Jr. (born July 7, 1982) is an American football coach and former defensive end.[1] He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at BYU and Oklahoma. He currently serves as the defensive line coach for the New York Guardians of the XFL.

C. J. Ah You
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Ah You in 2010.
New York Guardians
Position:Defensive line coach
Personal information
Born: (1982-07-07) July 7, 1982 (age 37)
La Habra, California
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school:Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)
NFL Draft:2007 / Round: 7 / Pick: 239
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
  • Big 12 Newcomer of the Year (2005)
  • First-team All-Big 12 (2006)
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:41
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at

High schoolEdit

Ah You played high school football at Lone Peak High School in Highland, Utah. He was named defensive line MVP during senior season there.

College careerEdit

Ah You started at Brigham Young University in 2001 when he had 9 tackles, 2 for losses and 2 sacks in three games. Ah You Redshirted '02 at BYU with a right knee injury. Due to violations of BYU's honor code, Ah You was expelled from BYU in January 2004.[2] He transferred to Snow College in 2004. He then transferred to the University of Oklahoma in 2005 and earned Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year. He was also honorable mention All-Big 12 in 2005. In 2005, he had 45 tackles, with 12 going for losses and seven sacks. He also forced three fumbles and broke up two passes. In 2006, he played 14 games with nine starts with 43 tackles (25 solo) and 10 for losses, with four being sacks. He also forced a fumble and broke up three passes. Ah You played in 26 games with 21 starts at Oklahoma totaling 11 career sacks in two seasons with 88 tackles, 22 for losses to go with the 11 sacks and four forced fumbles. For his 2006 efforts he was named First-team All-Big 12.



Pre-draft measureables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-4 * 274 * 4.70 * 1.53 * 2.70 * 4.40 * 7.06 * 36½" * 9'00" * 26 * ×
* represents NFL Combine

Buffalo BillsEdit

Ah You entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft choice (239th overall) of the Buffalo Bills in the 2007 NFL Draft. He spent the preseason with Bills before being released on September 2, 2007.

St. Louis RamsEdit

He added to the Rams' practice squad on November 21, 2007. He played his first NFL game in the 2009 season opener against the Seattle Seahawks. He played mostly in the Rams nickel defense, rushing as a defensive tackle. He injured his knee in Week 10 and was placed on injured reserve. He underwent knee surgery on his left knee. He ended the season with 17 tackles and one sack.

Free agencyEdit

The Rams released Ah You to free agency on March 13, 2012.[1]


Ah You was hired as the Special Teams Quality Control Coach at Oklahoma by Bob Stoops in 2015.[3] On January 14, 2016, it was announced that Vanderbilt had hired Ah You as Defensive Line Coach under Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator Derek Mason.[4]

In 2019, Ah You joined the New York Guardians of the XFL as defensive line coach.[5]


He is related to several football players—his father, Charles Sr., who played for BYU; his brother, Matt,[6] who was a linebacker at BYU, and his uncle, Junior Ah You, who was a defensive end for Arizona State, the United States Football League and the Canadian Football League and is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Ah You is of Samoan descent.


  1. ^ a b St. Louis Rams Transactions, Signings, Cuts - Pro Football -
  2. ^ Y. tells Whalen game is over | Deseret News
  3. ^ "Oklahoma Football Coaching Staff". OU Athletics. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  4. ^ "Oklahoma assistant C.J. Ah You named to Vanderbilt staff". Vanderbilt Athletics. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  5. ^ "The New York Guardians are #OnDuty in February 2020". XFL. September 20, 2019. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  6. ^ "Matt Ah You Oregon St profile".

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