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BYU Cougars Football
BYUlogo.png BYUHelmet.png
First season 1922
Athletic director Tom Holmoe
Head coach Bronco Mendenhall
5th year, 49–15  (.766)
Home stadium LaVell Edwards Stadium
Stadium capacity 64,045
Stadium surface Natural grass
Location Provo, Utah, USA
Conference Mountain West
All-time record 494–372–26 (.568)
Postseason bowl record 10–17–1 (.375)
Claimed national titles 1 (1984)
Conference titles 23
Heisman winners 1
Consensus All-Americans 12
Current uniform
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Colors Dark Blue and White            
Fight song The Cougar Song
Mascot Cosmo the Cougar
Marching band The Power of the Wasatch
Website byufootball.com

The Brigham Young University Cougars football team is a college football program representing Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The Cougars participate in the Mountain West Conference as part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly I-A). The Cougars won the national championship in 1984 and have a Heisman Trophy winner in Ty Detmer. The team holds the NCAA record for most consecutive games without being shutout, 361 games over 28 years. The Cougars have won 23 conference championships and played in 28 bowl games (10-17-1).

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History

The early years

Football made a brief appearance at Brigham Young Academy in 1896, but was discontinued in 1903. It didn't get its official start at Brigham Young University until 1922. The team struggled during the first couple of seasons, but in 1928, BYU hired G. Ott Romney, who gave the school its first winning seasons.

Pre-World War II successes

Ott Romney and Eddie Kimball ushered in a new era in cougar football in which the team went 65–51–12 between 1928–1942. In 1932, the Cougars posted a 8–1 record and outscored their opponents 188-50, which remains one of the school's finest seasons on record. Also, it was during this era that they first beat the Utes from the University of Utah. Since 1922, they had gone 0–17–3 against them. In 1942, BYU finally broke through and beat the Utes by a score of 12–7 in Salt Lake City. The university did not field a team from 1943–1945 due to World War II.

Both Kimball (34–32–8) and Romney (42–31–5) finished their respective terms as head coach with winning records, and they are joined by LaVell Edwards, Gary Crowton and current head coach Bronco Mendenhall as the only coaches to do so. In 1975, Kimball and Romney were inducted into the BYU Athletic Hall of Fame.

1957–1971

Slowly, the program improved and began to again show some signs of life. Head coach Hal Kopp engineered back-to-back winning seasons in 1957 and 1958. Lead by southpaw quarterback Jared Stephens and the ferocious Nose Tackle Gavin Anae. For the first time in its history, the University made a real commitment to football. In 1964, Cougars' stadium was built and had a capacity of 30,000. Also, in 1961, BYU experienced national success when Eldon "The Phantom" Fortie was honored as the school's first All-American as a running back. His #40 was retired by BYU to honor his accomplishments. In 1965 Virgil Carter was honored as the first quarterback from BYU to be selected first team All-Conference. The biggest accomplishment of this era was in 1965 when Head coach Tommy Hudspeth led the Cougars to their first conference championship with a record of 6-4. Coach Hudspeth retired in 1972 and finished with a record of 39–42–1. Despite not finishing with a winning record as head coach, he did lead the cougars to 3 winning seasons between 1965 and 1967. With a great offensive line anchored by all conference tackles Adam Johnson, and Matt Shumway.

In 1962, the program made its most important hire ever when LaVell Edwards was hired from Granite High School in Salt Lake City Utah. Coach Edwards was successful at running the single-wing and served as an assistant coach until Coach Hudspeth's resignation in 1972.

The mid-1960s saw the introduction of the "Y" on the Cougars' helmets.[1] The 'Y' had become the symbol of the university after only the 322-foot-high letter 'Y' of 'BYU' was constructed in 1907, overlooking the campus on what is now called Y Mountain.[2]

The early Edwards era

Soon after he was named head coach (in 1972), LaVell Edwards revamped the Cougar offensive attack. While everyone else in college football was using run-heavy offenses such as the veer and wishbone, Edwards and his staff installed a drop-back passing game. This was considered by many experts to be the early implementations of the West Coast offense. Ironically, in its first year, the new offense produced the nation's leading rusher in Pete Van Valkenburg, who ran for 1,386 yards. In 1973, Gary Sheide took over as quarterback and the Cougars struggled to a 5-6 finish. This would be the only time that Edwards would have a losing season during his run as BYU coach. In 1974, Sheide led the Cougars to their first conference championship under Edwards, including a 21-18 victory over Arizona St., ending the Sun Devils domination of the WAC.

A new era dawned in Provo, in which BYU began excelling in football with consistent winning. BYU finished in a tie for the conference championship in both 1976 and 1977 leading to a string of outright WAC titles that lasted from 1978-1985. However, they lost their first four bowl games. In 1980, they appeared to be on their way to their fifth consecutive bowl loss, trailing SMU 45-25 with four minutes left in the Holiday Bowl. During these final four minutes, the Cougars scored 21 points to upend the Mustangs and record one of the greatest bowl comeback wins in college football history. BYU would win their 1981, 1983 and 1984 bowl games as well. The new era also led to success against rival Utah. Up until 1964, the Cougars were 2-34-4, but from 1965 to 1992, the Cougars were 22-6 against the Utes.

BYU also produced several All-American quarterbacks during this time and earned the nickname "Quarterback U." Gifford Nielsen, Marc Wilson, Jim McMahon and Steve Young were all named first team All-Americans. BYU had several quarterbacks that came close to winning the Heisman Trophy, including Steve Young, who finished second in the race in 1983 to Nebraska's Mike Rozier, and Jim McMahon, who finished third in 1980 to Herschel Walker of Georgia.

1984 National Championship

In 1984, BYU's football team was declared NCAA Division I-A national champions. At the end of the season, the team had the number one ranking in the AP, UPI, and every other poll, making them the consensus' choice. The undefeated Cougars (12-0-0) beat the Michigan Wolverines (6-5-0) 24-17 in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego on December 21, marking the only time a national champion played in (and won) a bowl game before New Year's Day. The Cougars opened the season with a 20-14 victory over Pitt, ranked #3 in the nation at the time and finished by defeating Michigan, who had been ranked as high as #2 during the season (although both Pitt and Michigan finished the season unranked). BYU is the most-recent national champion that is not a current member of the Bowl Championship Series coalition. Coupled with the 11 consecutive wins to close out the 1983 season, BYU concluded the 1984 championship on a 24-game winning streak.

Fresh off the 1984 national championship, the BYU team beat the defending Cotton Bowl Classic champions Boston College in the 1985 season opening Kickoff Classic game after Oklahoma turned down the chance to play BYU in that game. BYU then played and beat the University of Washington 31-3 a few games into the 1985 season, though that Husky team notably graduated 17 starters from the one-loss 1984 team. University of Washington was invited to play #1 BYU in the Holiday Bowl in 1984, but they chose instead to play for a bigger payout in the Orange Bowl against Oklahoma. This would have given the Nation a #1 vs #3 ballgame.

The national championship win opened new doors of opportunity for BYU football. The growing success of the program, and increased national exposure brought recognition to BYU athletes. In 1985, Robbie Bosco finished third in the Heisman balloting. In 1986, defensive lineman Jason Buck became the first BYU player ever to win the Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the top interior lineman in all of college football. In 1989, offensive lineman Mo Elowonibi also won the Outland Trophy.

1989 to 1996 under Edwards

Between 1989 and 1996, BYU won at least a share of the conference championship each year except 1994. Ty Detmer quarterbacked the Cougars from 1988 to 1991, during which Detmer threw for 16,206 yards and 127 touchdowns (including bowl games) while setting 59 NCAA records and tying for three others. During that time period, BYU played difficult schedules consisting of match-ups against traditional college football powers, including Miami, Florida State, Penn State, Iowa, UCLA, Oregon, Texas, and Texas A&M. Detmer's tenure at quarterback also saw the Cougars achieve their first victory over a top-ranked team when they defeated the #1 Miami Hurricanes early in the 1990 season. The 1990 season culminated with Detmer also providing BYU its first and only Heisman Trophy winner.

In 1996 BYU produced arguably its best team ever. That team completed the longest season in modern-day college football history by playing in 15 games in one season. Starting off with a victory over Texas A&M in the Pigskin Classic, the Cougars only loss that regular season was at Washington.

In 1996 the WAC expanded to a 16-team conference by adding Rice, TCU, SMU, Tulsa, San Jose State and UNLV. After winning their division by going undefeated in conference play, the #6 Cougars faced #20 Wyoming in the first ever WAC Championship Game in Las Vegas. BYU defeated the Cowboys in overtime and earned a bid to play in the Cotton Bowl Classic, in Dallas, Texas, on January 1, 1997. It was the Cougars first ever New Year's Day bowl game and their opponent was #14-ranked Kansas State of the newly formed Big 12 Conference. Although the Cougars had a high powered offense led by quarterback Steve Sarkisian, the game was a defensive struggle. Sarkisian connected with K.O. Kealaluhi for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to give BYU a 19-15 lead. Kansas State, however, was driving with time winding down in the game. With less than one minute left, Cougar defensive back Omarr Morgan tipped a KSU pass to himself for an interception inside the 5-yard line, preserving the Cougar win. BYU finished 14-1 and ranked fifth in the nation. BYU's 14 wins that season was the most ever by a Division I college football team in a single season until Ohio State tied that record with a 14-0 record in 2002.

LaVell's last years

BYU returned to the WAC Championship Game in 1998 but lost to Air Force 20-13. In 1999 after leaving the WAC along with seven other teams to form the Mountain West Conference, the Cougars won a share of the inaugural MWC championship. Just prior to the 2000 season, Edwards announced that it would be his final year as the program's head coach. That season, the Cougars struggled and found themselves with a 4-6 record with just two games left. Prior to Edwards' final home game, against New Mexico, LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley announced that Cougar Stadium would be renamed "LaVell Edwards Stadium."[3] Before the game started, President Hinckley addressed the BYU players in the locker room and admonished them, "Don't muff it." The Cougars went on to dominate the Lobos 37-13. The season finale against the Utes was much more intense as the Cougars were trailing late in the 4th quarter, still deep in their own territory. On a fourth and thirteen, quarterback Brandon Doman found Jonathan Pittman on a Hail Mary pass. On the next play, Doman completed another pass to Pittman to put them in scoring position. Doman completed the comeback by running for the clinching score, winning the game 34-27, and Coach Edwards was triumphantly carried off the field.

Edwards is a legend among college football coaches, winning 257 games over a span of 29 years. Only five other head coaches have won more games. He was twice awarded with Coach of the Year awards (1979 and 1984).[4] Under Edwards' leadership, the Cougars were Western Athletic/Mountain West Conference champions 20 times, had 26 winning seasons, played in 22 bowl games, and held a top-25 ranking for some portion of 22 different seasons, including 9 seasons with top-10 rankings.

The Gary Crowton era (2001–2004)

The 2001 Cougars returned several key players including quarterback Doman and running back Luke Staley. BYU ran off 12 straight wins to open the season and were ranked seventh nationally in at least one major poll, becoming the first MWC team to go undefeated in conference and won the conference championship outright. Staley, however, broke his leg in their 12th game against Mississippi State. Walking on crutches due to his broken leg, he accepted the Doak Walker award, given to the nations top running back, after compiling 1,596 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns. Staley's absence proved critical as the Cougars lost their last two games including their bowl game.

The 2002 season started with a big home win, but after that the Cougars struggled in ways that were unheard of under LaVell Edwards. A loss to Utah in the season finale marked the first losing season in 29 years. 2003 also saw BYU start the season with a win, but by the time the season was over the Cougars had suffered their second straight losing season. The Cougars were also shut out in the finale against Utah, ending their nation-leading record of consecutive games without being shut out, which dated back to 1975. In 2004, BYU opened the season with a victory at home over Notre Dame, however, the Cougars ended their season with a final record of 5-6. After leading the Cougars to their third straight losing season and posting an overall record of 26-23, Crowton resigned and became the offensive coordinator at the University of Oregon.[5]

The Mendenhall era (2005–present)

Bronco Mendenhall, who had been brought into the program in 2003 as defensive coordinator was named the next BYU head football coach after Kyle Whittingham turned down BYU's offer to be Head Coach in favor of coaching the University of Utah. In his first season, Mendenhall led his team to a 6-5 regular season record. Mendenall's defensive secondary was weak, a significant problem for the Cougars in several close games including a 51-50 loss to nationally ranked TCU. Nevertheless, Mendenhall, like Crowton before him, did return BYU to a bowl game in his first season, and the team finished second (5-3) in the Mountain West Conference.

In 2006, the Cougars lost two early non-conference games to opponents from BCS conferences: one to Arizona on a last minute field goal and another to Boston College in double overtime. After that, the Cougars went on to run the table in their first seven conference games. In the regular season finale at Utah, BYU had already clinched the conference championship outright but faced its rival in a very hostile stadium. BYU jumped out to a 14-0 lead and was again driving until John Beck fumbled on a third-and-short play and the Cougars were forced to punt after recovering the fumble. The Utes would hold BYU's offense scoreless the rest of the first half and went into halftime down just 14-10. In the second half, Utah jumped out to a 24-14 lead, much to the surprise of almost everybody, as BYU was favored to win. BYU responded in the fourth quarter, with Beck throwing a pair touchdown passes. Utah scored again to take a 4-point lead with just over a minute left to play. The Cougars then drove down to the Utah 11 yard line with only 3.5 seconds left in the game. The final play would take about 13 seconds before Beck, as he was being hit, falling through the air, with his momentum carrying him the other direction, found Jonny Harline all by himself clear across the field. Harline caught the ball on his knees in the endzone at the opposite side of the field, giving BYU a thrilling 33-31 victory. That final play has often been referred to as the "Answered Prayer". With fans rushing and crowding the field, BYU, having seized the win, did not attempt a PAT which would have marked the score 34-31, the same score by which the Utes had defeated BYU twice in recent years.

The Cougars would then go on to dominate the PAC-10 Oregon Ducks in the Las Vegas Bowl, 38-8. The win was the largest margin of victory for BYU in their bowl game history, and it marked BYU's first bowl win since the Cotton Bowl Classic on New Year's Day 1997, ten years earlier. The Cougars finished the year 11-2 (8-0 in conference), and ranked 15th in the nation, their first top-20 ranking since 2002.

The Cougars started the 2007 “rebuilding” season with unproven redshirt sophomore quarterback Max Hall - a transfer from Arizona State. As in 2006, the team opened with two early losses to non-conference opponents. However, to fans delight the squad went on to run the table the rest of the way, winning nine straight games to finish the season 10-2 with their second consecutive undefeated conference title. In what was once again a hard-fought game against Utah, who were riding their own nine-game winning streak, BYU seized the win with about a minute left on the game clock after Hall completed a 49 yard pass to Austin Collie from the BYU 12 on 4th & 18, which was followed by a Harvey Unga touchdown. Collie's post-game comments led the amazing play to be dubbed, "Magic Happens" by BYU fans and the local sports media. The Cougars played UCLA in the Las Vegas Bowl. In another dramatic moment, BYU preserved their Las Vegas Bowl win on a last-second field goal block by Freshman Defensive Lineman Eathyn Manumaleuma.

In 2008, Mendenhall's team went 10-3 which marked the 3rd consecutive 10 win season for the Cougars. Notable games in the 2008 season included the historic 59-0 shutout of UCLA (UCLA's worst loss since 1929), and a 28-27 victory over the Washington Huskies in Seattle, thanks to BYU's defense blocking a last-second extra point attempt. With those two victories, BYU's 2008 season began with an undefeated record against non-conference opponents, including all BCS opponents. BYU suffered a lopsided defeat to Top-15 TCU, and again against Top-10 Utah, finishing with a 6-2 conference record, as the Mountain West Conference showed itself to be the strongest conference outside of the SEC and the Big-12 in 2008. BYU lost the Las Vegas Bowl to Arizona, 31-21.

Coach Mendenhall continues to build for the future and recruit very well. Scout.com ranks his 2009 recruiting class #40 nationally with 4 four-star recruits and 9 three-star recruits. BYU's stellar 2009 recruiting class four-star commitments included S Craig Bills, RB Adam Hine, TE Richard Wilson, & WLB Kyle Van Noy. A number of high-profile high school juniors also gave commitments to the program in 2009, including Jake Heaps.

Victory Over #3 Oklahoma in Dallas

The 2009 season for BYU began against 3rd ranked Oklahoma at the new Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas. The field was supposed to be neutral, but nearby Oklahoma supplied the vast majority of the 75,000+ fans in attendance. The scoring opened with Ryan Broyes catching a touchdown pass from 2008 Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford from eight yards out shortly after BYU had dropped a punt return. In the second quarter, quarterback, Max Hall answered with a touchdown pass to Andrew George to tie the game at 7. Near the end of the first half, Oklahoma went up 10-7 on a 35 yard field goal by Jimmy Stevens, but with seconds remaining in the 2nd Quarter, Sam Bradford was knocked out of the game by Colby Clawson with an AC joint sprain.

There was no scoring in the 3rd quarter. In the 4th Quarter, Oklahoma drove down to the 1 foot line, but BYU's defense held strong, and Oklahoma settled for another Jimmy Stevens field goal, this time from 22 yards out. Then, Max Hall led the Cougars on a 16-play, 78-yard drive, culminating in a 7 yard touchdown pass to McKay Jacobson, to take the lead 14-13 with 3:03 remaining in the game. The Sooners had one more drive, but came up short on a 54 yard field goal attempt. The Cougars held on for one of the biggest upsets in their history.

School colors and football uniforms

From the 1970s to 1999—a period coinciding with the school's best football seasons—BYU school colors were royal blue and white. The football team generally wore royal blue jerseys and white pants at home, and white jerseys and royal blue pants on the road.

In 1999, Coach Edwards' penultimate year, the school colors switched to dark blue, white, and tan, and the football helmets switched from white to dark blue. The block 'Y' remained on the sides of the helmet but received a new, more current treatment. The home uniforms consisted of dark blue jerseys with white "bib" and dark blue pants, and the away uniforms consisted of white jerseys with white pants. These new uniforms were disliked by both the conservative fans in Provo and the NCAA, who required the team to remove the white bib on the front of the blue home jersey in 2000 (NCAA rules require that a team's jersey have a single dominant color). The home jersey thereafter was modified with blue replacing the white on the bib area.

These uniforms lasted until 2004, when a uniform new style incorporating New York Jets-style shoulder stripes was introduced (the helmets remained the same). The new uniforms were worn in a "mix-and-match" strategy—e.g., the home blue jerseys were worn with either blue or white pants and the white away jerseys were worn with either blue or white pants. This uniform incarnation lasted for only one season.

Ultimately, the traditional design with the white helmet and former logo was re-introduced for the 2005 season. While the uniforms were also changed to be similar to the 1980s uniforms, the darker blue remained instead of the former royal blue, but all tan highlights were eliminated. This change was done at the insistence of new head coach Bronco Mendenhall, who wanted to return the team to the successful traditions of the 1980s. Normally, it takes a minimum of 1–2 years to create, design and approve a uniform change. When Nike, the team's uniform supplier, said that they could not possibly make the change in just five months, former head coach and BYU legend LaVell Edwards made a call to Nike and asked them to help the new Cougar coach. Edwards had worked with Nike on several occasions since his retirement, and with the legendary coach's weight behind the request, BYU was able to take the field in 2005 in new, traditional uniforms.[6] One slight change in the uniform came in the 2007 season, when a small traditional 'Y' logo was added to the bottom of the collar.

Conference championships

Conference Year Coach
Western Athletic Conference 1965 Tommy Hudspeth
1974 Lavell Edwards
1976 Lavell Edwards
1977 Lavell Edwards
1978 Lavell Edwards
1979 Lavell Edwards
1980 Lavell Edwards
1981 Lavell Edwards
1982 Lavell Edwards
1983 Lavell Edwards
1984 Lavell Edwards
1985 Lavell Edwards
1989 Lavell Edwards
1990 Lavell Edwards
1991 Lavell Edwards
1992 Lavell Edwards
1993 Lavell Edwards
1995 Lavell Edwards
1996 Lavell Edwards
Mountain West Conference 1999 Lavell Edwards
2001 Gary Crowton
2006 Bronco Mendenhall
2007 Bronco Mendenhall

Bowl games

BYU has made 28 Bowl appearances, winning 10, losing 17, and tying 1. They have played in the Holiday Bowl (4 wins, 6 losses, 1 tie), the Cotton Bowl Classic (1 win), the Las Vegas Bowl (3 wins, 2 losses), the Copper Bowl (1 win), the Tangerine/Citrus Bowl (2 losses), the Freedom Bowl (1 win, 1 loss), the Liberty Bowl (2 losses), the Aloha Bowl (1 loss), the Fiesta Bowl (1 loss), the Motor City Bowl (1 loss), and the All-American Bowl (1 loss).

Date Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA
December 28, 1974 Fiesta Bowl L Oklahoma State 6 16
December 18, 1976 Tangerine Bowl L Oklahoma State 21 49
December 22, 1978 Holiday Bowl L Navy 16 23
December 21, 1979 Holiday Bowl L Indiana 37 38
December 19, 1980 Holiday Bowl W SMU 46 45
December 18, 1981 Holiday Bowl W Washington State 38 36
December 17, 1982 Holiday Bowl L Ohio State 17 47
December 23, 1983 Holiday Bowl W Missouri 21 17
December 21, 1984 Holiday Bowl W Michigan 24 17
December 28, 1985 Citrus Bowl L Ohio State 7 10
December 30, 1986 Freedom Bowl L UCLA 10 31
December 22, 1987 All-American Bowl L Virginia 16 22
December 29, 1988 Freedom Bowl W Colorado 20 17
December 29, 1989 Holiday Bowl L Penn State 39 50
December 29, 1990 Holiday Bowl L Texas A&M 14 65
December 30, 1991 Holiday Bowl T Iowa 13 13
December 25, 1992 Aloha Bowl L Kansas 20 23
December 30, 1993 Holiday Bowl L Ohio State 21 28
December 29, 1994 Copper Bowl W Oklahoma 31 6
January 1, 1997 Cotton Bowl Classic W Kansas State 19 15
December 31, 1998 Liberty Bowl L Tulane 27 41
December 27, 1999 Motor City Bowl L Marshall 3 21
December 31, 2001 Liberty Bowl L Louisville 10 28
December 22, 2005 Las Vegas Bowl L California 28 35
December 21, 2006 Las Vegas Bowl W Oregon 38 8
December 22, 2007 Las Vegas Bowl W UCLA 17 16
December 21, 2008 Las Vegas Bowl L Arizona 21 31
December 22, 2009 Maaco Bowl Las Vegas W Oregon State 44 20
Total 28 bowl games 10-17-1 624 768

Rankings - top 25 finishes

Season Overall Record AP Ranking Coaches Ranking BCS Ranking*
1977 9-2 20 16 n/a
1979 11-1 13 12 n/a
1980 12-1 12 11 n/a
1981 11-2 13 11 n/a
1983 11-1 7 7 n/a
1984 13-0 1 1 n/a
1985 11-3 16 17 n/a
1989 10-3 22 18 n/a
1990 10-3 22 17 n/a
1991 8-3-2 23 23 n/a
1994 10-3 18 10 n/a
1996 14-1 5 5 n/a
2001 12-2 25 24 n/a
2006 11-2 16 15 20
2007 11-2 14 14 17
2008 10-3 25 21 16
2009 11-2 12 12 14
  • BCS rankings are final as of the end of the regular season, and thus do not consider performance in any bowl game as the AP and Coaches polls do.

Awards

National Championship

After finishing the season 13-0, BYU was ranked number one by the Associated Press, United Press International (coaches' poll), Sports Illustrated, CNN-USA Today, and the Football Writers of America.

Heisman Trophy

In 1990, quarterback Ty Detmer won college football's most prestigious individual award, the Heisman Trophy. Detmer is the only BYU football player ever to win the award. Detmer passed for 5,188 yards and 41 touchdowns during the 1990 season, with 28 interceptions. During the same season, he also led BYU to defeat the number-one-ranked Miami Hurricanes 28-21 in Provo. The Heisman Trophy has been awarded every year since 1935. Other BYU quarterbacks finishing in the top ten in Heisman voting include Marc Wilson (3rd in 1979), Jim McMahon (5th in 1980, 3rd in 1981), Steve Young (2nd in 1983), Robbie Bosco (3rd in 1984 and 1985), Ty Detmer (Winner in 1990, 3rd in 1991), and Max Hall (10th in 2009).

The Doak Walker Award

The Doak Walker Award has honored the nation's best running back since 1990. BYU running back Luke Staley won this award in 2001 while helping the Cougars win their first 12 games in a row before becoming injured. Staley rushed for 1,596 yards and 24 touchdowns in just 11 games.

The Davey O'Brien Award

The Davey O'Brien Award has honored the nation's best quarterback since 1981. BYU quarterbacks have won the award four times—more than any other school. Former NFL greats Jim McMahon and Steve Young both won the award while at BYU, and in 1991, Ty Detmer became the first of only three quarterbacks to win the award twice.

The Outland Trophy

The Outland Trophy has honored the nation's best interior lineman since 1946. Two BYU linemen have won the prestigious award. In 1986, Jason Buck earned the honor while Mohammed Elowonibi received the honor in 1989. Other notable players who have won the Outland Trophy include Bruce Smith of Virginia Tech in 1984, former NFL draft #1 pick Steve Emtman of Washington in 1991 and Orlando Pace of Ohio St. in 1996.

Sammy Baugh Trophy

The Sammy Baugh Trophy is awarded to the nation's best passer. Steve Sarkisian was awarded this trophy for the 1996 season during which he had a 173.6 passer rating, the highest in the nation. Other BYU quarterbacks to win the award were Gary Sheide (1974), Marc Wilson (1979), Jim McMahon (1981), Steve Young (1983), Robbie Bosco (1984), and Ty Detmer (1991).

Coaching awards

LaVell Edwards - 2003
LaVell Edwards - 1984
LaVell Edwards - 1979

College Football Hall of Fame inductees

Alumni

As of 2008, BYU has produced 146 professional football players—its alumni totaling 48 NFL Super Bowl.[8]

Rivalries

References

External links








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