Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Flashback: Brigham Young Cougars Big-Time Scorers

For over three decades, the Brigham Young Cougars have been known to put a lot of points on the scoreboard. Just last season, Mitch Payne set a new school record for most points scored in a career—334. That record appears to be safe for the time being, but don’t be surprised if a BYU Cougar achieves another scoring milestone in 2011. Looking back over the last 60 years, BYU football players have a propensity to reach high-water marks in scoring in years that end in 1 or 6.

1951 (60 Years Ago)
Running back Roy Oliverson set a school record by scoring 90 points on 15 touchdowns (12 rushing, 3 receiving).

1976 (35 Years Ago)
Running back Jeff Blanc finished his career as the BYU record holder for most points scored in a career with 174 points (29 touchdowns—21 rushing, 8 receiving).

1981 (30 Years Ago)
Running back Waymon Hamilton broke Oliverson’s 30-year old record for most points scored in a season by scoring 96 points on 16 touchdowns (14 rushing, 2 receiving).

1986 (25 Years Ago)
Running back Lakei Heimuli finished his career by tying Hamilton’s record set in 1983 for most points scored in a career with 192 points (32 touchdowns—30 rushing, 2 receiving).

1996 (15 Years Ago)
Kicker Ethan Pochman shattered Hamilton’s record for most points scored in a single season as he became the first Cougar to eclipse the century mark by scoring 123 points.

2001 (10 Years Ago)
Running back Luke Staley made Pochman’s 123 points look like child’s play. Staley scored 170 points (28 touchdowns—24 rushing, 4 receiving—and one 2-point conversion) during the 2001 season. Not only was Staley’s 170 points the most points scored by a BYU player in a single season, he was the nation’s leading scorer in 2001.

Staley also finished his career in 2001 with the most points scored in a career by a non-kicker, 290.

2011???
Looking ahead to 2011, if a BYU player sets a new scoring standard, who will it be? Every player on this list, except one is a running back. From the pool of running backs, Joshua Quezada will probably score the most points. I am not sure if it will be enough to join this prestigious list. However, don’t count out kicker Justin Sorenson. The offense, led by Jake Heaps, is poised to explode. Sorenson might be the biggest beneficiary and rise to the top of the single-season scoring charts.

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