In recent years, the Brigham Young Cougars have had special halftime ceremonies at a home football game fairly regularly. Some of the more recent ones have been:
2010--Quarterback Weekend honoring former All-American Quarterbacks.
2009--The 1984 National Championship team was honored during the 25th anniversary season.
2007--Gifford Nielsen and Ty Detmer had their jerseys retired.
I don’t remember one for 2008, and after extensive research I still can’t find a home game that had a special halftime ceremony.
What about 2011? BYU has several players and teams that could be honored this season.
Luke Staley—It has been 10 years since Luke Staley won the Doak Walker Award after he exploded for 1,582 yards rushing (8.1 yards per carry) and 28 touchdowns (24 rushing, 4 receiving).
The 1996 team—This team was the last truly great BYU football team, and probably the second best ever. They set an NCAA record for most wins in a season (14), they played in (and won) BYU’s first ever January bowl game (Cotton), and they finished with the second highest national ranking in BYU history (5).
Jason Buck—Buck was the first BYU player to win the Outland Trophy 25 years ago (1986). The Ricks College transfer had 12.5 sacks and 13 tackles-for-loss to go with 59 total tackles that season. He finished his career with the third most sacks in a career, and the BYU record for most sacks in a game (4 vs. Oregon State, 1986).
Jim McMahon—There are rumblings that McMahon is trying to finish up his degree and qualify for the BYU Athletics Hall of Fame. This year marks the 30th Anniversary of his senior season. A surprise announcement and halftime ceremony to honor him as a Hall of Fame inductee could be in the works.
While each of these is worthy of a special halftime ceremony, the one I would like to see the most is Jason Buck. BYU’s defensive accomplishments are largely unheralded. Buck represents several BYU defensive stars who have gone on and excelled in the NFL, and who deserve a lot of credit for BYU winning 10, 11, 12, or more games several times. If BYU wants to continue to build a dominating defense, and sign more top defensive recruits, then BYU needs to illuminate the great accomplishments of guys like Buck.
Back in 1986, the Outland Trophy Award winner was announced November 29. BYU has a home game scheduled against New Mexico State on November 19, 2011. That might be the most appropriate game to honor Buck making it as close to the actual date the event occurred.
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