Flashback: A Special Outside Linebacker

During 2011, Brigham Young Cougars outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy asserted through his play on the field that he was a special football player. Ten years ago, another well recruited outside linebacker did the same thing.

Colby Bockwoldt came to BYU after being recruited by Nebraska, Stanford, Colorado, Oregon, Cal, and several other schools. He redshirted in 1999 and saw progressively more playing time during the 2000 and 2001 seasons. In 2002, he displayed his full potential.

As a junior, Bockwoldt made a career high 85 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss and three sacks, as well as forced three fumbles, recovered one fumble, and hurried the quarterback six times. For his efforts, Bockwoldt received honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference honors. The fact that he was recognized as the team’s top linebacker that season is a tribute to how special he was.

Speed was Bockwoldt’s greatest asset. He used that speed to make 10 or more tackles during three different games in 2002 (Air Force, New Mexico, Utah). Bockwoldt made a season high three tackles for loss against San Diego State as BYU earned its largest margin of victory for the season. His aggressive play against Wyoming yielded nine unassisted tackles and two quarterback hurries to help BYU win 35-31.

Bockwoldt’s play ten years ago put him on the radar of pro scouts, and eventually landed him in the NFL. As a rookie, he scored what would be the game-winning points against the Oakland Raiders on a six-yard fumble return for a touchdown. He made 158 tackles, started 24 games, and played in 49 games during his four year career.

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