Top 5 O'Neill Chambers Moments With The Brigham Young Cougars

This week, Brigham Young Cougars wide receiver O’Neill Chambers was disciplined for the second time this year. Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall said that Chambers’ indefinite suspension will all but certainly end his career at BYU.

Chambers came to BYU from Harmony, Florida, in 2008. He saw some quality playing time as a true freshman. Like all players, he had his low moments, but he also made very positive contributions to the team.

Looking back on his 2 ½ years as a Cougar, here are my top 5 O’Neill Chambers moments.

1. Punt Returns versus Utah, 2009. O’Neill Chambers was a difference maker in the Utah game last year. I would even go as far as saying that without his stellar play on special teams BYU loses this game. With BYU trailing 6-3 midway through the second quarter, Chambers returned a Utah punt 43 yards to the 7-yard line. Two plays later, BYU led 10-6. He stood tough while Utah committed kick catch interference on three punts. One offset a BYU penalty that could have given Utah a new set of downs. Another gave BYU favorable field position to start its first drive of the second half; a drive that ended in a touchdown.

2. Breaking the BYU record for most career kickoff return yards. Chambers returned the opening kickoff of the second half against TCU last week from the goal line out to the 24-yard line. He broke this record when he crossed the five yard line on that return. Setting a new record is always impressive, but this is made more impressive by the fact that Chambers did this in just two and a half years. Imagine how high he would have set the mark if he played out his eligibility.

3. First career touchdown reception. In the first quarter of the 2008 game versus UNLV, Chambers scored his first career touchdown. It was a 20-yard pass from Max Hall. This game turned out to be a shootout and BYU needed this touchdown by Chambers to be in a position to win the game in the end.

4. 97-yard kickoff return at UNLV, 2009. UNLV must have been Chambers’ favorite opponent to play. With 14:50 to play in the fourth quarter, UNLV scored to make it a 45-21 game. On the ensuing kick, Chambers fielded the ball at the BYU one and ran all the way down to the UNLV two-yard line. Any momentum that UNLV had gained with the touchdown was gone. It was the best kick return for BYU since Nate Meikle returned the opening kickoff of the 2006 Wyoming game 84-yards to the two-yard line.

5. Acrobatic reception versus Florida State, 2009. Chambers made the highlight reels when he lunged forward to catch a tipped pass with one hand.

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Flashback: Jim McMahon's Magical Season (1980)
Poll Results: Will BYU go to a bowl game this year?
Game Recap: TCU Horned Frogs 31, Brigham Young Cougars 3
Game Preview: Brigham Young Cougars vs. TCU Horned Frogs


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