Bart Oates (1980-82)
Oates snapped the ball to both Jim McMahon and Steve Young at BYU before going on to a long and successful NFL career, which included a Super Bowl win and three Pro Bowl appearances.
Backup: Trevor Matich
Honorable mention: Sete Aulai, Scott Jackson, Larry Moore, Garry Pay, Lance Reynolds, Jr., Jason Scukanec, Robert Stephens
Mo Elewonibi (1988-89), Evan Pilgrim (1991-94)
Elewonibi earned the Outland Trophy as a senior, when he graded out four times with perfect pass protection. Pilgrim was a three-year starter.
Backups: Craig Garrick,Robert Anae
Honorable mention: JohnBorgia, Calvin Close, Lloyd Eldredge, Ray Feinga, Tim Hanshaw, Matt Johnson, Bryan May, Dallas Reyolds, Teag Whiting, Joe Wong, Scott Young
Nick Eyre (1976, 1979-80), John Tait (1996-98)
Eyre, nicknamed “The Bear,” was BYU’s first consensus All-America lineman. Tait anchored the Cougar O-line in 1996 and was a first-round draft pick.
Backups: Dave Wright, John Hunter
Honorable mention: Jason Andersen, Eric Bateman, Scott Brumfield, Rex Burningham, Mike Empey, Wayne Faalafua, Neal Fort, Eli Herring, Eddie Keele, Mike Keim, Jake Kuresa, Matt Reynolds, Dustin Rykert, Vince Stroth
Gordon Hudson (1981-83)
Hudson set new standards at this position. Not only was he a two-time All-America, but he set four NCAA records for tight ends: most yards in a game (259), most yards in a career (2,484), most catches per game for a career (5.39).
Backups: Chad Lewis, Dennis Pitta, Clay Brown
Honorable mention: Jonny Harline, Doug Jolley, Itula Mili, David Mills, Trevor Molini, Gabe Reid, Byron Rex, Chris Smith
Austin Collie (2004, 2007-08), Cody Hoffman (2010-2013)
Collie starred for the Cougars as a true freshman, then had two more amazing seasons before leaving early for the NFL draft. He caught a school-record 106 passes for 1,538 yards in 2008.
In 2013, Hoffman broke all of BYU’s career receiving records previously belonging to Collie and Dennis Pitta.
Backups: Glen Kozlowski, Eric Drage, Mark Bellini, Margin Hooks
Honorable mention: Tyler Anderson, Andy Boyce, Matt Braga, Ben Cahoon, Chuck Cutler, Lloyd Jones, K.O. Kealaluhi, Reno Mahe, Dan Plater, Todd Watkins
Luke Staley (1999-2001), Harvey Unga (2006-2009)
When healthy, Staley and his massive calves ran over and through many opposing defenses. In just three injury-abbreviated seasons, BYU’s Mr. Touchdown set many school records and earned the school’s only Doak Walker Award, emblematic of the nation’s top running back. Unga is BYU’s all-time leading rusher (3,355 yards), though Jamaal Williams is on track to pass him sometime next year.
Backups: Jamal Willis, Lakei Heimuli, Ronney Jenkins, Jamaal Williams, Curtis Brown
Honorable mention: Matt Bellini, Kalin Hall, Waymon Hamilton, Hema Heimuli, Homer Jones, Eric Lane, Brian McDonald, Brian McKenzie, Robert Parker, Scott Phillips, Kelly Smith, Eddie Stinnett, Casey Tiumalu, Peter Tuipulotu, Marcus Whalen
Jim McMahon (1977-78, 1980-81)
Of all of the aforementioned selections, this is the one that will be the most scrutinized, and for good reason. BYU boasts a Heisman Trophy winner, and multiple Sammy Baugh and Davey O’Brien Award winners. Cougar quarterbacks own numerous NCAA passing records and one led his team to a national championship. The pick is McMahon because he no QB had a better winning percentage (25-3 as a starter). He was a two-time All-America, won a pair of conference championships and was the highest NFL draft pick in school history (No. 5 overall) and guided the Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl victory.
Backups: Steve Young, Ty Detmer, Robbie Bosco
Honorable mention: John Beck, Max Hall, Brandon Doman, Steve Sarkisian, John Walsh
1922-1979 BYU Dream Team
Quarterback — Gifford Nielson, Marc Wilson, Gary Sheide, Virgil Carter
Tailback — Eldon Fortie, Pete VanValkenburg, Dick Felt, Jeff Blanc, Weldon Jackson
Fullback — Todd Christensen, John Ogden, Bill Ring
Wide receivers — Phil Odle, Jay Miller, Mike Chronister, Golden Richards
Tight end — Marion Probert, Brian Billick, Tod Thompson
Offensive linemen — Paul Howard, Gordon Gravelle, Keith Uperesa, Lance Reynolds, Sr., Mel Olson, Lloyd Fairbanks, Al Gaspard, Tom Bell, Scott Nielson, Brad Oates
Defensive lineman — Paul Linford, Mat Mendenhall, Wayne Baker, Mekeli Ieremia, Keith Rivera, Ross Varner
Linebackers — Craig Bozich, Ron Tree, Larry Carr, Sid Smith, Rod Wood, Curg Belcher
Defensive backs — Dan Hansen, Chris Farasopoulos, Dave Atkinson, Jason Coloma
Punter — Rich Adams
Placekicker — Joe Liljenquist
Kick returns specialists — Golden Richards, Chris Farasopoulos, Paul Allen