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: SeteAulai, 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, MattReynolds, 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 NCAArecords 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: MattBellini, 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 goodreason. 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 NFLdraft 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