Dick Harmon: Lance Reynolds retirement ends link to long history of BYU football

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 25 2012 12:35 a.m. MST

Beck has always remembered that. “I think he’s been a guy throughout the years who has been very passionate about BYU winning football games and the players enjoying their time. He knew it would be a special time in their lives and he wanted us to enjoy all of it.

“Every player I ever played with loves coach Reynolds. The position group he coached always had such great attitudes and were always ready to play.”

Reynolds was part of 17 BYU conference champions and 28 bowl games during his time as a player and coach in Provo.

Said College Football Hall of Famer Ty Detmer, “I really appreciated coach Reynolds' demeanor and the way he taught the game.

“I enjoyed his laid-back style and yet he was very competitive. He always had a great relationship with his players. I wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

As Reynolds packs up his office and leaves, so goes history, a body who stood with Scovil, Garth Hall, Dave Kragthorpe, Mel Olson, Roger French, Wally English, Norm Chow, Chris Pella, Mike Holmgren, Ted Tollner, LaVell ... the names go on.

But now, like the others, Reynolds is gone.

BYU Career Rushing Leaders

(Lance Reynolds' players in bold)

1. Harvey Unga, 2006-2009

2. Curtis Brown, 2002, 2004-2006

3. Jamal Willis, 191-1994

4. Lakei Heimuli, 1983-1986

5. Jeff Blanc, 1973-1976

6. Luke Staley, 1999, 2002

7. Pete Van Valkenburg, 1969-1972

8. John Ogden, 1964, 1966

9. Ronnie Jenkins, 1996-1998

10. Brian McKenzie, 1996-1997

Dick Harmon, Deseret News sports columnist, can be found on Twitter as Harmonwrites and can be contacted at dharmon@desnews.com.

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