Top 10 BYU tight ends (based on total receiving yards)

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 17 2011 6:36 p.m. MDT

Mark Philbrick, BYU
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Spanish Fork, UT

Andrew George should have been on the list.


Where on earth is Todd Christensen???

South Jordan, Utah

Todd Christensen was a fullback at BYU.

Plano, TX

Chad would be #2 in my book.

Clay Brown created the strong legacy at this position at BYU.

Floyd Johnson
Broken Arrow, OK

Doug Jolley set the MWC single game yardage record against Air Force. Was that 2001 or 2002? Not bad for a high school quarterback. Played a few years pro. Apparently not enough to make the list.

Fresno, CA

I love this photo of Chad Lewis -- but I hardly think it's fair that he made that kid from Utep carry him into the endzone!

Spanish Fork, UT

I believe that Johnny Harline is the best tight end. One of the best moments ever with him in the end zone against Utah. Also Chad Lewis after we finally lost to Utah at home how he ran after the Utah players that were trying to tear down our goal posts.

Salt Lake City, UT

Nice choices, but can't agree with the order.

Being the quarterback's brother-in-law probably didn't hurt one of these tight ends...

Kearns, UT

Johnny Harline couldn't block. Chad Lewis would be my #2 choice. You forgot Brian Billick. He started it.

Bountiful, UT

Looks like this list was determined by yardage which is only a part of the position.

Issaquah, WA

@Elguapo86 - After being cut by the Cowboys and Giants, Todd was signed by the Raiders. The story I heard is that Todd complained about the move from fullback to TE. Al Davis told him he'd play TE or be cut. He went on to play in five Pro Bowls as a TE.

Sandy, UT

Pretty good list. I'm a Utah fan and I have to vote for Itula Mili as #1. #4 is about right statistically speaking. But as far as Talent and athleticism goes he was the best (I remember him hurdling a Washington Huskie DB in the only game they lost his senior year and keep on running....CRAZY). How many of the other tight ends listed had their knee destroyed (that gruesome helicopter his leg did against Wyoming in the WAC championship game) their senior year and still made All-American and got drafted into the NFL.To have that bad of an injury with at least a year of recovery and still get drafted...again..CRAZY He also had the longest NFL career of any of the top 10 byu tight ends.If he was in the tight-end heavy passing scheme of John Beck and Max Hall he would have had guys like Harline and Pitta riding the bench.

che loco
Springville, UT

Itula Mili was no one's understudy, least of all Chad Lewis (who is a stud, btw). Chow moved Mili to H-Back to keep him and Lewis on the field together. Mili was the more athletic out of the two so he could pull it off better than having Lewis as the H-Back. There just wasn't a better option at Fullback yet until Dustin Johnson stepped up and filled that role, moving Mili back out to TE and Chow had more 2 TE sets in the offense. What a great problem to have!

Bend, OR

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Idaho Coug
Meridian, Idaho

I love the TE legacy at BYU. I think the most talented of all was Trevor Molini but unfortunately he self destructed off the field and never came close to fulfilling his potential. Chris Smith was a lot of fun to watch. He was really a big WR. Were he playing today he would be out wide with the likes of Apo. But there was just no way he could block effectively in the trenches once he tried to make it in the NFL. It seems the BYU TEs have had as much success as a group in the NFL as BYU QBs have.

Enid, OK

Wow, I knew we had tons of talented TEs but that list is crazy good!

None of that at TE for Utah, is there, little brother?

Heber City, UT

BYU has had some great tandems through the years:
Pitta and George
Harline and Coats
Mili and Lewis

Also, an early Edwards era Tight End that preceeded these greats was Brian Billick who became a Superbowl winning coach!

Conservative Democrat
Omaha, NE

BYU had a tight end by the name of Jimmy Edwards. He could run, he could catch, he could block, but most importantly, he could take out the linebacker acting as the designated spy and open up the middle of the field. I watched him do this over and over in game after game. Shame the QBs and OCs didn't call his number more often.

North Ogden, UT

Todd Christensen wasn't mentioned because he didn't play Tight End for BYU he played Running Back. The Raiders converted him to a Tight End.

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