Ranking the best season by a running back in BYU history

Published: Thursday, July 31 2014 6:35 p.m. MDT

25. Lakei Heimuli, 1984 Next » 1 of 25 « Prev
In his first of three special seasons in the BYU backfield, Heimuli averaged 5 yards a carry on his way to a team-leading 796 yards and nine scores on the ground. He was also a major weapon through the air with 31 receptions for 242 yards and another touchdown as the Cougars ran the table to earn their only national championship. His best game of the season came in a 48-0 win over New Mexico when he rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns.

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West Jordan, UT

I was there! Luuuuuuuuuuuuke!

davis, UT

Not sure why the Great Eldon Fortie is not on this list somewhere!

Enid, OK

Casey Tiumalu: One of THE coolest runs I've EVER seen by any player, high school, college or pro, was a play in which Casey had the ball with a defensive player (UCLA?) targeting Tiumalu near the line of scrimmage and instead of trying to jink or cut, Casey simply wrapped up the ball with both arms, lowered his head and planted his helmet firmly INTO the very center of the defender's chest and literally ran right OVER the guy and just kept on running. That poor dude never had a chance.

Go Cougars!

Orem, UT

I agree with 59Fitz...as a member of BYU's freshman football team way back in 1962, we scrimmaged against the Varsity several times a week. I have never encountered or seen, a more elusive tailback. He had a tremendous year and easily should be on your list.



Eldon Fortie was a quarterback and not a running back. He ran a lot because of the single wing offense that BYU ran at the time.

I agree, Luke was the best!

Woods Cross, UT

Fun to see Lakei from 30 years ago on the list at #1, 13 & 15. But you do realize that's a picture of Vai, right, in #13? Another great RB!

West Valley City, UT

#13 is a picture of Vai Sikahema but you say it's Lakei Heimuli

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