Ranking the best season by a running back in BYU history

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

1. Luke Staley, 2001 Next List » 25 of 25 « Prev
Even though Staley missed three games in ’01, he still managed to do what no other BYU running back ever has, win the Doak Walker Award as the best running back in the nation. That year, he finished second in the nation with 1,582 yards on 196 carries (8.1 yards a carry). To go along with his massive yardage total on the ground, Staley led the nation in rushing touchdowns (24) and total touchdowns (28). He was also tallied 32 catches for 334 yards and four scores.

His two most impressive games of the season came against Utah State and Colorado State. In a 54-34 win over the Aggies, he carried the ball 23 times for 207 yards for four touchdowns as well as registering four catches for 44 yards and another score. In a 56-34 win over the Rams, he totaled 196 yards and five touchdowns and 22 carries to go along with three receptions for 28 yards.

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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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