Keith Johnson, Deseret News
Utah offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom is one of 21 players on the U. roster who are returned missionaries.

When Utah and BYU meet on the turf at Rice-Eccles Stadium Saturday, it will be the largest gathering of returned missionaries in college football.

Talk about a priesthood meeting.

Going from full-time elder to full-time student-athlete is not unique to football programs in the state of Utah. Former missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are appearing on more and more rosters across the college football landscape, including Auburn, Oregon, Oklahoma State, Boise State, UCLA, Stanford and others. Along the way, they've experienced the benefits and challenges of service and encountered numerous opportunities to share stories from their previous field.

Here is our list of returned LDS Church missionaries for Football Bowl Subdivision teams in 2010:

BYU (67)

Name, hometown, class, position, playing status

Nick Alletto, Parker, Colo., Sr., OL, backup

Famika Anae, Provo, Utah (Timpview HS), Fr., OL, has not played

Luke Ashworth, Provo, Utah (Timpview HS), Sr., WR, backup

Brandon Bradley, Tallahassee, Fla., Sr., DB, starter

Braden Brown, Salt Lake City (Highland HS), So., OL, starter

Rhen Brown, Alpine, Utah (Lone Peak HS), So., WR, played in 4 games

Terence Brown, Summerville, S.C., Jr., OL, starter

Robbie Buckner, Ashdown, Ark., So., DB, backup

Tanner Cox, Pleasant View, Utah (Weber HS), Fr., LB, has not played

Andrew Cusick, Provo, Utah (Timpview HS), Fr., WR, has not played

Dallin Cutler, Draper, Utah (Alta HS), Fr., WR, has not played

Matt Edwards, N. Salt Lake, Utah (Woods Cross HS), So., TE, played in 1 game

Garrett Eskelsen, Ballwin, Mo., So., DL, has not played

Ryan Folsom, Medford, Ore., Fr., RB, played in 7 games

David Foote, Washington, Utah (Pine View HS), So., RB, played in 10 games

Landon Fowler, Kaysville, Utah (Davis HS), So., DB, has not played

Jameson Frazier, Draper, Utah (Alta HS), Jr., LB, starter

Ryan Freeman, Orem, Utah (Orem HS), Jr., OL, has not played

Romney Fuga, Huntington Beach, Calif., Jr., DL, starter (injured)

Spencer Hafoka, Kahuku, Hawaii, Jr., WR, backup

Mike Hague, Salt Lake City (Brighton HS), So., RB, played in 9 games

Braden Hansen, Sandy, Utah (Alta HS), So., OL, starter

Connell Hess, Boise, Idaho, So., LB, played in 4 games

Austin Holt, South Jordan, Utah (Bingham HS), Fr., TE, played in 10 games

Reed Hornung, Anoka, Minn., So., DS, played in 11 games

Shane Hunter, Idaho Falls, Sr., LB, starter

McKay Jacobson, Southlake, Texas, Jr., WR, starter

Landon Jaussi, Wylie, Texas, Sr., DB, played in 10 games

Austen Jorgensen, Mt. Pleasant, Utah (N. Sanpete HS), So., LB, backup

Walter Kahaiali'i, Lahaina, Hawaii, So., OL, backup

Bryan Kariya, Kaysville, Utah (Davis HS), Jr., RB, starter

James Lark, St. George, Utah (Pine View HS), So., QB, backup

Aveni Leung-Wai, Aiea, Hawaii, Jr., LB, played in 8 games

Devin Mahina, Upland, Calif., Fr., TE, starter

Eathyn Manumaleuna, Anchorage, Alaska, So., DL, starter

Josh Marquardt, Vista, Calif., So., DE, has not played

Marcus Mathews, Beaverton, Ore., Fr., WR, played in 8 games

Greg May, Orem, Utah (Mountain View HS), Fr., DB, has not played

Carter Mees, St. George, Utah (Pine View HS), So., DB, played in 7 games

Zed Mendenhall, Alpine, Utah (Lone Peak HS), So., FB, backup

Zeke Mendenhall, Alpine, Utah (Lone Peak HS), Sr., DB, backup

Mike Muehlmann, American Fork, Utah (Am. Fork HS), Fr., TE, backup

Jason Munns, Kennewick, Wash., Fr., QB, has not played

Riley Nelson, Logan, Utah (Logan HS), Jr., QB, starter (injured)

Austin Nielsen, Glendale, Ariz., So., LB, played in 2 games

Brandon Ogletree, McKinney, Texas, So., LB, starter

Mitch Payne, North Ogden, Utah (Weber HS), Sr., K, starter

Chase Pendley, Sandy, Utah (Skyline HS), So., DB, has not played

B.J. Peterson, Salt Lake City (Brighton HS), Sr., WR, played in 11 games

Matt Peterson, Bluffdale, Utah (Riverton HS), Fr., DL, played in 3 games

Seth Probert, Lebanon, Ore., Fr., LB, has not played

Matt Putnam, Brigham City, Utah (Box Elder HS), Jr., DL, starter

Houston Reynolds, Provo, Utah (Timpview HS), Fr., OL, backup

Matt Reynolds, Provo, Utah (Timpview HS), Jr., OL, starter

Andrew Rich, Ogden, Utah (Bonneville HS), Sr., DB, starter

Jordan Richardson, Idaho Falls, Idaho, So., DL, starter (injured)

Brian Smith, Orem, Utah (Mountain View HS), So., K, has not played

Jason Speredon, West Valley City, Utah (Granger HS), Sr., OL, starter

Tom Steele, Orem, Utah (Orem HS), So., LB, played in 5 games

Riley Stephenson, St. George, Utah (Pine View HS), So., K/P, starter

Marco Thorson, Ramona, Calif., Jr., OL, played in 3 games

Dalin Tollestrup, Raymond, Alberta, So., DB, played in 2 games

Travis Uale, Hawaii Kai, Hawaii, Jr., DB, starter

Simote Vea, Hau'ula, Hawaii, Jr., DL, backup

Jadon Wagner, Lethbridge, Alberta, Jr., DL, starter

Jake Webber, Salt Lake City (Highland HS), Fr., DB has not played

Michael Yeck, Keller, Texas, Fr., OL, has not played

UTAH (21)

Tony Bergstrom, Salt Lake City (Skyline HS), Jr., OL, starter

Greg Bird, Mesa, Ariz., Jr., DB, backup

Tyson Buck, Highland, Utah (Lone Peak HS), Fr., LB, has not played

Daniel Bukarau, Kailua, Hawaii, Sr., OL, played in 3 games

Brad Clifford, Salt Lake City (Olympus HS), Sr., TE, backup

Christian Cox, Bountiful, Utah (Bountiful HS), Sr., DL, starter

Sean Fitzgerald, Mission Viejo, Calif., Fr., WR, played in 11 games

Kenneth Golloday, Mesa, Ariz., Jr., K, has not played

Mike Honeycutt, Cedar Hills, Utah (Lone Peak HS), Fr., DB, played in 11 games

Semisi Makai, Spanish Fork, Utah (Sp. Fork HS), Fr., DT, has not played

Griffin McNabb, Pocatello, Idaho, Fr., WR, played in 7 games

Joe Phillips, Salt Lake City (Lone Peak HS), Sr., K, starter

Trevor Reilly, Valley Center, Calif., Fr., DE, backup

Griff Robles, Spanish Fork, Utah (Sp. Fork HS), Fr., QB, played in 4 games

Dallin Rogers, Placerville, Calif., So., TE, backup

Tevita Stevens, Hemet, Calif., So., OL, starter

Lolo Tenifa, Sandy, Utah (Highland HS), Jr., DB, has not played

Junior Tui'one, Hawthorne, Calif., Sr., DE, played in 8 games

Zach Wade, Salt Lake City (Cottonwood HS), Jr., WR, has not played

Tyler Whittingham, Salt Lake City (Brighton HS), Jr., DB, played in 8 games

J.J. Williams, Aurora, Colo., Jr., LB, played in 2 games


Matt Ah You, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., (Lone Peak HS), Sr., LB, has not played

T.J. Canales, Layton, Utah (Northridge HS), Fr., QB, has not played

Gavin Jones, Orem, Utah (Orem HS), Jr., DB, backup

Josh Johansen, Kaysville, Utah (Davis HS), Jr., WR, backup

Eric Moats, Highlands Ranch, Colo., Jr., WR, starter

Eric Schultz, Connell, Wash., Fr., OL, starter

Brad Theurer, Logan, Utah (Logan HS), Fr., TE, backup

Josh Thompson, Logan, Utah (Logan HS), Fr., K, has not played


Mark Asper, Idaho Falls, Idaho, Jr., OL, starter

Brandon Bair, St. Anthony, Idaho, Sr., DL, starter

Sam Doman, Canby, Ore., Sr., TE, played in 1 game


Jorrell Bostrom (Auburn), Nampa, Idaho, Sr., OL, backup

Sione Fua (Stanford), Encino, Calif., Sr., DL, starter

Tolu Moala, (Oklahoma State), Inglewood, Calif., LB, backup

Clayton Tunney (UCLA), Carlsbad, Calif., Jr., QB, played in 1 game

Walker Vave (Oregon State), Laie, Hawaii, Sr., LB, backup

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