2014 BYU Football Newcomers: Brian Rawlinson


Leading up to Fall Camp at the end of the month, here at Lawless Republic we will be giving you a daily glimpse at the signees and return missionaries that will be part of the 2014 BYU Football team.

Brian Rawlinson

Oologah, OK | Oolaga-Talala HS

6-5 | 285 | OL

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Before BYU: Two-year starter at his high school, Rawlinson was an under-the-radar prospect who had little to no recruiting traction. Rawlinson had some interest from Big 12 schools, but no offers. Many schools backed off due to Rawlinson being set on pursuing a mission for two-years.

Rawlinson originally committed to North Texas in 2009, but then de-committed when BYU came into the picture late in the recruiting process.

Rawlinson was initially overlooked by BYU due to a poor performance at a summer camp, where he appeared to be out of shape. Rawlinson’s conditioning improved leading up to his senior year of high school, and was one of the top offensive linemen in the Tulsa area.

The lineage is there with Rawlinson. Brian’s father, Randy, and uncle, Doug, played for LaVell Edwards in the 80’s. Both guys came from the Tulsa, Oklahoma area as well.

*Highlights: Rawlinson wears #70

Expectations in 2014: Redshirt

Rawlinson came back from his mission in the fall of 2013. Greyshirted last year and participated in spring drills earlier this year.

There’s some question marks surrounding the offensive line this year, but the unit is very experienced. Hard to imagine a true freshman cracking the two-deep this season; last year, maybe, this year? I just don’t see it.

Potential in BYU career: Two-deep at tackle, fringe starter

Right now, I look at Rawlinson and think he will have a similar career to Brock Strigham. Hard to say he’s a lock for being a starter at tackle for two or three years. De’Ondre Wesley & Michael Yeck both graduate after 2014, there will be competitions in place. I’d expect Rawlinson to start becoming a factor in the offensive line around the 2016 season.