BYU Football Countdown: Player 36 – All-American

BYU Football is just over five weeks away from starting.

Yesterday ESPN released an article that talked about “Position U” which rated the top ten teams based off of every major position in college football. While it was no surprise to see BYU as No. 10 for tight ends with players like Gabe Reid, Daniel Coats, Dennis Pitta, Jonny Harline mentioned (no Chad Lewis or Gordon Hudson?) it was a surprise to not see the Cougars ranked in the QB section.

While I cannot blame the writer for not knowing perfectly how good BYU quarterbacks have been in the past, I find it amazing that in the 37 years of the Davey O’Brien Award the Cougars have claim to four of those and seven Sammy Baugh Trophy winners in the 60 year history which alone should put them in the Top 10. Power Five bias…

Today’s player in the Countdown isn’t a quarterback, and while I normally like to link the story to the theme of the day, this one was too good to pass up. The player featured today was first All-American linemen for BYU Football.

No. 36 Nick Eyre – Offensive Tackle – 1976-1980

Nick Eyre is the very last offensive linemen that will be featured in the Countdown. While he recorded no stats as a player and there is no film to go back to watch on him he makes the list for one reason. He was BYU’s first consensus All-American on the offensive line and only the second player on the team at all.

While there isn’t much more to say about him, other than he played in the NFL for a season, he is one of only 13 players to ever earn the consensus All-American award ever for a BYU Football player which is why he earned the No. 36 ranking on the Top 100 players of all time.