Ranking the best season by a quarterback in BYU history

By Jay Yeomans, Deseret News

Published: Wed, Aug. 27, 2014, 12:00 a.m. MDT

 BYU Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer.

BYU Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer.

(Ravell Call, Deseret News Archives)

BYU has been known as a quarterback factory for the better part of four decades, and for good reason. Those four decades have provided some of the best years in school history. They have led BYU to incredible seasons on the grid iron as a team and helped to propel the Cougars into the national spotlight.

Along the way, the great BYU signal callers have received plenty of recognition on both the conference and national level. There have been conference player of the year awards, All-American seasons,Sammy Baugh and Davey O'Brien trophies for the nation's best quarterback and even a Heisman Trophy.

While most of the quarterbacks have done most of the damage through the air, some have also done serious work with their legs. Both skill sets were taken into account when ranking each season as well as team success and individual awards. It is also important to know that while stats played a role in these rankings, it was more important how each player fared in relation to his peers because the game has changed so much.

Here is a look at the best of the best of those seasons.

All rankings in conference and national leaderboards are from Sports-reference.com. All award information, school records and NCAA records are from BYUCougars.com.

Jay Yeomans is a courier by day and a freelance writer by night. He is the creator and lead writer of the website jmoneysports.com. Contact him at jmoney34@hotmail.com. Twitter: @jmoneysports

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1. Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX,
Aug. 27, 2014

Few of these guys could survive under the current coaching staff. My guess, is only one would have made it. Jim could not only field punts he could punt. Young would never have earned the chance at quarterback and the rest are real quarterbacks and we no longer have a pass oriented offense. Maybe I am wrong, but I see no evidence to the contrary.

2. Mikeylikesit
Davis, UT,
Aug. 27, 2014

Please, let's just have the article and forget the slide show. I takes to much time to get thru it .

3. Herbert Gravy
Salinas, CA,
Aug. 27, 2014

Why was "Thumbs" Hinkelman from the 1932 not included in the list?