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Name: *Zach Wilson 
College: Brigham Young     Number: 1
Height: 6-2   Weight: 214
Position: QB  Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: Jr/2021

40 Low: 4.57
   40 Time: 4.67
  40 High: 4.76
Projected Round: 1-2  Stock:    

Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6021
Weight: 214

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Dates: 03/26/21
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 Data Scout Notes: **01-01-21 - Entering 2021 NFL Draft/1stPS...2020: ManningFinalist/MaxwellSemifinalist/OBrienSemifinalist...PMaxwell...2019: (+) Coming off Sept 2019 Thumb INJ...PMaxwell...120-182-1578-12-3-65.9 pass, 75-221-2.9-2 rush in 7 sts, 9 gms in '18.

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  03/27/21 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Zach Wilson entered the Indoor Practice Facility wearing headphones and looking cool, calm and collected as he smiled and laughed his way through a few stretches and warm ups during BYU's Pro Day on Friday. Then, he put on a clinic at the Indoor Practice Facility. Wilson never appeared to give NFL reps and scouts a reason for new doubts and bump himself down from the NFL Draft projection boards. In fact, the junior Cougar quarterback seems to have cemented himself as a Top 3 pick. In total, 31 of the NFL's 32 teams were represented in Provo to watch the former Cougars, a record for a BYU Pro Day. The action in the IPF most likely played a hand in the 2021 Draft order.

The lone exception on Friday? The Jacksonville Jaguars and their new coach, Urban Meyer, cementing the notion that the Jags will choose Clemson's Trevor Lawrence with the top pick on April 29. While Wilson was making some warm-up passes, news broke that the San Francisco 49ers made a trade with the Miami Dolphins for the No. 3 pick. The Dolphins were bumped down to No. 12, but, approximately half an hour later, made another trade with the Philadelphia Eagles for the No. 6 pick. It was reported the Eagles would have liked to trade for the No. 3 pick if they could get Wilson. The Niners trade is perceived to be to get a top quarterback, but it's unknown if Wilson will still be available by then. - Salt Lake Tribune


(DS#3 QB) Jr/2021 QB *Zach WilsonBrigham Young
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  01/13/21 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Cougar quarterback Zach Kapono Wilson has been selected as a co-recipient of the 2020 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award, which was announced Tuesday. Wilson shares the award with USC safety Talanoa Hufanga. Since 2014, the award is presented annually to the most outstanding Polynesian college football player that epitomizes great ability and integrity. Wilson is of Hawaiian ancestry and Hufanga of Samoan ancestry. Wilson helped lead the Cougars to a 11-1 record and threw for 3,692 yards and 33 touchdowns in the 2020 season. The junior completed 73.4% of his passes - good for a new BYU record, previously held by Steve Young. The Draper native, who finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting, also rushed for 255 yards and 10 touchdowns. - Salt Lake Tribune

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  01/07/21 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Zach Wilson has landed on another list of finalists for a post-season award. This time, Wilson is one of five players up for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award, as announced by the organization Wednesday. The award is "presented annually to the most outstanding college football player of Polynesian ancestry that epitomizes great ability and integrity." For those unfamiliar, Wilson is of Polynesian decent through his father's side of the family. The other 2020 finalists include Ohio State defensive tackle Haskell Garrett, USC safety Talanoa Hufanga, Hawaii linebacker Darius Muasau and Boise State wide receiver Khalil Shakir. - Salt Lake Tribune

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  01/01/21 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  BYU quarterback Zach Wilson is entering the NFL draft. Wilson announced the decision Friday on Twitter. "After much thought prayer and consideration, I'm excited to announce that I will be declaring for the 2021 NFL draft," Wilson tweeted. "I pray that I will always back Cougar Nation proud." Wilson passed for 3,692 yards and 33 touchdowns with three interceptions this season as a junior to help the Cougars finish 11-1. He capped his BYU career with a victory over UCF in the Boca Raton Bowl. In three seasons at BYU, Wilson passed for 7,652 yards with 56 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. - AP College Football

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  12/22/20 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Zach Wilson threw for 425 yards with three touchdown passes and two rushing scores as No. 13 BYU routed UCF 49-23 in the Boca Raton Bowl on Tuesday night. Wilson, considered a top NFL prospect, completed 26 of 34 in what likely was his final college game. The Cougars (11-1) led 35-10 at halftime and finished with 655 yards of offense to UCF's 411. Tyler Allgeier carried 19 times for 173 yards and a score. Isaac Rex had five catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns as BYU earned its first victory in nine games it has played in the Sunshine State. Dillon Gabriel was 21 of 45 for 217 yards and two TDs for the Knights (6-4). He had a stretch of nine straight incompletions bridging the second and third quarters. BYU dominated the first half, outgaining UCF 434 yards to 227 despite running 11 fewer plays. - AP College Football

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  12/12/20 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  BYU did not let an opponent with a tough defense get the upper hand again. Zach Wilson threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns to lead the no. 14 Cougars to a 28-14 victory over San Diego State on Saturday. Lopini Katoa added 130 all-purpose yards in place of usual starting running back Tyler Allgeier, who was sidelined with an undisclosed illness. BYU (10-1, no. 18 CFP) shut out the Aztecs over the final three quarters.

Jordon Brookshire threw for 230 yards and a touchdown to lead San Diego State. Kaegun Williams added 92 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The Aztecs (4-4, 4-2 Mountain West) gave up 21 unanswered points after taking a first-quarter lead. Still, the Cougars did not create sufficient breathing room until a 20-yard diving catch by Isaac Rex gave them a 28-14 lead with 10:53 remaining. Rex's touchdown came after Brookshire got stopped on a 4th down run at the BYU 28 a few plays earlier. - BYU/AP College Football


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  12/11/20 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  With different NFL mock drafts projecting Zach Wilson to be picked in the first round, is the BYU quarterback leaving Provo soon? Could Saturday's season finale against San Diego State be the last time Wilson takes the field at LaVell Edwards Stadium? Maybe. But Wilson won't be making that decision until the season is over. "I think when the time comes, after the season is over, I'll have a pretty good idea of what to do," he said. "The plan for me now is to finish up this week, get to a good bowl game, compete, win the bowl game and then it really goes from there. Right now, my plan is to come back next year. I really haven't thought about it because all my focus is with these boys. I really think when the time comes, I'll know what to do." - Salt Lake Tribune

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  12/09/20 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  The Chanticleers' spread-option attack teased and frustrated the Cougars, unable as they were to interrupt long, sustained drives, allowing CC to hold possession of the ball for a majority of minutes, as Wilson stood on the sideline over brutal stretches, left to simply watch, unable to do anything about it. All told, Coastal held the edge in time of possession 37:51 to a mere 22:09 for BYU. As a result, Wilson and the Cougar attack lurched in their repeated failed attempts to find rhythm, to get into the groove that had been so easy and wide for them in the past, the groove that punished so many less-talented teams that had come before. At times, it was apparent that BYU tried to pass when it should run, and ran when it should pass.

Wilson did not look like the kid who had garnered so much praise for his poise and polish over the first nine games. Not only had he been pronounced as one of the college game's best passers, he had risen on NFL mock drafts to as high as the No. 2 overall selection, behind only Clemson's Trevor Lawrence. Those are only guesses, but they indicate how highly thought of Wilson had become. On Saturday, he completed 19 of 30 throws for 240 yards, one touchdown and one pick. He got little help from receivers who too often dropped balls and struggled to get open. And that slab of humanity in front of him, the one that had kept him clean and comfortable all season long, could not keep the pressure off him in this game. - Salt Lake Tribune


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  12/08/20 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  2020 MAXWELL AWARD SEMIFINALIST: QB Zach Wilson, BYU,...Wilson, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior from Draper, Utah, has also garnered Heisman Trophy considerations in addition to being a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award. Wilson has led the Cougars to a No. 14/16 national ranking in the Associate Press and Amway Coaches polls and a 9-1 record. - BYU Footbal

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  12/08/20 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  2020 DAVEY O'BRIEN AWARD SEMIFINALIST: Zach Wilson, BYU, Jr.,...Triggering BYU's potent offense, Wilson ranks No. 2 nationally in points responsible for (214), No. 3 in passing touchdowns (27), No. 3 in passing efficiency (197.41), No. 3 in passing yards per attempt (11.10), No. 5 in completion percentage (.730), No. 6 in passing yards (2,964), No. 8 in passing yards per completion (15.2), No. 8 in points responsible for per game (21.4), No. 11 in passing yards per game (296.4) and No. 12 in total offense (321). - BYU Football

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  12/05/20 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  The fear for the Chants would be not being able to hold up physically on defense for the game's duration against a big and strong BYU offensive line. Every BYU offensive lineman is at least 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds and has been in the program a minimum of three years. The Heisman Trophy candidate has completed 176 of 237 passes for 2,724 yards and 26 touchdowns with two interceptions to average 302.7 passing yards and 323.9 total yards of offense per game. - Myrtle Beach Online

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  12/02/20 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  The Davey O'Brien Foundation has named BYU junior quarterback Zach Wilson to the Davey O'Brien QB Class of 2020, which recognizes the official candidates for the 2020 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. The Davey O'Brien QB Class of 2020, which includes 35 quarterbacks, will be narrowed down to 16 semifinalists on Monday, Dec. 7. A 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior from Draper, Utah, Wilson has led BYU to a No. 8 national ranking and the program's first 9-0 start since 2001. The talented signal caller's consistent and top-rated play in 2020 has garnered Heisman Trophy considerations in addition to being a candidate for the nation's top quarterback.

Triggering BYU's potent offense, Wilson ranks No. 1 nationally in points responsible for (208), No. 3 in passing touchdowns (26), No. 3 in passing efficiency (205.3), No. 3 in passing yards per attempt (11.49), No. 3 in completion percentage (.743), No. 6 in passing yards per completion (15.48), No. 7 in passing yards (2,724), No. 7 in points responsible for per game (23.1), No. 11 in passing yards per game (302.7) and No. 11 in total offense (323.9). - Daily Herald


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  11/08/20 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Once BYU junior quarterback Zach Wilson got clicking, the Cougars were almost unstoppable. "They came out with a good scheme and made some plays," Wilson said. "We had to adjust. That was the biggest thing. It was a lack of capitalizing. I really don't think it was anything we did but we adjusted to what they were doing. We decided to stretch the field a little more and I think that was really when it changed. We really put it in the receivers hands to go win down the field and they did a great job." BYU scored touchdowns on six of seven possessions, with the only exception being when time ran out at the end of the first half.

Wilson twice hit freshman tight end Isaac Rex (five and 20 yards) on TD passes and scored once on a four-yard run, while junior wide receiver Neil Pau'u (one yard), junior running back Lopini Katoa (20 yards) and Allgeier (two yards) also carried the ball into the end zone. The Cougars wracked up 573 yards of total offense (214 rushing, 359 passing) while holding the Broncos to just 310 total yards (61 rushing, 249 passing). "We're a good team," Wilson said. "People still doubted us and I really don't blame them for that. It's hard to tell with how our season has been switched up but each week is another opportunity to keep proving ourselves. This was a big one for us. These guys don't like to lose at home. To come out with a win like that was huge - but it means nothing unless we keep winning." - Daily Herald


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  11/07/20 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Zach Wilson threw for 359 yards and two touchdowns and Tyler Allgeier rushed for 123 yards and a pair of scores as No. 9 BYU routed No. 21 Boise State 51-17 on Friday night. BYU (8-0), which beat Boise State on the road for the first time in six tries, is off to its best start since 2001 when the Cougars started 12-0. Boise State (2-1) suffered its worst loss since a 64-19 rout by rival Idaho in 1996, the Broncos first year as an FBS program. Boise State lost the 1997 season opener to Cal State Northridge by 40 at home but that game was later forfeited to the Broncos.

Wilson, who originally committed to Boise State before signing with BYU, completed 21-of-27 passes and threw TDs of 5 and 20 yards. He also found the end zone on a 4-yard run. The game appeared like it might turn into a shootout early with both teams trading scores in the first quarter. But BYU took control after Boise State quarterback Jack Sears left with what appeared to be a concussion in the first quarter and never returned. The Broncos’ offense never returned either as BYU took control in the third quarter. - AP College Football


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  11/01/20 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Zach Wilson threw for 224 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 35 yards and another score to help No. 11 BYU rout Western Kentucky 41-10 on Saturday night. BYU (7-0) is off to its best start since 2001 when the Cougars won their first 12 games in Gary Crowton's debut season. Tyler Allgeier ran for 95 yards and a touchdown for BYU. Tyrell Pigrome threw for 106 yards and a touchdown for the Hilltoppers (2-5). Gaej Walker added 75 yards on the ground. Western Kentucky has not scored more than 14 points in each of its last four games.

BYU scored touchdowns on all five of its first-half drives. The Cougars repeatedly gashed Western Kentucky on one big play after another in the half. Dax Milne's diving one-hand catch for a 38-yard gain set up a 2-yard touchdown run from Allgeier that capped BYU's opening drive. Then, Allgeier galloped 32 yards down the sideline to set up a 23-yard pass from Wilson to Milne one play later that made it 14-3. Isaiah Kaufusi forced and recovered a fumble from Walker at the Western 39 in the waning seconds of the first quarter to set up BYU's third touchdown on a 5-yard run from Wilson. - BYU/AP College Football


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  10/25/20 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Zach Wilson threw for 287 yards and four touchdowns to lead No. 12 BYU to a 52-14 victory over Texas State on Saturday night. Tyler Allgeier added 77 yards and a touchdown on the ground for the Cougars. BYU (6-0) piled up 579 total yards and 30 first downs on its way to matching the team’s best start since 2008. Fourteen different players caught a pass for the Cougars and 11 had at least one carry. Brady McBride threw for 150 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions for the Bobcats. Texas State (1-6) fell to 0-9 against AP Top 25 teams after being held to 267 yards. McBride completed all five of his passes on Texas State’s opening drive, culminating in a wide-open 19-yard touchdown throw to Marcell Barbee, to briefly put the Bobcats ahead 7-0. Wilson matched that efficiency on BYU’s opening drive, completing all five of his passes and tacking on a pair of quarterback runs. The second one, a 10-yard sprint, helped set up a 4-yard scoring run by Lopini Katoa that tied it at 7. Once Wilson warmed up, he and the rest of the BYU offense did not cool back down. - BYU/AP College Football

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  10/21/20 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Wilson accounted for 440 of BYU's 478 yards of total offense. The more I watch him play, the more he reminds me of John Beck during his senior season in 2006. That's no coincidence: As ESPN announcers keep reminding us, Wilson trained with Beck and 3DQB during the summer. Wilson even looks a lot like Beck when he throws, from the occasional odd arm angle to the flick of the wrist of his powerful arm to throw the ball on a rope. Wilson is 107 of 136 (78.7%) for 1,641 yards, 12 touchdowns and one interception. His efficiency rating of 207.68 is No. 2 in the country. ESPN ran a graphic Saturday night listing Wilson as a Heisman candidate. - Daily Herald

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  10/16/20 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Despite being behind going at halftime and at the end of the third quarter, No. 13/14 BYU put up 29 unanswered points in the second half to defeat Houston 43-26 on Friday night at TDECU Stadium. Quarterback Zach Wilson and wide receiver Dax Milne led the charge on the offense with both recording career high games. Milne boasted a career-best 184 receiving yards as well as career highs in receptions with nine and touchdowns with three. The wideout averaged 20.4 yards a catch with a career-long 78-yard touchdown reception on BYU’s first offensive play and an 18-yard score that iced the win. Wilson went 25-for-35 on the night with his first career 400-yard passing game, finishing with exaclty 400 yards and four touchdowns. The junior also led all rushers with nine attempts for 40 yards with a long rush of 32 yards. Isaiah Kaufusi and Keenan Pili led the Cougars on defense, both totaling eight tackles and one tackle for loss each. Zac Dawe added three tackles for loss, including one sack, while Tyler Batty recorded 1.5 tackles for loss. - BYU Football

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  10/10/20 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Zach Wilson threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns and Tyler Allgeier rushed 116 yards and another score to lead No. 15 BYU past UTSA 27-20 on Saturday. The Cougars (4-0) equaled their best start since 2014 while rolling up 472 yards. Allgeier posted his second 100-yard game of his career to help rescue an inconsistent BYU offense. Lowell Narcisse threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns – all after halftime – on 17-of-20 passing to lead the Roadrunners. UTSA (3-2) became the first opponent to give BYU a four-quarter test, but fell short of earning the upset, despite averaging 7.6 yards per play in the second half.

BYU trailed for the first time this season when UTSA took a 3-0 lead on a 39-yard field goal from Hunter Duplessis in the first quarter. The Cougars, who came in averaging 49 points per game, short circuited a couple of times in the opening quarter, fumbling at the UTSA 10 and failing to convert on fourth-and-6 from the Roadrunner 40. It was first quarter this season that BYU did not score a touchdown. - BYU/AP College Football


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  10/04/20 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  OCT 4 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL FBS OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: ZACH WILSON, QB, BYU, Junior, Quarterback, Draper, Utah/Corner Canyon HS,...Zach Wilson accounted for five touchdowns (2 passing, 3 rushing) as 22nd-ranked BYU defeated Louisiana Tech, 45-14. Wilson completed 24-of-26 passes for 325 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 43 yards and three scores. Notes: Zach Wilson is the fourth BYU player to win the award since 2004, and the first since former Cougar QB Max Hall was honored on Sept. 9, 2009. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

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  10/04/20 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Cougar quarterback Zach Wilson had another tremendous performance, going 24-of-26 for 325 yards passing with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also had 43 yards rushing on eight carries with three scores. "He ran the ball well," Sitake said. "We've been really excited to get Zach going. We've seen him do it in spurts. We know that when you have a guy with a great work ethic who is willing to sacrifice a lot for his teammates, it becomes natural for everyone to want to follow him. Eventually it is going to pay off. I'm really happy with what Zach did."

Wilson started the game with 12 straight completions before having a pass fall to the ground and when he got locked in, he was placing the ball flawlessly. "It's satisfying to see guys make plays," Wilson said. "I feel like the work we put in the offseason, the practices leading up to the game, the talk back and forth of where I'm going to go against which defense, I feel like we were on the same page all night. We were having a strong connection and guys were just making plays. I was just putting the ball up there, letting guys go make plays and they were getting it done." - Daily Herald


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  10/02/20 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Zach Wilson completed 24 of 26 passes for 325 yards and two touchdowns and ran for three scores to help No. 22 BYU beat Louisiana Tech 45-14 on Friday night. The Cougars (3-0) rolled up 513 total yards and averaged 8.0 yards per play on their way to their best start since 2014. Tyler Allgeier added 93 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, and Gunner Romney led the receivers with 101 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions in his third straight 100-yard game. Luke Anthony threw for 191 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception to lead the Bulldogs. Louisiana Tech (2-1) had only 313 total yards. Wilson has completed 84.5% of his passes through his first three games. The junior's efficient passing, combined with stingy defense, helped BYU take control before halftime. Wilson opened the game by completing his first 12 passes - highlighted by a 22-yard touchdown grab between two defenders by freshman tight end Carter Wheat. - BYU/AP College Football

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  09/27/20 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Zach Wilson threw for a career-high 392 yards and two touchdowns, leading No. 18 BYU to a 48-7 victory over Troy on Saturday night. Wilson's previous career high was 317 passing yards against Western Michigan in the 2018 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Against Troy, he completed 23 of 28 passes and rushed for a pair of touchdowns while helping the Cougars (2-0) pile up 664 total yards on offense. It was the most total yards BYU posted against an FBS opponent since recording 681 yards against Houston in 2013. The junior credited his teammates for turning routine plays into something special. Dax Milne and Gunner Romney combined for more than 250 receiving yards. Milne led BYU with a career-high 140 yards and a touchdown on a career-best seven catches. Romney added a career-high 138 yards on five receptions. They gave the Cougars a pair of 100-yard receivers in the same game for the first time since 2015. Troy (1-1) simply could not keep up with BYU after the first quarter. Gunnar Wilson threw for 162 yards, but was sacked four times. The Trojans totaled just 181 yards. - AP College Football

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  09/22/20 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  After having to postpone its game against Army and canceling team practices last week after some athletes tested positive for the coronavirus, BYU is back to a regularly-scheduled game week as the Cougars welcome Troy to LaVell Edwards Stadium for their home opener. While some quarantined players have already been cleared to return to team practices, others may not be expected until game day. Some may have to continue quarantining. The players affected, whether by testing positive or due to contact tracing, were never revealed, but there's one player that wasn't involved: Zach Wilson.

The starting quarterback admitted to testing positive over the summer and is currently on the 90-day "exempt" list - although he is still being tested regularly. His exemption is set to end next week, when the Cougars host Louisiana Tech. BYU's starting quarterback believes he and other teammates contracted the virus during a neighborhood "gambling night" with "a bunch of the football guys." Luckily for Wilson, the symptoms weren't severe, nor did they last long. "Honestly, for me and the other guys that had it, it was just like a cold - you know, minor symptoms and just tired, fatigued, all that kind of stuff," Wilson said. "For us, it was nothing crazy. It was four days and we were able to go again." - Salt Lake Tribune


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  09/07/20 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  PLAYERS TO WATCH: The Cougar offense spread the ball around to 19 different receivers in 2019, including quarterbacks Zach Wilson and Baylor Romney catching passes. BYU has had no less than seven different receivers in every game this season, and at least eight in 11 of 13 contests. Thirteen of the 19 players return in 2020. BYU passed for 200+ yards in every game in 2019. Including the final two games of 2018, the Cougars have gone for 200+ in 15 straight games. The last time BYU had 200+ in more consecutive games was a string of 19, spanning the 2007-08 seasons. 2008 was the last year BYU threw for at least 200 in every game. Wilson started nine games in 2019. He led the team with 2,382 passing yards and has 3,960 passing yards and 388 rushing yards in his career. - BYU Football

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  09/06/20 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes is hoping the Cougars can do a better job of finishing drives with touchdowns, and Wilson will be the key. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder took over as the starter midway through his freshman season and has amassed 3,960 career passing yards. "I think the quarterback is a very good player. He's very athletic and can create some problems when he scrambles or moves around the pocket," Navy defensive coordinator Brian Newberry said. "He can make just about any throw on the field and spread the ball around. "Last season, they say he was about 80% from a health standpoint, so it's scary to think about what he's going to be at 100%."

Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said Wilson has some of the same characteristics as Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes in terms of throwing the ball from different angles and release points. Wilson only played in nine games last season due to a nagging shoulder injury and completed 62% of his passes for 2,382 yards and 11 touchdowns with nine interceptions. Wilson will be without his top three receivers from last season, as wideouts Micah Simon and Talon Shumway both graduated, while tight end Matt Bushman recently suffered a season-ending injury. Those three accounted for 1,865 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2019. Junior Gunnar Romney is the top returning receiver, having hauled in 31 passes for 377 yards a year ago. Junior Dax Milne will be asked to step up at the wide receiver spot after totaling 285 yards on 21 catches. - Capital Times


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  09/02/20 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  When the BYU football team released its first official depth chart on Monday, it shouldn't have been very surprising to see junior Zach Wilson's name as the starting quarterback. After all, he has played in 18 games in his career, far more than any other QB on the Cougar roster, and therefore was the odds-on favorite. But BYU offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes said on Monday's Coordinator's Corner show that Wilson's previous experience didn't come into play in the decision. "I would say the best thing is that he earned the job based on what he did in fall camp," Grimes said. "We didn't have to look at the larger sample size because he earned it in fall camp for a couple of reasons. No. 1, he is healthier than he has been, healthier than anytime last year. He is also further ahead in his mental game. He did a lot during the down time to increase his knowledge of the game. I was really impressed."

Wilson said in the BYU media teleconference that getting the nod over talented competition like Cougar sophomores Jaren Hall and Baylor Romney validates the effort he has put in. "It leaves doubt," Wilson said. "It shows your coaches and your teammates that you are willing to work for it. I think that is how every spot in football should be. You have to earn the right to play. Competition makes everyone better and I think that's what we got out of this whole process. The coaches want to play the best players they can and competition brings out the best player in everybody." - Daily Herald


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  07/27/20 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: QB Zach Wilson, BYU,...Wilson, a junior, has started 16 games over the past two seasons, including nine in 2019. Last season the Corner Canyon High School product threw for 2,382 yards and 11 touchdowns while running for another 167 and three scores on the ground. - BYU Football

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  05/22/20 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  A couple days after the NCAA decided that Division I football and basketball student-athletes can participate in on-campus voluntary athletic activities beginning June 1, BYU Athletics announced it will initiate a multiphase plan to allow its student-athletes that option. The NCAA encourages programs to follow all applicable local, state and federal regulations regarding use of such facilities, group size restrictions and any other limit. Council members also extended a blanket waiver allowing teams in those sports to require eight hours per week of virtual nonphysical activities through the end of June, recognizing that some student-athletes won't be able return to campus or will not be comfortable doing so.

Last week, Utah Governor Gary Herbert moved the state into yellow/low risk phase. The new health risk status allows groups of up to 50 people to get together, while still encouraging social distancing guidelines. BYU football and men's and women's basketball student-athletes will have the option to utilize select university athletic training facilities beginning Monday, June 1, under the supervision of the BYU training staff. - Salt Lake Tribune


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  05/16/20 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Pandemic or not, nothing's going to stop Zach Wilson from getting ready for the upcoming season - whenever it starts and whatever it looks like. When spring practice started in March, it became clear three quarterbacks would be vying for BYU's QB1 role. All three - Wilson, Jaren Hall and Baylor Romney - got starts during the Cougars' 2019 injury-laden season. Most importantly, they all showed they could do the job well. "I think just knowing that there's always going to be a competition is the way to treat everything," Wilson said. "Competition is what strives people to be their best selves. I know that's what the coaches are looking for in pushing me." But all three went through their fair share of injuries themselves last year. Before the season even started, Wilson had surgery on his shoulder and sat out spring practice, opening up the door for Hall to step in and get a majority of the reps at the time.

Then, once the season started, Wilson broke his right (throwing) thumb during the fifth game of the season, Hall sustained concussions in both games he started and Romney suffered a foot injury before the Utah State game that he was still recovering from in March. The Draper native thinks about last season often. He doesn't really like how it played out. "Last year, my biggest weakness was probably me physically," Wilson said. "With the shoulder being so rushed and having a broken hand halfway through the season, it was just hard to stay ready to go. Obviously, every week, mentally I felt like I was ready to go, but physically, it was hard to stay on top of it. So, that's probably my biggest focus now, just staying healthy and just continuing to get stronger and the shoulder continues to get healthier." - Salt Lake Tribune


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  11/23/19 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Zach Wilson threw for 293 yards and four touchdowns, Jackson McChesney ran for 228 yards and two scores and BYU amassed 628 yards of offense in beating UMass 56-24 on Saturday. BYU (7-4) led 49-0 of at halftime after gaining 440 total yards, the fourth most in any half in program history. McChesney's 228 rushing yards are the most by a BYU freshman and the sixth most in school history. McChesney (15 carries) ran for two TDs and had a 62-yard romp in the third quarter, the Cougars' longest run of the year. Lopini Katoa and Aleva Hifo also ran for scores.

Wilson was 17 of 20, with TD passes to Tyler Allgeier, Katoa, Guner Romney and Talon Shumway, who had four catches for 92 yards. Tight end Matt Bushman had two catches for 36 yards, including the 112th catch of his career. JJ Nwigwe's interception of a Randall West pass set up Wilson's 18-yard TD toss to Romney for a 42-0 lead. Dayan Ghanwoloku recovered his seventh career fumble, setting up Allgeier's 3-yard TD run. West was 15-of-21 passing for 131 yards for UMass (1-11), with TD passes to Zak Simon and Josiah Johnson. Bilal Ally, 127 yards on 26 carries, scored on a 46-yard run and Cooper Garcia kicked a 29-yard field goal. - BYU/AP College Football


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  11/19/19 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  BYU has extended the contract of coach Kalani Sitake through the 2023 season. The school said Monday that the extension adds three years to the original deal Sitake signed after taking over the program in 2015. Sitake is 26-23 overall in his fourth season with the Cougars and has also led BYU to three bowl games. The Cougars accepted an invitation to this year's Hawaii Bowl after beating Idaho State 42-10 on Saturday. "We believe in him and the direction of the program," BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said in a release. "Together we are committed to creating a bright future for BYU football."

Sitake is the first former player under longtime BYU coach LaVell Edwards to become the school's head football coach. He played for the Cougars as a fullback in 1994 and again from 1997 to 2000 following a two-year LDS mission. Before becoming BYU's 14th head coach in December 2015, Sitake served as a defensive coordinator at Utah and Oregon State. Sitake expressed his appreciation to Holmoe and the university administration. "I love our players, coaches and fans and I'm excited about the future of BYU football," he said in a statement. BYU (6-4) has wins this season over USC, Tennessee, and No. 20 Boise State. The Cougars face UMass on Saturday. - AP College Football


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  11/16/19 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Zach Wilson passed for 187 yards, two touchdowns and an interception to help BYU beat Idaho State 42-10 on Saturday. Shortly after the victory, BYU announced on Twitter that it had officially accepted an invitation to play in the Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24. Wilson returned from a six-week absence due to a fractured thumb and the sophomore quarterback surpassed 3,000 career yards passing against the Bengals. Wilson completed 19 of 31 passes.

Sione Finau ran 16 times for 102 yards and a touchdown for the Cougars (6-4). Micah Simon led the receivers with seven catches for 76 yards and Talon Shumway caught two touchdown passes. Austin Lee returned an interception for a touchdown to open the scoring for BYU in the first quarter and 321-pound defensive lineman Khyiris Tonga ran in a 3-yard TD in the middle of the fourth. Malakai Rango carried 24 times for 142 yards and a touchdown for the Bengals (3-8). - BYU/AP College Football


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  09/14/19 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Dayan Ghanwoloku intercepted a tipped pass in overtime after Jake Oldroyd kicked a 43-yard field to give BYU the lead, and the Cougars beat No. 24 Southern California 30-27 on Saturday, their second straight OT victory over a traditional power program. Zach Wilson threw for 280 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score for BYU (2-1), which won at Tennessee last week. Ty'Son Williams added 99 yards on 19 carries. Kedon Slovis threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns for USC (2-1), but was picked off three times, including on the final play of the game. After a week in which USC athletic director Lynn Swann stepped down, coach Clay Helton absorbed a loss that will certainly raise the heat on him going into a crucial stretch of schedule.

The Trojans play No. 11 Utah at home Friday, and then follow with road games against No. 23 Washington and No. 7 Notre Dame. Ghanwoloku, a defensive back who moonlights as a running back, scored the first touchdown for BYU on a 1-yard run in the first quarter. The Trojans went up 24-17 on a 30-yard TD catch by Michael Pittman, Jr. early in the fourth quarter. USC went 92 yards in 13 plays after stopping Ghanwoloku for a 1-yard gain on 4th-and-2 from the Trojan 9. Wilson gave the Cougars a 27-24 lead with 5:41 left in the quarter on a 16-yard run that was set up when the quarterback evaded a sack to hit Gunner Romney with a 35-yard pass. Chase McGrath tied it up on a 52-yard field goal for USC with 1:43 left in regulation. - BYU Football


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  07/18/19 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  2019 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD CANDIDATE: QB Zach Wilson, BYU,...Wilson finished the 2018 season starting seven games as a true freshman, the youngest true freshman starter ever at BYU. During his freshman campaign, he set the BYU record for freshman pass efficiency (157.23). He concluded the 2018 season throwing a perfect 18 for 18 for 317 yards and four touchdowns to lead BYU to a 49-18 win over Western Michigan in the 2018 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced October 29, 2019, while the three finalists for each award will be unveiled November 25, 2019. - BYU Football

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  06/19/19 - QB *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Does BYU sophomore quarterback Zach Wilson ever get tired of being asked about his shoulder? "I get it from a lot of people," the Cougar gunslinger said at Cougar football Media Day on Tuesday. "It's just expected though. It's just a long process. It's not something I don't think any quarterback wants to deal with. It just is what it is." The reality is Wilson is confident that he will be ready to go when fall camp rolls around at the end of July. "I think I will be 100 percent by then -- hopefully even before then," Wilson said. "I'm hoping a month before that I will be feeling good. I'm maybe 70 or 80 percent now but that's gone up. I've only been throwing a football since June 1, so to progress from being 10 or 15 percent 15 days ago, it has come back fast." He said that since he has been limited with his throwing, his focus has been on being more mentally prepared with at least two hours per day of film work.

"My mental preparation is a lot different this year," Wilson said. "Last year I wasn't watching tons of film at this time. That's what I need to do to take my mental game to the next step, especially if I can't do all this physical stuff. I've been watching NFL quarterbacks who I want to copy. I wanted to start now to make sure I'm ready in August." The sophomore said that with that work and his previous experience, he has set some pretty high goals for himself to be ready for 2019. "I expect myself to come back better than I was last year," Wilson said. "I go back and watch the film, and although there are positive plays I just find so much to learn from. I'll watch a touchdown pass and be like, oh my gosh, I could've done this so much better. That's the mindset you have to have. I expect myself to come back 100 percent and go in fall camp, then do the things I haven't done yet." - Daily Herald


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