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Bryan Kariya Athlete Profile

#33 Bryan Kariya

Position: Running Back Height: 6-0 Weight: 217 Class: Senior Roster Years: 2005 | 2008-2011 Hometown: Kaysville, UT Last School: Davis High School



Academic All-America

  • 2010 CoSida Second Team

Personal

  • Born in Salt Lake City
  • Parents are Bob and Sandy Kariya
  • Speaks Mandarin Chinese
  • Eagle Scout
  • Served a church mission in Melbourne, Australia from 2006-2008
  • Majoring in Chinese
  • Recruited by Navy, Southern Utah, Weber State, Idaho Sate and Utah State
  • Married to wife Samantha

Before BYU

  • A three-year letterwinner at Davis HS
  • Helped lead Davis HS to the 5-A State Championship as a junior
  • Totaled 1,016 yards rushing as a senior and scored 16 touchdowns
  • Academic All-State selection
  • Earned all-state honors
  • Named the 5-A Most Valuable Player
  • Football team captain
  • Also lettered in baseball
  • Earned academic all-state honors in baseball
  • Shared the top GPA in the graduating class at Davis High School with a 4.0 grade-point average


2008 | Freshman Year

  • Earned letterman honors as a freshman
  • Saw action in 12 games, starting against Air Force
  • Academic All-MWC
  • Caught four passes for 21 yards
  • Received the Glen Redd Award for Work Ethic and Effort
  • Contributor on special teams
  • Totaled five tackles on the season
  • Blocked a punt against UNLV
  • Recorded 67 yards rushing on 12 carries in 2008
  • Scored his first career touchdown in the season opener against Northern Iowa

2009 | Sophomore Year

  • Earned letterman honors as a sophomore
  • Saw action in all 13 games, including a start against San Diego State
  • MWC Scholar-Athlete
  • Academic All-MWC
  • Totaled 199 yards on 55 carries and two touchdowns
  • Averaged 3.6 yards per carry
  • Ran for a career-high 63 yards against Tulane
  • Had 17 carries against Oklahoma
  • Also recorded 22 receptions for 186 yards and two scores
  • Had 76 yards receiving against Oklahoma, including a 49-yard catch

2010 | Junior Year

  • Earned letterman honors as a junior
  • Saw action in all 13 games, starting nine
  • ESPN Academic All-America Second Team
  • Only running back from a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) school to earn the recognition in 2010
  • ESPN Academic All-District VIII First Team
  • MWC Scholar-Athlete
  • Academic All-MWC
  • Second on the team with 537 yards rushing on 137 carries for an average of 41.3 ypg and six touchdowns
  • Added 21 receptions for 122 yards
  • Totaled 22 carries, 85 yards rushing and two touchdowns vs. San Diego State
  • Had a team-high 19 carries and 88 yards vs. Wyoming

2011 | Senior Year

  • Earned letterman honors as a senior
  • Team captain
  • Played in all 13 games and started three
  • Led BYU in rushing touchdowns with six
  • Totaled 74 carries for 298 yards and six touchdowns along with 13 receptions for 88 yards and one touchdown
  • Had 14 carries for 52 yards and one touchdown vs. UCF to lead team
  • Rushed 11 times for 42 yards vs. Utah State and caught 2 passes for 20 yards
  • Caught a touchdown pass vs. San Jose State
  • Rushing touchdown vs. TCU
  • Scored two rushing touchdowns vs. Idaho on six carries for 35 yards
  • Three carries for 24 yards and one touchdown at Hawai'i
  • 27 rushing yards on seven carries vs. Tulsa in Armed Forces Bowl