Craig Bills Athlete Profile

#20 Craig Bills

Position: Defensive Back Height: 6-1 Weight: 210 Class: Senior Roster Years: 2009 | 2012-2014 Hometown: Provo, UT Mission: Ventura, CA Last School: Timpview High School


  • Older brothers K.C. (DB, 2003-05) and Kelly (RB, 2006-07) were both former members of the BYU football team and brother Kevan (LB, 2011-present) is on the current Cougar roster
  • Four brothers in law also played football at BYU (QB Taysom Hill 2012-present, LB David Nixon 2003, 06-08, DT Larry Harmer 1993-95, LB Neal Daley 1993-95)
  • Served in the California Ventura Mission (2009-11)
  • Married to Rachel; daughter Emery born in spring 2014

Before BYU

  • Deseret News 2008 Mr. Football recipient as Utahs top player in 4A
  • Three-time first-team All-State selection
  • 2008 All-Valley Football Team MVP
  • Three-year starter at safety for Timpview, helping the Thunderbirds complete back-to-back perfect seasons and 36 consecutive victories and three straight 4A state championships
  • Rated by as No. 10 safety in the nation, No. 2 hardest-hitting safety nationally and No. 3 overall prospect in Utah in 2008 
  • Leader of Thunderbird defense that held opponents to 12 points per game in 2008
  • Had 43 solo tackles among 59 total tackles and four interceptions as a senior
  • As a junior returned two of his three interceptions for touchdowns
  • Totaled six interceptions as a sophomore along with 10 pass deflections and 84 tackles
  • Defensive backs MVP of the 2008 NIKE Camp in Provo


2009 | Freshman Year

  • Earned letterman honors as a true freshman
  • Saw action in all 13 games, including a start against Florida State
  • Totaled 23 tackles on the season, including 15 solo
  • Recorded interceptions against Tulane and Wyoming
  • Contributor on special teams
  • Had a season-high six tackles against Florida State

2012 | Sophomore Year

  • Earned letterman honors first season back from LDS mission
  • Played in all 13 games and started the last five
  • Posted 47 tackles, forced one fumble and had five pass breakups
  • Recorded four solo tackles at Boise State
  • Had five tackles in BYU's 6-3 win over Utah State
  • Tallied six tackles, two pass breakups and forced a fumble vs. Idaho
  • Had a career-high 10 tackles at San Jose State
  • Six tackles vs. SDSU in the Poinsettia Bowl to go along with two pass breakups, including one in the end zone

2013 | Junior Year

  • Named FBS All-Independent Honorable Mention
  • Recorded six tackles and an interception at Virginia
  • Posted seven tackles (six solo) and two pass breakups against Middle Tennessee
  • Against Wisconsin tallied nine tackles, one forced fumble and one pass breakup
  • Set a career-high with 15 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss and a one-handed one interception against Notre Dame
  • Named to the College Sports Madness All-Independent Second Team
  • Phil Steele All-Independent First Team
  • Finished second on the team with 79 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss
  • Tied for first on the team with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries
  • Started 12 games, only missed one due to a concussion

2014 | Senior Year

  • Preseason Phil Steele All-Independent First Team
  • Named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List
  • Recorded seven tackles, six solo and a pass breakup against Houston
  • Notched a season- and team-high 10 tackles, while adding one pass breakup and 0.5 tackles for loss in victory over Virginia
  • Tallied eight solo tackles against Utah State
  • Phil Steele Midseason All-Independent Team
  • Earned letterman honors as a senior
  • Played and started in nine games, notching one interception, two pass breakups, 0.5 tackles for loss and was third on the team in total tackles with 51 on the year
  • Named to the College Sports Madness All-Independent Third Team