Luke Staley Athlete Profile

#6 Luke Staley

Luke Staley
Position: Running Back Height: 6-1 Weight: 218 Roster Years: 1999-2001 Hometown: Tualatin, OR Last School: Tualatin High School



All-America

  • 1999 Sporting News Freshman Third Team
  • 2001 Consensus

Personal

parents are Dan and Dawn...older brother Dustin is also on the BYU football team as a defensive back...recruited by Washington, Washington State, Colorado, Nebraska, Cal, Utah, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona State and UCLA...married to Heather Jewkes.

Before BYU

Named Oregon's Gatorade Player of the Year...selected by USA Today as the Oregon Player of the Year...selected as a Blue Chip Top-100 player...named Oregonian Player of the Year...earned All-State offensive and defensive honors...selected as the conference offensive, defensive and special teams Player of the Year...averaged over 300 yards per game during Tualatin's four-game playoff run his senior season.

Summary

Drafted in the seventh round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions...Doak Walker Award winner...Consensus All-American...led the nation in scoring and yards per carry as a junior.

Stats

Year     Gms   Rsh   Yds   Long   Avg.   TD   Rec   Yds   TD
1999     8     92    432   61     4.7    10   26    339   3
2000     10    130   479   22     3.7    7    28    327   0
Totals   18    222   911   61     4.1    17   54    666   3


1999 | Freshman Year

Earned Sporting News third team Freshman All-America honors...named Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year... earned Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors as a freshman...ranked second on the BYU roster with 432 rushing yards on 92 carries...averaged 4.7 yards per carry...produced 10 of the Cougars' 13 rushing touchdowns on the season, including a season-long 61-yard touchdown run at New Mexico to start the second half...produced at least one rushing touchdown in all but one game he played during the season... with his touchdown reception at San Diego State, recorded at least one touchdown in every regular-season game he played...led the Mountain West Conference in scoring, averaging 9.8 points per game...scoring average ranked seventh in the nation and was tops of all freshmen in the country...recorded two or more touchdowns in four of the eight regular-season games he played...scored at least two TDs in three straight games to start the 1999 season, including a three-touchdown performance against Colorado State to score 18 of the Cougars' 34 points...produced a season-high 79 yards rushing against Virginia, scoring two rushing touchdowns...produced 771 all-purpose yards during the season, including a season-high 147 yards at New Mexico (69 yds. rushing, 78 yds. receiving)...averaged 96.4 all-purpose yards per game as a freshman...underwent knee and shoulder surgery following the 1999 campaign.

2000 | Sophomore Year

Named All-Mountain West Conference second-team ... earned MWC Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors (vs. UNLV; Sept. 23) ... earned coaches' award for performances against Air Force, UNLV and Colorado State ... started in 10-of-12 games this season ... suffered a concussion against Florida State and underwent mid-season knee surgery, only to record 167 yards rushing on 28 carries against UNLV in his first game back .... recorded 75 yards rushing and three rushing TDs against Utah State ... led the Cougars with 88 yards on 23 carries against Wyoming ... recorded two more TDs against New Mexico, marking his sixth career multi-scoring game ... has scored 17 rushing touchdowns and three receptions for touchdowns throughout his career, including seven rushing TDs in 2000 ... carried the ball 130 times for a team-leading 479 yards, averaging 3.7 yards per carry ... produced at least one touchdown in 12 of the 19 games he has played at BYU, including two three TD performances ... has scored 120 points in two seasons, including 42 points as a sophomore ... ranked seventh in the MWC with a 4.7 point-per-game average.

2001 | Junior Year

Drafted in the seventh round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions...the Doak Walker Award winner...Consensus All-American...led the nation in scoring, averaging 15.45 points per game...led the nation in yards per carry, averaging 8.1 yard per touch...ranked third in the nation in yards per game, averaging 143.8 yards per contest...recorded more yards rushing by any back in the nation with less than 170 carries...only one of seven BYU running backs in Cougar Football history to run for over 1,000 yards in a single season...scored more touchdowns than any other player in the nation...set the BYU single-game yards-per carry record, averaging 14.2 yards per carry against Tulane...broke the 29-year-old BYU single-season rushing record, recording 1,433 yards in just 10 games...set the single-season touchdown scoring record with 28 TDs on the season...tied a BYU single-season record with 30 points against Utah State and Colorado State...set the BYU career touchdown scoring record during the season, having recorded 48 touchdowns in just three seasons...has produced eight multi-touchdown performances on the season, including five games with three or more touchdowns...twice scored a career-high five touchdowns on the season, including games against Utah State and Colorado State...chalked up 100-or-more yards rushing in eight different games this season, including five games with 150-or-more yards...put together six straight games with over 100 yards rushing, including four straight games with 150-or-more...set a MWC record with his fourth Offensive Player of the Week honor after knocking off Utah...was named the MWC Offensive Player of the Week after a career-high 207 yard rushing performance against Utah State (October 8), scoring four rushing and one touchdown reception...earned player of the week honors on November 5 after scoring five touchdowns against a stingy Colorado State defense, recording 196 yards on 22 carries...also named player of the week after racking up another 172 yards on 31 carries, scoring four touchdowns against Wyoming...earned MWC Offensive Player-of-the-Week and CNN.SI National Player-of-the-Week recognition after scoring two touchdowns, including the game-winner in the final 3:22 of the Cougars' come-from-behind win over Utah...averaging 11.1 yards per reception...scored four touchdowns receptions on the season and 24 rushing TDs...owns the BYU and MWC single-season and career scoring records (including kickers) with 170/290 points...needs just 722 yards to become BYU's all-time leading career rusher.