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Michael Wadsworth Athlete Profile

#30 Michael Wadsworth

Position: Defensive Back Height: 6-2 Weight: 221 Class: Senior Roster Years: 2012-2015 Hometown: Orem, UT Mission: Leeds, United Kingdom Last School: Hawaii

National Honors

  • Named to 2016 NFF Hampshire Honor Society

Conference Honors

Career Summary

Michael Wadsworth transferred to BYU from Hawaii after playing in all 13 games primarily on special teams. He saw action in all 39 games of his BYU career and started in the final 12 games of his senior year at safety. As a senior, Wadsworth led the team with 79 total tackles. He also recorded 51 solo stops as well as five games with double-digit tackles during his senior season. Wadsworth was a three-year letterman who garnered several accolades during his career. See the season summary tabs below and the recognition and stats tabs for more details. 


  • Exercise science major
  • Has four brothers and six sisters

Before BYU

  • Played at Hawai'i in 2009 (Freshman)
  • Appeared in all 13 games primarily on special teams
  • Recorded seven solo and four assisted tackles
  • Recovered one fumble at Washington State
  • Career-high two tackles at Washington State and against Navy
  • A 2009 graduate of Silverado High School in Las Vegas, Nev
  • Lettered in football, basketball and track
  • Played three years of football, seeing action at wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner
  • As a junior was named first-team all-conference and all-region as a defensive back and first-team all-state as a kick returner
  • Had eight kickoff or punt returns for touchdowns while leading school to a division title
  • As a senior was named first-team all-region and all-conference and second-team all-state at defensive back
  • On offense, totaled nearly 1,000 yards of offense and nine touchdowns
  • Averaged 6.2 tackles per game on defense
  • Named to the first-team all-state academic team in basketball
  • Helped lead track team to a regional championship as a sophomore

2012 | Redshirt Year

  • Redshirted in 2012, sitting out due to transfer rules

2013 | Sophomore Year

  • Recorded two tackles against Virginia
  • Tallied two tackles against Idaho State
  • Played in all 13 games and tallied six tackles
  • Earned letterman honors as a sophomore

2014 | Junior Year

  • Played in all 13 games, mostly on special teams
  • Set career-high three total tackles against Savannah State
  • Tallied tackles against Middle Tennessee, California and Memphis

2015 | Senior Year

  • Named to 2016 NFF Hampshire Honor Society
  • Set career highs in total tackles (11) and solo tackles (7) vs. Boise State
  • Tallied double-digit tackles (10) for the second time this season at Michigan
  • Notched 10 tackles for his fourth double-digit tackle game this season against San Jose State
  • Had double-digits in total tackles against Utah State for the fifth time in the season with 10
  • Played in all 13 games and started in 12
  • Earned letterman honors 
  • Named to the Phil Steele Postseason All-Independent First Team
  • Finalist for the 2015-16 Dale McCann Spirit of Sport Award at annual Y Awards