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Ryker Mathews Athlete Profile

#72 Ryker Mathews

Position: Offensive Line Height: 6-6 Weight: 322 Class: Senior Roster Years: 2011-2015 Hometown: American Fork, UT Last School: American Fork High School

National Honors

  • Selected to the 2015 Outland Trophy Watch List
  • Named 2012 College Football News Freshman All-America Honorable Mention

Conference Honors

Career Summary

Ryker Mathews came to BYU as the top offensive lineman recruit in the state from American Fork High School. He played in a total of 45 games during his career and started in 33 games as a four-year starter who fought through injury. Mathews helped the Cougars rank fourth in the nation for red zone offense and No. 21 for passing offense in 2015. He also helped BYU to its best passing season since 2008 with 3,854 passing yards. As a four-time letterman, Mathews contributed to the Cougars' 2012-2015 record of 33-19. See the season summary tabs below and the recognition and stats tabs for more details.



  • Parents are Rebecca and Tom Rothey
  • Youngest of five
  • Majoring in exercise and wellness with the goal to become a personal trainer
  • Likes to golf

Before BYU

  • Ranked top recruit in the state and No. 11 among offensive lineman nationally by Rivals.com
  • Ranked the top offensive lineman in the state and No. 43 offensive lineman by Scout.com
  • Played for the West squad in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl
  • BYU Nike Camp MVP
  • All-Poly Camp top offensive lineman
  • Also played defensive line and on the Caveman basketball team at center
  • Cited for his size, agility and strong football IQ
  • Coached by Davis Knight and Aaron Behm
  • Also recruited by Utah, Kansas, Oregon, UCLA, Notre Dame and Arizona

2011 | Redshirt Year

  • Injury led to redshirt year

2012 | Freshman Year

  • Earned letterman honors
  • Started in all 13 games
  • Part of an offensive line that blocked for over 150 rushing yars per game including a 396-yard season best vs. Hawai'i
  • Helped passing game top 300 yards five times during the season

2013 | Sophomore Year

  • Played in 10 games and started in four

2014 | Junior Year

  • Played in 10 games 
  • Earned letterman honors as a junior

2015 | Senior Year