Wayne Reeve Athlete Profile

Wayne Reeve

Wayne Reeve
Roster Years: 1939-1941 Hometown: Bear River, UT Hall of Fame: 1978

  • 1978 Football



1978 Hall of Fame Inductee

Wayne Reeve was born in Bear River, Utah, in 1917, back when football relied less on science and skillful training, and more on energy, enthusiasm, and reckless abandon.

As co-captain of the BYU football team, Wayne fought his way to All-Conference honors his junior and senior years with an individual style that made him one of the favorites of the Cougar fans. He was named to the All-American team for colleges with less than 2,500 enrollment, and in 1940 that was Brigham Young University’s situation. Wayne won the Hodgson Hat in 1939 as the Star of the Week in the Utah Intercollegiate League after leading the Cougars to a sensational victory over a powerful Denver team. In 1941 he was listed among the nation’s outstanding stars in the Collegiate Who’s Who football yearbook.

Wayne graduated from BYU in 1941 with a B.S. degree, and later earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Kansas. He served as an instructor at Kansas City College in Kansas City, Missouri, emphasizing studies in herbetology ­ the study of cold-blooded vertebrates. Wayne died October 4, 1972.

Personal

  • Born in Bear River, Utah in 1917
  • Graduated from BYU with a B.S. degree and earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Kansas

Career Highlights

  • Co-Captain of the BYU football team
  • Earned All-Conference honors his junior and senior seasons
  • Named to the All-American team his junior year
  • Won the Hodgoson Hat as a sophomore as the Star of the Week in the Utah Intercollegiate League

After BYU

  • Served as an instructor at Kansas City College, emphasizing studies in herbetology, the study of cold-blooded vertebrates

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 1978


1939 | Sophomore Year

  • Won the Hodgson Hat as the Star of the Week in the Utah Intercollegiate League after leading the Cougars to a sensational victory over a powerful Denver team

1940 | Junior Year

  • Earned All-Conference honors
  • He was named to the All-American team for colleges with less than 2,500 enrollment

1941 | Senior Year

  • Co-captain of the BYU football team
  • Earned All-Conference honors
  • Was listed among the nation’s outstanding stars in the Collegiate Who’s Who football yearbook