Kellen Fowler: Keeping the Dream Alive

Aug 17, 2008 - Posted by Jeff Reynolds on August 17, 2008 at 2:56 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm

Saturday, Aug. 18 - This morning we had a fun practice. We had a scrimmage of around 70 plays in LaVell Edwards Stadium. It is always such an honor to play in a stadium named after a Hall-of-Fame coach where so many fantastic players have played, and big Cougar victories have taken place. I am very excited to have the chance to add to the BYU Football Tradition this year.

That Tradition is part of what brought me back to BYU to play out my final season of eligibility. I had the chance to leave my senior year on the table, accept the admission and scholarships offered by several of the top law schools in the country, and move on with my life towards great career prospects.

But there’s something about Cougar Football that wouldn’t let me leave. Maybe it’s the memories that I have of sitting in the stands watching Ty Detmer evade the rush and throw a touchdown pass in the win against #1 ranked Miami, or K.O. Kealaluhi sliding on his back in the end zone after catching a touchdown against Texas A&M.

I grew up as a Cougar and dreamed my whole life of wearing the Blue and White in that stadium on Saturday afternoons. I wasn’t ready to let that dream die; not while the opportunity to live it was right in front of me. Plus, I figured this was one situation where I may not have to completely sacrifice one opportunity to take another.

So I got in contact with the law schools I was considering to see if I might be able to defer my enrollment until the fall of 2009 giving me the chance to play my senior season in Provo. While a few of the schools took a hard-line approach and told me I would need to re-apply if I wouldn’t accept their offer for this year, most were more than willing to oblige.

After talking with several respected law-school graduates and picking their brains for what I should consider most closely in making my decision, I narrowed my choices down and made a trip back east between spring football and my BYU graduation ceremony to visit the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Virginia.

Charlottesville showed why it is consistently rated as one of the nicest college towns in America. The arrangements were all made, and my wife and I are headed out to UVA next fall.

Because I have to be enrolled at BYU in order to play, I saved a single, one credit-hour class for this last semester. In my spare time I will also be putting my business degree to good use working with a financial planning firm in Salt Lake City.

But football is the main reason I’m still in Provo, and it will be my focus. So far, this fall camp has been my favorite. When practice is hard and my body gets tired and sore, I remember that I chose to be here; this is my dream and my chance to live it.

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