PROVO -- BYU junior running back Luke Staley has been named to the Football News All-America first team. The publication has been covering college and professional football since 1939 and annually selects an All-America first, second and third team.
Only a junior, the honor is just the first of many expected for the high-scoring speedster from Tualatin, Ore. Staley is the 49th player in BYU history to earn All-America status.
STALEY 2001 NEWS AND NOTES:
An All-American, Heisman Trophy and Doak Walker Awardcandidate ... Leads the Nation in scoring, averaging 17.0 points per game ... Leads the Nation in yards per carry, averaging 8.5 yards per touch ... Ranks second in the Nation in yards per game, averaging 143.3 yards per contest ... Has 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 ... Has 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 ... Has chalked up 100-or-more yards rushing in eight different games this season, including five games with 150-or-more yards ... Has 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 ... On Oct. 8, was named the MWC Offensive Player of the Week after a a career-high 207 yard rushing performance against Utah State, scoring four rushing and one touchdown reception ... Earned player-of-the-week honors on Nov. 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 ... Has scored four touchdown 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 871 yards to become BYU's all-time leading career rusher.
GP Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Long Avg/G Avg/C
10 168 1463 30 1433 8.5 24 65 143.3 8.5