Fans are encouraged to join through the new automated Touchdown Club site.
PROVO, Utah (Aug. 29, 2011) — BYU Athletics announced today the launch of its new website for the BYU Touchdown Club, www.byutouchdownclub.com. Entering its second year, the Touchdown Club is a way for Cougar fans to celebrate BYU’s success on the field by making a donation for each touchdown BYU scores this season. One hundred percent of all donations are used to provide scholarships for former BYU walk-on football players who have earned a place on the team.
Perhaps more than any program in the nation, BYU has attracted and cultivated great walk-on players, including many who turned down scholarships from other schools to play for the Cougars. Under head coach Bronco Mendenhall, 30 former walk-ons have earned one of the 85 football scholarships BYU is able to offer each year and many have become starters, team captains, or even Academic All-Americans for the Cougars.
With a minimum contribution of $1 per touchdown, participants in the BYU Touchdown Club can choose their individual level of support for each touchdown scored. Last year, Touchdown Club donations totaled $14,481, fully funding the scholarship of senior linebacker Shane Hunter. The goal of the Touchdown Club is to raise sufficient funds to provide scholarships for all of BYU’s walk-ons who are not already sponsored by individual donors. BYU Football scored 41 touchdowns in 2010.
The new Touchdown Club website automates the contribution process; payments can be made automatically with a credit card. On the new site fans can register to participate in the BYU Touchdown Club. Pledges are collected on a weekly basis, billed directly to each donor’s credit card of choice.
“I have found walk-on athletes to be extremely passionate about BYU and about football,” Mendenhall said. “With a willing heart and great attitude, they often overcome any perceived limitations they may have in terms of speed, size or athletic ability.”
Former walk-ons on the 2011 team include Bryan Kariya, Jameson Frazier, Matt Marshall, Marco Thorson and Travis Uale. A complete listing of all walk-ons who’ve earned scholarships since Mendenhall became BYU head coach is on the Touchdown Club website (www.byutouchdownclub.com). Other former BYU walk-ons who have had outstanding collegiate careers include NFL All-Pro Chad Lewis and All-American Dennis Pitta.
In partnership with the BYU Army ROTC, members of the Touchdown Club will be on the field each game firing the Cougar Battalion’s “George Q” Cannon every time BYU gets into the end zone.
Fans who want to participate in The Touchdown Club program must register at www.byutouchdownclub.com, even if they participated in the program last year.
Last year the Touchdown Club raised $14,481, which funded one full football scholarship and almost one-fourth of another scholarship for former BYU walk-on players.
Donations last year ranged from $1 per touchdown to as much as $50 per touchdown.
More than 100 Touchdown Club members from 19 different states and as far away as England participated in the program last year.
The recipient of the 2010 Touchdown Club Scholarship was senior linebacker Shane Hunter. Hunter started all 13 games for the Cougars at middle linebacker and earned ALL-MWC honors while tallying 85 tackles (including a career high 13 against Utah State), two interceptions, five pass break ups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery on the season.
Over the past six seasons BYU has scored an average of 54 touchdowns per year.