Payton Wilgar
Linebacker 49
Ht/Wt
6'
3"
|
235 lbs.
Class
Junior
Hometown
St. George, 
Utah
Last School
Dixie High School
Roster Years
2018-2022


BYU Highlights

  • 2021
    • Played 10 games, starting in each
    • Despite season-ending injury, finished as BYU's third-leading tackler with 56 (29 solo, six for loss), 1.5 sacks, two quarterback hurries, two interceptions and a forced fumble.
    • Pro Football Network Independent Linebacker of the Year
    • Pro Football Network All-Independent First Team Defense
    • Phil Steele All-Independent Second Team Defense
    • Bronco Nagurski Trophy watchlist
    • Butkus Award watchlist
    • Recorded fifth career interception in the Cougars' 66-49 win over Virginia. 
    • Totaled a career high 11 tackles (six solo, five assist) in win over Virginia 
  • 2020
    • Named Second Team All-Independent
    • Made 57 tackles, No. 3 on team, with 5 tackles for loss, while adding a team-best 5 QB hurries, 4 pass breakups and forced a fumble
    • Helped strong BYU defense in 2020 rank No. 4  in scoring defense (15.3), No. 12 in total defense (317.4), No. 19 in rushing defense (119.9) and No. 24 in passing defense (197.5)
  • 2019
    • Started 12 of 13 games at linebacker
    • Named to Pro Football Focus All-Freshman Team
    • Led the team and tied for No. 2 nationally among linebackers with three interceptions
    • Recorded 54 total tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss
    • Season-high 10 tackles against No. 21 Washington
  • See "Year" tab for further information

Personal

  • Major: Geography
  • Parents are Dana and Misti
  • Wife's name is Christine, married in 2019. They have one son named Madden
  • Dad, Dana, played defensive back at BYU from 1973-76
  • Knows how to ride a unicycle

Before BYU

  • Prepped at Dixie High School
  • Totaled 131 career tackles for the Flyers
  • Posted nine career interceptions 
  • 4A Deseret News All-State Honorable Mention as a senior in 2017
  • Also played basketball

BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year 2019

  • Started 12 of 13 games at linebacker
  • Named to Pro Football Focus All-Freshman Team
  • Led the team and tied for No. 2 nationally among linebackers with three interceptions
  • Had 54 total tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss
  • Season-high 10 tackles against No. 21 Washington
  • Had at least five tackles in five games
  • Two-time player of the game for weeks against No. 24 USC and Utah State
Sophmore Year 2021

  • Played in and started 10 games.
  • Despite season-ending injury, finished as BYU's third-leading tackler with 56 (29 solo, six for loss), 1.5 sacks, two quarterback hurries, two interceptions and a forced fumble. 
  • Six games with five or more tackles. 
  • Pro Football Network Independent Linebacker of the Year
  • Pro Football Network All-Independent First Team Defense
  • Phil Steele All-Independent Second Team Defense
  • Bronco Nagurski Trophy watchlist
  • Butkus Award watchlist
  • Recorded career highs for single game tackles-for-loss with two for -12 yards against Arizona and two for -4 yards versus South Florida. 
  • Recorded fourth career interception with touchdown-saving pick versus Baylor. 
  • Recorded fifth career interception, leading to a Tyler Allgeier rushing score in the Cougars' 66-49 win over Virginia. 
  • Totaled a career high 11 tackles (six solo, five assist) in win over Virginia. 
Junior Year 2022

Senior Year

Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

  • Played in three games
Medical Redshirt Year

Sophomore 2020

  • Named Second Team All-Independent
  • Key player in run and pass defense on a BYU defense rated in the top-10 most of the year
  • Made 57 tackles, No. 3 on team, with 5 tackles for loss, while adding a team-best 5 QB hurries, 4 pass breakups and forced a fumble
  • Helped strong BYU defense in 2020 rank No. 4  in scoring defense (15.3), No. 12 in total defense (317.4), No. 19 in rushing defense (119.9) and No. 24 in passing defense (197.5)
  • Payton Wilgar celebrates against USF

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  • Payton Wilgar awaits play against Boise State.

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  • Payton Wilgar after redzone INT

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  • Payton Wilgar, Keenan Pili and D'Lo Mandell at 2022 Media Day: State of the Program

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  • Nagurski Trophy Watch List Payton Wilgar

    Nagurski Trophy Watch List Payton Wilgar