Ben Bywater
Linebacker 2
230 lbs.
Salt Lake City, 
Last School
Olympus High School
Roster Years


  • Parents are Stephanie and David
  • Has three sisters and one brother
  • An Eagle Scout
  • Mission to Guatemala City South
  • Major: Finance

Before BYU

  • Prepped at Olympus High School
  • Selected to the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News 4A All-State First Team as a senior
  • Region 6 MVP in 2016
  • Played both ways in high school as a linebacker and running back 
  • Led the team in rushing and second in total tackles 
  • Totaled 95 tackles as a senior with 10.0 tackles for loss  
  • Rushed for 766 yards and nine touchdowns in 2016 
  • Helped Olympus to region championships in 2015 and 2016 
  • Also played Rugby at Olympus HS   
  • Coached by Aaron Whitehead 
  • Also recruited by Stanford, Washington, Utah, Arizona State and Washington State.


  • Guatemala City , Guatemala
BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year 2021

  • Named Independent Defensive Rookie of the Year by Pro Football Network.
  • Selected to All-Independent First Team Defense by Pro Football Network.
  • Earned 2021 CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 First Team honors
  • One of 26 on the team to play in all 13 games
  • One of three defensive players and six players overall to start in all 13 games, starting all 13 games at multiple linebacker positions.
  • Led BYU in tackles with 102 (57 solo, 45 assist).
  • Led BYU in tackles-for-loss with 8.5 for -16 yards.
  • Posted three games with 10 or more tackles and 10 games with five or more. 
  • Notched nine tackles (seven solo, two assist), three tackles for loss and one sack in 34-20 win at Utah State. 
  • Posted a career high 14 tackles (six solo, eight assist) versus Boise State. 
  • Credited with 13 tackles (four solo) and 0.5 tackle-for-loss in 35-31 win over USC in the LA Coliseum.
Sophmore Year 2022

Junior Year

Senior Year

Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

  • Played in three games
  • Posted eight total tackles
  • Saw action against Idaho State, UMass and Hawai'i
  • Recorded five total tackles against UMass
Medical Redshirt Year

Freshman 2020

  • Played in three games
  • Tallied seven total tackles with four solo stops including four against LA Tech
  • Ben Bywater celebrates TFL against USU

    Ben Bywater celebrates TFL against USU.jpg

  • Ben Bywater against Boise State

    Ben Bywater against Boise State.jpg

  • Ben Bywater wraps up Georgia State RB


  • BYU linebacker Ben Bywater celebrates a tackle in BYU's 31-28 loss to UAB.


  • Ben Bywater vs UAB

    Ben Bywater vs UAB

  • Butkus Award Watch List 2022

    Butkus Award Watch List 2022