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LaVell Edwards

Reuben LaVell Edwards (born October 11, 1930) is a former American football coach of Brigham Young University (BYU). With 257 career victories, he ranks as one of the most successful college football coaches of all time. Among his many notable accomplishments, Edwards guided BYU to a national championship in 1984 and coached Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer in 1990.

Edwards played football for Utah State University and earned a Masters degree at the University of Utah prior to coaching at BYU. While head football coach at BYU, Edwards also earned a doctorate. He and his wife served an 18-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New York City during 2002–2003.[1]

LaVell serves as a National Advisor to

External links

  1. ^ A Legend in the Making
  2. ^ “Lavell Edwards, His influence is felt across the World,” Shulte, Scott; Davis County Clipper, November 2006. http://www.clippertoday.com/default.asp?sourceid=&smenu=140&twindow=Default&mad=No&sdetail=17891&wpage=1&skeyword=&sidate=&ccat=&ccatm=&restate=&restatus=&reoption=&retype=&repmin=&repmax=&rebed=&rebath=&subname=&pform=&sc=1005&hn=clippertoday&he=.com

References

See also


|- | 1973 | BYU | 5–6 || 3–4 || T–4th || || style="text-align:right" | || style="text-align:right" | |- style="background:#ff9" | 1974 | BYU | 7–4–1 || 6–0–1 || 1st || L Fiesta || style="text-align:right" | || style="text-align:right" | |- | 1975 | BYU | 6–5 || 4–3 || T–4th || || style="text-align:right" | || style="text-align:right" | |- style="background:#ff9" | 1976 | BYU | 9–3 || 6–1 || T–1st || L Tangerine || style="text-align:right" | || style="text-align:right" | |- style="background:#ff9" | 1977 | BYU | 9–3 || 6–1 || T–1st || || style="text-align:right" | 16 || style="text-align:right" | 20 |- style="background:#ff9" | 1978 | BYU | 9–4 || 5–1 || 1st || L Holiday || style="text-align:right" | || style="text-align:right" | |- style="background:#ff9" | 1979 | BYU | 11–1 || 7–0 || 1st || L Holiday || style="text-align:right" | 12 || style="text-align:right" | 13 |- style="background:#ff9" | 1980 | BYU | 12–1 || 6–1 || 1st || W Holiday || style="text-align:right" | 11 || style="text-align:right" | 12 |- style="background:#ff9" | 1981 | BYU | 11–2 || 7–1 || 1st || W Holiday || style="text-align:right" | 11 || style="text-align:right" | 13 |- style="background:#ff9" | 1982 | BYU | 8–4 || 7–1 || 1st || L Holiday || style="text-align:right" | || style="text-align:right" | |- style="background:#ff9" | 1983 | BYU | 11–1 || 7–0 || 1st || W Holiday || style="text-align:right" | 7 || style="text-align:right" | 7 |- style="background:#fc6" | 1984 | BYU | 13–0 || 8–0 || 1st || W Holiday || style="text-align:right" | 1 || style="text-align:right" | 1 |- style="background:#ff9" | 1985 | BYU | 11–3 || 7–1 || 1st || L Florida Citrus || style="text-align:right" | 17 || style="text-align:right" | 16 |- | 1986 | BYU | 8–5 || 6–2 || 2nd || L Freedom || style="text-align:right" | || style="text-align:right" | |- | 1987 | BYU | 9–4 || 7–1 || 2nd || L All-American || style="text-align:right" | || style="text-align:right" | |- | 1988 | BYU | 9–4 || 5–3 || T–3rd || W Freedom || style="text-align:right" | || style="text-align:right" | |- style="background:#ff9" | 1989 | BYU | 10–3 || 7–1 || 1st || L Holiday || style="text-align:right" | 18 || style="text-align:right" | 22 |- style="background:#ff9" | 1990 | BYU | 10–3 || 7–1 || 1st || L Holiday || style="text-align:right" | 17 || style="text-align:right" | 22 |- style="background:#ff9" | 1991 | BYU | 8–3–2 || 7–0–1 || 1st || T Holiday || style="text-align:right" | 23 || style="text-align:right" | 23 |- style="background:#ff9" | 1992 | BYU | 8–5 || 6–2 || T–1st || L Aloha || style="text-align:right" | || style="text-align:right" | |- style="background:#ff9" | 1993 | BYU | 6–6 || 6–2 || T–1st || L Holiday || style="text-align:right" | || style="text-align:right" | |- | 1994 | BYU | 10–3 || 6–2 || T–2nd || W Copper || style="text-align:right" | 10 || style="text-align:right" | 18 |- style="background:#ff9" | 1995 | BYU | 7–4 || 6–2 || T–1st || || style="text-align:right" | || style="text-align:right" | |- style="background:#ff9" | 1996 | BYU | 14–1 || 8–0 || 1st (Mountain) || W Cotton || style="text-align:right" | 5 || style="text-align:right" | 5 |- | 1997 | BYU | 6–5 || 4–4 || 5th (Mountain) || || style="text-align:right" | || style="text-align:right" | |- style="background:#bff" | 1998 | BYU | 9–5 || 7–1 || T–1st (Pacific) || L Liberty || style="text-align:right" | || style="text-align:right" | |- | style="background:#dddddd; border-bottom: 2px solid #aaaaaa;" colspan="9" align="center" | BYU Cougars (Mountain West Conference) (1999–2000) |- style="background:#ff9" | 1999 | BYU | 8–4 || 5–2 || T–1st || L Motor City || style="text-align:right" | || style="text-align:right" | |- | 2000 | BYU | 6–6 || 4–3 || T–3rd || || style="text-align:right" | || style="text-align:right" |

Head coaching record

Coaching tree

  • 6th on NCAA all-time list for coaching victories (257)
  • Member of the College Football Hall of Fame
  • Coached 6 all-American quarterbacks
  • His teams led the nation in passing offense 8 times
  • His teams led the nation in total offense 5 times
  • His teams led the nation in scoring offense 3 times
Edwards carrying the Olympic Torch in 2002

Accomplishments

Edwards remains a prominent leader and speaker for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is affiliated with BYU.

Following the 1984 national championship, Edwards was offered the head coaching positions with the Detroit Lions as well as the University of Texas at Austin.

In the 1980 Holiday Bowl, BYU rallied from a 45–25 deficit with only 4 minutes to play to defeat Southern Methodist University (SMU). Trailing 45–39 with seconds to go, Quarterback Jim McMahon, completed a game winning touchdown pass to Clay Brown.

Prior to Edwards' final game, the football stadium at Brigham Young University was renamed LaVell Edwards Stadium in his honor. At the time of his retirement, he ranked sixth in all-time victories. Edwards received the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award, presented by the American Football Coaches Association, in 2003.

Awards won by his players include a Heisman Trophy, a Doak Walker Award, a Maxwell Award, two Outland Trophies, four Davey O'Brien Awards, seven Sammy Baugh Awards, and 31 All-America citations, including 11 consensus All-Americans. In 1984, he was named National Coach of the Year after BYU finished the season 13–0 and won the National Championship. Edwards retired after the 2000 season with a 257–101–3 record for a .717 winning percentage.

Edwards coached prominent quarterbacks such as Steve Young, Jim McMahon, Ty Detmer, Marc Wilson, Robbie Bosco, Gary Scheide, Gifford Nielsen, Steve Sarkisian, and Virgil Carter.

Edwards was BYU's head football coach from 1972 to 2000. His offensive scheme was passing-dominated. He started coaching in an era when college football offenses were dominated by strong running attacks. His quarterbacks threw over 11,000 passes for more than 100,000 yards and 635 touchdowns. He got the idea to switch to a pass oriented team by looking at BYU's history. The BYU football program had been a dismal failure before Edwards with the notable exception of one conference championship that resulted from the aerial attack of Virgil Carter. This past success encouraged Edwards to open up the BYU offense.

Coaching career

Contents

  • Coaching career 1
    • Accomplishments 1.1
  • Coaching tree 2
  • Head coaching record 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

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