BYU Cougars

LaVell Edwards

Lavell Edwards
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As college football became more pass-oriented, Edwards was well ahead of the curve. He coached BYU from 1972 to 2000, making the Mormon institution a football powerhouse and a quarterback factory. The Cougars had 26 consecutive winning seasons before going 6-6 in his final year. Before Edwards' arrival, BYU had just one conference championship, but then captured 10 straight from 1976 to '85. In 1984, Edwards guided BYU to the national championship and was named National Coach of the Year. He coached Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer and 11 consensus All-Americans. Edwards retired after the 2000 season with a record of 257-101-3, and before his last game, BYU's stadium was named in his honor. -- Adam Rittenberg

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Led BYU to 1984 national title, topped nation in passing and finished third in Heisman. Finished with 24-3 record as starter.

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