Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 62 Days

Jim Urquhart-USA TODAY Sports

BYU got their first All-America player in 1962.

Eldon Fortie played for LaVell Edwards at Granite High School and then again in his final year at BYU. Fortie played tailback, which was essentially a quarterback in the wildcat formation for BYU at the time. Fortie played his best game against George Washington when he ran for 272 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown, setting a school record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single game. Although Taysom Hill got close last season against Texas with 259 yards, Fortie's record still stands after 52 years.

As Fortie continued to rack up the rushing yards in '62, a Deseret News writer stated that, "He runs like a phantom." After that, Fortie was known as the Phantom. Eldon "the Phantom" Fortie set 25 school and WAC records that season and became the first All-America player from BYU. His jersey was retired at a basketball game shortly after he completed his final season.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Vanquish The Foe

You must be a member of Vanquish The Foe to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Vanquish The Foe. You should read them.

Join Vanquish The Foe

You must be a member of Vanquish The Foe to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Vanquish The Foe. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker