Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 46 Days

Gene Sweeney Jr.

20 days from fall camp and 46 days from kickoff at UConn.

Tom Holmoe, who wore #46, came to BYU in 1978 from La Crescenta, California to play defensive back for the Cougars. As a sophomore, he had a WAC season record of seven interceptions. As a junior, he had three interceptions, including a 35-yard pick-six. He also returned a blocked punt for a touchdown. His senior year, Holmoe had three interceptions again, and bested his pick-six as a junior by running one back 63 yards for the touchdown. He was also named to the All-WAC first team defense and was an AP honorable mention All-America player.

After graduating with a degree in zoology, Holmoe was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 1983 and went on to win four Super Bowl titles with them (three as a player and one as a DB coach). In 1995, Holmoe finished his master's degree at BYU in Athletic Administration. He coached at the University of California from 1996-2001 as defensive coordinator for one year and head coach for five years. He was named the athletic director at BYU in 2005 and has been a part of the team's return to national relevance after the dearth of the Crowton years.

Earlier this year Holmoe co-starred in a BYU Basketball Vidtacular with then president Cecil Samuelson and current president Kevin Worthen. Who knew he could lip sync?

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