BYU Safety Craig Bills was once described by Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune as a player who gets lost in the shuffle of attention. A quiet player who lets his performance do the talking.
For the Bills Family, football seems to be a part of life. Bills, a 6-1, 205 pound senior from Provo, Utah (Timpview High School), is simply following the family tradition. Older brothers K.C. and Kelly both previously played for the Cougars, and his brother Kevan plays with him now. Add to that his four Cougar brothers-in-law: Taysom Hill, David Nixon, Larry Hamer and Neal Daley.
I wouldn't suggest showing up to Thanksgiving at the Bills' house wearing a red sweater.
Missing only one game in his career due to injury, Bills has played in 38 games as a Cougar. His 148 tackles (95 of them solo) and four interceptions has led to his being named to the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List.
As a freshman, Bills played in all 13 games, including a start against Florida State. He finished the year with 23 tackles and interceptions against Tulane and Wyoming.
His sophomore season looked much the same - 13 games played, five starts, 47 tackles and a forced fumble.
Last season looked even better with Bills making 79 tackles, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions - including a one handed pick against Notre Dame. The only game he's missed as a Cougar was the Houston game last year, that being due to a concussion.
Bills recently expressed his feelings about being a Cougar in this Tweet:
I love BYU football. I was reminded tonight why I chose to come here. Grateful to be apart of its football tradition.— Craig Bills (@ctbills20) June 11, 2014
In an interview with The Zone Sports Network, Bills stated, "I don't feel that much pressure going out there this year. We just need to make plays and win games."
Yeah, no pressure there.
What are the keys to making plays and winning games? There are several including preparation, sticking to assignments, and staying healthy. But Bills consistently talks about consistency. Consistency. Bold that word, underline it, put it in italics. For the Cougars to be successful, it will be all about consistency.
Bills will rely on help from teammates Robertson Daniel, Skye Povey and Jordan Johnson. Consistent performance from all of these players should lead to some great open field tackling, and hopefully some defensive point scoring too.
For some of Bills' highlights and a great interview with BYUtv, check out this video.
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