(born September 16, 1980, in Bountiful, Utah
) is a former American football
player who starred as a running back
at Brigham Young University
from 1999 to 2001.
High school career
In 1999, as a senior at Tualatin (Oregon
) High, Staley was named Gatorade Player of the Year and USA Today
Player of the Year for the state of Oregon. He was also named Oregonian Player of the Year, earned All-State honors on offense and defense, and was conference Player of the Year for offense, defense, and special teams. He averaged over 300 yards per game during Tualatin's 4-game playoff run. Staley was listed as a Blue Chip Top 100 player.
In three years at BYU, Staley established himself as one of the best running backs in school history, and posted the best single season of any BYU back in history. In his first game as a Cougar, Staley scored 3 touchdowns to lead BYU to a 34-13 victory over Colorado State
in the first-ever Mountain West Conference
(MWC) football game. Despite some nagging injuries that limited his playing time, he continued his impressive play, finishing the season with 92 rushes for 432 yards and 10 touchdowns, and added 26 receptions for 339 yards and 3 touchdowns. He led the MWC in scoring, averaging 9.8 points per game. For his efforts, Staley was named Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year, and Sporting News
Third Team Freshman All-American
As a sophomore in 2000, Staley started 10 games and led the team with 479 yards (on... Read More