Shay Muirbrook
Linebacker 46
235 lbs.
Last School
Norco High School
Roster Years

Career Summary

Shay Muirbrook came to BYU from Norco High School as a two-time all-state and all-California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section pick. The Blue Chip All-American went on to become BYU's leading defensive scorer and tackler his sophomore year. Muirbrook was named to the All-Western Athletic Conference Second Team that year and then to the All-WAC First Team as a junior. He earned first-team All-WAC honors and was also the WAC Defensive Player of the Year his senior season. Muirbrook was the Defensive MVP of the Cotton Bowl and co-winner of the Geneva Steelman Award. He won the Cougar Club Competitor Award, in additioning to the Strength and Conditioning Award and Defensive MVP as selected by the BYU coaches. Muirbrook was also nominated for the Butkus Award.


  • Signed as a free agent with the Oakland Raiders in 1997


  • Born in Ogden, Utah
  • Son of Carl and Sherry
  • Majored in sociology

Before BYU

  • Played lineback/fullback at Norco High
  • Two-time all-state and all-CIF Southern Section pick
  • Blue Chip All-American
  • 1991 Mountain View league MVP
BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year 1993

  • Started the final nine games of the season
  • Led team with nine tackles at UCLA
  • Had 13 tackles and a QB hurry at San Diego State
Sophmore Year 1994

  • Second team All-WAC
  • Selected by the coaches as the most outstanding linebacker
  • Started every's leading defensive scorer and tackler
  • Also led team with four fumbles caused
  • Registered 12 tackles against Notre Dame, including an eight-yard sack and also had a 28-yard pass interception against the Irish
  • Had seven unassisted tackles against Oklahoma in the Copper Bowl
  • Had 10 tackles, a fumble recovery and two sacks at Air Force
  • Against CSU he had nine tackles, including one for a loss, two pass deflections and cause and recovered a fumble
Junior Year 1995

  • Selected as co-captain
  • First team All-Western Athletic Conference by the coaches and the Football News
  • Injured knee the week of UCLA game
  • Nominee for Butkus Award
  • Had 12 tackles, one for a loss, and one sack vs. UCLA
  • Had 10 tackles, one sack vs. SDSU
  • Pass interception vs. CSU
  • Had 10 tackles vs. Wyoming
  • Had 11 tackles, including seven unassisted tackles vs. Utah
  • Selected as the team's Geneva Steelman of the Year
Senior Year 1996

  • WAC Defensive Player of the Year...All-WAC by the coaches
  • Defensive MVP of the Cotton Bowl...played in the East-West Shrine Game
  • WAC Defensive Player of the Year, Houston Chronicle (coordinators)
  • All-WAC, Football News and Houston Chronicle (coordinators)
  • Winner of Cougar Club Competitor Award
  • Co-winner of the Geneva Steelman Award
  • Winner of the Strength and Conditioning Award and was the Defensive MVP as selected by the BYU coaches
  • Nominee for Butkus Award
  • WAC Defensive Player of the Week (Tulsa)
  • Coach's linebacker of game vs. Washington, New Mexico, Utah State, UNLV and TCU
  • Team co-captain
  • 11 tackles led team vs. Texas A&M
  • 46-yard pass interception vs. Arkansas State and seven tackles
  • 13 tackles and 2.5 sacks vs. New Mexico
  • Had six tackles and a sack vs. SMU
  • Tipped the opening pass by Utah State
  • Had a fumble recovery and returned it for a 45-yard TD at USU
  • Seven unassisted tackles, a pass deflection and a 38-yard pass interception at Tulsa
  • Had six unassisted tackles, three assisted tackles and a sack at TCU
  • Had 5.5 tackles, a fumble recovery and a fumble caused vs. Rice
  • Caused a fumble at Hawai'i
  • Six tackles, plus two for losses, a pass interception and a pass deflection at Utah
  • Had seven unassisted tackles, two assisted tackles and a caused vs. Wyoming
  • Had 11 unassisted tackles, 1 assisted tackle, five tackles for 26-yards lost and six quarterback sacks for 38 yards against Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl
Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

Medical Redshirt Year