John Walsh
Quarterback 7
215 lbs.
Junior Senior
Last School
West Torrance High School
Roster Years


  • Son of John and Linda Walsh
  • Oldest of five children 
  • Enjoys working out, skiing, fishing, reading, colllecting baseball cards and working on cars
  • Majored in special education

Before BYU

  • Graduated from West Torrance High School but played football at Carson High School his senior year 
  • Lettered in football, baseball and basketball
  • Set California state passing record for a season with 4,226 yards
  • Named L.A. City 4-A Most Valuable Player
  • Named Daily Breeze Player of the Year
  • Glenn Davis Award recipient
  • Led team to a 39-5 record over his high school career as well as city and league titles and No. 5 finish in state
  • Threw for 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns at a junior at West Torrance High School
  • Coached by Gene Vollnogle (Pepperdine)
  • Recruited by Miami, Florida State, USC and UCLA

BYU Summary

  • Declared after his junior season for the 1995 NFL Draft and was selected in the seventh round by the Cincinnati Bengals
  • Passed for 9,233 yards and 73 touchdowns, including bowl games, over his four years at BYU, which included two full seasons as the starter
  • Set BYU record with 619 passing yards in a single game (at Utah State in 1993)
  • Threw for 300 or more yards in 19 games and surpassed 400 yards five times
  • Finished BYU career with 8,390 regular-season yards (excluding bowl games per NCAA statistics), which ranked fourth in school history 
  • Completed career with 66 regular-season touchdown passes (excluding bowl games per NCAA statistics), which tied for No. 5 in Western Athletic Conference history with BYU's Robbie Bosco
  • Achieved a 147.6 career pass efficiency rating, which ranked No. 6 in NCAA history 
BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year 1991

  • Served as backup QB behind Heisman Trophy winnter Ty Detmer, seeing action in six games
  • Completed 5 of 8 attempts for 52 yards against Utah State, playing the last quarter and a half of the game
  • Totaled 284 yards and three touchdowns on 21-of-26 passing, all in the first half, in JV game agaisnt Snow College 
Sophmore Year 1993

  • Co-Offensive MVP of the 1993 Holiday Bowl after going 25 of 44 for 389 yards and three TD passes against Ohio State
  • Sophomore All-America First Team selection by Football News
  • All-Western Athletic Conference Second Team honoree
  • Geneva Steelman of the Year award winner
  • No. 5 nationally in total offense at 310.91 yards per game for the season
  • No. 9 nationally with 156.04 pass efficiency on the year
  • AT&T National Long Distance Award honoree for completing 93-yard TD pass against Utah State 
  • Set school record with 619 passing yards while throwing 5 TDs at Utah State, earning WAC Player of the Week honors
  • Threw for 439 yards and 5 TDs against Fresno State despite playing just one series into the second half after having missed practice the entire week due to a knee strain
  • Named Offensive Back of the Week by the BYU coaches for his performances against Air Force, Fresno State and San Diego State
  • Totaled eight games of 300 or more passing yards in 1993, including four-straight games over 400 yards (439 vs. Fresno State, 619 at Utah State, 417 at San Diego State, 423 vs. Utah)
Junior Year 1994

  • Named MVP of the 1994 Copper Bowl after throwing for 454 yards and 4 TDs to lead BYU to a 31-6 victory over Oklahoma
  • No. 5 nationally in total offense at 289.4 yards per game for the season
  • No. 15 nationally with 143.3 pass efficiency on the year
  • All-Western Athletic Conference Second Team honoree
  • ESPN Wrangler Player of the Game leading BYU to 35-28 win over San Diego State, throwing for 392 yards and 2 TDs
  • Totaled nine games of 300 or more passing yards in 1994, including one game over 400 yards
Senior Year 1994

Graduate Year

Redshirt Year 1992

Medical Redshirt Year 1992

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  • \r\n Granted medical hardship redshirt season
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  • \r\n Earned the starting role entering the season and started the first two games before being injured vs. UCLA in game 3
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  • \r\n Ranked No. 8 nationally in pass efficiency after the first two games before suffering shoulder separation on broken play vs. UCLA
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  • \r\n Named Offensive Back of the Week by the BYU coaches, throwing for 302 yards and 2 TDs in BYU's 38-28 season-opening win over UTEP
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  • \r\n Threw for 380 yards and 5 TDs in BYU's 45-38 loss to San Diego State in his second game
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  • \r\n Totaled 300 or more yards passing in both his starts 
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  • \r\n Emerged from a five-man quarterback race to split duties with Steve Clements at the end of spring drills
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  • \r\n Threw two TDs on 6-of-6 passing in the Spring Game
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