Andrew Rich
Defensive Back 22
217 lbs.
Last School
Snow Junior College
Roster Years

Career Summary

Andrew Rich transferred to BYU after leading Snow College with 120 tackles and five interceptions. As a three-time letterman, he played in all 39 games and saw 29 starts as a Cougar. Rich tallied 221 tackles, 12 pass breakups, ten interceptions and four forced fumbles during his career. He notched a career-high 14 tackles twice as BYU's defensive leader his senior season and recorded the third-highest total tackles by a BYU player in the last 20 years. Rich also helped the Cougars to a No. 24 national ranking in total defense in 2010. See the season summary tabs below and the recognition and stats tabs for more details. 


Signed free agent deal with the Arizona Cardinals in 2011


  • Born in Ogden, Utah
  • Parents are Dan and Jodi Rich
  • One of three children
  • Majoring in psychology
  • Served a church mission in Portland, Oregon (2004-2006)
  • Speaks Spanish
  • Father, Dan, played football at Weber State

Before BYU

  • A two-year letterwinner at Bonneville High School
  • Served as team captain
  • Earned defensive MVP honors
  • A two-time all-region selection
  • Earned all-state honors
  • Also lettered in basketball for the Lakers
  • Maintained a 3.85 grade-point average in high school
  • A member of the high honor roll

Snow College

  • Led Snow College with 120 tackles and five interceptions in 2007
  • Earned first-team all-league and second-team All-America honors at safety as a true freshman
  • Helped lead the Badgers to the NJCAA National Championship game
  • Posted an 11-1 record during the season


Unassisted Tackles: 10 vs. TCU, 2010
Assisted Tackles: 8 vs. TCU, 2009
Total Tackles: 14 vs. Air Force, 2010; Nevada 2010
TFL: 2.0 vs. Air Force, 2010; UTEP, 2010
Interceptions: 2, three times
Sacks: 1 vs. New Mexico, 2009; UTEP, 2010

BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year

Sophmore Year 2008

  • Earned letterman honors as a sophomore
  • Saw action in all 13 games, including three starts
  • Academic All-MWC
  • Made his first career start against Colorado State
  • Totaled 26 tackles on the season, including 13 solo
  • Intercepted a potentially game-tying touchdown pass in the endzone as time expired against UNLV
  • Forced a fumble against SDSU
  • Recovered a fumble at Utah State
  • Also recorded one pass breakup on the season
Junior Year 2009

  • All-MWC Second Team selection
  • Academic All-MWC
  • Earned letterman honors as a junior
  • Started all 13 games at safety
  • Led the team in tackles with 85, 51 solo
  • Led the team with four interceptions for 91 yards
  • Recorded his first career sack against New Mexico
  • Forced two fumbles in the season opener against No. 3 Oklahoma
  • Named MWC Defensive Player of the Week following the Oklahoma game
  • Had 3.5 tackles for loss and three pass breakups
  • Recovered a fumble in the Utah State game
  • Had a career-high 12 tackles against New Mexico
Senior Year 2010

  • Earned letterman honors as a senior
  • Team captain
  • All-MWC First Team
  • Phil Steele All-MWC First Team
  • Burlsworth Trophy candidate
  • Played in East-West Shrine Game
  • NFF Hampshire Honor Society
  • Academic All-MWC
  • Started in all 13 games
  • Team flag bearer at Utah
  • MWC Defensive Player of the Week vs. Colorado State
  • Led the team with 110 tackles, the third-highest total by a BYU player in the last 20 years
  • Also led BYU with 63 solo tackles, 47 assisted tackles, 5 interceptions, 8 pass breakups and 3 fumbles forced
  • Added 7.5 TFL, one sack, one quarterback hurry and one fumble recovery
  • Had five double-digit tackle games
  • Had a career-high 14 tackles at Air Force and vs. Nevada
  • Added two TFL and one forced fumble against the Falcons
  • Had 10 tackles and a forced fumble at Florida State
  • Registered nine tackles and an interception vs. Colorado State
  • Had 7 tackles, two picks, a QB hurry and a pass breakup vs. New Mexico, had 10 tackles at Utah
  • Earned New Mexico Bowl Defensive MVP in his final game as a Cougar, totaling three tackles (all solo) while adding one sack and tackle-for-loss, two interceptions for 43 total yards and one pass breakup
  • Two interceptions tied a BYU bowl record
Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

Medical Redshirt Year