Daniel Coats
Tight End 20
263 lbs.
Last School
Northridge High School
Roster Years

Career Summary

Daniel Coats came to BYU from Northridge High School as the Utah State Player of the Year and 2001 Deseret News Mr. Football. Coats was a consistent player for BYU and played in 46 of 48 games in his career and made 32 starts. The powerful blocking tight end lettered four years and is known for his good hands. He set a BYU record for receptions as a freshman tight end with 278 yards receiving and 30 receptions on the season. Coats earned Freshman All-America honors in 2003 and was later credited with 22 catches for 239 yards and two touchdowns his senior season.


  • Signed free agent deal with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2007


  • Native of Layton, Utah
  • Son of Judy Coats
  • Recruited by UCLA, Washington, Washington State, Cal, Nebraska and Clemson
  • Married Alicia in summer 2002  

Before BYU

  • Utah State Player of the Year
  • Named the 2001 Deseret News Mr. Football
  • Earned 5A MVP honors as a junior
  • Led Northridge High School to back-to-back 5-A state championships as a junior and senior
  • Ranked nationally among top receivers by Student Sports
  • USA Today Utah State Player of the Year as a junior
  • Recorded 2,386 yards and 23 touchdowns in his final two seasons at Northridge HS, including 47 receptions for 1,247 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior
  • Led Northridge to a combined 23-2 record during his junior and senior seasons


Yr    No.   Yds   TD   LG
2003  30    378    4   38
2004  13    160    0   26
2005  21    189    3   15
2006  22    239    2   26
TOTAL 86    966    9   38
No:    8 (at USC, Sept. 6, 2003)
Yds: 114 (at USC, Sept. 6, 2003)
TD:    2 (vs. Georgia Tech, Aug. 28, 2003)
LG:   38 (vs. Georgia Tech, Aug. 28, 2003)
BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year 2003

  • Earned 2003 Freshman All-America honors (The Sporting News)
  • Earned letterman honors as a redshirt freshman
  • Saw action in 10 of the Cougars' 12 games during the season and earned 10 starts
  • Holds the BYU freshman tight end record with 278 yards receiving and 30 receptions on the season
  • Credited with four touchdowns on the season
  • Named the Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week after helping BYU to a season opening 24-13 win over Georgia Tech
  • Had the nation's top performance by a tight end with six receptions for 93 yards and two touchdowns against the Yellow Jackets
  • Earned receiver-of-the-game honors
  • His first career reception was good for a season-high, finger-tip, 38-yard touchdown
  • Entered the USC game as the top-ranked tight end in the nation
  • Named the Chevrolet Player of the Game after a career-high eight receptions for 114 yards against third-ranked USC
  • His 114 yards marked the most receiving yards by a BYU tight end since Doug Jolley recorded 177 yards against Air Force in 2001
  • Credited with a 14-yard touchdown against the Trojans
  • Averaged a nation's best 103.5 yards per game and 7.0 receptions per contest through the first two games of the season
  • Credited with three receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown against Stanford
  • Named receiver of the game by the BYU coaching staff
  • Picked up 38 yards on five receptions against Wyoming
  • Averaged 12.6 yards per receptions
  • Participated in spring drills
  • Switched from receiver to tight end
  • Credited with four receptions for 34 yards in three spring scrimmages, including three receptions for 20 yards in the first scrimmage of the season
Sophmore Year 2004

  • Started all 11 games at tight end
  • Earned letterman honors as a sophomore
  • Credited with 13 receptions for 160 yards on the season
  • Averaged 12.3 yards per reception and averaged 14.5 yards per game
  • Had a season-high four receptions for 46 yards against UNLV
  • Credited with a season-high 26 yard reception against Air Force
  • Participated in spring drills and recorded two receptions for 30 yards, including a 16-yard reception, in the annual Blue-White game
Junior Year 2005

  • Earned letterman honors as a junior
  • Saw action in all 12 games during the season and started four
  • Credited with 21 receptions for 189 yards and three touchdowns
  • Had touchdown receptions against New Mexico, Colorado State and Air Force
  • Averaged 9.0 yards per reception and averaged 15.8 yards per game
  • Scored three touchdowns on the season
  • Had a season-high 39 receiving yards on three receptions against Air Force
  • Longest reception was a 15-yard touchdown against Air Force (62-41)
  • Had one kick return for 18 yards
  • Participated in spring drills
Senior Year 2006

  • Earned letterman honors as a senior
  • Credited with 22 catches for 239 yards and two touchdowns on the season
  • Played in all 13 games with seven starts
  • Caught three passes for 35 yards and BYU's only touchdown in the Cougars season opener against Arizona
  • Collected two passes for 26 yards at Boston College
  • Against No. 15 TCU, he caught three passes for 39 yards in the Cougars win
  • Caught a personal season-best six passes for 80 yards in BYU's comeback win over Utah including four catches and a touchdown on one late, fourth-quarter drive to give the Cougars the lead
  • Provided key blocking for a team that rushed for 1,845 yards (141.9 ypg), 4,206 passing yards (323.5 ypg) and the fourth-best total offense output at 6,051 total yards (465.5 ypg)
Graduate Year

Redshirt Year 2002

  • Redshirted as a true freshman
Medical Redshirt Year 2002

Redshirted as a true freshman.