John Beck
Quarterback 12
216 lbs.
Last School
Mountain View High School
Roster Years


John Beck finished his career at BYU as the Cougars' second all-time leading passer with 11,021 yards. He also finished second behind Ty Detmer in total offense with 11,059 yards. Beck totaled 17 different 300-yard games, ranking tied for second with Jim McMahon and John Walsh for most career 300-yard games. He played in 43 games during his career, ranking second behind Detmer (46 games) and totaled 79 career touchdown completions, ranking third behind Detmer (121) and McMahon (84). Beck totaled a career efficiency rating of 141.29 – the ninth highest career efficiency rating in BYU history. He became the Mountain West Conference career record holder in total offense (11,059), passing attempts (1,418), completions (885), passing yards (11,021) and touchdown completions (79). Beck was the MWC Offensive Player of the Year and ranks second on the conference career list with a completion percentage of 62.4. He was also recognized by ESPN's SportsCenter with the top play of the day for a game-winning touchdown pass to Jonny Harline against Utah.


  • Selected in the second round and 40th overall pick of the NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins in April 2007


  • Born in Hayward, Calif.
  • Parents are Wendell and Julie Beck
  • Father participated in track & field at BYU 
  • Served a Church mission in Lisbon, Portugal (2000-2002)
  • Communicates fluently in Portuguese
  • Started playing football at the age of eight
  • Is an Eagle Scout
  • Married Barbara Burke in spring 2004
  • Graduated from BYU in December, 2006 (communication studies)

Before BYU

  • Earned Outstanding Male Scholar Athlete honors at Mountain View High School
  • Tthree-year letterwinner
  • Led Mountain View HS to a state championship as a senior
  • Posted an overall record of 25-2 over his junior and senior seasons
  • Earned first-team all-region, first-team all-state, USA Today All-American honorable mention and Dairyman first-team All-America honors
  • Named the region Offensive Player of the Year
  • Garnered first-team Super All-State and Super All-State Player-of-the-Year honors
  • Recognized as the Arizona High School Football Player of the Year
  • Narned both the Ed Dougherty and Fred Enke Awards (Arizona Quarterback of the Year)
  • Named the MVP during the state championship game as a senior
  • Selected as the Arizona All-Star game Most Valuable Player
  • Recognized by Fox Sports as the Arizona 5A Player of the Year
  • Holds the Arizona high school record with 42 touchdown completions in a single season with only 4 interceptions
  • Also lettered twice in baseball as a pitcher and an infielder


2003 8 73 145 5 864 5 56 50.3 34.54
2004 11 192 343 8 2,563 15 82 56.0 128.51
2005 12 331 513 13 3,709 27 67 64.5 110.46
2006 12 289 417 8 3,885 32 71 69.3 169.05
TOTAL 43 885 1,418 34 11,021 79 82 62.4 141.29

 Career Highs
Att:    67 (vs. UNLV; Oct. 8, 2004)
Cmp:    41 (vs. Boston College; Sept. 3, 2005)
Int:     3 (vs. No. 1 USC; Sept. 18, 2004)
Yds:   517 (vs. TCU; Sept. 24, 2005)
TD:      5 (vs. TCU; Sept. 24, 2005)
Lg:     82 (vs. San Diego State; Nov. 6, 2004)
Eff: 245.9 (vs. San Diego State; Oct. 7, 2006) 

BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year 2003

  • Earned Academic All-Mountain West honors
  • Also earned letterman honors as a true freshman
  • Competed in eight games, including four starts
  • Became only the second true freshman to start at quarterback in BYU history (vs. Stanford)
  • Completed 22-of-45 attempts for a season-high 279 yards against the Cardinal, including a season-long 56-yard bomb to Rodney Wilkerson
  • Completed 19-of-35 attempts for 193 yards and one touchdown against Air Force
  • Credited with his first career victory on Oct. 4, leading the Cougars to a 44-36 win at San Diego State
  • Credited with 17-of-26 attempts for 180 yards and a season-high two touchdowns
  • Completed a 35-yard lob to Fahu Tahi to tie the score at 14-14 against the Aztecs
  • After throwing two interceptions in his first game as a starter (vs. Stanford), did not throw a single interception in over 80 attempts, spanning a stretch of two straight games
  • Saw action at fourth-ranked USC, completing one pass for 12 yards
  • Carried the ball four times for 29 yards
  • Suffered a concussion against the Trojans
  • Saw his first collegiate action in the first half of the Cougars' 24-13 win over Georgia Tech
  • Sacked for a 10-yard loss on his first play from scrimmage
  • Was credited with a fumble (recovered by BYU) on his second play from scrimmage
  • Threw an interception on his first collegiate pass attempt -- his third play from scrimmage
  • Participated in spring drills after returning from a Church mission
  • Completed a combined 20-of-39 attempts for 260 yards in three different spring scrimmages
  • Completed 6-of-6 attempts for 157 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Cougars' second spring scrimmage
Sophmore Year 2004

  • Earned second-team All-Mountain West honors as a sophomore
  • Started at quarterback in 10 of the Cougars' 11 games during the season
  • Broke the Mountain West Conference and BYU single-game record with 67 pass attempts against UNLV on Oct. 8
  • Holds the MWC single-game sophomore record with 34 completions against UNLV
  • Averaged a MWC best 261.0 yards per game against league opponents
  • Ranked second in the MWC, averaging 233.0 yards per game (vs. all opponents)
  • Named the MWC Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Cougars to a 41-24 win over Air Force
  • Posted an efficiency rating of 204.8 in the Cougars' 49-16 win over San Diego State, marking the highest quarterback rating since early in the 2001 season
  • Passed the 3,000-yard mark as a sophomore, ranking as the Cougars' third most prolific sophomore quarterback
  • Had at least one 50 + yard completion in six of 11 games
  • Connected on a season-high 82-yard touchdown completion (to Austin Collie) vs. SDSU
  • Recorded a season-high 390 yards on 35 attempts against Boise State
  • Ranked second in the MWC with 15 touchdown completions on the season
  • Recorded a season-high four touchdown completions against Air Force
  • Participated in spring drills
  • Completed 10-of-18 attempts for a game-high 171 yards and one touchdown in the annual Blue-White scrimmage
  • Completed a 50-yard touchdown pass to newcomer Todd Watkins
Junior Year 2005

  • All-Mountain West Conference first-team selection
  • Nmed Academic All-MWC
  • Named team offensive MVP
  • Threw for a league-best 3,709 yards, marking the most yards by a BYU quarterback since Brandon Doman threw for over 3,500 yards in 2001
  • Ranked fifth nationally with a league-best 309.1 yards-per-game average
  • Totaled seven 300-yard games during the season (11 during his career), including a league-high 517 yards against TCU on Sept. 24
  • Twice named the MWC Offensive Player or the Week, including a 371-yard, three-touchdown performance at New Mexico and a league-best five-touchdown, 517-yard outing against TCU
  • Threw 27 touchdowns on the season, including a league-high 19 TD's against Mountain West competition
  • Set a MWC single-game record with 41 completions (vs. Boston College on Sept. 3)
  • Set a MWC single-game record with 517 yards passing (vs. TCU on Sept. 24)
  • Tied a MWC single-game record with five TD's (vs. TCU on Sept. 24)
  • Currently ranks second all-time in the Mountain West with 7,136 career passing yards and ranks first in the Mountain West with 3,709 yards in 2005
  • 2005 Davey O'Brien Award candidate
  • Earned preseason All-Mountain West honors from Lindy's Football Annuals, Phil Steele's College Football Preview, Athlon Sports and Street & Smith's
  • Rated as the top passing quarterback in the MWC by Street & Smith's
  • Listed as one of the top-30 players in the Mountain West Conference by College Football News
  • Ranked as one of the top-40 quarterbacks in the country by Phil Steele's College Football Preview
  • Participated in spring drills
  • Completed 15-of-24 pass attempts for 116 yards in the annual Blue-White game
Senior Year 2006

  • Earned second-team All-America honors by The Sporting News and collected All-America honorable mention honors by and Pro Football Weekly
  • Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year
  • Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award finalist and semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award
  • Earned the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week honors on Nov. 26 after leading BYU to a 33-31 victory over Utah
  • Recognized by ESPN's SportsCenter with the top play of the day (game-winning touchdown pass to Jonny Harline vs. Utah)
  • Set a Mountain West Conference record after being named the league's offensive player of the week seven different times
  • Ranked second in the nation with an efficiency rating of 169.05 on the season to record the fifth best single-season efficiency rating in school history
  • Threw only eight interceptions during the season, marking the fifth lowest single-season total in BYU history
  • Posted a 69.3 completion percentage, setting a MWC single-season record
  • Also set a league single-season record with a completion percentage of 70.4 against league opponents
  • Led the Mountain West and ranked fourth nationally with an average 323.08 yards of total offense per game
  • Averaged a league best 323.8 yards passing per game
  • Led the MWC with an average 317.2 yards passing against league opponents
  • Recorded 300 (or more) yards passing in six games during the season, including four straight to close out the season
  • Had three or more touchdown completions in seven games during the year
  • Earned MWC Player-of-the-Week honors after posting 436 yards passing on 38-of-59 attempts in the Cougars' double-overtime loss at No. 23 Boston College
  • Named the league's offensive player of the week for a second time after helping BYU to a 31-17 win over 15th ranked TCU in Fort Worth, ending the Horned Frogs nation's longest 13-game win streak
  • Completed 23-of-37 for 312 yards and three touchdowns against TCU
  • The victory over TCU marked BYU's first over a ranked opponent on the road since the 1997 season
  • Completed 11-of-18 attempts for 205 yards and three touchdowns in the second half against the Horned Frogs
  • Named the MWC Offensive Player of the Week for the third time after leading BYU to a 47-17 win over San Diego State
  • Broke the MWC career touchdown record in the game, completing 16-of-21 attempts for 267 yards and a season-high four touchdowns
  • Tallied a career-high efficiency rating of 245.9, marking the highest rating by a BYU quarterback since Steve Sarksian posted a rating of 260.8 against Rice in 1996
  • In the first half against the Aztecs, Beck completed 12-of-15 attempts for 190 yards and three touchdowns
  • Named the Cingular All-America Player of the Week after throwing for 250 yards on 18-of-23 attempts in three quarters of play to lead BYU to a 52-7 win over UNLV
  • Marked the second straight week he had an efficiency rating of over 200 (218.3 vs. UNLV)
  • Completed 23-of-31 attempts for 258 yards and three touchdowns in the Cougars' 33-14 win at Air Force
  • The Air Force game marked his fourth straight game with three or more touchdown completions
  • Engineered points in six of the seven drives he played in during the game
  • Helped BYU pick up at least a share of the league title with a 55-7 win over Wyoming
  • Carved up Wyoming's defense -- the nation's fourth ranked pass defense -- connecting on 20-of-26 attempts for 313 and four touchdowns (two rushing)
  • Named the league's top offensive player for the sixth week during the season after leading the Cougars to a 42-17 win over New Mexico to claim the outright MWC title
  • Threw for 464 yards on 28-of-42 attempts and five touchdowns (one rushing) in the decisive victory
  • Named the league's offensive player of the week and the Walter Camp Football Foundation national Offensive Player of the Week after leading BYU to a 33-31 come-from-behind victory over in-state rival Utah
  • Threw for 375 yards and four touchdowns, including an 11-yard game-winning pass to Jonny Harline as the clock expired to give BYU the victory
  • Broke his own Las Vegas Bowl record with 375 yards passing in the Cougars' 38-8 victory over Oregon to give BYU its first bowl victory since 1996
  • Completed 28-of-46 attempts vs. the Ducks 
  • Helped BYU engineer its most dominating home season ever, posting a perfect 6-0 record along with a nation's best home scoring margin of +35.16
  • Led BYU on a 10-game winning streak, marking the nation's second longest active winning streak
  • Named the Mountain West Conference Preseason Offensive Player of the Year by The Sporting News and Blue Ribbon
  • Also earned TSN, Blue Ribbon, Athlon and Phil Steele preseason All-MWC honors
Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

Medical Redshirt Year