Five Things To Know About Atlanta Falcons RB Tyler Allgeier
SALT LAKE CITY – The Atlanta Falcons drafted BYU running back Tyler Allgeier in the fifth round of the 2022 NFL draft. Falcons fans looking for info on a possible new running back have come to the right spot.
Here are five things to know about BYU’s former star ball carrier.
Tyler Allgeier arrived at BYU as a preferred walk-on from Kaiser High School in Fontana, California. Allgeier was pursued by former BYU running back coach AJ Steward (now at Oregon State).
Very exited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and football career at BYU #GoCougs #BYUFootball #Provo 🔵⚪ pic.twitter.com/rZFVwwq9YF
— Ty (@tylerallgeier17) February 14, 2018
During Allgeier’s first fall camp, he saw reps at both running back and in the slot at the wide receiver. After Allgeier’s first fall camp at BYU, Steward said the running back had “endless potential” in his football career.
Allgeier chose BYU out of high school because he liked the school and the opportunities that it provided to him.
Tyler Allgeier Switched To Linebacker in 2019
After his redshirt season at BYU, Allgeier switched to the defensive side at linebacker in 2019. The move was driven by the arrival of Ty’Son Williams (Baltimore Ravens RB), transferring from South Carolina.
Tyler Allgeier and Devin Kaufusi in at linebacker. #BYU
— Mitch Harper (@Mitch_Harper) September 21, 2019
Allgeier proved to be a solid linebacker, and in the win against undefeated and No. 14 Boise State, Allgeier led the team in tackles with nine. He finished the 2019 season with 26 tackles before switching to running back again due to a wave of injuries. Allgeier finished with 119 rushing yards in 2019.
Star Backfield with Zach Wilson
No one knew if the 2020 football season was going to be played or not due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But, as an independent, BYU pushed forward to cobble up any schedule. It proved to be an opportunity to showcase the star power of Allgeier at running back and his star QB Zach Wilson (New York Jets).
#BYU's Tyler Allgeier on whether he's an inside or outside running back: "I've been working on my speed a lot during the offseason. I'll say I'm for sure an inside runner but I've been working on my speed to do both."#BYUFootball @kslsports
— Mitch Harper (@Mitch_Harper) August 17, 2020
BYU finished sixth nationally in total offense averaging 522.2 yards per game. Allgeier averaged 102 yards per game in matchups that saw BYU primarily in mop-up duty in the fourth quarter against their opponents.
Allgeier ran for 13 touchdowns in 2020.
Single-Season Rushing Leader at BYU
The 2021 season put Tyler Allgeier among the all-time great running backs in BYU football history. Allgeier rushed for 1,601 yards during his redshirt junior season, a single-season record at BYU.
Tyler Allgeier is gonna be making some NFL money next year. Enjoy this man while you can. #BYU #BYUvsUSU #BYUFootball @kslsports
— Mitch Harper (@Mitch_Harper) October 2, 2021
The single-season record at BYU was previously held by former Doak Walker Award-winning running back Luke Staley in 2001. Staley rushed for 1,596 yards in 11 games.
How many players would take the time to do this after a tough loss? No matter what he decides to do Tyler Allgeier will go down as one of the all-time greats in BYU history. @kslsports @BYUfootball pic.twitter.com/kBo7GIArqA
— Jeremiah Jensen (@JJSportsBeat) December 19, 2021
Allgeier played in all 13 of BYU’s games, including the Independence Bowl, where no one would have faulted him for opting out. He played and rushed for 192 yards in that game. Allgeier finished tied for the nation’s leader in rushing touchdowns with 23.
Congratulations @BYUfootball running back Tyler Allgeier for breaking the single-season rushing record.
He’s an all-timer! #BYU #GoCougs https://t.co/ok2zZll2T9
— KSL Sports (@kslsports) December 18, 2021
Favorite NFL Player & Team Growing Up
Tyler Allgeier has said that his favorite NFL player growing up as a kid was former great Marshawn Lynch. In addition, Allgeier said he enjoyed studying Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb during his college days at BYU.
Tyler Allgeier who looks up to Marshawn Lynch has been in beastmode on some of these runs. Carrying guys on his back. Averaging 7.6 yards per carry right now.#UTSAvsBYU #BYUFootball @kslsports
— Mitch Harper (@Mitch_Harper) October 10, 2020
As a kid and with a close relationship with his grandpa, Allgeier grew up fans of the Indianapolis Colts.
“Because of my grandpa, he was a Colts fan. So you know, he’d be like, ‘Hey T-Bone, who’s going to win? The Colts or whoever?’ And I was like, ‘Uh man, I’ll give it to the Colts.’ Yeah, I’ll say growing up, the Colts for sure,” said Allgeier.
Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.
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