BYU DE Tyler Batty Named Big 12 Defensive Player Of The Week

Sep 18, 2023, 11:28 AM

Tyler Batty, BYU Football, Big 12 Defensive POTW...

BYU football defensive end Tyler Batty was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week after the win over Arkansas. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

PROVO, Utah – BYU football captain Tyler Batty is the first defensive player in the program to earn a Big 12 Player of the Week recognition.

Batty, a fourth-year defensive end for the Cougars, was named Big 12 defensive player of the week after his performance that helped BYU upset Arkansas.

During BYU’s 38-31 win over the Hogs, Batty had a career day, producing nine tackles (1.5 tackles for loss). But his impact went beyond tackles. Batty also had 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery after teammate Eddie Heckard stripped the ball from Arkansas QB KJ Jefferson.

Tyler Batty put together a career performance against Arkansas

Through three weeks, Batty has racked up 17 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks on the season as BYU is off to a 3-0 start.

Batty is the second BYU football player to receive Player of the Week recognition this season. The other was punter Ryan Rehkow, who earned Co-Special Teams Player of the Week after a nine-punt performance against Sam Houston in week one.

Batty and the BYU football team now focus on Big 12 play. It starts this week against the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday in Lawrence (1:30 p.m., ESPN and KSL NewsRadio).

Big 12 Players of the Week: Week Three

The rest of the Big 12 players of the week for week three include Oklahoma QB Dillon Gabriel (offensive), Sooners WR Nic Anderson (newcomer), and Houston kick returner Matthew Golden (special teams).

Every week during the football season, Tyler Batty joins KSL Sports on the Cougar Tracks Podcast for a weekly breakdown of Cougar Football from the player’s perspective.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow Mitch’s coverage of BYU in the Big 12 Conference on X and Threads: @Mitch_Harper.

Take us with you wherever you go.

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio, video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.

Are you on Threads yet? Let’s connect, give us a follow @kslsports.

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

BYU Cougars

Jalon Daniels, Kansas, BYU Football...

Mitch Harper

Will BYU Slow Down Kansas QB Jalon Daniels?

BYU looks to shut down the Big 12's preseason offensive player of the year.

7 hours ago


Kyle Ireland

Rams WR Puka Nacua Voted As NFL’s ‘Rookie Of The Week’

Puka Nacua received NFL Rookie of the Week honors for his performance during the second week of the 2023 season.

7 hours ago


Kyle Ireland

Pat McAfee Celebrates ‘LDS Thursday’ With Guest Host Kyle Van Noy

Pat McAfee nicknamed his show "LDS Thursday" after former BYU star Kyle Van Noy joined the program as an in-person guest host for the day.

8 hours ago

BYU Football, Stretch Y, Pilot...

Mitch Harper

BYU Fan Pilot Draws Message In Sky For Showdown Against Kansas

One BYU football took his support for the Cougars to the skies.

13 hours ago

BYU Football, Injury Report, Kansas...

Mitch Harper

BYU Football Injury Report Entering Big 12 Opener Against Kansas

The latest injury update for BYU football entering its Big 12 opener.

14 hours ago

BYU Football, Kedon Slovis, Players of the Week...

Mitch Harper

BYU Football Players Of The Week Awards Through Non-Conference Play

BYU coaches hand out Players of the Week honors after each game. Here is a recap of the first three weeks.

1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.


KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.

ksl sports logos...

KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.


KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.

BYU DE Tyler Batty Named Big 12 Defensive Player Of The Week