Heisman Trophy Candidate - Some schools, Southern California for example, seem to specialize in turning out great tailbacks. With Brigham Young University the last few years, it has been quarterbacks. The Cougars currently have three alumni, Gifford Nielsen (Oilers), Marc Wilson (Raiders) and Jim McMahon (Bears), playing in the National Football League. And now they have another top passer the pros are scouting on a weekly basis in 6 ft. 1 in. southpaw Steve Young, the great-great-great grandson of the Mormon Leader after whom BYU is named.
Most NFL scouts can't seem to decide whether they like this senior's throwing arm or his ability to scramble best. So far this year, BYU's opponents have had almost no success in containing Young, who has led the Cougars to a 7-1 record and a spot in the Top 20 in both major wire service polls. He did his thing again Saturday, too, passing for two touchdowns to set an NCAA record for most consecutive games throwing a TD pass (19), then scrambling for a one-yard score with 11 seconds left to lift his team to a 38-34 victory over Utah State.
It was mostly like that last season, too, when as WAC Offensive Player of the Year, Steve completed 62.7 percent of his passes for 3,100 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Part of Young's success, of course, can be traced to the Cougars' consensus All-America tight end, Gordon Hudson, who caught 67 passes in 1982 and always seems to have this wonderful game-day rapport with Steve.
While Young hasn't had nearly the early Heisman Trophy publicity of Nebraska running back, Mike Rozier, for example, Steve's candidacy suddenly has the look of a player capable of changing voters' minds between now and the end of the season.