Remembering five more BYU football greats who wore No. 6

BYU legends Marc Wilson, Robbie Bosco and Luke Staley are having their No. 6 retired on Saturday as the Cougars take on the No. 10-ranked Wisconsin Badgers.

It is an honor that is well-deserved for the three former All-Americans, but they aren’t the only BYU standouts to ever wear the No. 6 for BYU. In fact, 17 different Cougars have worn that number over the years, according to, including a handful of guys who had huge amounts of success.

While early signal callers Lowell Rugg and Ben Mortensen donned the number for BYU in the late ’40s and early ’50s it has only been used consistently since 1975 when Wilson made it iconic.

Since then, seven players have been all-conference performers wearing the number including a clutch kicker, a dynamic punt and kick returner, and one of the best running backs in BYU history.

While their names aren’t included in the No. 6 jersey retirement, they definitely deserve some recognition for the amazing careers they had at BYU.

After Bosco left the Cougars for the NFL, the No. 6 was taken over by a junior college All-American kicker named Leonard Chitty who would do the number proud during his two years in Provo.

He was a two-time All-WAC performer who set the single season BYU record for field goals made in both his junior and senior seasons. He was at the top of his game in 1987 when he was named First-Team All-WAC and an AP All-American honorable mention after connecting on 18 of 26 field goal attempts and converting on all but one of his extra-point tries.

While the number would bounce from a defensive back to a wide receiver to a running back, it wasn’t until it landed on another special teams ace, James Dye, that No. 6 for the Cougars would be made famous again.

Dye was a dynamic playmaker who could spark the offense with his big plays in the punt return game. He was a two-time All-WAC First-Team selection and the ’95 WAC Special Teams Player of the Year after he led the nation with 21.9 yards per punt return. His four punt return touchdowns tied the school record.

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