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  • Writer's pictureAdam Gibby

BYU Football Top 100: No. 6 Brandon Flint, BYU's Biggest Man

BYU Football is only six days away from kicking off the 2019 season.

We are under one week away from BYU Football. This time next week will either be one of the greatest or one of the worst mornings in the past decade for BYU fans. Either way, it may be a good idea to call in sick next friday so that either you can enjoy the day celebrating or not have to work depressed.

As the countdown gets closer we come to the final defender in the list.

Brandon Flint - Defensive Line - 1980-1983

There is only one thing a defender can do that can really get the defense going without it being a turnover. Sacks. This past season when Wisconsin was trying to rally late in the game there is one play that comes to mind from the BYU defense. Zac Dawe's sack. Just about every major highlight that you will ever watch of a defense that isn't a turnover is a sack.

Brandon Flint was the sack king. Not only does he hold the BYU record for career sacks, he owns it by a mile with 35. The next best player is Jan Jorgensen with 30. That five sack difference is like the difference between a quarterback having 3,000 passing yards and 4,000 passing yards, it is really far apart. What is even crazier is that he did almost all of it in three seasons.

Flint wasn't a tackling machine getting ten tackles per game, but if you go back and watch the games back then, there is absolutely no doubt who is drawing the most attention from the offensive linemen. And this is on a team that had Kyle Morrell, Shawn Knight and Kurt Gouveia. Those players were able to get their stats because Brandon Flint was drawing sometimes three offensive linemen to block him. When that happens, suddenly it becomes really easy for a player like Morrell to get in the backfield and get a ton of tackles.

Despite the efforts of other teams though, it was to no avail as Flint got into the backfield over and over and over. Flint's record may never be broken and the attention he drew from linemen may never again be matched, and that is why he is No. 6 all time.

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Aug 23, 2019

A minor point, but the correct spelling of his name is Brandon. This does not take away from his being a great defensive end on some great BYU teams.

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