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Austin Heder – A Cougar Since Birth

4 February 2011 Brett Richins 5 Comments

Austin Heder also plays basketball for PGHS

Pleasant Grove linebacker Austin Heder says he is true blue BYU.

He made it official this week, signing with the Cougars after having to wait more than 19 months after his verbal commitment back in June of 2009.

Austin has been biding his time waiting for his future in football to move to the next stage by playing on the hardwoods this winter as a member of his high school basketball team.

At 6-3, 235 Heder is projected to play mike linebacker in Provo, a position that requires a football player to be a prolific play maker in the middle of the BYU defense.

“That’s what I love (the mike position), that’s what I have been playing all my life,” says Heder. “I love studying game film and figuring out offenses and  trying to play that game with the quarterback of audibling in and out of stuff.”

If his production at Pleasant Grove is any indication, Austin will be up to the task. He tallied 129 tackles his senior year, 88 of those of were solo take downs. For his efforts he was name a Utah 5-A First Team All-State selection and a finalist for the Wendy’s All-American team.

It was a big comeback performance after breaking his right forearm in three places in 2009, an injury that required a metal plate to be inserted into his arm.

Austin also spends plenty of time studying outside of the film room, as witnessed by the fact that he maintains a near-perfect 3.99 GPA. That’s one of the reasons that schools like Stanford, Columbia, Harvard and Vanderbilt came calling.

Those programs, along the the likes of Nebraska, Penn State, Boise State and Utah were told thanks, but no thanks by Heder, who knew he wanted to play football at BYU for as long as he could remember.

On national signing day he credited his family, teammates and coaches for helping him finally reach his goal.

For those who haven’t seen Heder in action, here is a highlight film from his junior year…

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  • Gary Jacobson said:

    I do appreciate the interviews, and enjoy them very much. Learning about these young committed men for BYU football elevates my confidence for the football program. It also helps fill the void between seasons … I can’t wait for spring ball, then fall training, then THE SEASON. I love Cougar FOOTBALL!

    One disconcerting fact for those of us a little hard of hearing is, why do you conduct the interviews in a cafeteria-like setting with a background of beaucoup noise and distractions that make it so very hard to hear and pay attention? Would it be so hard to pull the interview into a side room where there is more peace and quiet, and not so much irritating congestion and sheer cacophony going on? It’s like trying to listen to the Gettysburgh Address in a hurricane. Please work on this!

  • Brett Richins said:


    Working to fix the sound issue… nice new mic headed our way.

  • Mark said:

    I’m excited for BYU football in 2011!

  • Tent Trash said:

    woo hoo

  • Tyler Coug said:

    Austin is an awesome kid. we go to the same school and we’ll be graduating together. and i heard that jake heaps has been injured? will he be back for spring ball?

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