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Several college athletes who are also members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have stepped away from the field, exchanging their football equipment for missionary suits and ties. This is a list of 112 college football players in the Football Bowl Subdivision who have served LDS missions and returned to be on rosters this season.

The list includes 47 BYU players, 24 from Utah State, 25 from Utah and two each from Hawaii, Arizona State and Oregon. UCLA, California, Georgia, Stanford, Boise State, Oregon State, Notre Dame and UNLV each have one.

If you know of a college football player we have missed, please send an email to ttoone@deseretnews.com with the name of the player, his team and where he served his mission.

Ricky Ali’ifua
USU Athletic Dept.

Utah State (San Leandro HS, Calif.), Fr., DL. Served in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Michael Alisa
Deseret News Archives

BYU; Provo, Utah (Timpview HS), Sr., RB. Served in the Puerto Rico San Juan Mission.

Terrance Alletto
Deseret News Archives

BYU; Parker, Colo. (Ponderosa HS), So., OL. Served in the California Riverside Mission.

Kyle Anderson
UNLV Athletics Dept.

UNLV, (Silverado HS, Nev.), Fr., LB. Served mission in Mexico City, Mexico.

Isaac Asiata
Deseret News Archives

Utah (Spanish Fork HS), Fr., OL. Served in Tulsa, Okla.

Chris Badger
Notre Dame Sports Information

Notre Dame; Provo, Utah (Timpview HS), So., S. Served in the Ecuador Guayaquil Mission.

UPDATE — Badger transferred to BYU at the end of August, after this list was created. This week the NCAA approved a wavier request by BYU on behalf of Badger, a safety and former Timpview High star, granting him immediate eligibility to play this season at BYU. Badger enrolled at Notre Dame after his LDS mission and sat out last season at Notre Dame.

Stetzon Bair
Oregon Sports Information

Oregon; St. Anthony, Idaho (South Fremont HS/Iowa Western CC), So. DL.

Jarom Baldomero
USU Athletic Dept.

Utah State (Iolani HS, Hawaii), So., LB. Served in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Trevor Bateman
Deseret News Archives

(Bottom right, 10) BYU; Palm Desert, Calif. (Palm Desert High School) So., DB. Served in the Texas Fort Worth Mission.

Tyler Beck
Deseret News Archives

BYU; Murrieta, Calif. (Vista Murrieta HS), Sr., LB. Served in the Texas Houston Mission

Eric Bernston
USU Athletic Dept.

Utah State (Sky View HS), Fr., DL. Served in San Antonio, Texas.

Craig Bills
Deseret News Archives

(20) BYU; Provo, Utah (Timpview, HS), Jr., DB. Served in the California Ventura Mission.

Kevan Bills
Deseret News Archives

BYU; Provo, Utah (Timpview HS), So., LB. Served in the Argentina Mendoza Mission.

Brock Bird
USU Athletic Dept.

Utah State (Jordan HS), So., WR. Served in Eugene, Ore

Jordan Brown
Deseret News Archives

Utah State (Alta HS), Fr., QB. Served in Santiago, Chile.

Nate Carter
Deseret News Archives

(Right, No, 26) BYU; St. George, Utah (Dixie HS) So., RB. Served a mission in Taiwan.

Clayton Christensen
Deseret News Archives

Utah State (Manti HS), Sr., S. Served in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Hayden Clegg
University of Utah Athletic Department

Utah (Nebraska-Omaha), Fr., DE. Served in Colorado Springs, Col.

Corin Cline
Navy Athletic Department

Navy, (Garland, Texas), Fr., OL. Served in Manchester, England.

Gannon Conway
Arizona Republic

Arizona State; Higley, Ariz. (Higley HS/Mesa CC), Sr., DE. Served his mission in the Dominican Republic.

Jefferson Court
USU Athletic Dept.

Utah State; Draper, Utah (Alta HS/BYU), Jr., LB. Served in the California Anaheim Mission.

Tanner Cox
Deseret News Archives

(Left, 53) BYU; Pleasant View, Utah (Weber HS), Jr., LB. Served in the Mongolia Ulaanbaatar Mission.

Tui Crichton
Deseret News Archives

BYU; Orem, Utah (Timpview HS), So., DL. Served in the Texas Houston South Mission.

Dayton DeLoach
USU Athletic Dept.

Utah State (Delta HS), Fr., S. Served in Kennewick, Wash.

Parker Erickson
Deseret News Archives

Utah (Snow College), So., OL. Served in Detroit, Mich.

Tame Fangupo
University of Utah Athletics Dept.

Utah (Bingham HS), So., DL. Served in Tampa, Fla.

LT Filiaga
Deseret News Archives

Utah (Bingham HS), So., LB. Served in Los Angeles, Calif.

Sean Fitzgerald
Deseret News Archives

Utah (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Sr., WR. Served in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Kala Friel
Deseret News Archives

Utah (Kamehameha HS, Hawaii), So., OL. Served in Macon, Ga.

Kaneakua Friel
Deseret News Archives

BYU; Kaneohe, Hawaii (Kamehamaha HS), Sr., TE. Served in the South Africa Durban Mission.

Spencer Hadley
Deseret News Archives

BYU; Connell, Wash. (Connell HS), Sr., LB. Served in the California Roseville Mission.

Mike Hague
Deseret News Archives

BYU; Salt Lake City (Brighton HS), Sr., DB. Served in the Tennessee Knoxville Mission.

Jon Halliday
Deseret News Archive

Utah (Palomar JC), So., K. Served in Monterrey, Mexico.

Siale Hautau
Oregon State Sports Information

Oregon State (Snow College), Jr., DL. Served in Guatemala.

Kurt Henderson
Deseret News Archives

BYU; St. George, Utah (Snow Canyon HS), So., WR. Served in the Finland Helsinki Mission.

Taysom Hill
Deseret News Archives

BYU; Pocatello, Idaho (Highland HS), So., QB. Served in the Australia Sydney Mission.

Adam Hine
Deseret News Archives

BYU; Santa Clara, Utah (Snow Canyon HS), So., RB. Served his mission in Panama.

Phil Hinson
Deseret News Archive

Utah (Snow College), Sr., WR. Served in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Austin Holt
Deseret News Archives

BYU; South Jordan, Utah (Bingham HS), Sr., TE. Served in the Missouri St. Louis Mission.

Mike Honeycutt

Utah (Lone Peak HS), Sr., DB. Served mission in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Jarom Ioane
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Utah State, (Bountiful HS), Fr., OL. Served in Veracruz, Mexico.

Austen Jorgensen
Deseret News Archives

(Right, 34) BYU; Mt. Pleasant, Utah (N. Sanpete HS), Sr., LB. Served in the Florida Tampa Mission.

Solomone Kafu
Deseret News Archives

BYU; Rio Linda, Calif. (Rio Linda HS), Jr., OL. Served in the New York New York Mission.

Bronson Kaufusi
Deseret News Archives

BYU; Provo, Utah (Timpview HS), So. DL. Served mission in New Zealand.

Teu Kautai

(Right, 27) BYU; Arlington, Texas (Oakridge HS), So., DB. Served in the California San Jose Mission.

Derek Keller
USU Athletic Dept.

Utah State; Draper, Utah (Alta HS), So., TE. Served in Houston, Texas.

B.J. Larsen
Deseret News Archives

Utah State; Logan, Utah (Logan HS), Jr., DE. Served in the Arkansas Little Rock Mission.

Paul Lasike
Deseret News Archive

BYU, (Church College of New Zealand), Jr., RB. Served in Alabama.

Darren Lee
Boise State Sports Information

Boise State (Lassen HS, Calif.), Fr., LB.

Scott Lefrandt
BYUCougars.com

BYU; Seattle, Wash. (Orange Coast College), Sr., DB. Served a mission in Madagascar.

Dallas Lloyd
Stanford Sports Information

Stanford (Pleasant Grove HS), So., QB. Served in Chile.

Devin Mahina
Deseret News Archives

BYU; Upland, Calif. (Upland HS), Jr., TE. Served in the Madagascar Antananarivo Mission.

Logan Malohifo’ou
USU Athletic Dept.

Utah State; West Jordan, Utah (Copper Hills HS), So., OL. Served mission in Fiji.

Eathyn Manumaleuna
Deseret News Archives

BYU; Anchorage, Alaska (Timpview HS), Sr., DL. Served in the Oklahoma Oklahoma City Mission.

Jeff Manning
USU Athletic Dept.

Utah State; Logan, Utah (Logan HS), Fr., QB. Served mission in Lithuania.

Alex Marsaw
USU Athletic Dept.

Utah State; Torrance, Calif. (West HS), So., LB. Served mission in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Marcus Mathews
Deseret News Archives

BYU; Beaverton, Ore. (Southridge HS), Sr., WR. Served in the Sweden Stockholm Mission.

Mitch Mathews
BYUCougars.com

BYU; Beaverton, Ore. (Southridge HS), So., WR. Served in the Florida Orlando Mission.

Jordan Miller
Deseret News Archives

BYU; Henderson, Nev. (Green Valley HS), So., K. Served a mission in Utica New York.

Nick Mitchell
Deseret News Archives

(Left) Utah (Timpview HS), Fr., DL. Served in the Philippines

Harold Moleni
Hawaii Sports Information

Hawaii; (Hunter HS), So., TE. Served in Spokane, Wash.

Jason Munns
Deseret News Archives

BYU; Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS), Sr., QB. Served n the Mexico Oaxaca Mission.

Jake Murphy
Deseret News Archives

Utah (American Fork HS), Jr., TE. Served in Sydney, Australia.

McKay Murphy
Deseret News Archive

Utah (Lone Peak HS), Fr., DL. Served in Louisville, Kent.

Nate Needham
USU Athletic Dept.

Utah State; St. George, Utah (Pine View), Jr., deep snapper. Served mission in Brazil Sao Paulo.

Luke Nelson
Deseret News Archive

BYU (Eastside Catholic HS, Shoreline, Wash.), Fr., WR. Served in the Cambodia Phnom Penh Mission.

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Ammon Olsen
Deseret News Archives

BYU; Draper, Utah (Alta HS/SUU), Jr., QB. Served in the Mexico City North Mission.

Travis Parrish
USU Athletic Dept.

(far right, jumping) Utah State; West Bountiful, Utah (Bountiful HS), Fr., LB. Served mission in Malaysia.

Alex Parsons
University of Georgia Athletic Dept.

Georgia; Fayetteville, Ga. (Fayetteville County HS/BYU), Sr., TB. Served in the Africa Cape Town Mission.

Remington Peck
BYUCougars.com

BYU; South Jordan, Utah (Bingham HS), So., DL. Served in the New York Rochester Mission.

Andy Phillips
Deseret News Archives

Utah (Winter Sports HS), Fr., K. Served in Norway.

Likio Pope
Deseret News Archive

Utah (Orem HS), Fr., DL. Served in San Fernando, Calif.

Skye Povey
Deseret News Archives

(Right, No. 29) BYU; Ogden, Utah (Ben Lomond HS/Snow College), Sr., DB. Served in the Dominican Republic.

Iona Pritchard
Deseret News Archives

BYU; South Jordan, Utah (Bingham HS), Jr., RB. Served in the Marshall Islands Majuro Mission.

Seth Probert
Deseret News Archives

BYU; Lebanon, Ore. (Lebanon HS), Jr., LB. Served in the Florida Jacksonville Mission.

Matthew Reidhead
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Matthew Reidhead, Arizona State, (Snowflake HS), Fr. RB. Served in Brazil.

Drew Reilly
BYUCougars.com

BYU; Valley Center, Calif. (Valley Center HS/Colorado State), So., DB. Served in the Texas McAllen Mission.

Trevor Reilly
Deseret News Archives

Utah (Valley Center HS, Calif.,) Sr., DE/LB. Served in Sweden.

Skyler Ridley
Deseret News Archives

BYU; Murrieta, Calif. (Murrieta Valley HS), Sr., WR. Served in the England Manchester Mission.

Junior Salt
Deseret News Archives

Utah (Mt. San Antonio College), Jr., OL. Served in Tonga.

Andrew Santiago
Deseret News Archives

Utah (Plano West HS, Texas), So., WR. Served in Ogden, Utah.

Eric Schultz
USU Athletic Dept.

Utah State; Connell, Wash. (Connell HS), Jr., OL. Served in the Alabama Birmingham Mission.

Jordan Smith
Deseret News Archives

BYU; Salem, Utah (Spanish Fork HS), Sr., WR. Served in the Massachusetts Boston Mission.

Daniel Sorensen
Deseret News Archives

BYU; Colton, Calif., (Colton HS), Sr., DB. Served in the Costa Rica San Jose Mission.

Justin Sorensen
Deseret News Archives

BYU; South Jordan, Utah (Bingham HS), Sr., K. Served in the Georgia Macon Mission.

Brayden Stembridge
USU Athletic Dept.

Utah State (South Summit HS), Jr., LB. Served in Peru.

Hamani Stevens
Oregon Sports Information

Oregon; Hemet, Calif. (Hemet HS), Oregon, Jr., OL. Served his mission in the Philippines.

Christian Stewart
Deseret News Archives

BYU; Orem, UT (Snow College), Jr., QB. Served in the Japan Tokyo Mission.

Brock Stringham
BYUCougars.com

BYU; Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Mountain Vista HS), Jr., OL. Served in the Philippines Tacloban Mission.

Xavier Su’a-Filo
UCLA Sports Information

UCLA (Timpview HS), Jr. OL. Served in Tallahassee, Fla.

Joe Summers
USU Athletic Dept.

Utah State; Tremonton, Utah (Bear River HS), Jr., OL. Served in the Australia Sydney Mission.

Brandon Taukeiaho
USU Athletic Dept.

Utah State (Bingham HS), Fr., OL. Served in Houston, Texas.

Logan Taele
BYUCougars.com

BYU; St. George, Utah (Dixie HS), So., DL. Served a mission in Tucson, Ariz.

Brett Thompson
Deseret News Archives

BYU; El Dorado Hills, Calif. (Oakridge HS), Jr., WR. Served in the Kentucky Louisville Mission.

Hunter Thompson
Hawaii Sports Information

Hawaii (Waialua HS, Hawaii), Fr., DL. Served in Mesa, Ariz.

Westlee Tonga
Deseret News Archives

Utah (Spring HS, Texas), Sr., TE. Served in Las Vegas, Nev.

Stevie Tu’ikolovatu
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Utah (East HS), Fr., DL. Served in the Philippines.

Derek Tuimauga
Deseret News Archives

Utah (Bingham HS), So., OL. served in Minnesota.

Uani 'Unga
Deseret News Archives

(Right No. 41) BYU; Rochester, Calif. (Oregon State), Sr., LB. Served his mission in Guatemala.

Manaaki Vaitai
Deseret News Archives

(Middle, No. 79) BYU; Euless, Texas (Trinity HS), Jr., OL. Served in the Nevada Las Vegas mission.

Chris Van Orden
Deseret News Archives

Utah (Snow College), Jr., P. Served in Australia.

Mike Wadsworth
Deseret News Archive

BYU (Orem/Hawaii), So., safety. Served in Leeds, England.

Tyler Weese
USU Athletic Dept.

Utah State (Mountain Crest HS), Fr., WR. Served in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dave Weixler
University of Utah Athletics Dept.

Utah (Skyline HS) Fr., DL. Served in Germany.

Kevin Whimpey
USU Athletic Dept.

Utah State; Highland, Utah (Lone Peak), Jr., DL. Served in the California Ventura Mission.

Kyle Whimpey
USU Athletic Dept.

(center, No. 63 pass blocking) Utah State; Highland, Utah (Lone Peak HS), Jr., OL. Served in California Riverside.

Alex Whittingham
Deseret News Archive

Utah (Brighton HS), Fr., LB. Served in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Jason Whittingham
Deseret News Archives

Utah (Timpview HS), So. Served in South Carolina.

Brad Wilcox
Deseret News Archives

(Right) BYU; Edmond, Okla. (North HS), Fr. OL. Served in California San Bernardino mission.

Harrison Wilfley
California-Berkley Sports Information

California (Casa Roble HS, Calif.), Sr., DT. Served in Uruguay

Daniel Wray
USU Athletic Dept.

Utah State (West HS), So., WR. Served in Toronto, Canada.

Michael Yeck
Deseret News Archives

BYU; Keller, Texas (Keller HS), Jr., OL. Served in the Alabama Birmingham Mission.