BYU will host an alumni game on March 31 at LaVell Edwards Stadium for fans to view. Fans will recognize the two former Cougar quarterbacks leading the teams. Max Hall leads the Navy team while Kevin Feterik leads the Royal team. It’s something to reflect on the southpaw’s solid career in Provo.
Feterik came to BYU despite not being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints due to the prolific quarterback factory LaVell Edwards had created in Provo. Feterik had the daunting task of taking over as starting quarterback after the 1996 season, when Steve Sarkisian led the Cougars to a miraculous 14-1 season and Cotton Bowl victory over Kansas State. . BYU lost a lot of production after this season and it was up to Feterik to soften the blow.
The California native has done an honorable job, producing three winning seasons in his time as a starter, with an overall record of 23-14. He got better every year he was in Provo. He never had a season below a 61 percent completion percentage and threw for over 6,000 total yards in his last two seasons combined. At times, he was even booed by the home crowd at Cougar Stadium. He didn’t let that stop him from achieving his best.
In 1998, Feterik helped the Cougars to a win over No. 14 Arizona State with 166 passing yards and 37 rushing yards. That year, BYU met 10th-ranked Liberty Bowl Tulane. Unfortunately, the green wave was too much for the Cougars, but Feterik held on for 267 yards and two touchdowns.
1999 was his best season in Provo and it started with a bang. Hosting the Washington Huskies, Feterik played the game of his life. His teammate and co-captain Rob Morris said after the match: “We were trying to find out who was wearing Kevin’s uniform tonight. We thought Jimmy Mac (McMahon) was back.
The Huskies led 28-27 with less than two minutes left when Feterik orchestrated a bold touchdown shot punctuated by a 38-yard throw to Chris Hale with 1:16 left. That was all the Cougars needed to seal the 35-28 win.
Feterik finished with 501 passing yards and three touchdowns.
It didn’t stop there. The following week, Feterik led the Cougars to a landslide victory over 23rd-ranked Colorado State, 34-13 behind his 310 yards and two scores. He got the Cougars as ranked as 15th during that season, before finishing 8-4.
He finished that season with 3,554 passing yards, 25 touchdowns and a 138.9 rating, becoming a finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award, given to the best quarterback in all of college football. After years of adventures, he had finally concocted a season reminiscent of that of his illustrious predecessors.
He eventually started a season for the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders before making it his career.
He currently ranks seventh all-time in passing yards at BYU, ahead of Steve Young and Zach Wilson. While not on the “Mount Rushmore” of BYU quarterbacks in history, he deserves to be recognized as one of the greatest. He is too quickly forgotten, with a smooth career between those of Sarkisian and Brandon Doman. Being featured in the Alumni Game this week is a cool way for BYU to recognize his accomplishments and bring him back into the minds of BYU fans everywhere.