PROVO, Utah — Filipino American running back Tyler Allgeier is enjoying a breakout season for Brigham Young University, leading the Cougars to a 9-0 record and No. 8 ranking in the AP Top 25.
“We’re just going week by week, trying to dominate,” Allgeier said. “That’s kind of our mindset right now. Forget about last week — we can have our fun celebrating when we get a ‘dub’ — but focus on this week.”
The 5-11, 220-pound sophomore is the team’s leading ballcarrier, with 851 yards and 11 touchdowns.
In BYU’s biggest game to date against No. 21 Boise State, Allgeier rushed for 123 yards, including an 86-yard touchdown run during the team’s opening drive.
“Once you’re comfortable, and you have that swagger of knowing the offense or knowing what you’re doing, not just on your position but everyone else, it’s just a good feeling right there,” he said.
The Fontana, California, native is part Filipino with a grandmother from Southern Leyte. He wears a tattoo on his left bicep that features the sun and stars from the flag of the Philippines.
“To symbolize my grandma,” Allgeier said, “because she’s the one who’s full, the full Filipino of our family. She’s the glue to our family. We lived in a small house. She’s the glue to our family. She just handles everything. And yeah, Filipino just symbolizes our family.”
Allgeier’s path to BYU began as a preferred walk-on. Then he was asked to play linebacker on defense. Now, he’s a scholarship player and one of the top running backs in the nation.
“Just believe in yourself, and just work hard,” Allgeier said. “If you want something, strive for it, and then have God lead the way.”
Allgeier and his BYU teammates hope to finish the year undefeated and put themselves in a position to play in the College Football Playoff or New Year’s Six bowl game.