Fast forward a year, and the only one out of that group making a significant contribution to the team is 5-foot-8-inch, 184-pound fleet-footed J.D. Falslev, who just earned a scholarship from BYU.
“It’s been very emotional experience for the young man and for all of us as coaches,” said Coach Doman. “He’s put a lot of time and work in. Just to see a kid come in and not have the opportunity to be on financial aid and have to work his way into that – no matter what you say or how you twist it, things just don’t feel quite right when you’re not getting that check on Monday.”
The Cougar coaching staff saw Falslev’s effort and drive to become a contributing member of the offense. His responsibilities included kick returns, fly sweeps and playing the H-position. Rewarding Falslev with a scholarship had been something that was in the works for some time, but wasn’t able to happen until now.
“I knew about it before he did,” Coach Doman said with a smile. “It’s something that’s been in the works for a long time and it just hadn’t been cemented yet. There had been a couple of things shuffled around in our program that created the opportunity to get it immediately in, and at least we knew for sure that it was available, and at that point, that’s when they gave it to him.”
Falslev was recruited by Utah State, the college where his father Dave played, and Snow College, but the former Skyline High School prodigy came to BYU and tackled the financial rigors of college life while enduring the demands of a Division I college program.
“He’s fought his way and battled through and has turned out to be one of our very best players on offense this year, and not only is he a scholarship guy, but he’s been a go-to guy for us this year on our team,” Doman said. “I'm happy that he’s going to get that scholarship and finish out and not have to pay for himself anymore.”
Come next semester, Falslev will be a scholarship player on BYU’s football team.
“He’ll start on the team in January on scholarship,” Coach Doman said.