BJ Byrd Rounds Out Football's Major Awards With 5th All-American Honor
Morehead State senior wide receiver BJ Byrd has rounded out the all-American awards season with his fifth honor. Byrd was named to the Walter Camp Foundation All-American Team.
Byrd earned All-American accolades from Hero Sports, Associated Press, Stats Perform, Phil Steele and now Walter Camp.
The PFL Offensive Player of the Year and First-Team All-PFL, Byrd - of Richmond, Calif. - ended the regular season as the FCS' top receiver. He has also been named All-American by the AP, Hero Sports, Stats Perform and Phil Steele and Academic All-PFL. He led the subdivision with 1,313 receiving yards, 90 receptions, and 8.2 receptions per game in 2021. Byrd's yardage total, catches and his 13 touchdowns are all MSU single-season records.
He also set the single-game record with four TDs against Stetson. Byrd ranked second along all FCS players in touchdown receptions and receiving yards per game (119.4 ypg) during the season. He had an FCS-best eight 100-yard receiving performances in 11 games, including his 223-yard, four-touchdown day against Stetson. Byrd was one of 25 finalists for the Stats Perform FCS Walter Payton Award. He also finished his two-year career ranked among the best receivers in program history. In just 18 games (seven spring games after transferring from Jacksonville), Byrd compiled 1,780 yards, 21 touchdowns, averaging 98.9 yards per game.
Byrd will now look to take his talents to the professional level, earning a spot in this weekend's Tropical Bowl to play in front of scouts. He has earned his Bachelor's Degree from MSU in sports management.