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College football countdown No. 12: Utah State defensive lineman Phil Olsen

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The Rams' Phil Olsen (72) chases Dallas Cowboys Roger Staubach as he goes down to the Los Angeles Rams 40-yard line on a 7-yard gain before being brought down by Rams Mike LaHood (68) in the first quarter of game at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Aug. 12, 19

The Rams’ Phil Olsen (72) chases Dallas Cowboys Roger Staubach as he goes down to the Los Angeles Rams 40-yard line on a 7-yard gain before being brought down by Rams Mike LaHood (68) in the first quarter of game at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Aug. 12, 1972.

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Editor's note: In anticipation of the 121st college football season in Utah, DeseretNews.com writer Jay Yeomans is ranking the 50 greatest Division I college football players of all time from the state of Utah. We're counting down the 50 days until Sept. 1 when Southern Utah at Utah and Weber State at Utah State kick off at 6 p.m. Rankings are based on what the player did during his college career.


12. Phil Olsen, Utah State, defensive line (1967-69)

Olsen was an elite defensive lineman during his time in Logan and one of the best defensive players to ever play at any of the Utah schools.

His best season came in 1969, when he was the team MVP and was named as a first-team All-American by seven different publications to become just the second player in school history to earn consensus All-American honors.

For his outstanding play with the Aggies, he was named to the Utah State All-Century team as well as making it to the Utah Sports Hall of Fame and the Utah State Hall of Fame.

He has been on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame the last two years.


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No. 14: Luke Staley

No. 15: Clay Brown

No. 16: Louie Giammona

No. 17: Rob Morris

No. 18: Austin Collie

No. 19: Kevin Curtis

No. 20: Dennis Pitta

No. 21: Lee Grosscup

No. 22: Bobby Wagner

No. 23: Kyle Van Noy

No. 24: Gifford Nielsen

No. 25: Jordan Gross

No. 26: Luther Elliss

No. 27: Mohammed Elewonibi

No. 28: Ed Pine

No. 29: Steve Clark

No. 30: Kyle Morrell

No. 31: Star Lotulelei

No. 32: Phil Odle

No. 33: Henry King

No. 34: Erroll Tucker

No. 35: Rod Wood

No. 36: Gary Sheide

No. 37: Rulon Jones

No. 38: Steve Odom

No. 39: Virgil Carter

No. 40: Bill Staley

No. 41: Devontae Booker

No. 42: Nick Eyre

No. 43: Cody Hoffman

No. 44: Louie Sakoda

No. 45: Harvey Unga

No. 46: Marv Bateman

No. 47: Demario Brown

No. 48: Bryan Rowley

No. 49: Robert Turbin

No. 50: Tom Hackett

Jay Yeomans is a sports writer for DeseretNews.com. Contact him at jyeomans@deseretdigital.com.