Zach Wilson

Zach Wilson
No. 2 – New York Jets
Personal information
Born: (1999-08-03) August 3, 1999 (age 21)
Draper, Utah
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:214 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school:Corner Canyon (Draper)
College:BYU (2018–2020)
NFL Draft:2021 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Career history
Roster status:Unsigned draft pick
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at · PFR

Zachary Kapono Wilson (born August 3, 1999) is an American football quarterback for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL).[1] He played college football at BYU and was selected second overall by the Jets in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Early life and high school

Wilson was born in Draper, Utah, on August 3, 1999.[2] He attended Corner Canyon High School and passed for 2,986 yards and 24 touchdowns while also rushing for 752 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior. Wilson originally committed to play quarterback at Boise State University before later decommitting and choosing to attend Brigham Young University (BYU).[3]

College career

2018 season

As a true freshman at BYU in 2018, Wilson played in nine games and made seven starts. He started his first career game against Hawaii, becoming the youngest quarterback to start a game for BYU.[4] He finished the season having completed 120 of 182 passes for 1,578 yards with 12 touchdowns and three interceptions.[5] He was named the MVP of the 2018 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl after completing all 18 of his passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns.[6]

2019 season

As a sophomore in 2019, Wilson started nine games, completing 199 of 319 passes for 2,382 yards, 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions.[7][8] That season, the Cougars were invited to the 2019 Hawaii Bowl, where Wilson was named BYU's MVP.[9]

2020 season

Wilson started 12 games and completed 247 of 336 passes for 3,692 yards, 33 touchdowns and three interceptions while rushing for 255 yards and 10 touchdowns, breaking Steve Young's school completion percentage in a season at 73.5 percent.[2][10] He was named the offensive MVP of the 2020 Boca Raton Bowl after completing 26 of 34 passes for 425 yards and three touchdowns. He and USC safety Talanoa Hufanga were selected as recipients of the 2020 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award.[2]


Season Games Passing Rushing
GP GS Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2018 9 7 120 182 65.9 1,578 12 3 157.2 75 221 2.9 2
2019 9 9 199 319 62.4 2,382 11 9 130.8 67 167 2.5 3
2020 12 12 247 336 73.5 3,692 33 3 196.4 70 254 3.6 10
Career 30 28 566 837 67.6 7,652 56 15 162.9 212 642 3.0 15

Professional career

Wilson was selected second overall by the New York Jets in the 2021 NFL Draft.[11]

Personal life

Wilson was born to Michael and Lisa Wilson (née Neeleman) and has three brothers and two sisters.[12][13] He has some Hawaiian ancestry, with his middle name Kapono meaning "righteous" in the Hawaiian language.[2][13] Some other members of his family include airline entrepreneur David Neeleman and HealthEquity co-founder Stephen Neeleman.[13] Wilson was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as a child, a trait that runs in his family.[13][14] He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[14]


  1. ^ "Jets Release Jersey Numbers for QB Zach Wilson, OL Alijah Vera-Tucker and WR Elijah Moore". Retrieved May 14, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d Lundquist, Casey. "Zach Wilson Named 2020 Polynesian Player of the Year". Retrieved March 12, 2021.
  3. ^ "Corner Canyon star QB Zach Wilson signs with BYU". The Salt Lake Tribune.
  4. ^ Call, Jeff (October 13, 2018). "Zach Wilson becomes youngest QB to start at BYU". Deseret News.
  5. ^ Robinson, Doug (August 25, 2019). "'All about family': How those closest to Zach Wilson – Ute fans to the core – influenced his football trajectory and played a hand in landing him at BYU". Deseret News.
  6. ^ "BYU QB Zach Wilson a perfect 18 for 18 in Idaho Potato Bowl win over WMU". mlive. December 22, 2018.
  7. ^ Drew, Jay (June 22, 2020). "A 'bigger, faster, stronger' Zach Wilson returns to BYU workouts eager to reclaim his starting quarterback position". Deseret News.
  8. ^ "Zach Wilson is still BYU's starting QB, but he may have to fight for his job to keep it". The Salt Lake Tribune.
  9. ^ Shimabuku, Christian (December 24, 2019). "Rainbow Warriors reach 10-win mark with last-minute 38–34 win over BYU in Hawaii Bowl". KHON2. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  10. ^ Herald, Jared Lloyd Daily. "How BYU QB Zach Wilson is slicing up defenses early in 2020". Daily Herald.
  11. ^ Lange, Randy. "No Secret: Jets Select QB Zach Wilson with No. 2 Pick of NFL Draft". Retrieved April 29, 2021.
  12. ^ "Zach Wilson - Football". Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  13. ^ a b c d Robinson, Doug. "'All about family': How those closest to Zach Wilson — Ute fans to the core — influenced his football trajectory and played a hand in landing him at BYU". Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  14. ^ a b Drew, Jay. "BYU's Zach Wilson: A behind-the-scenes look at the making of a future first-round NFL draft pick". Retrieved April 6, 2021.

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