More returned missionaries in college football

I’ve been going crazy making lists lately.

Last May, I compiled this list of returned LDS missionaries in professional sports history. It was not a definitive list, pretty solid with 67 names.

My next list project resulted in finding 123 names of returned Mormon missionaries in 2012 FBS college football. It was posted in August.

Most recently, I made a list of 28 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who made NFL rosters this season.

Why lists? First, lists are fun. Second, they generate good Internet traffic at

Since the RMs in Division I college football list was posted, some readers have submitted the names of players from FCS (former Division I-AA). In honor of those less-recognized players, I have started to compile that list. So far I have only tracked down returned missionaries for Southern Utah and Weber State, with one bonus player at Youngstown State in Ohio. Here are those names.

Southern Utah

  1. Chandler Allphin, Alpine, Utah (Lone Peak HS), Fr., WR. Served in the Spain Barcelona mission.

    Brad Sorensen (No. 4) throws a pass in a game against UNLV. Sorensen served a mission in Spain. (Deseret News Archive)

  2. Henna Brown, Magna, Utah (Cyprus HS), Sr., RB. Served mission in Philippines.
  3. McKay Condie, Lehi, Utah (Lehi HS), Sr., Long snapper. Served in the Boston Mass. Mission.
  4. James Cowser, Fruit Heights, Utah (Davis HS), Fr., DL. Served mission in Hong Kong.
  5. Brennan Fjord, Sugarland, Texas (Clements HS/Snow College), Sr., DB. Served in the Argentina Salta mission.
  6. Gordon Garrett, Moab, Utah (Grand County HS), So., DB. Served mission in Kennewick, Wash.
  7. Austin Gumucio, Grantsville, Utah (Grantsville HS), Fr., LB. Served in mission in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  8. Chad Hansen, Murrieta, Calif. (Murrieta Valley HS/Mt. San Jacinto), Jr., LB. Served in the Arizona Tucson mission.
  9. Mitch Jessop, Providence, Utah (Mountain Crest HS), So., WR. Served mission in Costa Rica.
  10. Cody Larsen, Draper, Utah (Alta HS), Sr., DL. Served mission in New York.
  11. Griff McNabb, Pocatello, Idaho (Highland HS), Jr., WR. Served mission in Colombia.
  12. Brad Meyer, Boise, Idaho (Capital HS), Jr., DL. Served mission in Baton Rouge, La.
  13. Easton Pedersen, Highland, Utah (Lone Peak HS), So., WR. Served mission in Houston, Texas.
  14. Russell Petersen, Manti, Utah (Manti HS), Sr., OL. Served mission in the Philippines.
  15. KC Rawlinson, Delta, Utah (Delta HS), Jr., LB. Served in the South Dakota Rapid City mission.
  16. Brad Sorensen, Grand Terrace, Calif., (Colton HS/BYU/San Bernadino Valley College), Sr., QB. Served mission in Spain.
  17. Mike Tagliaferri, Las Vegas, Nev. (Centennial HS), Jr., RB. Served mission in Costa Rica.

Weber State

  1. Curtis Cosgrove, Brigham City, Utah (Box Elder HS), Jr., TE. Served mission in Oklahoma.

    Weber State’s C.J. Tuckett runs for yardage against BYU. Tuckett served an LDS mission in Japan. (Deseret News Archive)

  2. Karl Finai, Kearns, Utah (Kearns HS), So., RB. Served in the California San Bernardino mission.
  3. Jake Kahawaii, Laie, Hawaii (Golden West CC), So., TE. Served in the Guatemala Quetzaltenango mission.
  4. Dustin Martin, Liberty, Utah (Weber HS), So., LB. Served in the Mexico Tijuana mission.
  5. Dan North, The Dalles, Ore. (The Dalles HS), Fr., S. Served in the Campinas Brazil mission.
  6. Shane Oliverson, Hyde Park, Utah (Preston HS), Fr., DL. Served in the Argentina Buenos Aires mission.
  7. CJ Tuckett, Malta, Idaho (Raft River HS), Sr., RB. Served in the Japan Nagoya mission.
  8. Justin Turner, Layton, Utah (Layton HS), Fr., OL. Served in the Puerto Rico San Juan mission.

Youngstown State

  1. Mark Pratt, Tooele, Utah (Tooele HS/Snow College), Jr., OL. Served in the Alabama Birmingham mission.

Coming soon: Returned missionaries at Snow College and Dixie State. If you know a college football player who is not on any of these lists, please email the name and mission to


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