Phil Odle Athlete Profile | BYU Cougar Club

Phil Odle Athlete Profile

#88 Phil Odle

Position: Wide Receiver Height: 6-0 Weight: 185 Roster Years: 1965-1967 Hometown: Elgin, IL Hall of Fame: 1978 Last School: Elgin High School

  • 1978 Football




All-America

  • 1967 AFCA Preseason
  • 1967 Dell Sports First Team                                 

1978 BYU Hall of Fame Inductee

“Phil Odle Day,” February 18, 1968, was only a small indication of the admiration this football star had earned from Cougar fans. During his career at BYU, Odle was named first-team All-Conference every year (1965-67) and was awarded the 1965 WAC Lineman of the Year as a sophomore.

Odle was co-captain as a senior in 1967 and finished his three-year BYU career ranked No. 2 in NCAA history in receptions (183) and No. 3 in receiving yards (2,548). He set new BYU career receiving records in nearly every category including receptions, yards and touchdowns (25). Odle also broke nearly every receiving record in WAC history and is one of only a few players to be named first-team All-WAC three consecutive years. 

At the conclusion of his senior season, Odle was named to the Dell Sports All-American first team and received the Dale Rex Memorial Award for his contribution to amateur athletics in Utah. He was also invited to play in every post-season collegiate game and elected to participate in the East-West Shrine Game, Hula Bowl and Coach’s All-American Game.

Following his career as a Cougar, Odle was selected in the 5th round (120th overall) of the 1968 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He played in 31 games over three seasons with the Lions before retiring following the 1970 season. Married the former Susan Kisselburg. They have two children Matt and Stephanie. 



Came to BYU after spending three years in the Marines ... served in the Far East ... member of the service championship team for two years ... was an all-state selection at Elgin High School in Illinois. 

1965 | Sophomore Year

Played in 10 games ... led BYU in receptions (46) and yards (657) and touchdowns (11) ... had season highs in catches (10) and yards (137) in a 42-8 win at New Mexico in the final season game ... helped BYU its first conference championship in school history ... was named All-Western Athletic Conference and WAC Lineman of the Year ... led the WAC in scoring (66) and receiving (657) yards ... 18th nationally in receiving yards and 19th in scoring. 

1966 | Junior Year

Played in 10 games ... led BYU in receptions (60) and yards (920), establishing new school records in both catergories ... was second on the team in touchdowns (5) ... set personal single-game career marks in catches (14) and yards (242) in a 53-33 win over UTEP ... was named All-Western Athletic Conference ... set new WAC career records in receptions (106), receiving yards (1,577) and touchdown catches (16). 

1967 | Senior Year

Played in 10 games ... Co-captain ... for the third straight year led the Cougars in receptions (77) and yards (971), setting new school records in both categories... also led the team in touchdowns with nine ... was third in the NCAA in receptions (77) ... finished his BYU career with 183 receptions for 2,548 yards and 25 touchdowns, setting new school records in all three categories ... finished his three-year career ranked No. 2 in NCAA history in receptions (183) and No. 3 in receiving yards (2,548) ... broke nearly every receiving record in WAC history and is one of only a few players to be named first-team All-WAC three consecutive years.