Back in 1990, the then-gangly 6-foot, 175-pound quarterback from Texas was gunslinging his way to glory. Though the season had begun a week earlier in BYU’s win over UTEP, it was Detmer’s performance in a 28-21 victory over top-ranked Miami that propelled him to winning the Heisman Trophy.
Fast forward to now, and Detmer, at age 42, is preparing to take on new challenges that could be just as daunting as facing a pack of Hurricane linemen bearing down on him.
In December of last year, Detmer was named head football coach at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, a small private institution in southwest Austin, Texas. With fall camp’s opening date of Aug. 2 quickly approaching, he said he is ready to take on a different version — for him, at least — of “Friday Night Lights” in the Lone Star State.
“It’s a whole new experience for me and I’m learning a lot as I go,” Detmer told The Daily Universe at the Nu Skin NXT Level Football Camp in Provo last week.