Pittsburgh 52, UCF 7 - October 13, 2006 (photos courtesy of Associated Press)
2009 Scouting Report: One of the country's finest tight ends...coming off an All-Big East junior season, Byham is poised for national accolades this year...candidate for the John Mackey Award, annually presented to the top tight end in college football...also selected by the Rotary Lombardi Award as a preseason candidate and is one of only two tight ends nationally to earn that distinction...an immensely gifted athlete who is equally tenacious in both the pass and run games.
2008: Selected first team All-Big East, an unprecedented achievement for a Pitt tight end... played in all 13 games, starting 12...lone missed start (Iowa) was due to alignment...had 20 catches for 260 yards (13.0 avg.) and one TD...had career-high 69 receiving yards on four catches vs. West Virginia...had career-high five catches (for 52 yards) vs. Bowling Green in season opener...had a 28-yard TD catch vs. Connecticut.
2007: Started the first 11 games, missing only the season-finale against West Virginia due to a left knee injury (sustained the week prior vs. USF)...had 15 catches for 210 yards (14.0 avg.) with one TD...had two catches for a season-high 61 yards vs. Grambling with a 50-yard TD...caught a season-high three passes in three separate games, including Eastern Michigan, UConn and Cincinnati.
2006: Lettered as a true freshman, contributing as a reserve tight end...played in 11 games on the year and had one start...had his first career TD reception on a 23-yard pass vs. West Virginia that gave Pitt a 7-0 lead...had two catches for 34 yards (17.0 avg.) on the year...other reception came at UCF for 11 yards...made his collegiate debut with a starting assignment vs. Virginia as Pitt opened in a two-tight end set...did not play against Michigan State.
High School: Considered the nation's top tight end by Scout.com...rated a national Top 100 recruit by Tom Lemming, Scout.com and Scouts, Inc....selected a U.S. Army All-American and played in the All-American Bowl, an all-star game featuring the nation's top 78 high school players at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas...named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAA All-State Team (first team) as a senior...became only the third player in Franklin history to earn first team all-state...set Franklin career records for receptions (86), receiving yards (1,544) and touchdown catches (17)...had 45 catches for 883 yards (19.6 avg.) and nine touchdowns as a senior...his receiving yardage and TD catches set school single-season records...as a junior had 41 receptions for 661 yards (16.1 avg.) and eight touchdowns...a three-year starter at Franklin and four-year letterman...also was a standout linebacker and compiled nearly 200 tackles over his final two seasons...earned All-Region 5-AAA on both sides of the ball as a junior and senior...a two-time Erie Times-News All-District 10 selection at tight end...led team to three district playoff berths...Byham's No. 20 jersey was retired by Franklin...Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33"...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...PrepStar All-American...rated the nation's No. 28 overall prospect by Scout.com, No. 39 by Tom Lemming and No. 68 by Scouts, Inc....rated the No. 6 overall prospect in the East Region by Scout.com...Rivals.com rated him the nation's No. 7 tight end and No. 12 overall prospect in Pennsylvania...named to the "ESPN 150," a listing of the nation's top 150 recruits (rated No. 68)... played under Coach Dave Smith...also was an all-star performer for the Franklin basketball team.
Personal: Nathan Arthur Byham, born 6/27/88, is the son of Melissa Byham and the grandson of Ron Byham... communications major.
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