Byford certainly doesn't lack for motivation. He was disappointed when Vype Magazine left him off its list of the top 100 high school football players in the state.
“That just brings fuel to the fire,” Byford said. “I am going to come out with a chip on my shoulder and show everybody that I should have made that list.”
He also wants to be the first member of the Byford family to earn a scholarship to play Division I football.
His oldest brother Blake, a former quarterback for Edmond North, was a tight end at Pittsburg State, Kan. His other brother, Colton, is now a defensive end for the University of Central Oklahoma. Both are Division II schools.
“My goal is to go D-1, any school, I don't care,” Byford said.
So far Missouri, Kansas State and Iowa State have expressed interest. Sibling rivalry is still alive and well among the Byford brothers.
“We kind of motivate each other now, but when we were younger it was always who is the toughest,” Byford said. “I would always get beat around. They are going to get their payback. I am getting bigger than them.”