Zach Wilson is an American football quarterback for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at BYU, where he was a two-time bowl game MVP, and was selected second overall by the Jets in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Wilson was born in Draper, Utah, on August 3, 1999. He attended Corner Canyon High School, where he played high school football. He passed for 2,986 yards and 24 touchdowns while also rushing for 752 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior. Wilson originally committed to play quarterback at Boise State University before later decommitting and choosing to attend Brigham Young University.
Zach Wilson Height & Weight
How tall is Zach Wilson? He stands tall at 6 feet 3 inches and weighs over 78 kg. In addition, he has a pair of black eyes and black hair.
Zach Wilson Career
Wilson was a true freshman in 2018 for BYU, playing in nine games and starting seven of them. Wilson debuted against Hawaii as the youngest quarterback to start a game for BYU, finishing with 120 completions on 182 passes for 1,578 yards with 12 touchdowns and three interceptions.
After completing all 18 of his passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns in the 49–18 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl victory over Western Michigan, he was named the MVP.
Wilson started nine games as a sophomore in 2019, completing 199 of 319 passes for 2,382 yards, 11 TDs, and nine INTs. That year, the Cougars were invited to the 2019 Hawaii Bowl, where he was BYU’s MVP with 38 passing completions for 3076 yards, 13 touchdowns and one interception in a 38–34 loss to Hawaii.
He started 12 games and completed 247 of 336 passes for 3,692 yards, 33 touchdowns, and three interceptions while rushing for 255 yards and 10 scores, breaking Steve Young’s Pac-10 record for a season with a 73.5 percent completion rate.
After delivering 26 of 34 passes for 425 yards and three touchdowns in the 49–23 win over UCF, he was chosen as the offensive MVP of the 2020 Boca Raton Bowl. He and USC safety Talanoa Hufanga were named winners of the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award for 2019.
Wilson was the second overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, going to the New York Jets. He was one of five quarterbacks chosen in the first round, with $35 million guaranteed in his four-year contract that became official on July 29, 2021.
Wilson made his professional debut in Week 2, going up against former Jets signal-caller Sam Darnold. In the first half, he threw an interception and finished with 258 passing yards, two touchdowns, and a rushing two-point conversion, but the Jets lost 14–19. Wilson had four interceptions in Week 2 against the New England Patriots, including on his first two passes attempts. The Jets followed that defeat by losing 6–25 at home.
Wilson’s first career victory came in Week 4 against the Tennessee Titans, when he threw for 160 yards and two interceptions after a 0–26 shutout lashing by the Denver Broncos. Wilson had one interception but also tossed two touchdowns and completined 21 of 34 passes for 297 yards. With the team going on to win 27–24 in overtime, Wilson earned his first Pepsi Rookie of the Week honors for his efforts.
In a Week 5 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Wilson threw his ninth interception, putting him in a four-way tie for fourth among NFL quarterbacks with DeShone Kizer, Zach Mettenberger, and Blake Bortles after five starts.
Wilson was injured in the second quarter of Week 7’s game against the Patriots when he was struck by linebacker Matthew Judon. Wilson was ruled out for the rest of the game, with Mike White taking his place in a 13-54 loss. Following their defeat, it was revealed that Wilson had a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, therefore causing him to miss four games.
In Week 12, Wilson made his season debut, where he won his first road game over the Houston Texans. During the contest, he also scored his first rushing touchdown. In Week 13’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Wilson threw for 226 yards and two touchdown passes while also rushing for a score. This was Wilson’s first three touchdown performance in his career and earned him Pepsi Rookie of The Week honors for the second time this season.
After losing four of his next five contests, Wilson ended the season with a victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. For his play against the Jaguars, he was named Pepsi Rookie of the Week for throwing for 102 yards, one touchdown pass, and rushing for 91 yards, including a 52-yard touchdown run. Wilson’s 91 rushing yards are a Jets record and extend their franchise record in that category. He also lowered his interception differential by not throwing an interception in his past five games.
Zach Wilson Family & Ethnicity
Wilson was born to Michael and Lisa Wilson, and he has three brothers and two sisters. On his father’s side, he is half Hawaiian with the middle name Kapono meaning “righteous” in the Hawaiian language.
David Neeleman, an airline entrepreneur, and Stephen Neeleman, a co-founder of HealthEquity are other members of his family. Wilson was diagnosed with ADHD as a youngster, like his father and brother.
He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, however he is not regularly involved in the religion.