Bills Will Make You Pay

BYU fans know full well who former Colorado high school star K.C. Bills is, and they were very disappointed to learn that the talented defender had to hang up his cleats due to a career ending back injury. However, at Timpview High School, there are two up and coming Bills brothers who could possibly follow their older brothers K.C. and Kelly to BYU.

Much like Doman, the name Bills could become synonymous with BYU football. Two very good family prospects are currently playing at a local high school in Provo, Utah, and the BYU coaches know exactly who they are.

The oldest is 6-foot-3, 225-pound junior Kevin Bills who plays defensive end for Utah 4A state champion Timpview High School.

"I got first team all-state along with my brother," said Kevin Bills. "My brother [Craig Bills] got first team all-state also. When the all-state thing came out, they had all the stats. I think I had 50 plus tackles and around six sacks for this past year."

At first glance, some may think that 50 tackles on the season is not be too eye-popping. When considered in light of the fact that Timpview uses its defensive ends primarily for boxing and containment purposes rather than rushing and backside pursuit, those 50 tackles and six sacks are indicative of a quality prospect making the most of situation.

"It was a little bit frustrating," chuckled Bills. "Two years ago we just pounded [opponents] right up the middle and this year we changed it up a little. It was okay though. We just stuffed the middle up and pounded them with the linebackers, and our linebackers got a lot of sacks this year. We do have some plays where our defensive ends do a stunt and blitz right in, so maybe I should have gotten more sacks with that."

Juggling the desire to play within a coach's defensive plan and the feeling you can be more successful than what is being asked is a balancing act many athletes face throughout their careers.

"That's kind of how it felt at the start of the season," Bills said. "I was just getting really frustrated that I couldn't go in there and do all that stuff, but after we started shutting everybody out, I just realized that we have to work together as a team. Once I realized that, I just started doing my job better and all that. I still wanted to get a lot of sacks and felt that I could do that, but that's not what the plan was."

Playing with his younger brother has been a great bonding experience for Kevin.

"It's a lot of fun," said Kevin. "It's a lot of fun during scrimmages and games and watching him just come up and lay a hit on someone. It's really a lot of fun to play with him. It's really cool to be a state champ with your brother. I know every high school team has a goal to do that, but when you actually do it, it's really cool."

During last year's state championship run, both Kevin and Craig were instrumental in bringing an aggressive and hard-hitting dynamic to the Thunderbird defense. The brothers will be instrumental in Timpviews's effort to reapeat as state champions in 2007.

The possibility that Timpview coaches could switch Kevin to a position that would better fit his size and athletic abilities hasn't been discussed at this point. Kevin is a natural fit for the linebacker position at the D-I level much like his older brother K.C.

"We haven't talked about [changing positions], but I'm thinking I'm probably going to stay here at defensive end," said Kevin. "We'll have to see what happens."

If given the choice, Bills would rather stay at the position he is most familiar with, but if it meant getting a scholarship at the next level to play linebacker, he would make the switch.

"Right now I'm thinking defensive end because I've never really played linebacker," said Bills. "I don't really know how it is to play linebacker, but hopefully I can just gain some weight and stay at defensive end, but if I needed to, I could move to linebacker."

So far Bills has letters from Colorado, Oregon, and BYU.

"I've been receiving a few letters," said Bills. "We've had a little bit of contact from Colorado University. I've been receiving letters from Oregon and I'm getting some from BYU. Most of my contact from colleges comes from letters, and I'm hoping that I get invited to some camps."

Both Kevin and Craig are planning their summer camp schedule, and there is a good chance that they'll show up at BYU.

"My brother and I are deciding on which camps to go to, and we're looking at going to BYU," said Kevin.

Kevin would love to follow in the footsteps of his older brothers and be a Cougar.

"[K.C's] back is not good, but other than that he's fine," said Kevin. "He just wishes he could still be playing right now.

"I would love to receive an offer from BYU, but we'll see what happens. It's still early in 2007, and hopefully they'll be looking at me, and hopefully everything works out."

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