hillmanIn football lingo, “Detmer” translates as quarterback.  Next fall, sophomore signal caller Zadock Dinkelmann will become the third of the Detmer line to run the offense for Class 5A Somerset Bulldogs.  LSU secured his commitment for 2018 as an eighth-grader.

“Zadock has been blessed with some physical talent,” his father and Somerset’s athletic director, Johan Dinkelmann, told Jeremy Crabtree of ESPN.com.  “The fact that he has grown up in a football family where everybody he knows has either played college football, college basketball or has coached helps tremendously.”

However, the Detmer connection extends well beyond Dinkelmann.  His grandfather, 71-year-old Hubert “Sonny” Detmer, serves as Somerset’s head coach, while his uncle, Koy Detmer works as offensive coordinator.


Last season, Zadock watched his cousin, Koy Detmer, Jr., work his aerial magic for the Bulldogs.  Koy Junior finished his senior year with 2,375 passing yards and 22 touchdowns.  Rather than sign a letter of intent, the 5-11, 160-pound quarterback elected to attend Brigham Young University as an invited walk-on.

“I’m just another athlete coming up to Provo to work for a job,” he told Kevin Kennedy of SB Nation.  “I am very excited to come and work very hard each and every day.”

Cougar coaches expect Koy Junior to compete for the backup position to senior starter Taysom Hill.  Other candidates for the spot include Tanner Mangum, who recently completed a church mission assignment, and Beau Hoge, the son of former Pittsburgh Steeler running back Merril Hoge.  BYU coaches believe sophomore McCoy Hill, who sustained an injury on the first day of spring practice, may not be healed sufficiently to practice when fall drills begin.

Prior to Koy Junior, another Detmer grandson, Stevie Joe Dorman, quarterbacked the Bulldogs.  Dorman originally signed in 2011 with Colorado, his uncle’s alma mater, but has since transferred to Southern Arkansas where the Muleriders project him as starter this year.

The previous generation of Detmers shone on the gridiron.  Koy, who played high school football at Mission, passed for 5,390 yards at Colorado and threw a school record 40 touchdown passes.  He played 10 NFL seasons primarily for the Philadelphia Eagles, appearing in 103 games with 1,944 passing yards and 10 touchdowns.

Ty, a San Antonio Southwest product, won the 1990 Heisman Trophy at BYU and also captured the Sammy Baugh Award, Maxwell Trophy, and Davey O’Brien Award.  He finished his Cougar career with 15,031 passing yards and 121 touchdown passes.

In the NFL, Ty played in 54 games, started 25, and threw for 6,351 yards with 34 touchdown passes for six different teams.  He currently holds the head position at Austin St. Andrew’s, which plays in the Southwest Preparatory Conference.

Sonny, the Detmer clan’s leader, found his Texas roots at Wharton College before playing baseball and basketball at Florida State.  However, he quickly returned the Lone StarState to marry his college sweetheart, Betty.  He began coaching in the South Texas area in 1968 and took the Somerset job in 2010.

“My dad still loves it,” Ty told Dick Harmon of the Deseret News.  “He called me the other day and told me he’d taken Somerset to San Antonio to compete in a seven-on-seven tournament.  He was all giddy and laughing how he took down the big boys today.”

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