As reported here first Thursday night, well over two hours before any other media outlet, the reactions began, during the day, on Friday. The loss of Austin Collie, who is the best wide receiver in BYU history, might actually make the Cougars better next season.
Yes, that was just said and the reasoning is that Max Hall would stare down Collie and force the ball to him, when others were open. Now, with Collie gone, this will force BYU’s offense to be more creative and spread the ball around.
They could just look down the road to the University of Utah who spreads the ball to the open man. A good example is on the Utes first drive against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, quarterback, Brian Johnson, threw to five different receivers enroute to their first score.
The only downside to Collie leaving is that BYU will not have the dual threat of McKay Jacobson and Collie.
Jacobson was a star recruit from South Lake High School in Texas, which has been the dominant program for the past ten years in the state. Having the two together would have made it very difficult for teams to double any receiver, because BYU also has Denis Pita and David Reed as well. Jacobson would have been the Cougars' speed guy averaging 4.4 yards per carry. As a freshman, Jacobson averaged 19 yards per carry.
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