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BYU football: Cody Hoffman finishes freshman season by torching Miners

Published: Saturday, Dec. 18 2010 11:27 p.m. MST

Cody Hoffman of BYU pulls in a touchdown pass in the win over UTEP. The defender is Antwon Blake. Brigham Young University vs the University of Texas at El Paso NCAA football in the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010. (Ravell Call, Deseret News) Cody Hoffman of BYU pulls in a touchdown pass in the win over UTEP. The defender is Antwon Blake. Brigham Young University vs the University of Texas at El Paso NCAA football in the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

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ALBUQUERQUE — BYU wide receiver Cody Hoffman capped his freshman season in style Saturday, catching eight passes for 137 yards and three touchdowns — all career highs — Saturday in the Cougars' 52-24 drubbing of UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl.

Hoffman set bowl records for most yardage and most TD receptions and he tied the record for most receptions. He snagged a 29-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone in the first half and later he hauled in an acrobatic 31-yard catch by leaping over a Miner defender. His three-yard TD catch in the second quarter gave BYU a 31-3 lead.

"Cody's a great player. He's got so much potential. I'm just really proud of him today," said quarterback Jake Heaps. "I saw it in his eyes that he was ready to go today. I expect that from him in every single game."

BYU's Cody Hoffman, right, pulls in a touchdown pass past UTEP's Travaun Nixon in the Cougars' victory on Saturday.       (Ravell Call, Deseret News) BYU's Cody Hoffman, right, pulls in a touchdown pass past UTEP's Travaun Nixon in the Cougars' victory on Saturday. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

Hoffman finished the season with 42 catches for 527 yards and seven touchdowns.

Heaps is looking forward to more games with Hoffman and his other wideouts next season.

"It's going to be a lot of fun going to work with him and the rest of our receivers," he said. "We also get (injured freshman receiver) Ross Apo back. It's going to be a lot of fun. I'm really looking forward to getting after it."

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