Former BYU tight end Dennis Pitta's improvement in the NFL has been impressive


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    Jan. 15, 2012 1:47 p.m.

    One of a couple Cougars I actually admired watching in college. Good receiver, but still terrible blocker. Dances around in pass protection and has no base under him.

    wwookie, your comment doesn't make a lot of sense. Pats and Saints used their TEs probably more than anybody else in the league this year. The only reason he wouldn't have as many looks from Brees or Brady is because Jimmy Graham, Hernandez and Gronkowski are freaks at the position and he would hardly see the field.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 9:08 p.m.

    We loved watching Dennis Pitta playing at tight end at BYU. He was such a outstanding playmaker. We wanted to see his brother-in-law, Max Hall, do better in Arizona.

    It's been fun to see all players who have gone on and represented all of the Utah schools so well. We especially keep tabs on Austin Collie and Bryan Kehl. It's fun to see these players and others go on and do so well.

  • Ares Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 9:59 a.m.

    Uh oh... he's playing on Sunday...

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Jan. 14, 2012 9:56 a.m.

    He was a wonderful player at the college level. Talented and he always seemed like a guy with great character and intelligence. I'm glad to see him doing well as a pro. (A Ute fan.)

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 9:18 p.m.

    He's a credit to every place he's been. Good luck.

  • Two Cents Springville, Utah
    Jan. 13, 2012 2:55 p.m.

    I loved watching Pitta play at the Y. And it's great that he's having a chance to compete in the NFL and do well. I love to see what the local college players can do at the next level.

    Several playoff teams have local players:
    Broncos: Beadles
    Packers: Bush, So'oto, Smithson
    Ravens: Pitta, David Reed, Paul Kruger
    Niners: Smith
    Texans: McCain
    Saints: McQuistan (Weber St.)
    Pats: Cox

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 12:18 p.m.

    Pitta is the real deal. It is a good thing that his qb is not a Brees or Brady because he will get a higher perecentage of the throws his way because of it. But what this article doesn´t state is that besides the departure of Heaps, Pitta is getting the playing time because his work as a pass protector and run blocker.

    Only see him getting better. Fun to watch him play and best of luck in the playoffs.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Jan. 13, 2012 11:42 a.m.

    Way to go, Pitta!

    Re: BleedCougarBlue- "Pitta. He's awesome! And....he's a former Cougar. Ooooh.....Ute fans have just gotta hate that."

    It makes absolutely no sense at all for the Ute jab. I love my Cougs, don't get me wrong, and certainly dislike the team "up north", but you do other Cougs fan no favors by throwing a written jab that's entirely unnecessary. Comment on the article (Pitta) and move on.

  • Duh west jordan, ut
    Jan. 13, 2012 10:05 a.m.

    Love Pitta, hate the Ravens. He is a great player.

  • nothegame Saratoga Springs, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 9:51 a.m.

    Not a byu hater, But a Ute fan. Good to see Pita doing great. I hope all state of Utah players do good execpt one. He played for the Cardinals

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 9:41 a.m.

    Glad to see Pitta doing well.

    Nice guy, great abilities. Keep it up.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 8:59 a.m.

    Pitta is turning out to be another former BYU tight end to excel in the NFL. Saints, Ravens, Packers and Pats will win this weekend.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 8:03 a.m.

    If it's not the Bears I don't watch.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 7:32 a.m.


    DC...Just another Ute Incognito.

  • Ravenal Somewhere in, Utah
    Jan. 13, 2012 7:26 a.m.

    Agree with sports fan here. Once a local player reaches the pros, let's put the rivalry aside and wish them all well.

    I'd like to see the Ravens beat the Niners in the SuperBowl too but it has nothing to do with what college any of the players are from. I just like the Ravens more.

  • sports fan Provo, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 6:19 a.m.

    I love seeing guys from our local colleges excel in their field. it adds some notoriety to the state, the more former Utes, Aggies and Cougars we can get into the super bowl the better i say.

    Go Utes!!

  • DC Alexandria, VA
    Jan. 13, 2012 6:11 a.m.

    As a BYU fan, I agree with you, niners. Looks like some BYU fans are adopting the little brother syndrome openly.

    Look, I'm jealous of the Utes position in the Pac 12 too, but we can keep it hidden, can't we?

  • niners SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Jan. 12, 2012 10:29 p.m.

    As I Ute fan I always liked Dennis Pitta, he seemed to be one of the few BYU players in the Max Hall era that could get interviewed without creating controversy. Which is the only reason I read the article. Funny that the 2 comments from the Y fans is about the Utes though! Haha. Always have to compare themselves to their big brother even after the players are long gone to the NFL, how sad.

    Jan. 12, 2012 9:03 p.m.

    With my Eagles watching the playoffs at home. I am cheering for a 49er-vs-Ravens Super Bowl. With Pitta scoring the winning touchdown that is set up by a Alex Smith interception. Go Cougars and Go Ravens.

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    Jan. 12, 2012 8:41 p.m.

    Pitta. He's awesome! And....he's a former Cougar.

    Ooooh.....Ute fans have just gotta hate that.

    (which is exactly why I said it)

    Go Cougars!