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Published: Monday, Aug. 5 2013 11:10 p.m. MDT

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River Falls, WI

Love the attitude of this kid, he puts the team first. As a 6' 6" with a 37 inch vertical he's definitely going to be a threat and help spread the defense. It's nice to have a few targets. Go Cougs!

Riddles in the Dark
Olympus Cove, Utah

Lining up Mathews and Apo on the wings, with Hoffman in the slot, could create some matchup nightmares for opposing defenses. Can you imagine a 6'0" DB trying cover a 6'6" receiver with a 37" vertical leap, while a linebacker is trying to cover Hoffman one-on-one? Try to double either one, and you leave Apo wide open streaking down the middle on a post pattern. With BYU's hurry-up offense, DB's are going to be gassed in the 1st quarter.

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

Every article I am reading on BYU is that the athletes came in to camp in the best shape they have ever been. I was already excited about this year before. Now I am certain we will compete with the bigger names on our schedule. This could be a special year! The Defense will be solid, hopefully in the top ten again while the offense should at bare minimum be in the top 25. I have great hopes we won't need the punter this year, and Sorenson will finally be back to his High School form kicking the ball through the uprights on kickoffs.

One bad thing about what the Cougars offense appears to be doing---Poor cheerleaders are going to be doing TONS of push-ups this year. I think we can live with cheerleaders being worn out at half-time if it means the offense is putting up points each possession.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Amen and amen! I LIKE what I'm hearing, can't wait to see it.

Put enough talented bodies on the field and somebody has got to be overmatched. Just depends on Taysome reading well and finding the mismatch, and the line giving him time to find it.

Gives me shivers! Cannot wait for it!

Salt Lake City, UT

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Maybe you can add this kid to your screen saver.

Scary thought.

deductive reasoning
Arlington, VA


A truly scary thought for a Ute would be seeing Mathews lining up in the red zone opposite one of Utah's 5'9" DBs.

Oceanside, CA

Who's going to throw the ball to these "all world" receivers? Riley Nelson.2? He'll be so busy running for his life behind that minor league offensive line he won't have time to pass.

Herbert Gravy
Salinas, CA

Let the games begin!

Baltimore, MD


U must be talking about Utah's minor league offensive line.

BYU's QB will be well protected.

Mildred in Fillmore
Salt Lake City, UT

deductive reasoning
Arlington, VA

What is a red zone? I thought we called it the blue zone?

Spanish Fork, UT

So... does that mean the QB who overthrows this guy ought to be shot? 6'6" plus 3'1" leap plus about 3' arms = about 12 1/2 feet. Just don't throw low and you'll have a shot. Let's hope the O-line figures it out and gives Hill 3-5 seconds. That's the season in a summary.

Omaha, NE

What kind of speed does this kid have to help him get open. I understand that he is open above anyone that is 6' tall, but if he is not fast a linebacker with similar speed but more strength could make it tough for him. In reality, Cody, because of his supreme athleticism, will make Apo and Mathews a much better player.


springville, UT

One thing is a given, he will at least be playing in a bowl game at the end of the year. Unlike the ute wr's.

Aurora, CO

25 days and counting.

What is taking so long.

Great to see Matthews has been working hard and is ready to make the move to starting WR soon. As a backup he will provide strength and depth that will be valuable with the hurry up offense.

Looking more and more like a 10-2 regular season.

We need to get these games started.


Baltimore, MD


"What kind of speed does this kid have to help him get open."

Mo Lee: 4.61 40
Mitch Mathews: 4.65 40

Mathews is fast enough to get open.

Besides, for a receiver, precise cuts, good timing, and reading defenses are more important than blazing speed.

Salt Lake City, UT

It doesn't matter how tall this kid is, byu's O line will leak like an old faucet and Hill only looks good against bottom of the barrel WAC teams. Matthews is as "scary" as Bambi considering the inconsequential team he is on. Get ready for a rocky season, including tic-tac-toe 4 in a row!!

PAC man
Anaheim, CA


While you're posting your crimson-colored wish list, don't forget to include an undefeated, PAC and National Championship for the Utes.

The panic that is beginning to settle over Uteville is in direction proportion to the outlandishness of their predictions.

Cedar Hills, UT

I'm pretty sure he's dropping the pass in the picture. Doesn't matter how tall he is or how high he can jump, if he can't catch.

The blue kool-aid is already flowing.

Palo Alto, CA


Show me a receiver who's never dropped a pass. Mitch Mathews was an All-Metro wide receiver with 42 receptions for 586 yards and 6 touchdowns as a junior in high school and he recorded 26 catches for 475 yards and seven touchdowns in only five games after returning from a broken leg early in his senior season. He was also an excellent baseball player who represented Oregon on the Junior Olympic 16-Under Baseball Team. He obviously has great eye-hand coordination.

The BYU-hating drivel is already flowing.

west valley city, utah


How's them ute receivers going to do? Do you know who they are? Just wondering.

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