BYU football: Stanford wide receiver Keanu Nelson signs with BYU


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  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    April 8, 2014 10:16 a.m.

    I have loved competitive sports most all my life but with Carlino transferring for his senior season to somewhere else and this young man transferring to BYU for his senior year, and with all the others doing the same, no doubt, competitive sports is turning into something like a Wall Street, Forbes, Money Magazine, blah blah endeavor.

    Oh, that's right; it really is.

    I now just say no to sports addiction.

  • BYU9293 Clinton, UT
    April 8, 2014 10:11 a.m.

    To TFUDD,
    Great comment and I agree completely. It is nice to see that. He finishes his degree and will get a chance to play more here than at Stanford. There is no doubt that Stanford is at a higher level than byu right now. It sounds like it is a good fit for both him and us. Just like the kid transferring to Utah. Often transfers are a great blessing to the kid and the school. Thanks so much for making a great and positive comment. I am a byu fan but I do hope the Thompson kid does well at Utah and that will help the Utes too.

  • Real Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    April 8, 2014 10:07 a.m.

    why would a ute fan even read an article about BYU, let alone comment on it? Maybe you really are the little brother. Sad.

  • Stop The Nonsense El Paso, TX
    April 8, 2014 10:07 a.m.

    Sounds like a very solid pickup. I remember last year thinking, "Wow, we're in trouble after Hoffman graduates." Though none of these players have really proven themselves, the potential excites me. I'm sure if Taysom has more than 2 seconds to throw the ball this year we will see better results. It all starts up front.

  • Hank Jr Draper, UT
    April 8, 2014 9:56 a.m.

    So, the Cougs gave a scholarship to a player who was no more than a water boy at Stanford. Keanu had 1 reception for 4 yards in his career at Stanford. As a Cougar fan I would enjoy them building up a large, fast, athletic offensive line rather than recruiting more "dime a dozen" wide outs. And while I'm at it....drop the Hurry-Up offensive.

  • portlander Arlington, WA
    April 8, 2014 9:09 a.m.

    Bachelor degree from Stanford in hand: CHECK - One year of eligibility left: CHECK - Desire to play Division I football: CHECK - Willing to accept the standards at BYU: CHECK - Receiving scholarship award: CHECK - Adding depth where needed: CHECK - Another target for Taysom Hill to hit: CHECK - A good fit for both parties involved: CHECK

  • cork Murray, UT
    April 8, 2014 7:58 a.m.

    Can't for the life of me figure out why any receiver, good, bad or indifferent would want to come to Provo anymore. Anae is never going to return the Cougars to the passing attack of yore. Three yards and a cloud of dust is all we'll get for the foreseeable future with who they are signing to play quarterback. If I were a running QB this the THE place to come because sure as God makes little green apples, those qb's in front of me are going down to injury big time. This supposedly talented corp of receivers are going to get more and more disgruntled as the year progresses, and if Taysom gets injured along the way, they will become totally irrelevant. Can't believe the direction this program is going offensively. And, as always, without an O-line that can play together, offense is an accident waiting to happen - again.

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    April 8, 2014 6:47 a.m.

    He's got 4 years to get his degree at Stanford so why would he do 4 years at byu with no scolarship to get his degree when he could do it at Stanford for 4 years and be pretegous and smart like us with a power conference degree? I don’t get it?

    Go Utes!

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 7, 2014 11:24 p.m.


    "Now he wants to play on a team that throws.....thus BYU! McMahon, Wilson, Nielson, Young, Detmer, Bosco......"

    I notice you didn't put Taysom Hill on your list. But I agree, Stanford never throws. Just ask Elway and Luck.

  • PACute_ Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 7, 2014 10:43 p.m.

    timid sparrow

    "...he couldn't get on the field playing for a prestigious team, so he bugged out and went the no-bowl route..."

    See Kendal Thompson.

  • provocoug Provo , UT
    April 7, 2014 9:15 p.m.

    @sherlock holmes. For once there are decent Utah fans in here not being negative or knocking on byu and then you have to come in here and show your true colors. Come on man.

    Go Cougs!

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    April 7, 2014 7:47 p.m.

    Dont we still need a QB that can throw the ball to open receivers...let alone slower, less-open receivers? All the talent on the receiving corps wont matter if he can't hit em'

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    April 7, 2014 7:15 p.m.

    Oh, I get it . . . When Kendal Thompson transfers from Oklahoma to Utah because he doesn't get any playing time in Norman, it's the next best thing to sliced bread.

    But when Keanu Nelson transfers from Stanford to BYU, it's because he isn't very good.

    The reality is . . . nobody knows how good Thompson or Nelson will be and if they will make an impact. Some transfers find their niche in a new environment and really excel. Others find their new environment about the same. And others get less playing time than they did with their original team.

    Bottom line . . . BYU is loaded with talent, depth and speed at the WR position. Whether or not these athletes reach their potential will not be know until a few games into the season.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    April 7, 2014 5:45 p.m.

    Okay already. He HAS the degree from Stanford, doesn't get much better. I BELIEVE the rule says you have to be going for a graduate degree in something your previouus school doesn't offer. If so, then leaving Stanford isn't a terrible decision, education wise. And BYU DOES have some highly accredited graduate programs.

    I'm not sure ANY receiver at Stanford had incredible stats. Aren't they famous for being the grind-it-up, grind-it-out kind of offense? That would be like the second-string running back leaving a Lavel Edwards team. Not too many opportunities to shine there.

    Hopefully he gets to return lots of punts, but not too many kick-offs.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    April 7, 2014 5:33 p.m.

    Runnerguy 50.....the article said he graduated......out west, that means he has his Stanford Degree! That's just us!

    Now he wants to play on a team that throws.....thus BYU! McMahon, Wilson, Nielson, Young, Detmer, Bosco......

  • Snyde Ripon, CA
    April 7, 2014 5:28 p.m.

    I might have stayed for the Stanford degree. Do they have degrees after you already get one? If they do, I would stay for that degree. Then after I get that degree, I'd transfer, but not till after I get the degree after I already got one. GO UTES.

  • artinnature Payson, UT
    April 7, 2014 5:23 p.m.

    Hey Wookie and runnerguy, read the article . . . he HAS a degree from Stanford. The more good receivers, punt and kick off returners competing, the better!

  • runnerguy50 Virginia Beach, Va
    April 7, 2014 4:31 p.m.

    I might have stayed for the Stanford degree. That's just me though.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 7, 2014 4:18 p.m.

    This is a very good signing for BYU for several reasons. One is that they had a scholarship available for next year and he has one year of eligibility remaining. He is fast and athletic with the ability to return kicks. He fills a need at the kick return spot and add's depth and speed. It doesn't matter if he is a star or simply add's to the depth and athleticism of the team for his final year of eligibility, either way it is a good deal for BYU and of course he gets to start working on a graduate degree at a fine university while being on scholarship so it is a good deal for him. Win/win.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    April 7, 2014 3:32 p.m.

    I'm excited for the upcoming season!

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    April 7, 2014 3:03 p.m.

    Welcome abouard Keanu Nelson.

    Okay Taysom, you got a lot of those receivers to choose from. I wonder if Keanu and Leslie can play secondary instead, that way if our DB go down again like what what happened before 2013 even started.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    April 7, 2014 2:43 p.m.

    Sounds like a great punt returner which is what we need. Nice to have a great kid from an outstanding institution. Congrats on your Stanford diploma....Go COUGS!!!

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    April 7, 2014 2:14 p.m.

    He IS getting his degree from Stanford. Did you read the article? That's why he can play at BYU w/out sitting out a year. I have the same question some other commenters have...how is a receiver going to get a lot if reps this year? This corps isn't just deep, it's deep with legitimate speed and talent. Good luck Keanu, I have a feeling you & Dye will be returning a lot of punts and kickoffs this season. That could be amazing for you at BYU, just ask Via Sikahema, or Trey you could just ask...well, your father.

  • wallyball SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 7, 2014 2:05 p.m.

    Keanu will probably be used as a punt and kick-off return guy. I see him in the same mold as J.D. Falslev, as a back-up receiver. It never hurts to have some depth. If you're excited about Leslie transferring from UTEP, it makes sense to give some respect to a transfer from Stanford.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    April 7, 2014 1:56 p.m.

    Honestly, I would stay at Stanford play sparingly and have a sweet degree from one of the best schools in the USA rather than play for a team where I might be tossed the ball more, no guarantee, and receive a degree from a lesser school. All the same, good luck and stay healthy.

    GO UTES!!

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    April 7, 2014 1:54 p.m.

    Good luck, Keanu. You'll learn that any positive article about BYU football draws lots of bottom dwelling trolls.

  • flatlander Omaha, NE
    April 7, 2014 1:45 p.m.

    With four new wide receivers this year and some left over it will be interesting to see who gets any playing time. It did not say whether he will be on scholarship. Hope every kid who picks a school has a great experience. Sorry to any Ute or BYU fans that there is no hate in this comment.

  • azwildcats tucson, AZ
    April 7, 2014 1:44 p.m.

    I had the opportunity to coach Keanu as a freshman and watch all of his high school varsity games from the sideline. He dominated the field in high school. More importantly, he is a great young man. I hope he enjoys Provo and has an exciting senior year.

  • sherlock holmes Eastern, UT
    April 7, 2014 1:33 p.m.

    He probably could have gone to the U. Why didn't he?

    Maybe bowl games DO mean something to players.

  • cougar76 Raleigh, NC
    April 7, 2014 1:18 p.m.

    Why would he choose BYU to do his graduate work over a pac-12 research institution like utah. He could have the solution to the cold fusion dilemma.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    April 7, 2014 1:11 p.m.

    I love to see players take advantage of this NCAA rule.

    Best wishes to Keanu...

    Go Utes.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    April 7, 2014 12:57 p.m.

    Welcome to Cougar Nation Keanu.

    Hoping you have a fun and rewarding final year of football at BYU.

    April 7, 2014 12:48 p.m.


    Why not just congratulate the kid for wisely deciding to transfer. He's going to be graduated from a very prestigious school with a bachelors degree. So the kid actually wants to play football..big deal. It's not like BYU or the article is bragging about his potential. I'm sure he's a decent wide receiver but plays at a great school. It'll be an opportunity to stand out at a good football program in BYU....By the way I'm a huge UTAH fan. I don't like BYU anymore then the next Ute fan but why are you even making negative comments?

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 7, 2014 12:34 p.m.


    No, it is actually quite "explicable"...he couldn't get on the field in a prestigious conference, so he bugged out and went the no-conference route.

  • Ironmomo Ogden, UT
    April 7, 2014 12:30 p.m.

    Probably a good place for him....he'll get to continue to play in bowl games.

  • Cart Salt Lake City, UT
    April 7, 2014 12:16 p.m.

    This is inexplicable. How could a player choose to leave such a prestigious conference to join a "no-longer-relevant mid-major" like the Cougars? I am dazed and disappointed. I may have to rip the sticker off my car.