BYU football: Offensive lineman Matt Reynolds decision to forego NFL draft was a difficult process

Return To Article
Add a comment
  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    May 6, 2011 7:45 p.m.

    Um can you say Unga, that is my point.

  • FYI Taylorsville, UT
    May 5, 2011 11:07 p.m.

    @naked truth
    "...but Siliga? What was he thinking?"

    Maybe the same thing Jadon Wagner was thinking when leaving early for the CFL.

    Both may have been thinking it was the right thing for them to do. And we also never really know what kind of advice the athletes are getting.

  • BYU/Jazz fan West Valley, UT
    May 5, 2011 9:25 p.m.

    Are you kidding me Hedge? Reporting on what hopes to be versus what actually is? That's what half your posts are and were all last football season with "National Championship" and "mark it down" rants.

    Reynolds is projected to go in the first round, number 31 to New England according to and is in the top 40 prospects for the draft. Find any Utah players there? Not even close.

  • In Stitches Provo, Utah
    May 5, 2011 8:27 p.m.

    Yes, Big Hapa, as you keep mentioning Heap is rumored to be engaged. So what? A ton of guys are married on the team. Your point is?

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    May 5, 2011 6:16 p.m.

    Are you kidding me, how is Heaps personal plans not applicable to the teams future season ?

  • Wldflwr Lehi, UT
    May 5, 2011 5:56 p.m.

    Ummmmm, I think it will be Matt and not daddy Lance who we will watch play this year. LOL

  • SeattleUhasabballteam? Seattle, Wa
    May 5, 2011 4:24 p.m.

    Meant to say experience along the offensive line will be huge

  • GoUTES Salt Lake City, UT
    May 5, 2011 4:08 p.m.

    Who cares is someone declares for the draft and is not drafted... they would have a head start applying to Chevron and Maverick.

  • Real Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    May 5, 2011 2:49 p.m.

    Keep those Reynolds boys coming!

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    May 5, 2011 1:55 p.m.

    @Society's Meniacal Menace
    You do realize lady that your dealing with D News writers and not Matt Reynolds himself... The feeder headline was dumb but Matt had nothing to do with it. Don't worry about him ...he's going to have a great senior year at BYU and big deal your boy Brandon went in the 5th round. In other words he basically threw the rest of his eligibility at Utah away. Sept 10th is going to reach out and just smack you utey's in the face. Just you wait and see. And there's going to be a lot more Southern California BYU fans in those 92,516 seats at the Collosium who'll be just as disappointed than there will be bonefied true dyed in the wool actual utey fans. You don't have that many out there living and breathing... and who are not on supplimental oxygen.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    May 5, 2011 1:52 p.m.

    When is the NFL draft and how many Cougars will be drafted?

  • UgottaloveMaxie SLC, UT
    May 5, 2011 1:51 p.m.

    But BYU has the best recruiting in the nation, how can they not produce more NFL players?!

  • mistertilly Provo, Utah
    May 5, 2011 12:39 p.m.


    "Talk about putting the cart before the horse."

    I think you're misusing that phrase.

    But oh well, beggers can't be choosers. However, I think you shouldn't throw the baby out with the bath water. Reynolds is a solid first round pick. I mean, come on, is The Bear a Catholic?

  • SeattleUhasabballteam? Seattle, Wa
    May 5, 2011 11:06 a.m.

    With Heaps being under center this year more than in the past,and BYU going with more play action and double end sets, expericence at the center position is huge.

    Good luck to Matt this year and in the future.

  • Andre Kaysville, UT
    May 5, 2011 11:02 a.m.

    The odds being what they are in college football that a serious knee or other injury can quickly short-circuit a high draft position and a multi-million dollar contract, I would come out at the earliest possible opportunity. I hope he stays healthy.

  • butters Salt Lake city, UT
    May 5, 2011 10:40 a.m.

    naked truth: i didn't mean to throw stones at all. there's a variety of reasons an athlete would go or stay but the main reason these kids leave early for the draft is money. a lot of them see it as a way to provide for their families so they're willing to forgo their senior year of school to take a shot. i agree with you though, i think both burton and siliga should have stayed but that's their choice.

    bluto: heaps is yet to be seen. remember, we at the U were way high on wynn coming off of his freshman season only to be disappointed with him as he went through a bit of a sophomore slump.

    as for reynolds draft stock, i agree with someone earlier who said he could go as high as top ten. i believe he could do it but i also believe he could just as easily fall down the boards. da'quan bowers was the #1 overall pick at the end of the season, but injuries ultimately pushed him back to mid-second round.

  • Naked Truth Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 5, 2011 10:16 a.m.

    Re: butters,

    You're right, it does come down to what's right for the athlete. My comments were more directed towards the Ute fans pounding their chests over having two late round draft picks over BYU's zero. I know no one thought Burton would fall that far and I don't really blame him for leaving school early but Siliga? What was he thinking?

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    May 5, 2011 10:06 a.m.


    And how many Pre-Season All-Americans or projected First Round Draft Choices does Utah have this coming year???


    Pre-Season hype worked out for the Jimmer and before Heaps is finished, you will have to suffer through, yet even one more BYU All-American QB.

    We'll see how often a Utah player creates a Buzz in any sport when they transition to the PAC. Me thinks......Never...

  • butters Salt Lake city, UT
    May 5, 2011 9:54 a.m.

    i remember right after the season mel kiper of espn had reynolds as his number 2 or 3 rated tackle coming into the draft, should he decide to leave school early. even after reynolds decided to stay i still remember seeing him in the top 5 tackles of the 2012 class, but like mount olympus said he's not in the first round of the cbs mock draft nor is he in the first round of todd mcshay's latest 2012 mock draft on espn.

    i pull for the guy though. he's an example of someone who puts in the time and deserves to succeed.

    naked truth: i guess austin collie didn't think much of byu's storied legacy and tradition when he left early to be drafted in the 4th round. at the end of the day it's all about what's best for the athlete.

  • Hondo Springville, UT
    May 5, 2011 9:51 a.m.

    BYU has been pumping QBs for 30 years now. It's time for the Cougs to get some of the "beef" that protects those QBs in the NFL.

    I think Reynolds will be drafted as early as top 10 next year as he protects one of the best QBs in college football.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 5, 2011 9:48 a.m.

    @ Mt Olympus
    Grasping at straws to disrespect anything BYU related...Gee; that never happens in these comments. Show some originality. CBS Sports is a BCS biased publication. Reynolds is picked to go in the middle first round in some polls. MSN's FOX Sports Mock Draft by Peter Schrager has him going #14 to the Chiefs. I don't put much stock in pre-season projections(Utah players last week are a good example of what can happen during the season), but since you brought it up. We will see how he is projected in December. My guess is that he will be the first player from Utah drafted next Spring unless he gets injured, in which case he will still likely get drafted and put on IR. He is too good to pass up.
    Good luck to him.

  • Naked Truth Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 5, 2011 9:40 a.m.

    Re: Mount Olympus,

    There are a couple guys at CBS Sports that put together mock drafts. Pete Prisco, who released his on May 1st, has Reynolds going #15 in the first round next year. I think you must've seen Chad Reuters mock draft, released yesterday, that does not have Reynolds going in the first round.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    May 5, 2011 9:38 a.m.

    Lance, I am excited to be able to finally WATCH you play each game this year. (But you SOUNDED great last year). Stay healthy and work hard!

  • Naked Truth Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 5, 2011 8:44 a.m.

    Reynolds was most likely a first or second rounder in last week's draft had he declared. "Ultimately, it came down to staying at BYU and being a part of the legacy here and having another year with my team." Doesn't that say it all? Apparently Utah just doesn't have that legacy since they have players that would rather forego their eligibility to be drafted in the 5th round (Burton) or to not be drafted at all (Siliga)!

  • GuitarGuy Layton, UT
    May 5, 2011 8:35 a.m.

    How about "Reynolds reflects on his decision to forego NFL draft?" Can I have a job at your newspaper now?

  • Laser Iowa City, IA
    May 5, 2011 8:20 a.m.

    This is a weird headline, c'mon reporters. Change "decides" to "decision". Did you really think he just barely decided? Who's writing these headlines?

  • Truebluecoug Park City, UT
    May 5, 2011 8:12 a.m.

    I am happy he decided to play and protect Heaps blindside. If there is one thing I have noticed with Lance, it is that he needs to develop greater quickness off the line with fast defensive ends that want to loop outside and either continue or spin back inside to get to the QB. Otherwise, he excels in strength against strength.

  • Mount Olympus Salt Lake, UT
    May 5, 2011 8:09 a.m.

    This article is incorrect or not up to date. CBS Sports mock draft for 2012 doesn't even have Reynolds in the first round, let alone the 15th overall pick.
    Since they won't let me post a link, just google: cbssports mock draft 2012

    You will find Reynolds is not mentioned in the first round.

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    May 5, 2011 8:04 a.m.

    Thanks Lance, the Cougars will need you next year. The trolls from Ann Arbor to Bountiful are writhing in pain.

  • Winglish Lehi, UT
    May 5, 2011 7:59 a.m.

    Probably a good decision considering the draft happened last week. I think he'd be waiting a long time to hear his name called, like until next year :)

  • Mount Olympus Salt Lake, UT
    May 5, 2011 7:58 a.m.

    This is a big year for him. Last year he got injured about every game. He needs to prove that he can be healthy. If it is like last year, he may not even be considered until passed the 3rd round.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    May 5, 2011 7:28 a.m.

    Talk about putting the cart before the horse. I also hear the Heaps decided not to enter the draft this year because he didn't want to play for the Carolina Pathers.

    Funny how Dnews always ends up reporting on what they hope will be instead actually is.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    May 5, 2011 7:15 a.m.

    Great breaking news Jeff. When is the draft this year?

  • SLCguy Murray, UT
    May 5, 2011 7:11 a.m.

    If he wants to be drafted as high as those early projections he needs to stay healthy (a luck thing), get fitter and stronger (a training thing), and work on his "NFL" technique (a skill thing).

    BYU linemen have not done so well the last few drafts due to a combination of being too heavy/too slow and poorly trained in the NFL 'style' (There are now more Offensive linemen from Weber State in the NFL than BYU).

    I know Matt and his Dad have watched those results, hopefully Matt can do the things he needs to do break that cycle.

  • Lone Star Cougar Plano, TX
    May 5, 2011 6:49 a.m.

    Lance, I can't wait to see you in Texas 3 times this year! Good luck and Godspeed on the recovery.

  • Hunt Spanish Fork, UT
    May 5, 2011 2:32 a.m.

    Isn't this article about three months late?

  • CougarKeith Roy, UT
    May 5, 2011 1:21 a.m.

    He will be a huge asset to this team throughout the season up coming, he made the right decision! The extra year will benefit him more than he has any idea.

  • MenaceToSociety Draper, UT
    May 5, 2011 1:06 a.m.

    He chose to forgo the draft a week after the draft? Wow.

  • whoisjohngalt Holladay, UT
    May 4, 2011 11:31 p.m.

    I find myself watching Matt dominate Defensive linmen all game and miss what happend on the plays. Complete stud.