Dick Harmon: Hoffman's return in 2013 gives BYU's program a huge boost

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  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 10:02 a.m.

    The question is, when will you convert? Stay out of KVN's personal life.

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Jan. 2, 2013 8:29 a.m.

    Utah fan pumping gas

    Both KVN and Hoffman will be playing on Sunday while you're still busy pumping gas in Beaver.

    btw, it is possible for players to take out an insurance policy to protect themselves in the event of a career-ending injury.

  • Y Grad Pumping Gas Beaver, UT
    Jan. 1, 2013 4:59 p.m.

    "You will never regret obtaining your degrees."

    Freddy, they are risking millions for a what the Utah Legislature calls a worthless degree i.e; Physical Education, Sociology. The two most popular athletic degrees.

    Although Cody will never be drafted but Kyle should have jumped in the draft.

    Dec. 31, 2012 6:56 p.m.

    Great decision Cody and Kyle. You will never regret obtaining your degrees. Great examples to youth everywhere, not just in Utah.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 31, 2012 9:39 a.m.

    Hmmmm, I find myself thinking about Matt Reynolds.
    Then again, there's also Star Lotelelei who may end up the number one pick.
    Bottom line, it's a tough call. If Hoffman needs some surgery as someone mentioned in this thread, then it certainly makes sense to return to BYU ... I can't imagine the combine and physicals going too well if he's not fully healthy.

  • Cougar Alumni Beaver, UT
    Dec. 31, 2012 8:46 a.m.

    Big Mistake!

    Look at Matt Barkley

    He went the extra year to raise his NFL stock and its gone way down!

    One split second in a game or practice and its over.

    Hoffman should take what stock value he can in the NFL and improve on it in the future.

    A Bird in the Hand is worth two in the bush!

  • Mendel Iowa City, IA
    Dec. 31, 2012 6:02 a.m.

    @ Osgrath:
    The data you present of your family are purely anecdotal. Studies clearly show the value of a college education compared to a high school education when considering solely future earning potential. Thus, "wer" makes a good point.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 30, 2012 11:05 p.m.

    Hoffman was the best thing we had on offense this year. He'll need surgery on his shoulder and hopefully he'll be back for Spring. Unfortunately his speed is decent, but not NFL caliber. Maybe he could work on that during the offseason also.

    There needs to be a radical change in philosophy with our offense if we are to compete with that tough schedule next year. That means not killing our QB by running him 20 times a game, and developing a more vertical passing game.

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    Dec. 30, 2012 10:45 p.m.

    Let’s set wer's mind at ease. Although I hold 3 college degrees (one of each), and spent seven years as a college instructor, I don't see a degree as the prime necessity for life. It all depends on what you plan to do with or without it. I once worked for a guy who never finished high school; he was wealthy because he knew how to make money. With my degrees I worked for him.

    I discussed this just yesterday with my youngest (13) son. He has three older brother who are doing exceptionally well for themselves. One got a BYU MBA and is in a special executive program at Symantec with a track toward top-level corporate management (good pay now, too). Another has a B.A. in business but because of his genius for getting connected to people in power, has put off law school: too busy and making too much money in a consulting gig. The third makes more than the other two combined and put in a single semester at UVU, but knows how to run a business well.
    I explained to the 13-year-old that the degree guarantees nothing. You have to perform.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Dec. 30, 2012 9:25 p.m.

    E.T.Sea Bass:

    Since you know it all, maybe you can answer the question.

    Dec. 30, 2012 8:18 p.m.

    Hoffman coming back is great for BYU and hopefully great for Hoffman!

  • Frozen Chosen Savage, MN
    Dec. 30, 2012 2:49 p.m.

    Hoffman's smart, he can only improve his draft stock next year. He probably would've been a late round pick this year and struggled to stick. He's got the size and the hands but not quite the speed NFL teams are looking for.

  • sls Columbia, MO
    Dec. 30, 2012 2:41 p.m.

    Hoffman will be the leader on offense. Van Noy could be the leader of the defense. I hope KVN comes back too. A special season could be the result.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 30, 2012 1:39 p.m.

    It's good that Hoffman says he will "come back".

    The troubling aspect in this (and with Van Noy) is that these players, among others from other teams, get the idea that somehow don't need a college education, don't need to fulfill a commitment that they made to the schools, forget their team mates, and that they will, somehow, overcome extreme odds and make it in the NFL.

    The vast majority of projected NFLers don't make it in the pros and those that do average a two year career.

    'They should get the money while they can and not risk injury in their senior year,' some people say. There is some truth in that, but if they can't avoid a bad injury in college, what are their chances playing on pro teams with much bigger, faster, stronger, meaner players?

    I hope they fulfill their dreams of playing in the NFL, but they chances in life once they get their degrees and move on when they are more mature and better able to handle all the strings that come attached with a pro career.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 30, 2012 12:37 p.m.

    He is so awesome and good. Anyone know if he converted yet?

  • THE MTN MAN Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 30, 2012 12:09 p.m.

    Happy that Hoffman is coming back. I don't care who the quarterback is next year. BYU needs to get back to old school Cougar football - which means throwing downfield 50 times every game. Both Hoffman AND ROSS APO should go over 1,000 yards next year. No excuses.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Dec. 30, 2012 12:00 p.m.

    Great for BYU, and Hoffman because he wouldn't make a roster in the NFL (yet) at this point in his playing development.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Dec. 30, 2012 10:21 a.m.

    And pray tell what does the 'Aggielove' crystal ball have to say about the next Aggie coach?

    How long will he stay? LOL

    You can spout off about the coaches but predicting what will or will not happen with Hoffman in the NFL is pretty silly... coming from an aggie.

  • dbrbmw Orem, UT
    Dec. 30, 2012 9:50 a.m.

    To keep Doman as OC is to say we think Crowton was awesome. We think not! Lose the Crowton leftovers now!

  • dbrbmw Orem, UT
    Dec. 30, 2012 9:49 a.m.

    Thank goodness Riley is gone. Hoffman will have a QB that can actualy pass the ball. Should be a great year for Hoffman. But for this to become reality Doman needs to be out of the OC position. Let Doman watch and learn and grow and develop. Doman just not ready to be the OC at a division I school. Please, please, please, please BYU brass, relieve Doman of his duties.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Dec. 30, 2012 9:42 a.m.

    First off, Doman needs to GO!
    Then right behind him is Bronco.
    Then get Andy Reid.
    Btw. Hoffman won't see 50 plays in the NFL.

  • Zoniezoobie Mesa, AZ
    Dec. 30, 2012 8:44 a.m.

    Big news indeed with many of the freshmen recruits headed for the mission field, and 5 long-haul road games to Charlottesville, Madison, Houston, South Bend, and Honolulu, and one of the best home slates in recent years with the Longhorns, Yellow Jackets, Broncos, and Utes coming to Provo. Cody will definitely shine as long as Taysom can deliver the ball. The Cougars definitely have to return to their vertical passing game of old to take advantage of this very good BCS quality schedule.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Dec. 30, 2012 8:15 a.m.

    Looking forward to 80 - 100 more receptions and another 1,000+ yards from Hoffman. He will set receiving records that will never be broken at BYU.

    In my opinion, Hoffman coming back gives us a couple of wins that we would not have gotten without him. As excited as I am, I can only imagine how excited Hill, Munns and Olsen are.

    I know everyone is quick to crown Hill as the starter for next year, but I'm wondering if his injury doesn't open the door for Munns or Olsen as they work with the team in the off season.

    Now if we can just convince KVN to come back for his senior season.

  • rph Dulles, VA
    Dec. 30, 2012 8:05 a.m.

    "Hoffman literally dropped into the laps of BYU coaches as a little-known recruit from Del Norte in northern California."

    Really? I would like to hear that story. It must have been strange.

    Does Dick know what "literally" means? Does Dick have an editor?

    Otherwise a good article. I am very pleased that Hoffman is coming back.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Dec. 30, 2012 6:44 a.m.

    This is great news! I had no idea that the record was that attainable for Cody.

    To be this close to breaking the BYU record and to know that doing so would be just icing on the cake for a better shot at the NFL makes sense to stay.

    Looking forward to seeing Taysom Hill and moving beyond the uncertainty and underproduction of BYU offense.

    Having Cody back as a target for one more season certainly helps!

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Dec. 30, 2012 6:20 a.m.

    Great news for the Cougars, and congrats to Mr. Cody "The Man" Hoffman! Even if he change his mind and gets lured into the draft by the promise of riches in the NFL, I'll still love and appreciate him for what he had done so far for the Cougars. And to those who think the grass is not greener on the other side, well, I think in the case of the NFL, if a kid gets a lucrative offer, then there's no question. An NFL contract means green folks, plenty of green for that matter. Even so, congrats to CH for deciding to return for his senior year!
    Looking forward to see him, Apo, and others light up the scoreboard next year!

    Go Cougs!

  • fan32 St. George, Utah
    Dec. 30, 2012 1:37 a.m.

    It won't matter if Hoffman stays if they don't clean out the offensive coaches. That is still the weak link. I hope Bronco finally sees what all the fans and donors see. It is time to change the offense.