BYU football: Sophomore Mitch Mathews emerging at wide receiver

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  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Aug. 7, 2013 2:40 p.m.

    Cedar Hills, UT

    Y dad

    "Did you have to break out the VCR to be able to do that? Lol Sorry, that was low."

    Great comeback, well done!

    No, this was YouTube, the Harline clip was video, and Luke Staley prancing into the end zone was actually a cave painting. I refer to all three once or twice each year about now...

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Aug. 7, 2013 1:17 p.m.

    RE: utahcountyute

    Touché. Can't wait for football to start. Go Cougs!

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 7, 2013 12:08 p.m.

    Y dad

    Did you have to break out the VCR to be able to do that? Lol Sorry, that was low.

    I hope the cougs do well, just not against my Utes.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Aug. 7, 2013 9:52 a.m.

    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."

    Maybe that's the pass where he reached down and back with that catchers mitt and made an unbelievable catch.

    Just watched the end of BYU's last victory over Utah (yes I do that). If I were you, I'd be much more worried about defenders that can't tackle.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Aug. 7, 2013 9:47 a.m.

    Salt Lake City, UT

    Y Grad / Y Dad
    Richland, WA

    "Maybe you can add this kid to your screen saver.

    Scary thought."

    Great comment, nice carry-over banter from a different article. I like it! Having said that...

    You should be afraid. Very afraid. If he is as open when the game is on the line as Harline was, he def will make the screen saver.

  • byufanman west valley city, utah
    Aug. 6, 2013 9:59 p.m.


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

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    Aug. 6, 2013 8:59 p.m.


    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.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 8:27 p.m.

    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.

  • PAC man Anaheim, CA
    Aug. 6, 2013 5:10 p.m.


    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.

  • swizzy18 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 4:41 p.m.

    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!!

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    Aug. 6, 2013 3:42 p.m.


    "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.

  • mindgames Aurora, CO
    Aug. 6, 2013 1:41 p.m.

    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.


  • Max-was-right springville, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 12:13 p.m.

    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.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    Aug. 6, 2013 12:11 p.m.

    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.

    GO UTES!!

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 11:37 a.m.

    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.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 11:27 a.m.

    deductive reasoning
    Arlington, VA

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

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    Aug. 6, 2013 11:20 a.m.


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

    BYU's QB will be well protected.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Aug. 6, 2013 10:45 a.m.

    Let the games begin!

  • ImaCaMan Oceanside, CA
    Aug. 6, 2013 10:43 a.m.

    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.

  • deductive reasoning Arlington, VA
    Aug. 6, 2013 10:18 a.m.


    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.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 9:31 a.m.

    Y Grad / Y Dad
    Richland, WA

    Maybe you can add this kid to your screen saver.

    Scary thought.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Aug. 6, 2013 9:00 a.m.

    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!

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 8:57 a.m.

    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.

  • Riddles in the Dark Olympus Cove, Utah
    Aug. 6, 2013 8:35 a.m.

    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.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Aug. 6, 2013 5:36 a.m.

    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!