BYU football: Junior receiver Ross Apo eager to prove he can make plays for Cougars

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  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Aug. 20, 2013 2:10 p.m.

    Enid, OK

    I think it was a form of exaggeration. You know, self depreciating humor

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    Aug. 20, 2013 12:54 p.m.

    Article quote: "In the spring, I’d run two plays and I’d be like, ‘I’m gonna have a heart attack,’” Apo said. “I didn’t like that feeling. The offense wasn’t fun. So this summer, I put it on myself to get conditioned. … Last year, I couldn’t even bench 135 pounds."

    I like Apo as much as anyone and hope he has a MONSTER year. But, I find it reeeeeeally strange that a guy who is probably, what?, 20 yrs old, maybe even 21, say that a year ago he could not even bench press 135 lbs? I could bench press 135 lbs at the start of my sophomore year of HIGH SCHOOL. As a senior in high school, my bench press max was 265. And I wasn't even anywhere near the strongest guy on my team.

    So to hear a COLLEGE Div. 1 starter say he couldn't bench press 135 lbs a year ago is just very, very surprising. Did BYU's weight training/strength coach not ride him hard enough?

    Regardless.....go Ross Apo and GO COUGARS!!

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Aug. 20, 2013 11:03 a.m.

    @ STuFOO from Korea, AE - Nice to know that they are able watch everywhere.

    @ TrueBlue - Now that they got their new $32 Million fitness facility, they can REALLY enjoy their couch potatoes.

    Apo, you can do it and good luck!

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Aug. 20, 2013 10:12 a.m.

    Chris B. Very painful, yet very fun. As a graduate of the UofU, I'm much more realistic in what I see on the field than other fans on both teams. No one was more proud of the Utes for great wins of the past, such as against Alabama and BYU. But, I also realized that the great records of the past for Utah are going to be few and far between in the PAC-12. I also know that BYU has a tendency to far overstate what their talent level is, even for the coaches, and get everyone's expectations a bit above what they will deliver. You will see in my posts that I prefer them playing the game on the field than listening to the false hype. All players, for whatever team. need to put it all on the field. Any team can beat any other team. I'm not blind. I love the intensity of college football. I love football in the state of Utah, but I don't live there. I invite you to be realistic with me.

  • Max-was-right springville, UT
    Aug. 20, 2013 10:05 a.m.


    Wilson is 0-1 in going to post season play,

    soon to be o-2 in going to post season play

    And will probably finish his career 0-4 in going to post season play,

    Mark that down

  • Trickeration Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 20, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    It has always confused me when a coach says a player needs to develop more confidence and then sits him on the bench or talks like they may not be a starter. How is a player supposed to gain confidence while riding the pine or looking over his shoulder? I would think he would need to have some success on the field to build that confidence. I think Anae said it best when he said they need to put him in a position to be successful. I hope Apo has a breakout year this year. Best of luck #1! Go Cougs!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 20, 2013 9:52 a.m.


    Those 3 correct picks have been so painful for you haven't they?


  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    Aug. 20, 2013 9:04 a.m.

    Ross, Van Noy, Hoffman. What do they all have in common?

    They all played on a winning team that won a bowl game last year while the Utes were home playing couch potatoes.

    Utah's seniors are on the cusp of ending their college football careers with back-to-back bowl-less seasons.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Aug. 20, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    Chris B predictions stand at 3-4247. Son to finish 3-4248. Mark it down.

  • Sparkley Briefs New York, NY
    Aug. 20, 2013 6:08 a.m.

    If BYU gets a big year out of Apo, they will be very hard to defend. I'm looking forward to a couple of big wins this season. Is it September yet?

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Aug. 20, 2013 12:11 a.m.

    No number of stars makes a player great. All great players at the D-1 level worked hard to become such. Ross Apo has been a good player, just not the great player that he could and should be. Now that he has the right coaches, (and hopefully the right QB situation), he can become the great player he has always had the potential to be. I feel the same can be said of Jake Heaps. All the talent in the world, just the wrong attitude. We'll see what happens with him at Kansas.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 19, 2013 8:42 p.m.

    I think Apo is a good example of what happens with the "star rating" hype with some players. They do get to thinking they have arrived with their recruitment and don't put in the effort to become a master of their craft. Ross tried to float through the process of becoming a Div I player and it didn't work (supporting cast was doing the same). Now he has coaches that aren't going to let that happen and he has turned to corner to self motivation. I suspect the people who stood in front of him last year are going to be blown away as he flys past them or knocks them down on blocking routes. And he will do it again 12 seconds later. And again 12 seconds later. And into the endzone 12 seconds later.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Aug. 19, 2013 6:13 p.m.

    I wish Russ Apo the very best this year. He has the talent. He needs a great offensive scheme and a quarterback who can hit his target. He had neither last year. He needs to bring hard work to the table. He also lacked that a bit last year. But most of all, he needs an offensive scheme that involves more than the 4 predictable plays Anae used the last time he had the reigns of the offense, and he needs the QB draw to take a seat deep in the play trunk. Go Cougars. And Go Apo!

  • STuFOO Korea, AE
    Aug. 19, 2013 5:52 p.m.

    I hate waiting. let's play some football!

    Then let's add basketball.

    I love being able to see almost all the games, anywhere I am at.

    Thanks BYU.

  • Guam_Bomb BARRIGADA, GU
    Aug. 19, 2013 5:38 p.m.

    I hope BYU gets the quarterback situation straightened out this year. Apo showed the he was a special player in his freshman year. Hope to see him return to form this year.