Commentary: The best University of Utah wide receivers over the last 35 years

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  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 4:09 p.m.

    No Dennis Smith? I realize he lined up at TE but he was more of a WR.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 2:10 p.m.

    Bryan is the best receiver that Utah has had, but beyond that he was instrumental in helping recruit all of the in state players to Utah as the program was being rebuilt around the missionary effort.

    In prior years if you wanted to serve a mission some short sighted coach decided they would have to walk away from their scholarship. Nice plan and that resulted in 0 bowl appearances for 30 years!

    Once the LDS athletes followed Bryan's (and others-but this article is about BR) then the rest is history.

    I think it is safe to say that without Rowley playing for Utah there IS NO SUGAR BOWL.

    Utah is a different place today because of some of these early LDS guys like Curt Sampson, Eric Jacobson, Scott Mitchell, Russ Dailey, Mike Lewis, Molonai Hola. They paved the way.

    Good work Rowley!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 26, 2013 11:37 a.m.

    My favorite Kevin Dyson moment came at the press conference after he was drafted. He had the GM and Coach Jeff Fisher by his side. A reporter asked him how he thought he would fit in with the team. He responded "After I get back from my mission ..." After a few seconds of shocked disbelief, Dyson responded "Just kidding".

    I'm sure it was way more funny in Utah than in Texas.

    Go Utes!!

  • jersey Mt Laurel, NJ
    Aug. 26, 2013 10:41 a.m.

    Dolphins never should have cut Rowley........

  • mikedawgy Cinnaminson, NJ
    Aug. 26, 2013 10:03 a.m.

    Nice to see that Deseret News got this one right! There is no doubt that Bryan Rowley is the greatest reciever in Ute history!

    Interesting that DN chose to use a picture of Bryan with two Cougars (Sikahema and Lewis). While both Sikahema and Lewis went on to play and have successful careers in the NFL they could not match the career stats and the impact that Rowley had at the U!

    DN should update their list and declare Rowley the Greatest Reciever in the state of Utah. Bryan Rowley for Mr. Utah!!!

    Aug. 25, 2013 9:33 p.m.

    Bryan Rowley was phenomenal. Although he played during some down years at the U, Rowley was usually the best players on either side of the field. Besides the records that he set, the one thing that sticks out about him was his toughness. He always played like he didn't care if he got hit, and he usually took extra hits getting extra yards.

    Steve (or "Steveone" as he was called) was an excellent receiver. But who could have foreseen his future All-Pro and Hall of Fame career for the Panthers? He's definitely established himself as one of the elite receivers in the NFL.

    And Kevin Dyson. He had a solid career here, too. But he's been a part of two famous plays in the NFL that even have their own names. He caught a long lateral pass and went for a 75 yard touchdown for the Titans in a playoff game against the Bills as time ran out. ESPN has called this the Music City Miracle. Then there was the heart-breaking tackle inches short of the goal on his catch in Super Bowl XXXIV against the Rams as time expired.

    Our Utes have made us proud.