Cougars in the pros: Austin Collie re-signs with Patriots; Ravens hopeful for Dennis Pitta's return Sunday

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    Dec. 7, 2013 4:51 a.m.

    GD, yes, Wilson was a first ballot Hall of Fame inductee in 1978.

  • GD Syracuse, UT
    Dec. 6, 2013 9:12 p.m.

    How about Larry Wilson. Played for the Utes and Cardinals. Given credit for starting the safety blitz. Great ball player. I think he's probably in the NFL hall of fame.

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    Dec. 6, 2013 4:46 p.m.

    Austin Collie got re-signed by the Patriots?


    I looked him up on the internet just the other day and was sad (but not surprised) that the Patriots let him go after he got hurt in November.

    He'd be a Hall of Famer if he could only stay healthy.

    Go Cougars! Go Collie!

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 6, 2013 3:13 p.m.

    I must say that I am in the same vein as Blue Husky.

  • TheBleak West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 6, 2013 3:05 p.m.


    You all sound like a bunch of children arguing over what toy car is the best.


  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 6, 2013 2:38 p.m.

    "tell us, which Ute alum is coaching a major college or NFL team...Oh yeah, Chow at 1/11 Hawaii!"


    Mike McCoy, the San Diego Chargers current head coach, was the Ute QB in 1994--the year of the second 34-31 game. Utah finished with a Top Ten ranking. And before you point out that the one BYU alum coaching in the NFL has a better record this season, just remember he's done it with a couple of Utes on his roster.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Dec. 6, 2013 12:12 p.m.

    Can we please stop the nonsense of comparing BYU to Utah in every freaking article?

    Everybody knows about BYU's golden age when they played in the WAC and owned the Holiday Bowl had HOF QBs and won an NC.

    Utah had a couple of great years and won two BCS games.

    Both good things.

    Utah is now in the PAC-12. Good for them.

    BYU is independent, playing nationally, with most games televised on ESPN network, BYUtv, et al. This is good for BYU.

    As for haters like Chris B and his pseudonyms, enjoy his simplistic silliness. Its fun to see his fearless predictions go bad. I have nothing against Utah, but tend to root against them because I love to see Chris B have to eat crow.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Dec. 6, 2013 11:49 a.m.


    I wonder if Austin has had a chance to read your post? I mean with the medical expertise you have offered he might want to change his mind about playing additional snaps for the Patriots...

    Also, the professional expertise that was offered came a little too late... Had the Colts known what you know I am certain that they would not have drafted him in the 4th round and made him a "go to" starting receiver on their 2010 Superbowl bound team... That same year Collie was also among the top Rookies in the Receiver Position across the entire NFL according to his stats... But Stats can be manipulated and I am fairly certain that you have to be right and that he was not "Pro Material"

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Dec. 6, 2013 10:35 a.m.

    StGtoSLC . . No; I was kind of responding to both you and Mike in Sandy at the same time and didn't make that clear.

    Dec. 6, 2013 9:09 a.m.

    Slop, did I say Collie is not NFL material? You're misrepresenting me by mashing something I didn't say into something I did.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Dec. 6, 2013 9:03 a.m.

    I'd want both Collie and Pitta on my side if I could choose a team. Hope they both heal and progress as their potential suggests.

    Johnny Moser, are you the same guy I went to high school with in Afton in the early 70s are or you just using his name? Either way, I enjoy your comments.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Dec. 6, 2013 8:47 a.m.

    "Collie . . benefitted greatly from the best passer in NFL history throwing to him his first few years."

    Anyone with an ounce of football knowledge knows this, but you can say the same thing about many of the most prolific receivers of all-time. It's a chicken-and-egg argument. Was Jerry Rice's success his own or was it the result of getting hit in the numbers by Joe Montana and Steve Young for most of his career? Yes and yes.

    There's a reason that Peyton Manning lobbied the Colts to draft Collie and there's a reason Collie was one of his favorite targets for years. I'll take Peyton's obvious opinion that Collie was "NFL material" over the opinion of "Some Guy on the Internet."

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Dec. 6, 2013 7:48 a.m.

    Collie isn't big enough for the pro game. He is risking lots of further damage.
    He was very good in college, but not really pro material.

    Dec. 6, 2013 7:17 a.m.

    Lonestar: "No, it was actually 49ers Offensive Coordinator Mike Shanahan"

    No, actually read the post I was responding to, then you can determine what criteria "counts." It's crazy how insecure one innocuous comment can make certain people just because of its source.

  • defibman Syracuse, UT
    Dec. 6, 2013 6:56 a.m.

    Have u noticed how quiet the u fans get when they are presented with facts? I am just waiting for one of them to say, " yea, but we belong to the PAC 12 and you don't". Which is really saying, "everybody beats us up in our conference and we like being in the basement where it is cold and dark and we very seldom even get a player who does anything of import in the NFL".

    Have fun on your couch watching your "no bowl" game for the second year in a row.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 10:59 p.m.

    Major College Football Hall of Fame Players

    BYU - SIX
    Gifford Nielsen (QB), 1994
    Marc Wilson (QB), 1996
    Jim McMahon (QB), 1999
    Steve Young (QB), 2001
    Gordon Hudson (TE), 2009
    Ty Detmer (QB), 2012

    Utah - NONE

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 10:54 p.m.

    "George Seifert coached Young to his Super Bowl win."

    No, it was actually 49ers Offensive Coordinator Mike Shanahan, who mentored Steve Young just as he would mentor John Elway in the years to come.

    In the 1994 season, after a loss in a much anticipated game to Joe Montana and the Kansas City Chiefs, the 49ers won their next two games before losing to the Philadelphia Eagles 40–8 at Candlestick Park, a game in which Young was eventually benched in the middle of an offensive series.

    Although head coach George Seifert later said he only pulled Young because he was getting manhandled by the Eagles' defense, Young had had enough of being scapegoated for 49ers shortfalls and loudly (and visibly) lambasted Seifert over his decision.

    The game was considered a turning point in the season; from there, Young led the team to 10 consecutive wins, by an average of 20 points. On the strength of a six touchdown performance that surpassed the previous Super Bowl record of five, owned by the man Young replaced, Joe Montana, Steve Young was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXIX, as the 49ers defeated the San Diego Chargers, 49-26.

  • Johnny Moser Thayne, WY
    Dec. 5, 2013 10:03 p.m.

    McMahon may not be in the HOF, but I will take that BYU 1st round pick as QB over any 1st round QB pick that has come from the UofU, in fact over any Ute QB that may come in the future. Feeling pretty confident that there won't be many of those in the next 20 or so years for the UofU.

    Dec. 5, 2013 9:32 p.m.

    JD, to answer a couple of your questions, Larry Wilson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame before Steve Young graduated high school, and George Seifert coached Young to his Super Bowl win. Steve Smith will also likely be a HOFer before the second BYU player ever makes it. Sorry if these facts damage your argument.

    It's good to see Collie getting snaps again and will be great to see Pitta make it back on the field, as well. Collie is a decent NFL WR. Like Brandon Stokley and several other Colts slot receivers, he benefitted greatly from the best passer in NFL history throwing to him his first few years. While it'd be great to his athletic legacy to see him reach stardom, I'd be much happier seeing him walk away with the health he currently has than to see him as a perennial Pro Bowler while continuing the injury pattern he's shown thus far.

  • Crisco B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 8:51 p.m.

    We mustn't blame anyone for being infatuated with BYU. They have to find something to cheer for (against). When your football team has cleaned out its lockers already and the B ball team is playing 3A high school teams, you have to have something to put your energy into.

  • JD Tractor Iowa City, IA
    Dec. 5, 2013 7:25 p.m.

    You know Chris B good point. Man you pay a lot of attention to BYU. But you got me thinking, help me out, I can't think of one ute who qb'd a winning Super Bowl team, heck even a losing one. Can you? I can't even think if a ute who is in the NFL hall of fame and I am racking my brains. Have the utes ever had a Super Bowl MVP? Have they ever had an alum coach a Super Bowl team?

    Hoping you can help me out.

  • defibman Syracuse, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 6:15 p.m.

    That power house ute program keeps going down every year mor and more! If they stay in form, they will win just one game in their conference of champions.

    Collie is a great player as he proved in his first couple of years in the NFL. Pitta is a stud and will do well when he gets healthy.

    I find it funny that u fans always want to compare BYU with everyone else but themselves! Keep trying u fans, but come back when u get an NFL HoF player/ Super Bowl MVP, along with a trophy case Full of hardware.

    Being jealous of their big brother just keeps coming up in their minds, but the cream Always raises to the top!

  • kswiss Norman, OK
    Dec. 5, 2013 4:51 p.m.

    While the game did not count towards Detroit's regular season record, it was still this season that Ziggy scored a touchdown on a pick six in the preseason. Once Pitta gets back into the flow the number of touchdowns is going to rise. Meanwhile my OU boys AD, DeMarco Murray, and even the rookie Kenny Stills are representing in that category!

  • MacNasty Rexburg, ID
    Dec. 5, 2013 4:45 p.m.

    Hey Chris,

    Why don't you tell us about the Ute football powerhouse? You know 5-7 and can't even be invited to the "Welcome Doormat" bowl. Using your reasoning we can say it was a successful season since many prognosticated a 3-9 season for the Utes. Wow, now tell us how that affects the NFL? Makes no sense.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    Dec. 5, 2013 2:20 p.m.

    In my opinion, Collie is risking his health for a game that is a moment in time compared to life after. As for Pitta, I hope he can return to his form, but only stronger and better.

    GO UTES!!