BYU football: Cougar coaches pleased with progress and potential at wide receiver

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  • Darren Rowe Heber City, UT
    April 4, 2014 11:12 p.m.

    I agree that Leslie has proven himself at the college level, but that doesn't mean he is proven in this offense. He racked up yards at UTEP while playing against lowly C-USA teams.

    For him to come in for fall camp and immediately understand the offense and develop a strong relationship with Taysom within a few weeks... that is why he is unproven.

    The same deal goes for Kurtz and Blackmon. Sure, they have proven themselves at the JC level, but it's different when you're playing at Texas the second week of the season than when you're playing San Diego Community College or whoever they went up against.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    April 4, 2014 10:45 a.m.

    No worries! With the schedule that holmoe put together, every position from bronco down to the water boys will have an outstanding season. Records will be broken at the home games at les, byu-provo.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    April 4, 2014 10:29 a.m.

    I was mistaken, Leslie had 2,015 yards receiving on 125 receptions for UTEP. I thought it was 2,400 but my memory was obviously wrong. Still a talented player who has proven he's capable on the field.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    April 4, 2014 8:00 a.m.

    Darren Rowe:
    I agree with a lot of what you said, but actually Jordan Leslie is very proven. Over 2400 yards at UTEP (only started two years...not bad), and is very familiar with coach Halliday and his philosophies. Also, the two receivers with the most potential are JC guys who aren't as green and unproven as HS kids.

    There's definitely reason for optimism, but because receivers depend on so many other factors for success, it really becomes unclear how great these WRs will be.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    April 4, 2014 7:03 a.m.


    "BYU football brings out the ongoing struggle between the realists and the optimists. It is much easier being optimistic in the spring, but is is hard when the harsh reality of so-so season eventually settles in once again."

    True but for BYU a so-so season is anything that isn't perfect. Even when we start with low expectations they rise, and they keep rising until the team performs under them.

    This is the time of "it could be." No matter how well they perform, that gets replaced with "it could've been."

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    April 3, 2014 11:33 p.m.

    Lets hope none of them are reading and believing the press.
    Too much promise, too little results when it counts.
    Show up, play and finish the game all-in.

  • Darren Rowe Heber City, UT
    April 3, 2014 10:26 p.m.

    I think this year's WR's have a higher ceiling than we've had in a long time. However, there is a lower floor as well. Last year, we pretty much knew what we were getting with Hoffman, Ridley, Falslev, Apo, and Friel.

    This year, we know that Apo will be decent but not great. But Matthews, Kurtz, Blackmon, Davis, and Leslie all have the potential to be stars. However, they are all very unproven.

    This year's wideouts remind me of 2004, with Watkins and Collie new to the offense. Even though the team as a whole wasn't great, we could throw the deep ball better than most teams out there. Watch out for this year to be similar.

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    April 3, 2014 9:55 p.m.

    I think some BYU fans spend too much time being meek and apologetic to keep the haters at bay. I've done it myself. Yes, we should be realistic and wear the blue-colored glasses only on game day but, come on. We're fans-- short for fanatic! I'm okay with people being optimistic. I'm okay with going for an undefeated season. If you don't think you have a shot to win every game you play, why play in the first place? Should a coach or team start a season saying they're aiming for .500? That's crazy! It's not being delusional or arrogant. It's being a competitor! Frankly, I'd like to see more mad abandon, take-no-prisoners competitive spirit in BYU football. Sometimes I think that's exactly what the team has lacked in the past. Let's get excited, emotional, riled up and all that stuff. Go Coug's!!

  • Dr. Chim Richalds ROUND HILL, VA
    April 3, 2014 2:29 p.m.

    If Apo starts at the beginning of the season it should tell us all we need to know about BYU's receiving corps this year....mediocre at best.

  • wallyball SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 3, 2014 1:51 p.m.

    BYU football brings out the ongoing struggle between the realists and the optimists. It is much easier being optimistic in the spring, but is is hard when the harsh reality of so-so season eventually settles in once again.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    April 3, 2014 1:32 p.m.

    Could be a awesome year!

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    April 3, 2014 12:40 p.m.

    I can understand the trolls. Sarcasm and biting remarks is what trolls do.

    But some of the faithful have really turned all gloomy-face. Come on, guys! We're BYU! Optimism is what WE do.

    Yes, hope is high, expaectations are high, we have no experience this year to be contrary. Enjoy the pre-season! That's what the pre-season is for. As the year wears on, reality will probably set in, maybe even exceeding our fears.

    But lighten up, everyone. Spring is on it's way and hope springs anew. Life is good: don't waste it being grumpy about things that haven't happened.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    April 3, 2014 11:14 a.m.

    Like others have said, I've heard all this before. It rarely comes out during the games. Regardless of the receiver skills, it takes a quarterback who can throw and an offensive scheme that supports a passing game. I don't see Bronco being committed to throwing quarterbacks. He's been reading too many Woody Hayes books.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    April 3, 2014 9:12 a.m.

    Does it really matter how good the receivers are if the QB misses open targets regularly?

  • Alterego Harrisville, UT
    April 3, 2014 8:36 a.m.

    caption under the photo should be changed to Apo misses a catch that he should have made.

  • Hawk Littleton, CO
    April 3, 2014 7:55 a.m.

    Yeah, there's always optimism this time of year, but despite losing Van Noy and Hoffman, they have made marked upgrades at WR, DB, OL, a solid RB and LB corps returning, another year of experience for Taysom Hill, etc. I expect that this will be the best BYU team on the field since Max Hall was running the offense....

  • BlackDiamond Provo, UT
    April 3, 2014 1:25 a.m.

    Have heard that before. Hope they show up during the season.

  • StocksOnTheRocks Lehi, UT
    April 3, 2014 12:03 a.m.

    Broken record! Cougars need to come out of the gate, ready to GO! No more 4 weeks into the season, to get it going!

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    April 2, 2014 10:03 p.m.

    This is probably BYUs most talented position group right now with some of the biggest talent yet to arrive. But talent only takes you so calling from Anae, the Oline, Taysom polishing his passing game will all play into how high and how far these talented receivers can take BYU. And of course their work ethic...Apo I'm looking at you.