BYU football fall practice position preview: the receivers

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  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    July 31, 2014 12:06 p.m.

    Players from this group I'm anxious to see:

    Matt Sumsion. I don't know if he'll get on the field due to recently returning from a mission but he was all-state in basketball before his mission and is an exciting prospect with some really nice hops.

    Devon Blackmon. I can't wait to see how Anae uses him in the offense. I hope coaches make it a priority to find ways to get the ball into his hands. Passes, runs, return game, etc.

    Ross Apo. I really want to see him have a strong senior season. He had a pretty good freshman year and it would be nice to see him go out with a bang.

    Devin Mahina. He came in with a lot of potential and then due to mishandling of the TE position, injuries and a logjam of players at his position, he hasn't been able to make his mark. I hope he goes out with a bang also.

    Colby Jorgensen. He was a SPARQ champ before his mission and at 6'7" could team up with 6'8" Sumsion or 6'6" Mahina, 6'6" Mathews and 6'6" Kurtz to present a real challenge to shorter DB's and LB's.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    July 31, 2014 11:59 a.m.

    @Navel Lint
    Hey! Today is Day 1 of the BigTen Media Days. Shouldn't Brandon Gurney and/or Dick Harmon be in Chicago covering any breaking news about how the BigTen will continue to not invite the cougars to join their league?"


    or maybe they should be covering Travis Wilson getting busted for underage drinking and the hoops Kyle is going to jump through to sweep this under the rug. That would be bigger news than B1G.

  • new to the game HIGHLAND, UT
    July 29, 2014 8:40 a.m.

    Matt Sumsion came home from his mission at a solid 245. Look for him to contribute at 6'8" 245

  • Scores Idaho Falls, ID
    July 28, 2014 9:09 p.m.

    Hey're spot on with Mr. Navel. I didn't know this article was about him and the u.

  • benjoginko Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 28, 2014 6:44 p.m.

    OK. Something is wrong! 14 recievers @ BYU who are 6' or taller. Can't be right.

  • gamer PROVO, UT
    July 28, 2014 4:06 p.m.

    mindgames- Heaps didn't see a future of playing time and decided to focus on school. He envisioned himself as a QB while BYU saw him having an impact at TE

  • Irrelevant Provo, UT
    July 28, 2014 2:34 p.m.

    @Naval Vet.

    Silly boy, being in the B10 isn't really an option right now. They aren't looking to expand and Provo is far from most of the B10,you know that mr. naval.

    The big 12 bill eventually expand and need to grow in order to establish a conference title game in order to increase their chances of making it into the playoffs. They need more teams, sure it may not be for a couple years, but eventually they'll have to expand in order to stay competitive with the rest of the p5 teams

    Now back to topic

    I can't wait to see these new comers entering cougar nation. I love the speed and the size of these recievers, it should be fun to watch. I hope anae can figure out a way to incorporate the tight ends more into the offense. I think there were 3 TE's mentioned at 6-5, 6-7, and 6-8! holy cow that can be a very valuable asset to this offense.

    Good job cougs, Can't wait for the season to start.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    July 28, 2014 2:23 p.m.

    Hey! Today is Day 1 of the BigTen Media Days. Shouldn't Brandon Gurney and/or Dick Harmon be in Chicago covering any breaking news about how the BigTen will continue to not invite the cougars to join their league?

  • RepresentBlue West Jordan, UT
    July 28, 2014 2:10 p.m.

    The WR group looks very promising for the Cougars this year, despite the loss of Hoffman and Falslev. Still, the success of the offense overall is still going to depend on the O-line which in recent years has been inconsistent at best, and downright awful at worst.

  • mindgames Aurora, CO
    July 28, 2014 2:06 p.m.

    gamer ... guess I missed the announcement on Brad Heap (disadvantage of not living in Provo) when and why did this happen?

  • gamer PROVO, UT
    July 28, 2014 1:43 p.m.

    orrection: Brad Heap has retired from football and another one of these players has an injury that may disable their ability to play football ever again.

    but Tons of talent on the outside.

  • Black&Blue St George, Utah
    July 28, 2014 1:40 p.m.


    Chemistry and timing between a QB and WR's are both key ingredients to a good passing game. Unfortunately, I don't think we will really have an idea of how that has developed until they suit up vs. Uconn. But from my understanding, Hill has spent a lot of time throwing to Kurtz and Davis this off-season. I'm not sure how long it takes to build that chemistry or trust between a QB and WR, but the new additions in Blackmon and Leslie as well as those players returning from injury should get plenty of passes from Taysom. And given Hills performance at the Manning camp, it's clear his accuracy and deep ball has greatly improved, but we will see how that transfers to game situations.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    July 28, 2014 1:02 p.m.

    This article didn't really mention chemistry. While we are loaded with talent I'm a little nervous about the lack of time most of our potential starters have catching with Hill. Do we know anything about how Hill is getting along with all these transfers? Does he have any preferred targets at this stage?

  • Black&Blue St George, Utah
    July 28, 2014 12:07 p.m.

    Wow.. There is a lot of speed, size, and versatility in this WR/TE corps. With the additions of Leslie, Blackmon, and Kurtz, this group should be elite, especially if the O-Line is as improved as reported.

    With Taysom Hill's big improvements as a passer (Top 8 in the Manning Camp), a solid group of RB's, and several returners on the O-Line, this could be a very potent offense. Putting defenses in a "Pick your Poison" situation.

    College Football is only 1 month away!

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    July 28, 2014 11:33 a.m.

    Even though one never knows about any team until the snap of the ball in the first game, all things look terrific for the BYU Cougars. We are looking forward to a great season!

    Go Cougars!