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January 8, 2009

Collie's New Calling

I feel like I've been whacked in the face with a tree multiple times during these last few weeks. First the Cougars lose to the Utes. Then the Cougs lose to Arizona. Then the Utes go to the BCS. Then the Utes crush their BCS opponenent. Then people think the Utes should be number one. Then former Ute coach Urban Myer wins the National Championship (For the second time). Then this:

Austin Collie, the wide receiver who owns BYU's record books, has decided to leave the team early to enter the NFL. I can't blame him. The stats and records testify of his talent. Greg Wrubell (BYU play-by-play announcer) provides the following numbers on his blog:

"Collie concludes his BYU career as the Cougars' alltime leader in:

Single-season receiving touchdowns: 15 (2008)

Career receiving touchdowns: 30

Single-season receiving yards: 1,538 (2008)

Career receiving yards: 3,255

Single-season receptions: 106 (2008)

Career receptions: 215

Single-season 100-yard receiving games: 11 (2008),

Career 100-yard receiving games: 17

Single-season all-purpose yards: 2,112 (2008)

Collie also owns the MWC record for single-season and career receiving touchdowns, along with single-season and career 100-yard receiving games. Collie finishes second to Curtis Brown in BYU career all-purpose yards, and his 180 career points are the most scored by a BYU receiver. He also tied the NCAA record for consecutive 100-yard receiving games with 11 straight."

Austin Collie is the man. He leaves BYU as the best wide receiver in school history and my favorite BYU player of all time. I will miss seeing number 9 terrorize and enrage opponents. Though his departure adds further pain to my recent suffering, I congratulate him for a career well done.

1 comment:

  1. Adieu, dear Collie. Good luck in the future. Max, good luck to you as well. May you find another pair of hands to throw to...