Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Dylan Collie Commits To BYU

Oak Ridge High School’s Dylan Collie has committed to play college football for the Brigham Young Cougars. The 5’10”, 175 pound wide receiver and return specialist will be the fourth Collie to wear Cougar blue. He plans to play one year (2012) and then leave to serve a two year mission. That would put him back on the field in 2015.

Collie made 43 receptions for 548 yards and 8 touchdowns as a junior in 2010, including seven receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns in the final game of the season. His stats aren’t very impressive, however, expect Collie to put up big numbers this year. His production was impacted last season by teammate Willy Tucker. Tucker has graduated and is now on scholarship at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Collie will probably be the number one target for Oak Ridge this season.

Dylan will follow in the footsteps of his father, Scott, and his two older brothers, Zac and Austin, who have played for BYU. Dylan has some serious shoes to fill.

Scott Collie played for BYU from 1979-82. His best season was 1981 when he caught 26 passes for 404 yards (5th most on the team) and 3 touchdowns. He finished his career with 706 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Zac Collie played from 2004-06, but he didn’t contribute much on offense until his senior season. He had 26 receptions for 437 yards (4th most on the team) and two touchdowns that year. For his career, he finished with 37 receptions and 595 yards with 4 touchdowns.

Austin Collie played at BYU in 2004 as a freshman and from 2007-08 after his missionary service. He played only three seasons total before leaving for the NFL. He finished his career as the undisputed best wide receiver in BYU history.

Obviously, Austin set the ceiling very high for Dylan. Scott and Zac had more modest careers. Where Dylan will fall on the spectrum is hard to say. His senior season should give us a better indication. He displays a lot of the same characteristics as Austin in his short YouTube highlight video. He appears to play hard, he can make tough catches, and he is pretty good at running in the open field. If I was forced to make a prediction now, I would say Dylan will fall somewhere in the middle of Austin and Scott/Zac, but he will be closer to Austin.

Of course, Dylan’s production as a Cougar will also depend on who else BYU has as receivers. We know for his freshman year Cody Hoffman and Ross Apo will be the top two targets. If BYU has quality receivers like these two when Collie returns from his mission, then no matter how good Dylan is his numbers will not be as big as Austin’s. With so many lethal weapons, Dylan won’t get as many looks as Austin did.

The Editor appreciates all feedback. He can be reached via email at bluecougarfootball@gmail.com

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