The Brigham Young Cougars receivers struggled, collectively, in 2010 with dropped passes. Timing with new quarterback Jake Heaps was off, as well, for the majority of the season. The two veterans that the team was counting on to elevate their games failed to rise to the occasion.
By season’s end, the sun was shining again. Luke Ashworth had tied the school record with four touchdown receptions in a game. Cody Hoffman had emerged as a playmaker. The early season transgressions had been washed away by fans drooling over the possibilities in 2011.
Ashworth graduated, which leaves Hoffman and McKay Jacobson as the only major contributors coming back. Expectations are sky high for redshirt freshman Ross Apo. Apo redshirted 2010 due to a finger injury. He is one of Heaps’ best friends off of the field, and the two are already showing they possess a special chemistry on the field through one week of fall camp.
While a healthy Apo and an added year of experience should do wonders for the passing game, the biggest improvements will come through the hiring of Ben Cahoon to be the new wide receivers coach. The speed, size, and raw talent of this receiving corps could be better than any previous season at BYU. Cahoon’s task is to bridle that raw talent to ensure these players reach their full potential. He is emphasizing fundamentals and laboring diligently to inspire each receiver to be a master at his craft.
Jacobson, Hoffman, and Apo figure to be a 3-headed monster, but other receivers are poised to step up and provide depth and keep the defenses guessing. JD Falslev and Rhen Brown are two young players stepping up. Dalin Tollestrup is another receiver who has been singled out. Spencer Hafoka is another veteran who has made key plays in his limited playing time. Terenn Houk (6’3”) and Jordan Smith (6’4”) are two more big bodies. If these two develop quickly, defensive coordinators will be pulling their hair out trying to keep Heaps from passing for less than 400 yards a game.
Other 2011 Previews: Season Preview, Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, Running Backs, Offensive Line, Defensive Backs, Linebackers, Defensive Line, Special Teams
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