Brigham Young Cougars wide receiver Cody Hoffman had more than just a career game against the Oregon State Beavers. He made plays that beg the question: How much potential does he have?
After all the preseason BYU hype that fizzled out, I hesitate to even pose this question. However, if there is anyone on the BYU offense who is living up to his preseason promise, it is Cody Hoffman.
Is it too crazy to think Hoffman has Austin Collie potential? The 6’4” sophomore wide out had more receiving yards in the game at Oregon State (162) than Collie ever did (156).
Do you remember USC All-American Mike Williams? Hoffman is making acrobatic and one-handed catches that conjure up memories of Williams when he played for the Trojans in 2003.
What about Hoffman working his way to be as good as Pro Football Hall of Famer Lynn Swann? Swann is most famous for his catch in Super Bowl X that is now called the “Swann Dive.” He caught it momentarily before the Cowboys defender knocked it out of his hands, but Swann caught it again as he fell to the turf. Hoffman’s 46-yard catch (3:46 mark) in the third quarter was very similar.
On the season, Hoffman has 28 receptions for 420 yards and 2 touchdowns. Of those 28 receptions, Hoffman made seven (25%) of them on third down and converted for a first down or touchdown. Another 11 of Hoffman’s reception, for 18 total (64%), have come on first or second down, but were enough for a first down or touchdown.
Hoffman has proven he can make big catches. He has proven he can make clutch catches. Now, he needs to do these consistently. That is what made Collie so great as a Cougar. He could be counted on, every game, to make one big reception (40 yards or more) and total 100 receiving yards, or close to it.
Hoffman has only had 100 yards receiving twice this year. Just one week ago against San Jose State, Hoffman had only one reception. If Hoffman can start to regularly produce and make plays the way he did against Oregon State, he should garner All-American citations by the time his college career is done.
The door to the NFL should be open to Hoffman as well, thus giving him the opportunity to fully develop his potential on the same stage as Collie does now. Once a pro, you never know how things might shake out, but that remote possibility is there that Hoffman could, one day, find himself with Swann in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Cody Hoffman's true potential is still unknown. For him to reach that potential, Hoffman will have to invest an incredible amount of work to perfecting his abilities. At this point, however, it appears that with the proper work ethic and a down-to-earth attitude the sky is the limit.
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