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Monday, October 1, 2012

Brigham Young Cougars in the NFL, Week 4: Vic So'oto signs with the Raiders, Collie undergoes surgery

Not a lot of action by Brigham Young Cougars on the field in the NFL this week.  With bye weeks, injuries, and being too far down the depth chart, most Cougars were at home or on the sideline. The few who did play only had small impacts in their respective games. There was, however, one piece of news BYU fans should be excited about.



Linebacker Vic So'oto signed a contract with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, September 25. So'oto played his first professional season for the Green Bay Packers and was on their roster to start the season, but was waived in week two due to an ankle injury. So'oto played seven games last year for the Packers. He didn't get in the game this Sunday, but his ankle appears to have healed enough that he should see some time for the Raiders, especially on special teams.


As for the rest of the former Cougars, here is what they did this week.

Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens, Tight End

After such a hot start to the season in the first three games, Pitta didn’t record a catch in the Ravens’ 23-16 win over the Cleveland Browns. Perhaps nobody in the NFL understands BYU tight ends like Browns President Mike Holmgren. He was an assistant coach at BYU during the days of College Football Hall of Famer Gordon Hudson. Holmgren also coached Itula Mili in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks. It wouldn't be too surprising to find out that Pitta's lack of production was a result of Holmgren ordering the Cleveland coaching staff to stop Pitta at all costs. 

Stats
This week: 0 receptions, 2 targets
Season: 18 receptions, 188 yards, 2 touchdowns

Baltimore Ravens: 3-1
Next: Kansas City Chiefs

Brett Keisel, Pittsburgh Steelers, Defensive End

Did not play, bye week.

Stats
This week: no stats
Season: 6 tackles (2 solo)

Pittsburgh Steelers: 1-2
Next: Philadelphia Eagles

John Denney, Miami Dolphins, Long Snapper

For the second straight week, the Miami Dolphins lost in overtime. Denney saw considerable action on special teams as the long snapper again. This week he came in for five puts, three field goal attempts and two extra point attempts. The highlight of the game for him though, was likely the single tackle he made after one of the punts he came in on.

Miami Dolphins: 1-3
Next: Cincinnati Bengals

Dallas Reynolds, Philadelphia Eagles, Center

Reynolds started at Center for the second week in a row as the Eagles defeated the New York Giants.

Philadelphia Eagles: 3-1
Next:  Pittsburgh Steelers

John Beck, Houston Texans, Quarterback

Did not play in the Texans’ 38-14 win over the Tennessee Titans.

Stats
No stats recorded yet.

Houston Texans: 4-0
Next: New York Jets

Austin Collie, Indianapolis Colts, Wide Receiver

Collie is out for the season after last week’s injury. The Colts officially put him on the injured reserve on Monday. He went in for surgery on Wednesday and tweeted, “About to go into surgery. Thanks for all your prayers and thoughts. I know wo a doubt I'm gonna come out stronger than ever. #optimism.” After the surgery, he again tweeted, “Surgery went well. Doc is optimistic I'll come back stronger than before.#gonnabeagrind.” With Collie on the IR, Blue Cougar Football will no longer give updates on him through this weekly article. 

Stats
This week: No stats
Season: 1 catch, 6 yards

Indianapolis Colts: 1-2
Next: Green Bay Packers

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