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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Falslev is Mr. Do-it-all for BYU

When the Brigham Young Cougars needed someone to help fix the problems in the kickoff return department, head coach Bronco Mendenhall knew just who to call: JD Falslev. With his first return of the game, for 44 yards, Falslev became the only BYU player to record all-purpose yards in four different categories.

Falslev is not just an all-purpose player by definition, but also by performance. He has made a real impact in games with his rushing, receiving, punt and kickoff returning.

Rushing
Falslev has just 90 rushing yards, but his 7.5 yards per carry average is impressive. That impressive YPC can be attributed to his 53-yard run against Weber State. That run to the 4-yard line set up BYU’s first score of the second half. Falslev ended the game as BYU’s leading rusher.

Receiving
Falslev has 20 receptions for 141 yards and 1 touchdown this season. He is currently tied for third most receptions on the team. His touchdown reception made the difference between a win and a loss for BYU against Utah State. Falslev scored on a three-yard pass from Taysom Hill with 3 seconds left before halftime to give BYU a 6-3 lead. That would be the final score.

Punt Returns
Falslev has returned 17 punts for 151 yards this season. While BYU was trailing Oregon State 14-7, Falslev helped keep the Cougars in the game with a 27-yard punt return that, coupled with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, gave the Cougars the ball just 30 yards away from the end zone. BYU would score that drive to tie the game 14-14. Falslev has also had 33 and 34 yard returns this season.

Kickoff Returns
Falslev has 3 kickoff returns for 129 yards. All three returns came against Georgia Tech. All three were 42 yards or longer. Obviously, all three returns gave BYU great field position. On the three drives, BYU scored a total of 17 points, which matched the point total Georgia Tech had the entire game.

In total, Falslev has 511 all-purpose yards, which is third on the team. That number could skyrocket by the end of the year since he just started returning kickoffs. While he will be hard pressed to pass Jamaal Williams (742) and Cody Hoffman (761), Falslev is finding a way to make a difference in games in all four of his roles with this team.

That can't be said about anyone else.

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

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