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Thursday, January 31, 2013

BYU Football: Did you know? (Dennis Pitta vs. Austin Collie)

When former Brigham Young Cougars tight end Dennis Pitta takes the field for the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII, he will be the first former BYU player to play in the Super Bowl at one of the skill positions since wide receiver Austin Collie played in Super Bowl XLIV for the Indianapolis Colts. Interestingly, the former Cougar teammates could end up with the same postseason receiving stats during their respective Super Bowl runs.
Did you know that Dennis Pitta needs 7 receptions for 104 yards in the Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers to match Austin Collie's receiving output during the 2009 playoffs?

That would be a pretty big day for Pitta, but not too crazy to rule it out.

Collie had 17 receptions for 241 yards and 2 touchdowns, including 6 receptions for 66 yards in the Super Bowl. Pitta already has 10 receptions for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Comparing regular season stats of these two former Cougars from their Super Bowl seasons is also interesting.

Collie: 2009 - 60 rec. 676 yards 7 TD
Pitta:   2012 - 61 rec. 669 yards 7 TD

If Pitta has 111 yards receiving on 6 receptions in the Super Bowl, then Collie and he will both end up with the exact same combined stats for the regular season and playoffs (77 receptions, 917 yards, 9 TD).  

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