Even though the Cougars’ all-time leading receiver is off to the bright lights of the NFL, BYU still has plenty of talent at the wide receiver position heading into the 2014 season. Even with all of the athletes on the outside for BYU, at least a couple of players need to step up for the team to have success. after all, BYU is a much better team when they have a big-time wide receiver or two on the roster. The Cougars have had that on the roster over the last handful of seasons in Cody Hoffman who put up some of the best seasons from a wide receiver in school history. He isn’t the only wide out who put up monster seasons while at the Y, however.
Here is a look at the 25 best seasons by a wide receiver ever at BYU.
Statistics and placement in both conference and national leader boards from Sports-reference.com. Award information and school records from BYUCougars.com.
25. Lloyd Jones, 1979: while the Cougars had great balance in the receiving game it was Jones who easily led the team in receiving yards. His 735 yards were good for second in the WAC. Even though he was fourth on the team in receptions with 33, that was still good enough for sixth in the WAC. The most impressive part of his numbers was the fact that he led the WAC and finished eighth nationally with an average of 22.3 yards per catch. Those stats were good enough for him to earn first-team all-WAC honors as well as being named All-American honorable mention.
24. Phil Odle, 1965: while ’65 wasn’t his most productive overall season for the Cougars, it was the year he found the end zone the most times. His career-high 11 touchdowns led the team and were good for third in the nation. He also led the Cougars with 46 receptions and 657 yards to earn first-team all-WAC honors. One of his most productive games of the season came in a 34-7 win over San Jose State when he caught five passes for 129 yards and two scores.
23. Mark Bellini, 1986: Bellini was the main target for Steve Lindsley as the Cougars struggled to an 8-5 record in ’86. He finished the season as the team leader and in the top 10 in the WAC in all major receiving categories. He finished seventh in the conference in catches (46), second in receiving yards (839), third in yards per catch (18.2) and seventh in touchdown receptions (5). One of his best games of the year came in a 34-22 win over Wyoming when he caught seven passes for 159 yards and a touchdown.
22. Mike Chronister, 1978: Chronister earned first-team all-WAC for the second consecutive season after put up big numbers and was the most productive receiver for the 9-4 Cougars. He was at the top of the charts for BYU and the WAC in receptions (52) and receiving yards (850) while adding three receiving touchdowns. His 16.3 yards per reception also placed him fifth on the conference leader board.
21. Cody Hoffman, 2013: Hoffman didn’t have the kind of senior season that anyone expected, but it was good enough to land on this list. He led the team with 57 receptions for 894 yards and five scores in 11 contests. One of his biggest games of the season came in the 31-16 loss to Washington in the Fight Hunger Bowl when he caught 12 passes for 167 yards.
20. Austin Collie, 2007: even though he is most remembered for his remarkable junior season, Collie had a big year as a sophomore as well. He earned second-team all-MWC in ’07 after he recorded 56 catches for 946 yards and a conference leading seven touchdowns. One of his best games of the campaign came in a thrilling 17-10 win over Utah. That day, he registered five catches for 126 yards, including a 49-yard reception on 4th-and-18 late in the game to keep the BYU hopes alive.
19. Glen Kozlowski, 1984: Robbie Bosco had plenty of great weapons to choose from during the Cougars run to the National Championship and Kozlowski was one of the best. He recorded 55 receptions for 879 yards and 11 touchdowns to earn first-team all-WAC honors. One of his best games of the season came in a 24-14 win over Utah when he caught eight passes for 162 yards and a score.
18. Kirk Pendleton, 1983: Pendleton had by far his best season with the Cougars in ’83 and was a big reason why they finished with an 11-1 record. He registered 50 catches for a team-high 810 yards and 11 touchdown receptions. Those 11 touchdown catches were good enough to place him No. 1 in the nation. His most impressive game of the season came in a 66-21 win over New Mexico when he took four receptions into the end zone.
17. Dan Plater, 1981: Plater had his most productive season at BYU as one of the favorite targets of Jim McMahon and Steve Young. He finished second on the team behind tight end Gordon Hudson in receptions (62), yards (891) and receiving touchdowns (five) to earn first-team all-WAC honors. Although his 62 catches were only good for second on the team, they were good enough to place him eighth in the nation.
16. Cody Hoffman, 2011: Hoffman had a breakout year as a sophomore in 2011. He was by far the favorite weapon of Jake Heaps and Riley Nelson as he led the team in receptions (61), yards (943) and touchdowns (10). His best game of the year came in the 24-21 win over Tulsa in the Armed forces bowl when he caught eight passes for 122 yards and all three BYU touchdowns.
15. Ben Cahoon, 1997: after making only 11 catches for 166 yards in 14 games as a junior, Cahoon made a huge jump and became the Cougars main weapon on the outside in ’97. That year he led the Cougars in receptions (57) and passing yards (931) while he tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns (four). Those numbers were also good enough to place him in the top 10 in the WAC in each category and earn him second-team all-conference.
14. Eric Drage, 1993: after back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons Drage missed out on the mark as a senior, but still put up a huge year in ’93. That season, he earned first-team all-WAC honors after he caught 54 passes for 867 yards and five touchdowns including a pair of monster outings. In a 48-45 loss to Fresno State, he caught 10 passes for 232 yards. He followed that up with a 12 reception game for 213 yards and a pair of scores in a 30-3 win over Air Force.
13. Eric Drage, 1991: Drage had a breakout year as a sophomore in 1991. He earned second-team all-WAC honors after he made 46 catches for 1,018 yards and 10 touchdowns. Those numbers placed him in the top 10 nationally in receiving yards (eighth) and receiving touchdowns (ninth), while his 22.1 yards per reception was good for third. One of his best games of the season came in a 48-17 win over Utah when he caught six passes for 188 yards and three scores.
12. Chuck Cutler, 1988: Cutler had his best season on the gridiron with BYU in 1988 as the favorite target of the Cougar quarterbacks. He led the team in receptions (64), receiving yards (1,039) and receiving touchdowns (10) to earn first-team all-WAC honors. Those numbers were good enough to place him 10th nationally in yards and seventh in receiving scores. His most impressive game of the season came in a 65-0 win over New Mexico when he caught 10 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns.
11. Todd Watkins, 2004: in a year where the Cougars struggled offensively, Watkins was one of the few bright spots in 2004. He earned first-team all-MWC honors after he led the conference in regular season receiving yards (1,042) and yards per reception (20), while adding 52 catches and six touchdowns. His best game of the year came in a 28-27 loss to Boise State when he caught nine passes for 211 yards and a score.
10. Margin Hooks, 1999: Hooks was the favorite target of Kevin Feterik as the Cougars finished with an 8-4 record and a share of the Mountain West Conference championship as a junior. That season, Hooks led the conference receptions (60) and receiving yards (1,067) as well as second in receiving touchdowns (seven) to earn first-team all-MWC recognition. His most impressive game of the year came in a 35-28 win over Washington when he caught eight balls for 140 yards and a score.
9. Phil Odle, 1966: Odle earned first-team all-WAC for the second straight year after he led the Cougars in receptions (60) and receiving yards (920) to go along with five touchdowns. Those numbers were good enough to place him in the top 10 nationally in both receptions (eighth) and receiving yards (fifth). One of his best games of the year came in 53-33 win over then Texas Western (UTEP), when he caught 14 passes for 242 yards.
8. Eric Drage, 1992: of all the great seasons that he had at BYU, 1992 was the most impressive season for Drage. That year he earned first-team all-WAC after he led the Cougars in receptions (56), receiving yards (1,093) and touchdowns (12). Those stats were good enough to place him in the top 10 nationally in receiving yards (ninth) and receiving touchdowns (second). His best game of the year came in a 45-38 loss to San Diego State when he caught nine passes for 198 yards and three scores.
7. Reno Mahe, 2001: Mahe was the main receiving target for Brandon Doman as the Cougars started out the season 12-0 before dropping the last two contests of the 2001 season. Along the way, Mahe led BYU and the Mountain West Conference in receptions (91), receiving yards (1,211) and receiving touchdowns (9) to earn first-team all-MWC recognition. His most productive game of the year came in a 72-45 loss to Hawaii when he caught 14 passes for 181 yards and two scores to go along with eight carries for 69 yards on the ground.
6. Mark Bellini, 1985: after a solid sophomore season, Bellini became one of the favorite targets of Robbie Bosco in 1985. Although, he finished tied for second on the team in receptions (63), Bellini led the team in receiving yards (1,008) and receiving touchdowns (14). In fact, those numbers were good enough to place him as sixth in the nation in receiving yards and first in touchdowns to earn United Press second-team all-American honors, according to BYUCougars.com. His best game of the year came in a 26-24 win over Temple when he caught nine passes for 179 yards and three scores.
5. Cody Hoffman, 2012: the leading receiver in BYU history had his best season as a junior in 2012 when Hoffman led BYU and all other independent receivers in every major statistical category. He finished the season with 100 receptions for 1,248 yards and 11 touchdowns. His best game of the year came in a 50-14 win over New Mexico State when he caught 12 passes for 182 yards and a BYU record five scores.
4. Phil Odle, 1967: after a pair of dominant seasons, Odle saved his best for last as a senior for the Cougars in 1967. That year he earned Dell Sports first-team all-American after he broke the WAC record with 77 receptions, according to BYUCougars.com. Along with his 77 catches (third in the nation), Odle finished fifth in the country in receiving yards (971) and seventh in touchdowns (9).
3. Andy Boyce, 1990: after a solid junior campaign, Boyce stepped up and became the most productive weapon for Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Ty Detmer as a senior in 1990. That season, Boyce earned first-team all-WAC after he recorded 79 receptions for 1,241 yards and 13 touchdowns. Those numbers would good enough to place him second in the nation in receptions, as well as third in both receiving yards and receiving scores. His most impressive game of the season came in a 55-31 win over New Mexico when he caught nine balls for 235 yards and two trips to the end zone.
2. Jay Miller, 1973: a year after the Cougars had the leading rusher in the country, Miller gave BYU the national leader in receptions and receiving yards in 1973. That season, Miller earned Universal Sports first-team all-American, according to BYUCougars.com after he caught 100 passes for 1,181 yards and eight touchdowns. His best game of the season came in a 56-21 win over New Mexico when he caught 22 passes for 263 yards (both still BYU records) and three trips to the end zone.
1. Austin Collie, 2008: Collie saved his best for last and put up the best season by a receiver in BYU history in 2008. That season, he set school records in receptions (106) and receiving yards (1,538), as well as tying the school record in receiving touchdowns (15). Those totals were good enough for him to place first in the nation in receiving yards, third in receptions and fourth in receiving scores to earn CBSSports.com first-team all-American. His best game of the year came in a 45-42 win over Colorado State when he caught nine passes for 156 yards and three trips to the end zone.