Collie is BYU's first wide receiver to make a big impact in the NFL

by | Sep. 30, 2010

Saints & Sports

Austin Collie, the former BYU wide receiver now playing for the Indianapolis Colts, is quickly becoming a star in the National Football League. In just his second NFL season, he leads the league in receptions (27), receiving yards (359) and touchdown catches (4). Collie seemed to put an exclamation point on his arrival Sunday when he caught 12 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns to help the Colts defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars. Perhaps the most remarkable part of the story is this: He is the first BYU wide receiver ever to make his mark in the NFL. BYU is legendary for producing NFL quarterbacks and prolific pass offenses for almost four decades. And yet no BYU wide receiver has done much more than win an NFL roster spot for a year or two, if that. With some irony, the Cougars, who practically invented the college passing game, have produced NFL standouts at linebacker (Todd Shell, Kurt Gouveia, Rob Norris, Leon White), safety (Tom Holmoe), defensive and offensive line (Bart Oates, John Tait, Brett Keisel), running back (Bill Ring), tight end (Chad Lewis, Itula Mili, Todd Christensen) and of course quarterback (Jim McMahon, Steve Young, Ty Detmer), but never a wide receiver.
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