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While McKay Jacobson returns from his LDS mission having accounted for 547 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns as a true freshman in 2006, BYU returns a very low number of wide receiver catch yards from last season.
BYU's top three wide receivers (Collie, Reed, White) are gone, having combined for 162 receptions, 2,097 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Returning are three wideouts (Ashworth, Chambers and Kozlowski--I'm not including Spencer Hafoka) who combined for 9 receptions, 122 yards and one touchdown.
Clearly, Jacobson is being counted on to be this year's Austin Collie, while Chambers is expected to have a breakout sophomore season, and Ashworth will be given every chance to battle Chambers for the #2 receiver spot. It remains to be seen which if any freshmen (Cody Hoffman, Mitch Mathews, Brett Thompson) or other return missionaries (Rhen Brown) will be able to contribute. Either way, there are big shoes to fill on the outside, and it will be one of the more interesting storylines of camp.
Yesterday's "Camp Cougar Countdown Trivia" question asked you to name the conference to which Pittsburgh belonged when BYU beat the Panthers to open the 1984 season.
The answer is...no conference. Pitt was an independent.
BYU finished the 1984 season with a 13-0 record. Until that time, how many other teams had ended a season 13-0, and who were they?
A Brazilian basketball update: former Cougar Luiz Lemes is back on the national team roster, called up to take the place of a veteran point guard (Manteguinha) who showed up to camp with a broken foot.
Including Lemes and Jonathan Tavernari, there are 18 players fighting for Brazil's 12 roster spots heading into the Tournament of the Americas.
Jimmer Fredette is staying busy back home in upstate New York (where I'm told he now has quite a following), playing in an NCAA-sanctioned summer league (the "King of Kings" Summer League). Fredette has played in two games featuring some fellow college players, and he has put up 40 points in one game; 27 in the other. His team, "518," from Albany, will be involved in league playoffs in the weeks to come.
You can track Fredette's performances by clicking on this link.
I would guess Fredette will get the majority of the votes for Preseason MWC Player of the Year when the votes are tallied this fall. Expect Tavernari to parlay his international experience into candidacy for POY honors as well.