PROVO — When first-year BYU passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Aaron Roderick joined the staff last winter, he had some serious questions about what he might see out of the receivers.

A year ago, the Cougar receiving corps was young and inexperienced — and it showed. The receivers struggled to make plays and score touchdowns as the offense, in general, was punchless and ineffective.

During fall camp, Roderick has been impressed with the receivers.

“Pleasant surprise for me has been our receivers. I don’t want to say I had low expectations but this group is better and deeper than I expected, at least they’ve been in practice,” Roderick said. “I’ve been pretty hard on them. I ride those guys hard every day and so does (receivers coach) Fesi (Sitake). The message has been, ‘Hey, nobody thinks you guys are any good. That’s who we are until we prove it in a game.’ But I have a lot of confidence in them. Even though I ride them, I tell them every day that we have a good group and I can’t wait for them to show in a real game what I think they’re capable of. We have some good players there.”

“The things that I’ve asked of them and demanded of them, they’ve given me — effort, energy, enthusiasm. They brought it all.”

BYU wide receivers coach Fesi Sitake

After a season of hard lessons and growing pains, junior wideout Micah Simon is counting on marked improvement this fall from the receivers.

“We’ve gained a lot more confidence in ourselves. We have last season under our belt and we knew what we needed to do during the offseason to prepare ourselves for this year,” said Simon, who caught 27 passes for 386 yards and three touchdowns in 2017. “We’ve worked hard. We know that’s not enough. We have to show it on the field. We need to keep working throughout camp and be ready to show at the start of the season.”

Fesi Sitake has been pleased with what he’s seen from the wideouts.

“The things that I’ve asked of them and demanded of them, they’ve given me — effort, energy, enthusiasm,” he said. “They brought it all. And there’s been some great playmaking by the guys. I’m super excited about this group. If they keep progressing on this track, they have a chance to be special.”

Simon said the receivers accepted the challenge given to them by Sitake …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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BYU’s maligned receiving corps eager to show that they’ve improved

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