Dick Harmon: A decade after having a Collie, BYU should benefit immediately from having Dylan

PROVO — It’s been 10 years since BYU’s football team had Austin Collie catching footballs.

A few years before that, it was his brother Zac, and before that their father Scott was catching passes from Jim McMahon.

When Kalani Sitake opened fall camp earlier this month, the youngest in the Collie line, Hawaii senior transfer Dylan Collie, took to the field. While he has yet to catch a pass this season, his impact has been immediate.

The last time a Collie played in Provo, the team won 10 games.

Receivers coach Fesi Sitake said of Dylan: “Great leadership and very experienced. He gets hard on himself but he’s very driven and motivated. I’ve got to keep him as levelheaded as I can but he’s very well-intended. He picked up the offense as fast as anyone this summer and it’s a hard offense at that. He’s gone from being a learner to two weeks later being the teacher. He loves football.”

After watching his work the first day of practice, I told him he definitely looked like a Collie.

“That’s a compliment,” Dylan said. “That is something that obviously I want to be, not just in terms of the last name but in terms of mentality, coming out with energy and trying to be a leader in every way, shape and form. You know, just being ready to learn from everybody around me.”

It’s yet to be proven how Collie will deliver in games, but there is no question to those who’ve interviewed him in camp that he will be a go-to guy with reporters. He’s like Austin. He knows the game inside and out and puts things in perspective.

Here are some Dylan Collie quotes from BYU’s first week of fall camp. Much of his comments sound like they came from a coach.

On his first day:

“It’s tough there, in the beginning, to be patient with myself, knowing it’s the first day and wanting to go a thousand miles per hour all the time. That’s a difficult part. It will be good to go back and look at the film. We have 30 days. The countdown begins.”

On the struggles of last year, has it made players more hungry to win?

“I think you saw it today. Everyone is ready to go. Everyone knows that this is a new team and a new season and you might say it is even a new place for everybody because of the new coaches, the new staff, the new culture, it is like a fresh start for everybody. You saw it in the first meeting early this morning. You could see the excitement from period one. We’ll take it step by step and day by day.”

On helping teammates prepare this summer:

“It’s a really simple process. You work to become one as a team and you work on every single little thing every day. It’s very simple. There are no secrets or special formula. It’s a day-to-day thing. Some guys need to be shown it and there are things we all need to work on, …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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