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Ranking the best season by a wide receiver in BYU history (25 items)

By , For the Deseret News

Aug. 14, 2014

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 it has 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 are from Sports-reference.com. Award information and school records are from BYUCougars.com.

1 of 25. 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.

2 of 25. 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.

3 of 25. 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 (five). 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.

4 of 25. 22. Mike Chronister, 1978:

Chronister earned first-team all-WAC for the second consecutive season after he 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.

5 of 25. 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.

1. Ghost Writer
GILBERT, AZ,
Aug. 14, 2014

I never saw anyone who could go up and make impossible grabs with DBs draped all over him like Glen Kozlowski.

2. PhilRM
Anchorage, AK,
Aug. 14, 2014

Ghost Writer, I completely agree, and the guy was as flexible as gumby. He was amazing to watch. Matt Bellini was also awesome but they probably put him under running backs but many, that guy could catch a ball.

3. Surf is Up
Miami, FL,
Aug. 14, 2014

Ben Cahoon was up there with Koz

4. Vegasbob
North Las Vegas, NV,
Aug. 15, 2014

Remember playing city league softball against Kozlowski. Anything hit his way was an automatic out. An amazing player.

5. bradleyc
Layton, UT,
Aug. 15, 2014

Chronister was the man!