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BYU football: Matt Reynolds preps for UTEP with pro decision looming

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  • Ken Sandy, UT
    Dec. 9, 2010 11:10 p.m.

    Leave before this train wreck of a team gets any worse. That's my advice. Nothing but 7 and 5 seasons with blowouts to big names in the future for this program. Who cares if you play texas, ole miss, v tech if you will never have the athletes to compete with them? Recruits will have an easy decision after seeing byu get exposed every time they face real athletes. See florida state and tcu the past two years. Byu won't ever compete with those programs. Would have been better to keep pretending you were good by staying in mwc

  • BYU Student Provo, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 2:10 a.m.

    Didn't you lose by 40 to TCU?

  • mindgames Aurora, CO
    Dec. 10, 2010 4:28 a.m.

    Nothing a Ute fan would like more than all the great BYU pro prospects leaving early for their fortunes in the NFL.

    If that is what Matt wants and deserves then more power to him. He will be hard to replace and will be missed, but the Cougars will continue to build tremendous teams during the Mendenhall years and beyond.

    The tradition has been established and the quality of recruits continues to flow into the greatest college surroundings that are avalible. It is not for everybody, but the selected few that it is right for will thrive in the environment.

    If, indeed it is time for Matt to move up, then more power to him. If he chooses to stay hurrah for all the fans of BYU. Either way he is a winner and we have had the pleasure of watching him succeed.

    Enjoy the bowl game.

    Prediction BYU 47 UTEP 10. Offensive left tackle Matt Reynolds protects his quarterback allowing no sacks.

    Matt thanks for the memories yesterday, today and for many tomorrow.

  • GuitarGuy Layton, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 7:11 a.m.

    This "train wreck" of a team very nearly (and probably should have) beaten your precious Utes, Ken. Nice job against TCU, by the way. I am very excited to watch Boise State do the same to you.

  • Florwood American Fork, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 7:28 a.m.

    Glad he's going to get an evaluation from the NFL's College Advisory Committee for underclassmen, instead of relying on some slimy agent trying to get another client. Still remember the debacle faced by some others who left too early, like Bateman and Walsh.

    At least, I think it's good--anyone know how accurate the CAC is in predicting draft round? Whichever way he decides, go Matt!

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    Dec. 10, 2010 7:53 a.m.

    Just as sure as I am sitting in a brown chair, he's going pro. Fear of a lock-out will not deter him. The only variable I see is the potential for serious injury in New Mexico. That would make a re-hab year logical. I anticipate he will have a successful career and retire with a few good years left. He will advise the coaches on the flight home from the Bowl game. It will start with "hey dad...." The only thing remaining is for fans to act suprised and second guess the decision when the official announcement comes.

    What does this mean for BYU next year? A team always misses a NFL caliber player. They are fortunate to have 4 returning starters on the O-line. Enough players have had playing time this year to suggest a solid o-line early in the season.

  • beefstew Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 8:30 a.m.

    He's not a typical Junior upperclassman. After a redshirt and two year mission he's far older. If he stays for a Senior year he'll be 3-4 years older than the rest of the incoming NFL rookie class. You only have so many years in the NFL and he'll basically be graduated. I'd be surprised if he stays after the bowl game.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 9:19 a.m.

    "If a guy is able to be a high draft pick at his age, that's awesome."

    HUH? He has to be atleast 24 if he served a mission.

    Whatever, he is a big boy who will play in the NFL. I say go, but of course you all knew I would say that.

  • Ted H. Midvale, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 9:34 a.m.

    utahcountyyewty,

    "HUH? He has to be atleast 24 if he served a mission"

    THATS THE POINT!!!

    If a guy is at least 24 and is projected to be a high draft pick - that's awesome.

    Leave it up to a yewty to completely miss the boat.

  • COUGARNATE Lyman, WY
    Dec. 10, 2010 9:45 a.m.

    ken. we'll see. I guess you didn't see all the freshman on BYU and what good athletes they were. BYU is going to be very good the next two or three years. I think they will beat a lot of those teams that you said are too good for them.
    P.S. Go away haters!!!!!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Dec. 10, 2010 9:49 a.m.

    If Ken is saying that BYU can't compete against the quality programs, what does that say about the Utes? Because it's pretty obvious that BYU has been able to compete against the Utes. I hope the Utes and still thanking the refs for the blown call on the fumble that should not have been called a fumble.

  • Julianne North Salt Lake, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 9:59 a.m.

    I hope that he doesn't leave the Cougars early because you also need to think about if he doesn't get drafted or if he gets a ending career injury than what does he have to back him up. I think these players need to think about that instead of just jumping in and saying all I want to do is play in the NFL, NBA or even the MBA.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 10:03 a.m.

    Re: CougFaninTX | 9:49 a.m. Dec. 10, 2010
    Frisco, TX
    *********************

    Thanking the refs?

    No, Ute fans are thanking the BYU field goal team for failing to execute on a simple field goal attempt.

    Thanks Cougars... and btw... scoreboard...

  • We the People Sandy, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 10:07 a.m.

    Take the money and run.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 10:28 a.m.

    Ted

    Funny though, his position coach goes on to say...

    "Potentially, he has the ability to be an NFL player"

    You would think he would be ready go at the ripe old age of 24.

  • dumprake Toquerville, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 11:19 a.m.

    Forget the NFL, stay and play for BYU.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Dec. 10, 2010 12:07 p.m.

    Anytime you can be paid to play football, instead of doing for free (I know they get a college education, but you know my point) do it. I would say the thing to Brandon Burton who has been projected in the 2nd round.

    Do you think Jake Locker is glad he came back? That cost him tens of millions of dollars.

  • Ted H. Midvale, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 12:36 p.m.

    pokyUte,

    Agreed. If professional ball doesn't work out, they can come back and finish the year left they have in the degree.

    utahcountyute,

    Yes, and barack obama is president. What's your point?

    Yes, he has the potential to be an NFL player. Yes, he is likely ready to go at the ripe old age of 24. Who said he wasn't ready?

    I think you're somehow trying to shift the focus from the fact that you were trying to make fun of someone for supposedly suggesting he is young for a high round pick when in fact that person was suggesting it it awesome he could still be a high round pick at the ripe old age of 24.

    You were confused bud. It's ok. It happens.

  • Griz Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 1:07 p.m.

    @Ken
    Speaking of train wrecks, what has happened to the Yewt defense? Now that all of Urban's players are gone we're no longer seeing NFL draft worthy players in the graduating class. Also, Twitt's recruits are being exposed as a bunch of small, slow, lumbering 2nd raters. I guess the blowout loss to Boise St will just be more proof in the pudding.

    Wait until next season when you no longer have the luxury of playing a cupcake schedule and your lack of speed, size and depth gets exposed even further by the relentless grind of a weekly diet of better teams.

    I remember attendance at Rice-Chex in the mid-late 90's being typically in the 25,000 range per game because the teams were so boring. I imagine after a few routine poundings by the likes of Colorado, Wash St and such that the fairweather Yewt fans (like yourself) will all disappear again.

  • bigdaddy Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 1:18 p.m.

    Dear Ken,
    "Leave before your train wreck of a Yewt team gets any worse. That's my advice. Nothing but 5-7 or 6-6 seasons with blowouts to big names in the future for this program.

    Who cares if you play Wash St, Colorado, ASU if you will never have the athletes to compete with them? Recruits will have an easy decision after seeing Utah get exposed every time they face real athletes. See the BYU, Boise St, Notre Dame, SDSU and TCU games the past two years. Utah won't ever compete with those programs.

    Would have been better to keep pretending you were good by staying in mwc and feasting on the likes of UNLV, Wyoming, New Mexico, etc and always avoiding playing quality OOC opponents in order to have a chance at finishing undefeated."

    That sounds like good solid advice Ken. Better to go in with realistic expectations so the actual results don't hurt as much.

    I'm sure the team that's most happy about your joining the Pac 10 is Washington St. Now they have a shot at an easy conference game on their schedule.

    Good Luck,
    Bigdaddy

  • bigdaddy Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 1:30 p.m.

    @Pocyute

    You bring up a good point with Jake Locker. This year started with projections as the #1 pick and Heisman Trophy contender. I'm not sure where he'll end up in the draft now but he's been lapped several times by quite a few other QBs (Newton, Luck, Mallet, etc).

    I agree with you, these guys really need to strike while the iron's hot. Austin Collie was right to go when he did and it's paid off. If I was a friend or family member of Matt I'd tell him the same thing.

    I think in the case of Brandon Burton he should go even more than Reynolds. Next season in the Pac 10 he will be facing a steady stream of NFL caliber receivers instead of the usual rabble of MWC types and most likely will struggle a lot and it will affect his draft status. He should go now instead of making the same mistake that Jake Locker made.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 1:35 p.m.

    Griz,

    Shaky, Burton, and Schlauderaff will all be picked in the draft this year without a doubt.

    Asiata and Wide also will likely make NFL rosters.

    All Whitt's players.

    The reloading continues!

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 1:42 p.m.

    RE Ken
    Ute Players: Leave before this train wreck of a team gets any worse. That's my advice. Nothing but blowout losses to top PAC teams in the future for this program. Who cares if you play USC, Stanfordor Oregon, if you get blown out and will never have the athletes to compete with them? Recruits will have an easy decision after seeing the utes get exposed every time they face real athletes. See tcu and a mediocre Notre Dame team. utah won't ever compete with those programs. Would have been better to keep pretending you were good by staying in mwc.
    See Ken, I can do it too!
    BYU will continue on to even more national relevance and success while your team wallows in mediocrity in the PAC. Your jealous obsession will continue to fester.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Dec. 10, 2010 1:46 p.m.

    Matt:

    Thanks for all of the hard work and effort you have put into playing football, especially here at BYU. We, Cougar fans, enjoy watching you play. My only hope is that you make the best decision for you and that, regardless of what that decision ultimately is, you go ahead and get your degree. Football careers are capricious and a degree will give you more options in a post-football life. (Look at Steve Young).

    I wish you the best in this decision and in your future.

  • FireHawk Aurora, CO
    Dec. 10, 2010 1:48 p.m.

    Big family...I bet Costco loves them. If you are good enough to go pro shouldn't you progress?...do it while you are young and maybe the wear and tear will be better.

    Who knows what next year will bring or when a knee or something will give out.

    "Go and climb the ladder".

  • cougar76 Provo, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 2:03 p.m.

    Howard S. - Wasn't it you predicting this would be a BCS, possibly even a NC, year for the Y-ewts? In that case, SCOREBOARD! Your joke of a team played like garbage most of the game, scored on a series of fluke plays that went against BYU and was lucky to eek out a 1 point win. You should be embarassed by the SCOREBOARD. A BYU win would have been nice, but I can live with the SCOREBOARD knowing we play the Y-ewts again next year. As for this year, just wait until BSU finishes with Ewe. Too bad the SCOREBOARD is only built for a two digit blowout.

  • Griz Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 2:14 p.m.

    @Chris B
    Need to put down the red koolaid and start drinking something a little more healthy there Bud. The article is referring to the NFL draft, not the CFL or UFL draft.

    The only draftable guy this year for Utah is Zane Taylor and he's projected very late (6-7th round).

    If Burton decides to come out he'll be in the middle rounds and I agree with that one post that says he should come out now versus get exposed next year by a steady diet of Pac 12 WR's and blow his chances. If he waits for next year he might not get drafted at all. He better come out early before NFL scouts have a chance to find this out.

    Schlauderaff is rated in the mid 20's at his position and that's not nearly high enough for him to get drafted. Smithson is even worse at 49th. To Caleb's credit he may get signed as a FA, same for Wide and Asiata.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 2:19 p.m.

    First round or bust Matt, you deserve no less. At the very least 2nd round.

    It would be tough to say no if he projected at 1st round. I really hope you stay. BYU can be such a good team next year!

  • Everybody Hates Chris Draper, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 2:19 p.m.

    @Cougar76

    you forgot to mention the rigged Replay Booth

  • Mount Olympus Holladay, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 2:20 p.m.

    Matt won't last in the NFL.
    Doesn't it seem like he got hurt at least once every game this season?

  • TizTheSeason logan, utah
    Dec. 10, 2010 3:22 p.m.

    Would love to see Matt get there. Great Kid and great role model. The sports world continually needs that kind of player.

    Good Luck Matt with the decision. You know the process. ;)

  • cactusflats American Fork, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 3:42 p.m.

    I can think of a lot of NFL QB's who would love to have Matt protecting their blind side.

  • 3ULLS3Y3 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 5:42 p.m.

    Reynolds should go to the NFL if he is projected to go in the 2nd round or higher. He can always come back and get his degree afterwards. It's not like Reynolds can win a conference championship or anything next year. Even if BYU goes 10-2, they won't be playing for a BCS title. Sell while the stock is hot and start earning millions with home prices being low. A lot can happen in 365 days, for the better or worse.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 5:55 p.m.

    If he is truly a first round pick, it would be foolish to stay. I know he loves BYU, his father is one of the coaches but the money he could make going that high in the draft would set him and his family up for life. You can't afford to take that risk.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 6:43 p.m.

    Matt will go in the draft, but his stock has dropped while others have risen. He would be late 2nd round at best, but that completely depends on team needs. The few NFL teams I follow wouldn´t take him until the last couple rounds, so my guess is he goes mid to late 3rd round.

    Not bad, and a nice paycheck.

    Don´t risk an injury if your dream is to make it to the big leagues. You´ll get a 3 or 4 year contract and if you do well, then you can negotiate a higher salary.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 6:56 p.m.

    Re: cougar76 | 2:03 p.m. Dec. 10, 2010
    Provo, UT
    ****************

    Sorry my friend cougar 76 -

    I have not, nor will I ever, predict a BCS game or a NC for Utah. I challenge anyone to produce evidence to the contrary. Here's a hint... you'll look a loooong time.

    I leave preseason predictions of undefeated seasons, Heismans, and National Championships to the Cougars.

    But in the meantime I am proud and humble to say....

    scoreboard.

  • Old Navy Provo, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 7:10 p.m.

    Pro prospect, are you kidding me?

    I seem to remember Reynolds getting manhandled and beaten repeatedly during the Air Force game by a much smaller defensive lineman.

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 9:35 p.m.

    Good luck Matt whatever. Instead of celebrating their NC 2010 the utes are gloating over the botched fumble call and the ute re-play dudes that allowed them to steal a 1 point win at home over a "wreck." Ah yes, ute sportsmanship at its best.

  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 9:39 p.m.

    Matt could play Left or Right tackle at the next level. He has massive size and is very atheletic for his size. However, keep in mind the nfl could have a lockout next season if a new CBA deal doesn't get done. I hope Matt stays his senior year, but either way I will support his decision. If he does go, he will be missed and tough to replace.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Dec. 10, 2010 11:48 p.m.

    I would not want to be in his way, during one of his "pancake" blocks. It must be intimidating.
    Dad looks tired. Kudos to him. LOL. It must be tough to earn enough money to feed those hungry young men.

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 11:34 a.m.

    @christina b

    LOL None of those stiffs will get drafted with the possible outside chance of Taylor being a low rounder. Smitson will never sniff an NFL roster not will either of those mediocre rb's.

    LOL