PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – The Collie tradition continues at BYU.
Zac Collie played on some great BYU teams catching touchdowns from John Beck from 2003 to 2006. Austin Collie left BYU in 2009 as the school’s second all-time leading receiver in touchdown catches and receiving yards, and played five years in the NFL.
Now, after a bit of a delay, it’s Dylan’s turn. He was just a kid back when his brothers played, but remembers everything.
“I remember everything from 2000 to 2018,” Collie said. “Everything from the time that my oldest brother Zac was here, and the first time that we walked into the football offices over there at the field house, to being here when I was eight and sleeping on the couch. That was my childhood, so it’s great to be back and be a part of this thing.”
The Collie tradition goes back to their father Scott, who played wide receiver for the Cougars from 1979 to 1982.
After originally committing to BYU in 2012, Collie returned from his LDS mission and decided to transfer for Hawaii, where he caught 118 passes and 9 touchdowns over three seasons. But he wanted to finish his career as a Cougar. However, having missed all of spring practice, he has some catching up to do.
“It’s obviously difficult,” said Collie, who has one year left of eligibility. “It’s still very new. I’ve never been in a huddle before. I’ve been in a no-huddle with signals and things like that, so being able to hear and understand what the quarterback is saying is a learning curve. That’s something I’ll need to pick up on, and that just comes with time.”
With a slew of receivers competing for playing time, Collie says bring it on.
“The competition is what you need,” Collie said. “If you’re ever just sitting there being content with being the only guy than we’re all in trouble. The best part about having guys that know how to ball out and play is it takes pressure off of everyone. The defense can’t just sit there and look to one guy, so it’s a beautiful thing.”