Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
BYU wide receiver Jonah Trinnaman falls short of a pass from quarterback Taysom Hill during game against UMass at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016.
PROVO — To casual BYU fans, and maybe even to Cougar opponents, nothing significant stands out about this season’s crop of wide receivers on the roster.
At least not yet.
Combined, they haven’t done much at the collegiate level. The leading returning pass-catcher is senior Jonah Trinnaman, who had 28 receptions for 321 yards and one touchdown last season.
Gone are the top three receivers in 2016 — Nick Kurtz, Colby Pearson and Mitch Juergens. And the Cougars’ fifth-leading returning receiver, Moroni Laulu-Pututau, has been moved to tight end.
But despite the dearth of experience, BYU coaches don’t seem concerned — even with pass-happy quarterback Tanner Mangum taking snaps.
“These aren’t household names yet. But they will be,” said offensive coordinator Ty Detmer. “We’re excited about the athleticism they bring to the table. We’re young and a little bit inexperienced so it’s a matter of them being comfortable enough to let their talent play.”
“I know they are talented. Nobody really knows anything about them yet,” said head coach Kalani Sitake. “I promise you that they’ve got a lot of talent. People will know who they are. We’ll look back in a year from now and say they’re an experienced bunch.”
Receivers coach Ben Cahoon, a former Cougar receiver himself, understands what it means to play this position at BYU. Will household names emerge from this group?
“No question about it, for better or for worse, they will be known,” Cahoon said, smiling. “They’re going to be out there and the receiver position is one where you’re isolated when the ball comes your way. People will know their names and I believe these guys will step up and surprise some people.”
The speedy Trinnaman is…