With notable orators such as John Beck, Jake Kuresa, Bryan Kehl, Jan Jorgensen, Max Hall and Austin Collie long gone, reporters who cover BYU have often lamented the lack of players who can deliver good, quality quotes the past few years (aside from quarterback Riley Nelson).
Well, we have found another one this year. His name is JD Falslev.
I wrote about Falslev in Sunday's Tribune, and how the former walk-on from Sky View High had earned a scholarship and an expanded role in this year's offense. Hope you enjoyed his comments.
Here are a few more good ones:
Falslev on the Cougars not hitting as much as other college football teams:
"We have all hit before. We are all Division I college football players. We have all been hit. We all know how to hit. So we don't need to do that day in and day out to realize that we are football players."
More on hitting, and getting along as a team:
"What we've understood this year is we are all a team. We need every single guy that we could possibly have, on the field. And we realize that if you run by a guy; we know that you have made a play, or whatever. You don't need to hit him.
It helps us as an offense. We can not worry about getting lit up. We can focus on the ball, we can focus on our route.
Then we can focus on finishing. I think that's where the running backs have really excelled. They are not wrapped up by one guy. They are not getting hit by one guy and falling down. They are able to finish and I think that's a training in our mental process in camp.
Falslev on his expanded role:
"I love it. I love it. It is fun to be on the field. But like I have said, if my role is to be on the sidelines, cheering on my teammates, then that is my role, and I will do anything I can to help this team, because I love the game of football, and I plan to be around the game of football for a long time. Whether that is playing, whether that is coaching, whatever it is. So we will see how my role progresses throughout the season, and throughout the rest of fall camp. But any time I can be on the field or this or that, I love to be there."
Falsev on whether this is what he envisioned when he walked on:
"I didn't have a clear vision of what I wanted to do. I wanted to come in here and prove myself. I think the No. 1 goal I had was to prove myself.
In high school, my junior year I wasn't starting. I got frustrated, and my dad said, look, make it impossible for them not to play you. Don't say anything, don't do anything different. Just work hard and make it impossible for them not to play you. So coming in without a scholarship, I think the best think that I could do was think that I could play with these guys. Being on scout team, things like that, that's where I really progressed.
Then I got that mentality that: how do I make it impossible for them not to play me. The process of that is behind me, but I still continue to have that motto every day. I can't let off the gas now. There's no room for that now.
I just do anything I can -- in the film room, in the weight room, on the field. It doesn't matter where it is. I just try to make it impossible for them to have an excuse not to play me."
The folks at Yahoo have presented a list of the top 25 receivers and the top 10 tight ends in college football this season. BYU's Cody Hoffman made the receivers list, landing at No. 25.
However, the website erroneously says Hoffman is from the San Diego area. Actually, he prepped at Del Norte High, which is about as far away from San Diego as one can get and stay in the state of California. Hoffman's hometown, Crescent City, part of Del Norte County, is in extreme Northern California, about 23 miles from the Oregon border.
I know because I spent quite a bit of time the other night chatting with Hoffman's father, Richard. My story on Hoffman's childhood and how much he is followed by the folks in his hometown is scheduled to be published in Monday's Tribune. I think you'll like it.