The NFL will come a calling for many an underclassmen in the next two weeks, but one of the most important pieces of BYU’s offensive puzzle apparently won’t be one of the ones who will answer.
On his Twitter account early Saturday morning, wide receiver Cody Hoffman confirmed he will be returning to the Cougars for his senior season.
“[P]roud to announce that I’ll be returning to BYU for my senior year with my boys!” Hoffman wrote. Teammate Ross Apo was one of many to tweet congratulations on the return.
The move is not surprising — as the Deseret News notes, Hoffman was leaning toward a return after being named offensive MVP of the Poinsettia Bowl — but it’s an official boon for BYU nonetheless.
Hoffman led the Cougars in receptions (100), receiving yards (1,248) and receiving touchdowns (11) in 2012. The 6-4, 215-pound junior has a chance to leave BYU as the all-time leader in every major statistical receiving category.
One of the more underrated storylines heading into Week 6 continued its tack of uncertainty Tuesday.
During the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, Dalvin Cook tweaked his hamstring and didn’t return to the contest. The sophomore running back was initially labeled as day-to-day for this weekend’s game against Miami, and that hasn’t changed as Jimbo Fisher reaffirmed that Cook’s status for the in-state rivalry game remains up in the air.
“We’ll keep waiting,” the head coach said, adding that, because of Cook’s knowledge of the offense, he could sit out of practice the entire week and still take the field against the Hurricanes.
“He knows what to do, you can keep him healthy and do that there’s no doubt about that,” Fisher said.
Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th. The Seminoles’ No. 2 rusher, Mario Pender, is still dealing with the aftereffects of a collapsed lung that will sideline him for at least another week.
Oklahoma State’s defense has taken what will likely prove to be a very significant and impactful blow.
On Twitter as well as Instagram late Tuesday night, Ryan Simmons announced that he “recently tore my MCL & PCL which will require surgery.” As a result, Simmons, who was injured in the Week 5 win over Kansas State, will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, even as OSU has yet to officially confirm the linebacker’s status moving forward.
Because Simmons is a senior, and this is his final season of eligibility, the end of his 2015 season would also mean the end of his collegiate career.
Simmons has started the last 31 games for the Cowboys. He was second on the team in tackles last season, and his 26 career tackles for loss makes him OSU’s active leader in that category as well.
On his official bio, it’s written that Simmons is “[o]ne of the unquestioned leaders of the team, both on and off the field.”