PROVO — With the 2016 season winding down, several seniors on the BYU football team may spend time reflecting on their time within the program. One of those players is receiver Colby Pearson, who joined the team as a walk-on in 2013 before working his way into the receiver rotation while earning a scholarship.
“It’s been quite the journey,” Pearson said during Monday's press conference. “I’m sad to see the end coming up, but I wouldn’t take anything back and I’m glad I had to work for every rep I’ve gotten here. It’s been a blessing and it’s been the (most fun) four football seasons of my life.”
The Blackfoot, Idaho, native certainly save his best for last, hauling in 32 receptions for 319 yards through 10 games played this season. His previous high was last season when he caught 22 passes for 210 yards.
Pearson, like the rest of the team, has experienced his share of highs on lows this season, but has greatly enjoyed the experience so far.
“This season has been awesome,” Pearson said. “This team is close and it’s been a lot of fun. I know we’ve fallen short some times, but we’ve been right there, every time. So we just want to finish it strong and have some fun.”
WRONG BETTER BE RIGHT: One of the lighter moments during interviews this week was defensive end Corbin Kaufusi relating how he weighs coaching between his father, defensive line coach Steve Kaufusi, and brother Bronson Kaufusi, who played defensive end at BYU. According to Corbin, Bronson encourages him to get sacks no matter what, even if they're made playing out of assignment, and even if his position coach may not approve.
According to defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki, and Corbin Kaufusi for that matter, any and all sacks are welcome, however, with a specific caveat.
“If we ask them to do one thing, and they do something else and make a play — from a coaching point, we say, ‘if you’re going to be wrong, you better be right,’” Tuiaki said. “If you do it wrong, and it hurts us, then we’ll go get that fixed and coached up. But you have to allow them a little room to be an athlete.”