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BYU WR Dax Milne declares for 2021 NFL draft

Former walk-on out of Bingham High had a breakout season in 2020

Brigham Young Cougars wide receiver Dax Milne (5) catches the ball for a touchdown during an NCAA football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020.
BYU Cougars wide receiver Dax Milne (5) catches the ball for a touchdown during an NCAA football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Milne announced on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, he will enter the 2020 NFL draft.
Yukai Peng, Deseret News

Perhaps the most pleasant surprise for the BYU Cougars as they put together their great 2020 season is moving on.

Leading wide receiver Dax Milne announced via Twitter Thursday that he is skipping his senior season and entering his name in the 2021 NFL draft.

“My heart is full,” Milne wrote in part in a message. “The last 3 years have been a dream come true. The experience I have had playing football for BYU has given me more than I can put into words. It has been such a special place to play the game I love.”

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Milne arrived at BYU in 2018 as a walk-on out of Bingham High and didn’t do a whole lot his first two seasons, catching 31 passes for 354 yards with three touchdowns. This season, however, he broke out, becoming quarterback and roommate Zach Wilson’s favorite target as Wilson has become a likely first-round pick.

On the year, Milne tallied 70 receptions for 1,188 yards with eight touchdowns and is a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy, which is given to the best player in the country who started his career as a walk-on.

The 1,188 yards is the fifth-best single-season total in Cougars history, and the 70 receptions is ninth-best.

Milne becomes the second Cougar in as many days to announce he is declaring for the draft, as All-American left tackle Brady Christensen did so Wednesday. Milne is looking to become the first BYU receiver to be drafted since 2009 when Austin Collie was taken in the fourth round by the Indianapolis Colts.

Prior to Collie’s selection, Todd Watkins in 2006 (seventh round by the Arizona Cardinals) was the first Cougars receiver taken since Mark Bellini was taken in the seventh round in 1987 by the Colts.