When Cody Hoffman hobbled off the field after making a catch, the Cougar fan base held its collective breath. Hoffman is one of BYU's primary offensive stars and is expected to have another great season. So, how is he feeling after taking a shot to the thigh during the Washington State game?
"I'm feeling pretty good," he said. "I just have to heat the leg before I come out and then as practice goes along it loosens up some more. The next day it's always sore, but it's just a matter of getting through it."
Hoffman hasn't missed any of this week's practices.
"I practiced on Monday and [on Tuesday], so as far as I'm concerned I'm back," Hoffman said after Tuesday's practice (he also practiced on Wednesday). "I'm not 100 percent yet but I'm back."
Hoffman said he is currently at about 90 percent.
"I mean, it was really bad when it first happened, but I've just been taking really good care of it and the trainers have been treating me right. At first when it happened I was thinking, ‘Man, this sucks!' But at the same time I was happy because it could have been much worse. It could have been an ACL or something like that. I'm just happy it was a deep bruise. By the time we play Weber State I'll be 100 percent ready to go."
While Weber State might not possess the same caliber of athletes that are found at Washington State, Hoffman wants to treat this Saturday's game the same.
"Weber State has some athletes on their team," Hoffman said. "You know, they're a good athletic team and we can't take this week lightly more than anybody else. We know that and that's how teams get beat – by overlooking teams. We can't let that happen and have to go out there and play as hard as we can."
Hoffman also sees this week's game as an opportunity to improve.
"Yeah, I feel like this is a chance for us to fine-tune some of our fundamentals," Hoffman said. "As the season goes on we have to continue to improve on our mistakes and continue to refine our game. If you're not moving forward, then you're moving backwards, and you can't do that with the kind of schedule we have.
"They might not be a Washington State team but we have to learn from that game in order to make our offense even that much better. We feel like this next game is a chance for us to take what we've learned and apply it to make us even better. We're always looking to [learn from] our mistakes and make our offense more effective for the next game."