Coats Shatters BYU Records; No. 1 TE in America

He came to BYU as one of the most heralded All-State wide receivers ever signed in the state of Utah. Recognizing his potential as a collegiate and NFL-caliber tight end, BYU head football coach <b>Gary Crowton</b> convinced the reluctant young man to sit out last season, bulk up in the weight room and prepare for a dramatic new position change.

Two games into the 2003 football season, redshirt freshman tight end Daniel Coats is the non-alcoholic toast of the entire college football world as the country's No. 1 rated tight end AND the nation's top freshman receiver in both receptions per game and receiving yards per game – all against national BCS powerhouse football programs.

Coats led the team last week in a 35-18 loss to fourth-ranked USC with eight receptions for 114 yards and one touchdown. In his first collegiate start two weeks ago against Georgia Tech, the 6-3, 249-pound tight end sensation also led the entire team with six sizzling receptions for 93 yards and two touchdowns. He was named the MWC Offensive Player of the Week in leading the Cougars over the favored the Yellow Jackets by a 24-13 margin.

The graduate of Northridge High School in Layton, Utah, is the first freshman tight end in school history to record two TDs in a single game. In his first two collegiate games, Coats has already broken two BYU freshman tight end records and is zeroing in on a third.

More startling is Coats has shattered SEASON-LONG tight end records at BYU in just his first two games! Against superior competition in Georgia Tech and USC, Coats has 207 yards receiving, breaking Chad Lewis' freshman record of 172 yards throughout the entire 1993 season.

With three touchdown receptions on the season, Coats has also broken the old single-season freshman tight end record of two, set by both Kirk Tanner (1974) and Ralph Martini (1986). With 14 receptions on the season, Coats needs just two more to break Tanner's freshman tight end record of 16 receptions during the 1974 season.

In his second career start, Coats broke the 100-yard barrier; becoming the first BYU receiver to record 100 yards since Reno Mahe had eight receptions for 124 yards against UNLV last season. Coats' performance also marked the first 100-yard performance for a tight end since current Oakland Raider TE Doug Jolley racked up 177 yards on 10 receptions in 2001 against Air Force.

Did we say he's just getting started?

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