Four-Star RB Excited To Be A Cougar

He played quarterback and he played running back, and even catches the ball when needed. However, this year he was used as a primary offensive weapon at the running back position, a position he will play at BYU following next season.

Snow Canyon High School star Adam Timo is an exceptional athlete. Although he may not be receiving as much recognition for his abilities on the field, primarily because the recruiting hype was shut down after he committed early to BYU, Timo had another great season.

"This year I just played running back most of the season," said Timo. "I did get a chance to throw the ball a few times, but mostly just played running back. It made a big difference because last year I played quarterback for half the year, but playing running back mostly this year really gets you dinged up the whole season. It really made quite the difference with being more dinged up."

Timo racked up 1,276 yards on his way to scoring 25 touchdowns on 168 carries. He averaged 7.6 yards per carry and 141.8 yards per game. He also caught nine passes for 123 yards, averaging 13.67 yards per catch, and had 1,600 all-purpose yards on the season, good for an average of 177.8 yards per game.

"I expected more out of myself this year," Timo said. "I did do pretty well, I guess. I expected myself to do a lot better than I did. I also think our team could have held it together a little better towards the end of the season, but there is always next year to improve."

So what game does he feel was his best?

"I would have to say my best game was against Canyon Springs," said Timo. "The bad thing was we ended up losing that game [42-35]. I think I played the best I've ever played in that game. I would say that was my best game because it was just a battle the whole game, and we were able to battle back until the very end. I had a pretty good game, but it was just more of a physical game that we had to battle through."

Against Canyon Springs, Timo had 146 all-purpose yards, but statistically it wasn't his best game. Against El Dorado, Timo racked up 156 rushing yards on 14 carries. Against Uintah High School, Timo ran for 108 yards on eight carries.

He then followed that up by running for an amazing 235 yards against Hurricane High School, and then the next week running for 173 yards on 15 carries against Dixie. Against Cedar City High School, Timo was able to rush for 163 yards.

When Timo wasn't running over opponents on the football field, he was following the Cougars' success as they enjoyed their second-straight undefeated MWC season. He also loved watching the "Tongan Trio" run the ball over opponents.

"I liked the season, and they've got some big, bruising backs at BYU," said an excited Timo. "Those guys are big! I love watching the team play. They play together great and it's just a lot of fun to watch. They're all just great players and great people. I love watching those backs run and I would hate to try and step in front of those guys to try and make a tackle. BYU is great and I just love watching them."

Timo is very excited by how well the Cougars played this season as they head into third-straight appearance in the Las Vegas Bowl.

"BYU is just an amazing team," said Timo. "They play with so much spirit and heart. They are a great group of guys that believe in one another, and the bonding there is just great. I really like it a lot. They're good people. It's one of the most impressive things to see all of these guys bonded together and playing as a team while having fun. I think BYU has a great chance at winning this game [against UCLA in the Las Vegas Bowl]. I think they'll be fine and do great. If they don't beat themselves this time like they did last time, they should be well on their way of having another victory."

Despite having 377 more all-purpose yards than first-team selection LeSean McCoy (1,572 yards), BYU freshman running back Harvey Unga (1,849 yards) was named to the 2007 Freshman All-American second-team. Rather than bring a punishing element to the field like Unga and BYU's other backs do, Timo feels he will bring a different style to the Cougar backfield when he suites up in BYU-blue.

"I plan on bringing a lot of speed and shiftiness to that backfield," said Timo. "I'm not the big back like those guys are. I'm only 180 pounds right now, but I do plan on gaining more weight on my way to BYU. Right now I'm 6'1" and plan on getting bigger."

So who is Timo's favorite Cougar?

"Well, I would have to say Harvey [Unga]," said a chuckling Timo. "I just think he's a great back and just powers through everybody. Plus he is just an awesome guy."

Timo also said he feels he'll bring an ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, helping to compliment his speed as a running back.

"I think I'll be able to bring that receiver-side of my game to the field as well," said Timo. "I have good soft, hands for catching the ball. We threw the ball to backs running out of the backfield this year, but we'll have to see what happens next year because I'm not sure what's going on."

Timo committed early to the Cougars following his sophomore year, and is still fully invested on signing with the program following next season.

"I got a chance to visit over there and just seeing how everything was, I knew that it would be a blessing for me to be able to play there," said Timo. "I just fell in love with the school and everything about the program and the coaches. I just felt there wasn't any reason for me not to play there, and that it would be a blessing for me to be able to do so. I have been getting a lot of letters from Colorado and Alabama. I've also received a few letters from Utah - but not a lot of letters like the other schools - but my commitment to BYU is pretty solid."

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