Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Is Pitta the New Harline?
Anyone who has seen each of the five BYU football games this season has to be impressed with a young lad named Dennis Pitta. He always seems to find the open field, his hands are as sure as the North Star, and he can bruise downfield with the best of 'em.
Inevitably, comparisons started to be made between Pitta and his near-legendary predecessor Jonny Harline. Harline appeared midway through the 2005 season, and one-hand-caught his way into Cougar fans' hearts through 2006. Harline's place in Cougar lore is solid, no doubt, but the young Pitta has turned many-a-head since his return from honorable missionary service.
So where do you stand? Are you a Pitta guy, or are you still in Harline's camp?
By no means is anyone forced to choose between the two, but I think we all should recognize how great an athlete Dennis Pitta really is. Therefore, I present stats through the first five games of Harline's senior season (2006) and the current season, 2007, Pitta's sophomore season.
Jonny Harline Through Five Games in 2006:
Avg. Yards per Catch: 15.4
Dennis Pitta Through Five Games in 2007:
Avg. Yards per catch: 15.6
There you have it. Pitta's stats through five games as a sophomore are slightly better in every category than those of Jonny Harline's as a senior. This could be due both to the athleticism of the player and the offensive system, but I believe it's both. BYU has been blessed with some gifted athletes at TE over the years, and the offensive system takes advantage of that strength.
So to sum up: Jonny Harline, thank you for all you've done.
Dennis Pitta, keep up the good work.