I will join the 12% and vote for Collie.
Notwithstanding the presence of Cody Hoffman and Ross Apo, I think there is a spot immediately available for Collie. I envision Collie fitting nicely in the slot position with JD Falslev. The two will share reps, and I expect Collie will finish the year with 15-20 receptions.
Williams was the popular choice, and Bronco Mendenhall is making it sound like Williams will get fair consideration at the running back position. Mendenhall said that with the loss of J.J. DiLuigi the team needs another back to step up. The problem Williams faces is he is one of four backs in the system. Michael Alisa and Joshua Quezada return, and Adam Hine is coming off a redshirt.
The biggest challenge for all new running backs at BYU is learning the blocking scheme and routes for the passing game. Williams is no exception. With three other backs more experienced than he is, he will have to be one special player to get much playing time, or those ahead of him will have to be very ineffective. I don't think the run game will struggle in 2012 to the point that BYU needs to resort to a true freshman running back. The impact of Riley Nelson's mobility at quarterback will allow the other backs to be effective enough to keep their jobs.
Another challenge Williams faces is his age. Mendenhall repeatedly pointed out that Williams is just 16 years old. It was just two years ago that a 19-year old Jake Heaps struggled to win over the team and coaches, in part, becuase of his age. The fact that Mendenhall is talking about Williams' age the way he has makes me think it is an issue that will hinder Williams, and he will be required to do a little more to earn playing time this year.
Butch Pau'u joins a linebacking corps that is well stocked. He has an uphill battle to break into the two-deep and contribute this year.
My apologies to those who voted for Weeks. After posting the poll I learned he will leave on a mission before playing, which guarantees he will not contribute in 2012. However, I am really excited to see what he can do when he returns. He may just be the head of this class.
Thank you to everyone who voted. Don't forget to vote in this week's poll: "Who is BYU's best assistant coach?"