- Number 3
- Position: Wide Receiver
- Height: 6-1
- Weight: 190
- Roster Years: 1978-1982
- Hometown: San Jose, CA
- Last School: Bellarmine High School
Scott Collie was a standout athlete at Bellarmine High School in San Jose, California, where he excelled in both baseball and football. As he approached graduation in 1978, Collie had college offers to play both sports, but former BYU assistant Doug Scovil offered him something the other schools didn’t, and he bit.
Collie explained, “I played defense. I also kicked and I punted and I was the back-up quarterback. Then Doug Scovil happened to be at a game and saw me catch the ball. The other schools saw me play defensive back and linebacker, but I didn’t like that. Doug Scovil said I want you to play receiver.”
Collie was sold. He packed his bags and headed to BYU, a school he had never heard of prior to his first meeting with Scovil.
As a Cougar, Collie played with quarterback greats Jim McMahon and Steve Young, and they were part of some of the greatest offenses in BYU history. “What I remember of those teams was the utter dominance that we had with the passing attack,” said Collie.
“Back then, it wasn’t if we were going to score, it was how we were going to score. It was interesting to see how teams tried to defend against it. One team dropped 10 guys into pass coverage and rushed one. We saw every type of blitz. We saw teams do things, even to the point of trying to get into our heads. One team, I think it may have been UTEP, didn’t come out on the field for warm-ups.”
After a strong junior season where he caught 26 passes, scored three touchdowns and led an extremely talented receiving corps in yards per catch, Collie became a primary option on the Cougar offense his senior season.