Cody Hoffman will return to BYU for senior season

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Hoffman should leave BYU as its #1 all-time receiver.

BYU wide receiver Cody Hoffman will return to the school for his senior season, according to a report from the Del Norte Triplicate.

The Del Norte paper, in the city where Hoffman played prep football, confirmed an earlier report on Friday from KSL that Hoffman would not enter the NFL Draft.

"The atmosphere, just having the support everywhere we go, it doesn't get better than this," Hoffman told KSL. "I don't see why I wouldn't come back for my senior year."

Hoffman affirmed his decision with the Triplicate Friday and did not comment further.

Hoffman, the 6'4" junior, was about the only bright spot of BYU's offense in a 23-6 victory over San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl. Hoffman hauled in 10 catches for 114 yards in a game that saw BYU's defense score two touchdowns and set up a third.

In my pseudo-expert view, Hoffman's junior season was marked by a clear improvement in technique and footwork. While good as a freshman and sophomore, making plays with height and athleticism, it seemed to me Hoffman ran better routes and utilized tighter footwork than in the past. I thought he may be ready for the NFL in that regard, but I am definitely glad to see him come back.

As Hoffman returns, presumably to catch passes from the healing Taysom Hill, he should leave BYU as it's all-time #1 receiver in a storied passing game history. Despite playing for three seasons with a questionable quarterback situation, Hoffman still finds himself near the top of BYU receiving lists (courtesy of CougarStats):

RECEPTIONS (needed for record: 19)

Player

REC

1

Dennis Pitta

221

2

Austin Collie

215

3

Matt Bellini

204

4

Cody Hoffman

203

5

Margin Hooks

189

YARDS (needed for record: 538)

Player

YDS

1

Austin Collie

3,255

2

Eric Drage

3,065

3

Dennis Pitta

2,901

4

Margin Hooks

2,841

5

Cody Hoffman

2,718

TOUCHDOWNS (needed for record: 3)

Player

TD

1

Austin Collie

30

2

Eric Drage

29

3

Cody Hoffman

28

4

Phil Odle

25

5

Mark Bellini

23

In addition to school records, Hoffman should be an important offensive weapon as BYU faces a daunting 2013 schedule.

***UPDATE 12/28/2012 - 10:45 PM***

Hoffman has now confirmed the report himself via Twitter:

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