Future Cougars React to BYU Bowl Win

Tyler Beck

Cougar fans were not the only ones riveted to the 2006 Las Vegas Bowl. Members of BYU's recruiting class of 2007 also watched with rapt attention. TotalBlueSports.com spoke with two defensive recruits from California about their reaction to the whooping BYU laid on Oregon. Both G Pittman and Tyler Beck were thrilled by the game and even more eager to join the team in Provo.

The Las Vegas Bowl between BYU and Oregon was a "Showcase" game for the Pittman family in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

"We had all our family and friends watching the game," said G Pittman's father Greg. "None of them knew what BYU football was all about, but now they know. It was just a great opportunity to showcase BYU for our family who hadn't seen BYU play."

G is the Rancho Cucamonga High School star defensive back who committed to BYU a month ago.

"BYU played great," G said. "During the game I kept telling my dad that I wished I could be out there playing. Both offenses started off slow, but then BYU turned it on. I thought the defensive backs for BYU played a great game. They had some good coverage sacks."

Greg was surprised that BYU beat Oregon so bad. "I was also really surprised that Oregon's coach made those comments about BYU not being able to compete in the Pac-10," Greg said.

The next time BYU plays a Pac-10 team will be when BYU hosts Arizona. It will be a reunion for G with two of his former Rancho Cucamonga teammates.

"We will all be at that game." Greg said. "It will be fun having G out there playing against his two friends at Arizona."

The BYU football team had three Becks on its 2006 roster. Two of them – quarterbacks John and Jason – played their last game as a Cougar in the BYU's bowl victory. Beck will still be one of the most predominant surnames on the roster next season, however, thanks to the addition of linebacker Tyler Beck.

"Wow, that was amazing," Tyler Beck said of the Las Vegas Bowl. "BYU played so much harder than Oregon did. BYU ran a great scheme and played with great effort. I loved it. Oregon was the faster team, but BYU just outplayed them. I'm excited to get to Provo."

Beck played for Vista Murrieta High School. His team had a great year, and Beck was instrumental in their success.

"We went 11-0," Beck said of Vista Murrieta regular season record. "We lost to Norco in the quarterfinals. I was named league defensive MVP, all-CIF, and all-county."

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound linebacker had 100 tackles, 58 solo, 22 assisted, 9 tackles for a loss, and 12 sacks.

"I'll get to Provo at the end of the summer," Beck said. "I hope to get some playing time my freshman year, then I will leave on my mission. When I get back I will probably then use my redshirt year to get back into shape."

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