[10 Apr 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
BYU’s Defense Should Be Improved in 2014

While BYU will have to replace a number of key players from its 2013 defense this coming season, the Cougars’ recent spring camp revealed that the 2014 version of the defense should be just fine.
In fact, this year’s squad might be better than the group from last year, even though they lose stars like Kyle Van Noy, Uani Unga, Eathyn Manumaleuna and Daniel Sorensen.
That’s in large part because the secondary this coming season figures to be much more talented, especially at cornerback.
The Cougars lost its top two corners before the …

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[18 Mar 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
Can BYU Advance at the Dance Without KC?

Back on Dec. 21, BYU nearly took down then 11th-ranked Oregon on the Ducks’ home court.
The Cougars held the lead for more than 38 of the 40 minutes of regulation. With 2:21 to go, they were up by seven, 83-76, but couldn’t hold off Oregon down the stretch.
The Ducks outscored BYU 8-1 to tie the game at 84 and send it into overtime, where they prevailed 100-96. The loss was a bitter pill for the Cougars to swallow.
It was a game they should have won.
On Thursday, they’ll get a chance …

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[13 Mar 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
Sans Collinsworth, BYU Awaits Its NCAA Fate

The BYU Cougars were handed a double whammy Tuesday night.
Not only did they look bad losing to Gonzaga 75-64, they also lost one of the best all-around players in the West for the rest of the season when Kyle Collinsworth went down with an torn ACL.
Both disappointing developments could hamper their chances of receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament when the brackets are announced this Sunday.
The selection committee has a history of moving teams down in the seedings when they lose key players at the end of the …

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[11 Mar 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
BYU Outlasts USF, Faces Zags for Title

LAS VEGAS — San Francisco star forward Cole Dickerson summed it up best late Monday night following BYU’s 79-77 overtime win over the Don’s in the semifinals of the WCC basketball tournament.
“It was a war,” Dickerson said.
Indeed, it was a tough, physical game in which the Cougars had to battle to the very end, and beyond, to advance to the conference championship game for the first time in their first three tries in the league.
For the second time in as many games in the tournament, BYU struggled from the field …

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[9 Mar 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
USF Game is BYU’s Biggest of the Year

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — For the BYU basketball team, it all comes down to Monday night.
If the Cougars (22-10, 13-5 WCC) defeat San Francisco (21-10, 13-5 WCC) in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament and advance to the championship game against either Gonzaga or Saint Mary’s, chances are good that they will receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
If they lose, they will almost assuredly be left out of the Big Dance for the second year in a row. For that reason, the game against the Dons …

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[6 Mar 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
Can BYU Avoid Selection Sunday Jitters?

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — With the West Coast Conference basketball tournament getting under way today, the bubble-dwelling BYU Cougars have a chance to put to bed all the worry and speculation about their chances of making the NCCA tournament as an at-large entry by simply winning the WCC tournament title.
Led by conference MVP Tyler Haws and first-team all-conference selection Kyle Collinsworth, BYU has won four straight games and eight of the last nine to work itself back into at-large consideration.
Most bracketologists have the Cougars in the field of 68, but …

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[5 Mar 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
Cougars Gaining Speed at Wide Receiver

If there’s one thing readily apparent about BYU’s new additions at wide receiver for 2014, it’s that they bring with them a level of speed seldom seen in Provo.
Junior college transfer Nick Kurtz and sophomore Michael Davis, who played cornerback last year when the Cougars lost three key corners to injury prior to the start of the season, are two players who will look to upgrade the Cougars’ speed at wide out during spring camp.
Later this summer and fall, the offense will get another dose of speed with the arrival …

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[4 Mar 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
Kicking Game a Concern for BYU

With spring football camp underway in Provo, there’s legitimate concern about the BYU kicking game for this coming season.
The graduation of place kicker Justin Sorensen has left the cupboard bare–really bare.
In fact, there’s no one on the spring roster who has even attempted any type of kick at the Division-1 level.
Moose Bingham and Trevor Samson are both listed on the current roster, but they didn’t exactly receive ringing endorsements from Bronco Mendenhall during day one of camp on Monday.
When asked about who his place kicker would be in the fall, …

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[2 Mar 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
BYU Football: Spring Camp Storylines

BYU begins on-field preparations for the 2014 season with the start of spring practice on Monday.
The Cougars, who went 8-5 in 2013 against one of the toughest schedules in school history, begin a new year having lost a number of key players.
Among the losses are All-American linebacker Kyle Van Noy and the school’s all-time leading receiver in Cody Hoffman.
The schedule is expected to get easier in 2014, providing a perfect opportunity for Bronco Mendenhall’s team to get back to recording double-digit wins.
In order to accomplish that however, important questions will …

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[26 Feb 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
Cougars Hit and Miss at the NFL Combine

It was hit and miss for the BYU football players invited to the NFL Scouting Combine this past week in Indianapolis, with a couple of former stars turning in poorer-than-expected results.
The entourage from Provo included linebackers Kyle Van Noy and Uani Unga, wide receiver Cody Hoffman, defensive lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna and strong safety Daniel Sorensen.
Unga was unable to participate in the physical drills because of a knee injury he sustained in BYU’s Fight Hunger Bowl loss to Washington last December, but he did have the chance to meet and visit …

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[24 Feb 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
BYU Playing Its Best Basketball

The BYU Cougars are playing perhaps their best basketball at just the right time.
After losing road games at Portland and Gonzaga a month ago to fall to 5-4 in the West Coast Conference, the Cougars have since won seven of their last eight games, including impressive victories over the Zags and Pilots last week.
The move by head coach Dave Rose to sit Eric Mika in favor of Josh Sharp and Luke Worthington during the first few minutes of those games paid big dividends–as we predicted it would in a previous …