[17 Oct 2014 | Jonny Harline | ]
Do BYU’s Coaches Really Suck?

Been a rough couple of weeks for BYU football.
Until a couple of Fridays ago, we still had hopes of an undefeated, College Football Playoff crashing, Heisman contending season.
Now we’re sitting at 4-2, with a bleak outlook on football, life, love, the world in general. And before I get into some of my thoughts, I want to point out that (in case it wasn’t obvious) some key injuries have played a big part in this sudden and unfortunate derailment.
One of the most common themes I always hear when BYU loses is …

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[4 Sep 2014 | Jonny Harline | ]
Why I Empathize With Max Hall

Out of respect to Max Hall and his family, I initially just wanted to stay silent on the recent news of his arrest for cocaine possession and shoplifting.
But the more I thought about it, I figured if you’re reading this you already know what happened anyway, and maybe some of these thoughts could be valuable to someone.
Most people were completely shocked to hear the news. I was definitely surprised, but I wouldn’t say I was totally shocked. I don’t think most former athletes were either.
Not because Max himself gave any …

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[30 Aug 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
Oh, Oh! Taysom Hill Can Pass

Quarterback Taysom Hill sent a message to every team on BYU’s schedule Friday night.
He can throw the football.
Hill completed 78 percent (28-of-36) of his passes for 308 yards, three touchdowns and no picks as the Cougars dominated the UConn Huskies 35-10 in their season opener.
The junior QB also reminded everyone that he’s still as dangerous as ever on the ground, rushing for 97 yards and two touchdowns.
His five scores were a personal best.
After completing just 53 percent of his throws last season, Taysom dedicated himself to improving as a passer …

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[28 Aug 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
BYU vs. UConn: Keys to Watch

BYU kicks off the 2014 season in East Hartford, Conn. Friday night against the UConn Huskies.
Expectations are high for Bronco Mendenhall’s program as the Cougars begin year two of their fast-break offense under the direction of dark horse Heisman candidate Taysom Hill.
With a schedule that isn’t expected to be as difficult as last season, and with the players having a lot more comfort, confidence and familiarity with the offense, BYU should be able to get back to posting double-digit victories.
The first order of business is to take care of a …

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[25 Aug 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
BYU Freshman O-Linemen Earn Key Roles

Nothing speaks to the futility of the play of BYU’s offensive line over the past couple of years as does the depth chart the team released on Monday.
When the Cougars take their first snap against UConn this Friday to open the 2014 season, they may be starting two true freshman in Ului Lapuaho (6-7, 333 Fr.) and Tejan Koroma (6-0, 280 Fr.).
That’s quite a development considering that offensive line coach Garret Tujague returns 10 players who started at some point during the 2013 season, including four seniors and three juniors.
The …

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[25 Aug 2014 | Jonny Harline | ]
BYU Football: Mental Keys to Execution

A quick (um, not really) follow up to my last article and then we’ll move on!
Once the season starts, there will be a little less theory, a little more analysis. It’s all question marks and conjecture right now.
And I’m not a fan of conjecture at this point in the season. I mean, the Preseason Top 25, they really know what they’re talking about, right?
I wanted to follow up because, although the feedback I got from last week was overwhelmingly positive (thank YOU!), there seemed to be slight confusion that maybe …

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[18 Aug 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
Can Taysom Hill Take the Next Step?

OK, let’s just speak the truth here.
BYU quarterback Taysom Hill was just plain bad during last Friday night’s open scrimmage at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Officially, he completed 9 of his 18 pass attempts for 89 yards, while throwing one touchdown and an interception. But those numbers don’t really tell the story of just how anemic the offense was when the junior was under center.
The first team unit struggled mightily to execute in the passing game and failed to consistently sustain drives.
Sound familiar?
At times Hill looked like he was trying to place …

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[15 Aug 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
Preseason Preview: BYU vs. UCF

BYU is scheduled to travel to Orlando, Fla on Oct. 9 to face the UCF Knights in an intriguing inter-sectional match up.
This is a return game for the Cougars, who defeated UCF 24-17 in Provo during the 2011 season.
Cody Hoffman’s 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown helped to offset the fact that the Knights outgained BYU by 139 yards that night.
This season’s contest will take place on a Thursday night, meaning the Cougars will have to travel across the country on a short week.
UCF goes into the 2014 campaign with …

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[12 Aug 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
Latest BYU Roster Reveals Gains and Loses

BYU has recently updated its football roster, and it’s always interesting to see what players have done during the offseason in regards to developing themselves physically.
For example, star quarterback Taysom Hill is now listed at 6-2, 232. That’s up 11 pounds from his listed weight of 221 as a freshman and four pounds from his playing weight last year.
Despite the added weight, Hill hasn’t seemed to lose any of his speed from last year when he was making a comeback from knee surgery and wearing a brace. His combination of …

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[11 Aug 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
Jonny Harline: Execution Trumps Desire

For any former athlete, the task of critiquing their old team is a tough one.
Go too soft on them and you’re a homer with no credibility, be a little harsh and you run the risk of suddenly not feeling so welcome around your old stomping grounds.
Especially when a team is struggling, it can seem like a no win situation. So for my selfish sake and many other reasons I hope BYU does especially well this year!
With that in mind I’ve agreed to share some of my thoughts with readers of …

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[7 Aug 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
BYU Preparing to Unleash Its Twin Towers

Opposing defensive secondaries may find themselves with an unenviable task this fall when they face the BYU offense.
With the ongoing emergence of wide receiver Nick Kurtz (6-6, 205 Jr.), the JUCO transfer has found himself playing opposite veteran Mitch Mathews (6-6, 215 Jr.) with a great deal of regularity over the first few practices of fall camp.
During Wednesday’s 11-on-11 portion of practice, BYU’s twin towers both ran with the first team offense, split out on opposite sides of the field, with UTEP transfer Jordan Leslie (6-3, 210 Sr.) often playing …