[28 Jul 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
Preseason Preview: BYU vs. Utah State

BYU should be well rested when it faces in-state rival Utah State on a Friday night in week six of the 2014 college football season.
The Cougar have a bye week leading up to the game, while Utah State will be operating on a short week following a road contest at Arkansas State.
BYU has won 13 of the last 14 games in this long-time series, including last season’s 31-14 victory in Logan. Since 1975, the Cougars have dominated the rivalry, going 29-4 against the Aggies.
Last season’s game was highlighted by Kyle …

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[10 Jul 2014 | Louis E. Deaux | ]
BYU Football: Casting Defensive Shadows

During media day last month, BYU defensive coordinator Nick Howell discussed one of my favorite subjects–defensive length.
While speed and quickness has long been recognized as integral to a great defensive team, the subject of overall height or length is sometimes over looked.
BYUtv host Dave McCann noted that BYU will field the tallest pair of starting outside linebackers in the country, and perhaps one of the tallest and largest overall rotations at those key positions on the defense.
A lack of length is something that cannot be simply made up for with …

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[9 Jul 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
Anae Still Has Much to Prove as BYU’s OC

With the start of fall football camp just over three weeks away there are a number of key questions that BYU needs to answer on offense heading into the start of the 2014 season.
Will quarterback Taysom Hill be able to take the next step in his development as a passer?
Will the Cougars’ new additions at wide receiver be able to come up to speed in a timely fashion in the Cougars fast-paced attack?
And will the offensive line finally come together at the level needed to give Hill enough time to …

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[8 Jul 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
Langi Transferring to BYU No Big Surprise

A Deseret News article by former BYU star Vai Sikahema on Monday regarding Harvey Langi’s plans to transfer from Utah to BYU has created quite a firestorm of conversation and opinion over the past 24 hours.
However, Langi’s desire to become a Cougar following his mission comes as no big surprise.
It’s been rumored for many months that the former Bingham High star would take his talents to Provo following his return home from his service in Tampa, Florida.
As a young man in high school, Langi had a keen interest in playing …

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[26 Jun 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
What Happens if BYU Has a Special Season?

This time of year, hope springs eternal for every college football team.
For example, in Provo, many are envisioning the Cougars getting back to winning double-digit games and ending the season ranked in the top 25.
That might be considered a lofty goal for a team that has endured combined double-digit losses over the past two seasons.
However, there is real reason for optimism in Cougartown in 2014.
For starters, the go-fast, go-hard offense should be considerably improved from last season when BYU struggled to sustain drives and was dreadful in the redzone.
Quarterback Taysom …

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[23 Jun 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
The Answer for BYU Football? Just Win Baby!

BYU played host to local and national media members during its football media day on Monday.
Many of the questions asked by reporters had to do with the school’s future as a football independent.
Those inquiries were sparked by a recent interview head coach Bronco Mendenhall gave to the Austin American-Statesman.
In that interview he was quoted as saying, “We would love to be in the Big 12. I would love to be a member of that conference. I think that would make a lot of sense.”
His response has gotten a lot of …

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[9 May 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
Van Noy to Detroit: What They’re Saying

Good friends and former members of the Cougar football team have traded in their BYU Blue for Honolulu Blue.
The Detriot Lions reunited linebacker Kyle Van Noy and defensive end Ziggy Ansah after making Van Noy their second-round pick and the 40th overall selection in the NFL draft on Friday night.
Ansah was a first-round pick of the Lions in last year’s draft, the fifth player selected overall.
On Friday, the Lions moved up five spots in the second round in order to secure the services of one of the most disruptive forces …

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[8 May 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
Analysis of BYU FB Prospect Trent Hosick

Former Missouri quarterback Trent Hosick will visit Provo this weekend as the former Wendy’s High School Heisman national finalist looks for a new home in which to restart his college career.
Hosick found himself fourth on the Mizzou depth chart after spring camp concluded, behind entrenched starter Marty Mauk, junior Corbin Berkstresser and fellow redshirt freshman Eddie Printz.
Trent led Staley high school in Kansas City to the Missouri 5-A state championship as a junior in 2011, scoring four rushing touchdowns in the championship game. He was rated as the No. 19 …

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[6 May 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
Projecting Former Cougars in the NFL Draft

For the first time in several years more than two former BYU football player may be selected in this week’s NFL draft.
In fact, it’s been nine years since the Cougars have had as many as three players picked in a draft.
In 2005, Brady Poppinga was selected in the fourth round by the Green Bay Packers, while Scott Young went in the fifth round to the Philadelphia Eagles and Shaun Nua was taken in the seventh round by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
BYU has a chance to equal or surpass that number during …

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[3 May 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
BYU Rugby Three-Peats

The BYU Cougars are rugby national champions once again.
After needing a last-second drop kick goal to knock off Cal in last year’s Varsity Cup title match, BYU controlled Saturday’s national championship game at Rio Tinto Stadium, defeating the Golden Bears 43-33.
BYU players and coaches spoke often this week about the importance of getting out of the gate early against Cal, and the Cougars did just that.
Paul Lasike scored a try at the five-minute mark of the first half as the Cougars built a 22-7 lead. The Bears fought back just …

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[2 May 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
BYU Rugby Ready for Biggest Game in History

BYU rugby (17-1) will be gunning for back-to-back-to-back national championships on Saturday afternoon when the Cougars face their arch-rivals, the Cal Bears (18-2) at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The Cougars defeated Cal in a thriller 27-24 on Jonny Linehan’s last-second drop goal kick to win the inaugural Varsity Cup national championship at South Field last year.
In 2012, the Cougars defeated Arkansas State 49-42 at Rio Tinto to take home the national club title.
They now stand poised to supplant Cal as the premier rugby program in the country if they can emerge victorious …