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[18 Aug 2014 | | ]
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 | | ]
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 | | ]
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 | | ]
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 | | ]
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 …

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[4 Aug 2014 | | ]
BYU Finding Answers to Key Questions

If the first couple of days of BYU fall football practice are any indication, the Cougars appear to be significantly ahead of schedule in answering some key questions for the 2014 season.
Bronco Mendenhall’s squad kicked off camp hoping to see the offense make major strides in the passing game, find replacements for three starting linebackers, including superstar Kyle Van Noy, and find an answer at place kicker.
The head coach and his staff have to feel pretty good about where their team stands as they move into the first full week …

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[30 Jul 2014 | | ]
Key BYU RMs to Watch in Fall Camp

BYU will welcome an army of return missionaries to the football program when the Cougars open fall camp on Friday.
During media day last month, head coach Bronco Mendenhall said that 18 players would join the program for the 2014 season.
Last week, it was reported that Corbin Kaufusi (6-9, 260 Fr.), the younger brother of Bronson, will not play football this year, but will walk on to the basketball team instead.
It appears that Kaufusi’s spot on the roster will be filled by Utah transfer Harvey Langi (6-2, 210 Fr.), who returned …

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[30 Jul 2014 | | ]

No. 7–DL Kesni Tausinga
Tausinga (6-1, 300 Fr.) enters the BYU program after serving his mission to  Suva, Fiji.
He signed with the Cougars in 2011, then grayshirted that season before departing for the mission field.
Kesni returned in time to participate in spring practice this year and immediately turned the heads of coaches with his play.
He will begin fall camp as a member of the two-deep, as the back up to Graham Rowley at defensive end.
He provides Bronco Mendenhall with a different body type than Rowley to work with, being more of …

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[30 Jul 2014 | | ]

No. 6 — PK Corey Edwards
BYU loses placekicker Justin Sorensen, who rebounded from an-injury plagued career to have a solid senior season. Sorensen made 21 of his 26 field goal attempts and was a perfect 45-for-45 on PATs.
The two kickers on the spring roster, Moose Bingham and Trevor Samson, did not see action last year and both were underwhelming in spring camp.
Mendenhall has expressed concern about the place kicking situation given that neither kicker has been able to distinguish himself.
Enter true freshman Corey Edwards, the grand nephew of legendary BYU …

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[30 Jul 2014 | | ]

No. 5–OLB Troy Hinds
With the loss of linebackers Kyle Van Noy, Uani Unga, Spencer Hadley and Tyler Beck, there are a number of holes to fill on the depth chart at linebacker.
Troy Hinds (6-5, 240 Fr.) is the caliber of player who could step in and make a significant contribution at one of the outside linebackers spots as a true freshman.
The former Davis Dart was one of the most highly-recruited players in the history of Utah high school football.
He turned down offers from most of the PAC-12 schools, Nebraska, Michigan, …