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[25 Aug 2014 | | ]
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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[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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[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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[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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[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, …

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[30 Jul 2014 | | ]

No.4–MLB Austin Heder
The return of Zac Stout (6-2, 217 Jr.) at mike linebacker following his dismissal from school in 2012 is big for BYU football this year, and so is the return of Austin Heder (6-1, 241 So.) from his mission in Montreal, Canada.
The two of them create what should be a very solid 1-2 punch in the middle of the BYU defense, with Heder being more than capable as Stout’s back up after make a contribution on the offensive side of the ball  prior to his mission.
As a true …

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[30 Jul 2014 | | ]
Key BYU RMs to Watch: Ului Lapuaho

No. 3–OT Ului Lapuaho
He’s big. He’s athletic. And he’s just what the doctor ordered for a BYU offensive line that has struggled the past few years.
Though he’s a true freshman, expect offensive tackle Ului Lapuaho (6-7, 320 Fr.) to make a big impact this coming season.
He’s listed as the back up to De’Ondre Wesley (6-7, 330 Sr.) going into fall camp, but don’t be surprised if he works his way into the starting line up on either the left or right side before the season is over.
During national signing day …