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[23 Jan 2014 | | ]
2014 Outlook: BYU Defensive Line

The BYU Cougars lose an outstanding player on the defensive line for 2014, but there will still be a lot of talent for Bronco Mendenhall and defensive coordinator Nick Howell to work with.
Eathyn Manumaleuna leaves a big hole for BYU to fill for next season. He played both nose tackle and defensive end during his stellar career as a Cougar, and his versatility allowed Mendenhall to do a lot of things with his defensive fronts.
Manumaleuna was injured during the Georgia Tech game last season, and never really returned to his …

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[22 Jan 2014 | | ]
2014 Outlook: The BYU Quarterbacks

BYU announced the transfer of back up quarterback Ammon Olsen to Southern Utah University on Tuesday.
Ammon played his first year at SUU prior to his mission and will join former BYU head coach Gary Crowton, who was named as the offensive coordinator for the Thunderbirds earlier this week.
Olsen’s transfer puts added emphasis on keeping starter Taysom Hill (6-2, 221 Jr.) healthy and upright in 2014.
Hill shattered the school single-season rushing record for quarterbacks last year with 1,344 yards.
He also holds the career rushing record for QBs with 1,680 yards, and …

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[21 Jan 2014 | | ]
Benching Carlino Has Produced Dividends

Two-and-a-half weeks ago, BYU head basketball coach Dave Rose made the difficult decision to bench his starting point guard in favor of a junior college transfer.
The Cougars were having all kinds of problems on offense as the play of Matt Carlino had spiraled into the abyss.
BYU had lost four straight games and five of their last six as Matt struggled mightily from the field, taking bad shots and making poor decisions.
The offense was floundering and the Cougars had shockingly dropped their first two conference games at Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount.
Their …

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[16 Jan 2014 | | ]
2014 Outlook: BYU Running Backs

No position group for BYU is in any better shape for the 2014 season than the running backs.
The Cougars have a full-fledged star in the backfield they can ride next year and plenty of talented depth they can mix in with him.
As a sophomore last season, Jamaal Williams (6-0, 200 Jr.) rushed for 1,233 yards, good for No. 25 in the country.
The 18-year old has already moved up to tenth on the school’s career rushing list with his 2,008 yards on the ground.
If he were to duplicate his 2013 rushing …

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[15 Jan 2014 | | ]
2014 Outlook: BYU Tight Ends

Despite the great players who have played the position over the years, the tight end might be going the way of the dinosaur at BYU.
The zone-read style of offense that Robert Anae has installed in Provo has traditionally dumped the the tight end in favor of smaller, more shifty players who are dangerous in space.
In that way, it’s not unlike the Texas Tech offense that Anae brought with him in his first stint as offensive coordinator at BYU in 2005.
But because of BYU’s tradition of recruiting great tight ends, Anae …

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[14 Jan 2014 | | ]
2014 Outlook: BYU Wide Receivers

For the first time in years, BYU will enter 2014 with stability at quarterback. Taysom Hill will try to build on his record-setting performance of 2013, but the big question is who he will throw the ball to 2014.
Gone are the Cougars’ three leading receivers in Cody Hoffman, J.D. Falslev and Skyler Ridley.
In 2013, the three combined for 68 percent of the team’s receptions, 59 percent of the receiving yards and over half of the touchdown receptions.
Hoffman finished his career as the most productive receiver in school history and led …

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[9 Jan 2014 | | ]
2014 Outlook: BYU Offensive Line

With the book closed on another BYU football season, it’s time to look ahead at what the future holds for the program.
Head coach Bronco Mendenhall declared the Cougars’ 8-5 record against one of the most difficult schedules in school history as a success.
However, many BYU fans are unconvinced that the program has made much progress over the past four years.
Next season’s schedule has a much lower degree of difficulty with UConn (3-9), California (1-11) and Savannah State (1-11) replacing the likes of Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Georgia Tech from the …

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[7 Jan 2014 | | ]
Halford – The Missing Ingredient for BYU?

It was just one game, but Skyler Halford’s 28-point outburst in his first opportunity as a starter has given folks in Provo some hope that BYU may be able to right the ship and make a run at the WCC regular-season title.
After four straight losses, including getting thumped by Utah, Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine, it looked like Dave Rose’s team was headed for an ugly and disappointing end to the season.
After hanging with some of the nation’s best teams during the first half of the schedule, BYU couldn’t seem to …

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[18 Nov 2013 | | ]
BYU Shows Off Its Depth at Running Back

Saturday’s 59-13 win over Idaho State provided the opportunity for BYU to rest a number of key players in the second half. It also provided a chance for a number reserve players to showcase their talents.
Chief among them were back up running backs Adam Hine and Algernon Brown. The duo ran for over 200 yards and each scored a rushing touchdown in the blowout victory.
Subbing for Jamaal Williams (who had 131 yards and three touchdowns himself), Hine had a spectacular day, going off for 141 yards on just 10 carries, …

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[22 Oct 2013 | | ]
Is Fua the Next Great Linebacker at BYU?

BYU linebacker Alani Fua is part of what head coach Bronco Mendenhall referred to on Monday as an “amazing trio” of outside linebackers.
The 6-5, 228-pound junior was so impressive during spring and fall camps this year that coaches determined they had to find a way to get him on the field.
The problem was that both of BYU’s starting outside linebacker spots were already nailed down by outstanding senior players.
On one side was arguably the best linebacker in the nation in Kyle Van Noy, while on the other was the very …