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[4 Sep 2014 | | ]
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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[9 May 2014 | | ]
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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[6 May 2014 | | ]
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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[23 Apr 2014 | | ]
Alan Taylor Was One of BYU’s Best Big Men

The BYU family received sad news this week with the passing of former basketball player Alan Taylor. If you are under the age of 45 you probably don’t remember Taylor’s playing days in Provo.
I have vague memories of BYU great Kresimer Cosic, but Taylor was the starting center for the Cougars when I really started paying close attention to BYU basketball as a young man in the late 1970’s.
He was a key part of a team that help to launch quite a run by the program in those days and …

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[26 Feb 2014 | | ]
Cougars Hit and Miss at the NFL Combine

It was hit and miss for the BYU football players invited to the NFL Scouting Combine this past week in Indianapolis, with a couple of former stars turning in poorer-than-expected results.
The entourage from Provo included linebackers Kyle Van Noy and Uani Unga, wide receiver Cody Hoffman, defensive lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna and strong safety Daniel Sorensen.
Unga was unable to participate in the physical drills because of a knee injury he sustained in BYU’s Fight Hunger Bowl loss to Washington last December, but he did have the chance to meet and visit …

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[19 Feb 2014 | | ]
Former Cougars Begin Quest for NFL Glory

Five former BYU football players begin their quest this week to become professional football players at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
From Wednesday through Friday, draft prospects, including former Cougars Kyle Van Noy, Cody Hoffman, Eathyn Manumaleuna, Uani Unga and Daniel Sorensen, will participate in an orientation, take exams, and be subjected to interviews by teams and the media.
The actual workouts won’t get underway until Saturday, and none of the BYU guys will be in action that day. Hoffman will take the field on Sunday along with the other wide …

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[1 May 2013 | | ]
Davies Draft Propects Improving?

Former BYU post player Brandon Davies might be making his way up some draft boards around the NBA. If nothing else, he’s starting to show up on some of those online mock drafts out there.
Davies wasn’t getting a sniff from the several drafts sites until his outstanding performances in a couple of post-season All-Star appearances in April.
He was named the MVP of the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament after averaging 20.7 points and 9.3 rebounds, and leading his team to the championship of the tournament. Virtually every NBA front office is represented …

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[30 Apr 2013 | | ]
Undrafted Cougars Begin Their NFL Quests

Six former BYU Cougars now begin the process of trying to make NFL rosters as undrafted free agents.
Braden Brown, Uona Kaveinga, Romney Fuga, Braden Hansen, Brandon Ogletree and Preston Hadley will all try to live the dream in the coming weeks and months as they try to latch on in the NFL.
Rather than be taken in the last round or two, some players would prefer to go the route of free agency because it allows them to sign on with a team that has specific needs that matches a player’s …

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[26 Apr 2013 | | ]
Ziggy’s Talents Will Fit in Well in Motor City

The truth be told, the Detroit Lions may have passed on former BYU defensive end Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah with their No. 5 pick in Thursday’s first round of the NFL draft if one of the top three offensive tackles would have been available.
The Lions entered draft weekend with three primary needs–offensive tackle, defensive secondary and defensive end. Either Eric Fisher of Central Michigan, Luke Joeckel from Texas A&M or Lane Johnson from Oklahoma could have provided Detroit’s franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford with much needed security on his blind side.
With those …

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[22 Apr 2013 | | ]
Ansah Could Be Highest BYU Draft Pick Ever

Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah didn’t know how to put his pads on three years ago. On Thursday, he could become the highest NFL draft pick in program history.
Not only is he a lock to be selected in the first round of this week’s draft, he’s been slotted by many draft prognosticators to go to the Detroit Lions with the fifth overall pick.
If that happens, Ziggy would tie Jim McMahon as the highest draft pick in BYU history.
However, there are some draft gurus who think that Ansah could go higher than No. …