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[19 Apr 2013 | | ]
Ziggy About to “Jimmer” the NFL Draft

First there was Jimmer. Now BYU brings you Ziggy.
For the second time in the span of two years, a BYU athlete has become a media darling and captured the attention of sports reporters around the country.
Jimmer Fredette created a national phenomenon  during BYU’s 2010-11 season and subsequent run to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament.
The formerly pudgy kid from upstate New York stole the show at the Big Dance with his off-the-bus range, his will to win and his funny name.
Jimmer ended up as a lottery pick in the …

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[29 Mar 2013 | | ]
BYU Pro Day Analysis

The BYU football program hasn’t produced an NFL draft pick in three years.
That is virtually guaranteed to change in four weeks when the NFL Draft kicks off at Radio City Music Hall in New York. In fact, it’s entirely possible that one Cougar could hear his name called fairly early on day one of the draft.
Of course, just about every college and pro football fan has now heard of Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah and his rise from an unkown, inexperienced player from Ghana to the bright lights of fame and fortune …

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[13 Mar 2013 | | ]
George to Bring BYU Tight Ends Up To Speed

Andrew George is the man for the job.
For weeks now, BYU fans have wondered just exactly who the tight ends position coach would be on the new offensive staff.
That question was answered on Monday night when offensive coordinator Robert Anae told the media that, “Andrew George is our guy,” when speaking of who would coach the inside receivers.
After spending a year mostly serving in an administrative role to the staff and helping to prep and coach the scout team, George is being elevated to a position coach even though he …

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[3 Aug 2012 | 7 Comments | ]
Gary Sheide Changed College Football

BYU began fall camp Thursday, marking 90 years since the official start of football at the school. It also marks four decades since the program began to come into its own under then new head coach LaVell Edwards.
Under the direction of their unlikely visionary — Edwards was a member of the BYU defensive staff when hired to run the show — the Cougars embarked on a path that would eventually change how the game of college football would be played.
While virtually every program in the early seventies was running ground-oriented …

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[2 Aug 2011 | 15 Comments | ]
Former Cougar now “Evangelism Linebacker”

Many BYU fans fondly remember Derwin “Dewey” Gray as an All-WAC defensive back in the early 1990’s who was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts and played six seasons in the NFL.
Today Gray is known to many as the “Evangelism Linebacker” and the pastor of  Transformation Church in Fort Mill, South Carolina, a city just across the state line from Charlotte, North Carolina.
Transformation Church prides itself as being a multi-ethnic church, where one can find worshipers from a number of racial and ethnic backgrounds.
“One of the things I noticed (about churches) …

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[27 Jul 2011 | 14 Comments | ]
Andrew Rich Gets His Shot at the NFL

As a football fan, if you can’t root for a player like former BYU strong safety Andrew Rich, you can’t root for anyone.
The two-time All-Mountain West Conference performer, and the heart and soul of Bronco Mendenhall’s defense the past two seasons, was disappointed this past February when he was not invited to the NFL combine.
Wednesday, the Arizona Cardinals officially announced that they have signed Rich and former BYU offensive lineman Jason Speredon to free agent contracts.
The two new Cardinals join defensive end Vic So’oto, who signed with the Green Bay …

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[23 Jun 2011 | 23 Comments | ]
Jimmer to Start in Sactown?

Jimmer Nation will load up the truck and move its show to Sacramento. It’s a place where Fredette could end up starting as a rookie.
Selected by Milwaukee with the 10th overall pick in the draft for the Kings following a three-team trade that went down just prior to the start of the draft, Jimmer will join a franchise with a young and talented roster, but no proven point guard.
That’s because the Kings will be sending guard Beno Udrih, who was the team’s only player with starting experience at the point, …

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[22 Jun 2011 | 8 Comments | ]
Teach Us How to Jimmer

All of the talk, all of the speculation, all of the mock drafts end tonight.
That’s when we will find out exactly where Jimmer Fredette will ply his trade in the NBA.
No basketball player in BYU history has drawn as much attention as Jimmer.
Oh sure, Danny Ainge was a big name back in the day, and his dash between all five Notre Dame Fighting Irish is still one of the iconic moments in NCAA Tournament history, but Ainge never came close to drawing the spotlight and microscope that Fredette has endured.
No …

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[1 Jun 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
Jackson Could Play, While Jimmer Sits

If everything plays out as some expect, Jackson Emery could actually earn more money playing basketball than Jimmer Fredette this coming season.
While Jimmer could find himself cooling his heels because of an expected NBA lockout, Emery is likely to find a home overseas to ply his trade.
Both players are currently making the rounds, working out for NBA teams as franchises get an opportunity to look at players up close and personal prior to the NBA draft that takes place on June 23.
Emery’s athleticism and defensive prowess could make him a …

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[26 May 2011 | 14 Comments | ]
Jimmer’s Game will Translate to the NBA

Everybody has an opinion its seems — on politics, on religion — and on whether or not Jimmer Fredette can make it in the NBA.
In this observers mind, there is no question that Fredette will make an impact during the next stage of his playing career.
No player currently in the NBA has the ridiculous shooting range of the Jimmer. For that reason alone you can be assured that he will be able to carve out a valuable niche in the league.
Can he be a true point guard? Will he be …