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[24 Apr 2013 | | ]
T.J. Haws To Serve LDS Mission First

Lone Peak High star guard and BYU basketball commit, T.J. Haws, told Deep Shades of Blue that he plans to serve a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before suiting up for the Cougars.
There has been speculation that T.J. might play one year with his brother Tyler before before leaving for the mission field.
However, in the video below, he tells DSB that the advantages of playing college basketball for four straight years after returning home from his mission won out over the opportunity to play …

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[19 Apr 2013 | | ]
JC Talent Could Lift BYU to the Next Level

A number of junior college players have made major impacts on the BYU football program over the years.
Players like Jason Buck, Tim McTyer, Omar Morgan, Jonny Harline, Todd Watkins and Andrew Rich are just a handful of notable Cougars who came to Provo following stellar careers at the junior college level.
In 2013, BYU has turned to the JUCO ranks more so than at any other year during the Bronco Mendenhall era, signing a total of eight junior college players. A lack of talent and depth on the offensive line, along …

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[7 Feb 2013 | 17 Comments | ]
BYU Entering a New World of Recruiting

Recent changes in policy by the NCAA and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints could work in the favor of BYU when it comes to recruiting student athletes to its campus.
Perhaps the biggest boon to BYU could come from the change in age for missionary service for young men by the Church.
As going on a mission at age 18 becomes the norm in Mormon culture, schools from some of the major conferences may begin to shy away from recruiting LDS athletes with plans to serve.
Currently, the NCAA rule. …

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[6 Feb 2013 | 8 Comments | ]
BYU Loads Up on JUCO Offensive Linemen

BYU announced the addition of 25 new student athletes to its football program on National Letter of Intent Day on Wednesday.
At least five others unofficially signed on as well, but will go straight on missions after they graduate from high school and were not announced on the list of new recruits.
As expected, Bronco Mendenhall went heavy on offensive linemen, signing four junior college college transfers and four players from high school.
The Cougars’ flurry of contact with JUCO linemen in the final two weeks leading up to signing day is evidence …

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[29 Aug 2012 | 10 Comments | ]
BYU vs. Wazzu: Keys to Victory

All the sheaves have been gathered in.
After all of the the long hours put in by the players in the weight room, the many individual summer workouts, the two-a-days of fall camp and a week-and-a-half of game preparations for the Washington State Cougars — it all comes down to this.
BYU kicks off its second season as an independent Thursday night in front of a national television audience on ESPN.
LaVell Edwards Stadium is all decked out with a new paint job, new HD video boards and new coordinating LED video ribbons …

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[15 Aug 2012 | 19 Comments | ]
Harrison Transfer a Reminder

The unfortunate turn of events that led to Damarcus Harrison’s departure from BYU is a reminder of the unusual challenge the school faces and just how remarkable it is that it is able to field so many outstanding athletic programs year in and year out.
Harrison left BYU this summer with the intent to follow in his older brother’s footsteps and enter the mission field.
However, after arriving home in Greenwood, South Carolina, he learned that his mission would be delayed several months. BYU head basketball coach Dave Rose meanwhile, expecting Damarcus …

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[9 Aug 2011 | 35 Comments | ]
Independence, ESPN, Bolstering BYU’s Recruiting

In case you were wondering, BYU’s football recruiting is going just fine — thank you.
On Monday, the Cougars reeled in the biggest fish in the state of Utah in Davis High defensive end Troy Hinds (6-5, 230 Sr).
The four-star athlete is ranked as the 17th best DE in the country by Rivals.com and the 14th best by Scout.com. Judging by the recruiting attention he received, many college coaches obviously believed those ranking to be conservative.
He was by far the most coveted player in the state this year, and could have …

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[20 Jun 2011 | 20 Comments | ]
Independence and Recruiting at BYU

BYU’s foray into football independence officially begins in 10 days.
One of the primary reasons for pursuing a path of independence was to increase national exposure for the program.
It’s a move that could have a very interesting effect on the school’s recruiting efforts.
As time goes by, the Cougars’ relationship with ESPN is likely to have a significant impact on Bronco Mendenhall’s recruiting pool, something that has traditionally been much smaller than virtually any other program in the country.
Kids these days are attracted by the opportunity to be seen on national television, …

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[7 Jun 2011 | 33 Comments | ]
BYU Watching Developments with Interest

The powers that be at BYU are watching a couple of developments in college football and hoping that they don’t become trends.
The newly expanded PAC-12 recently instituted a clause in its new television contract that prevents its member football programs from scheduling non-conference games beyond the first three weeks of the season.
USC and Stanford are exempt from the the rule when it comes to playing traditional rival Notre Dame, but all other schools must receive a waiver from all 12 athletic directors if they wish to play a non-conference opponent …

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[12 May 2011 | 11 Comments | ]
Pulsipher “The Punisher”

In case you haven’t noticed, BYU has been stocking up on talented mike linebackers recently.
The Cougars’ 3-4 alignment relies heavily on the mike position to close down the interior against an opponent’s running game.
The defense is designed to funnel everything to the mike, which means it is critical that the player manning the position be a tackling machine.
In recent years, Bronco Mendenhall has had to rely on guys in the middle who were big on heart and effort, but who were not necessarily great athletes.
The future should be quite different.
It …