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[10 May 2011 | 12 Comments | ]
BYU Football is in Edwards’ Blood

Perhaps nothing better illustrates the challenges of BYU’s juggling of missions and scholarships than the story of 2011 football signee Corey Edwards.
Edwards will not be taking the field for BYU until the fall of 2014 at the earliest.
That’s over four years from the time he received a verbal offer of a scholarship from Bronco Mendenhall in June of 2010.
Corey plans to greyshirt during the 2011 season before leaving on a mission in early 2012.
He will return in time for spring ball in 2014 and try to earn the starting job …

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[9 May 2011 | 7 Comments | ]
Matt Sumsion’s Unlikely Journey to BYU

Matt Sumsion hadn’t played a down of varsity football when he leaped onto BYU’s recruiting radar in the summer of 2010, just prior to his senior year of high school.
Standing 6′ 8″, the Utah All-State basketball player from Springville High always expected that he would be attending college on a basketball scholarship.
However fate had other ideas.
Prior to the start of the 2009 football season, the towering Sumsion was approach by Springville head football coach, and former University of Utah and NFL quarterback, Scott Mitchell and asked to come out for …

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[17 Mar 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
BYU Spring Prospectus: O-Line

Several Cougar offensive lineman are sitting out spring drills this year as they heal up from various injuries.
2010 starters Matt Reynolds (shoulder), Terence Brown (shoulder) and Braden Hansen (ankles), and key reserve Walter Kahaiali’i (pectoral) are all rehabbing following off-season surgery. Tackle Braden Brown as the only healthy returning starter this spring.
All four injured players are expected to return in time for the 2011 season, and when they do BYU will sport one of the most experienced and talented offensive lines in the country.
The only major question during spring camp …

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[4 Mar 2011 | 36 Comments | ]
The Silver Lining Behind Davies’ Suspension

It seems as if BYU has received more national attention for sticking by its principles in the past few days than for having a highly-ranked basketball team with the nation’s best player.
Tuesday’s suspension of BYU forward Brandon Davies for violating the school’s honor code has been making news not just in the world of sports, but in much of the regular news media as well.
The general consensus has been an expressed respect and admiration for BYU standing by its principles in a world that seems to have lost its way …

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[16 Feb 2011 | 10 Comments | ]
Manoa Pikula Eager to Start His BYU Career

When is all said and done, Manoa Pikula could well be the star of the 2011 BYU football signing class.
At 6-1, 230 Pikula could play fullback, inside linebacker or both in Provo. He comes to BYU having started for Bingham High School since his sophomore year.
As a sophomore he played fullback for the Miners before switching to linebacker for his junior and senior seasons — although he was still often used to pave the way for All-State running back Harvey Langi out of the backfield.
In many respects he’s a clone …

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[14 Feb 2011 | 11 Comments | ]
BYU’s Kuresa Reminiscent of Detmer

He’s barely six feet tall and weighs just 175 pounds, but don’t tell Alex Kuresa that he’s too small to play quarterback at the Division 1 level.
He knows better.
Kuresa was named Mr. Football and the Gatorade Play of the Year in the state of Utah in 2010.
Following a high school career that saw him break virtually every state passing and total offense record on the books, he now plans to take his game to Provo and try to take his place among the BYU quarterback greats.
Kuresa racked up 12,917 yards …

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[10 Feb 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
Towering Lapuaho Chooses BYU

New BYU Cougar Ului Lapuaho will be a big man on campus — literally.
At 6-7, 285 Lapuaho is part of the 2011 recruiting class that will wear the white and blue for Bronco Mendenhall beginning this fall.
“Lui” as he is known to family and friends played at Hunter High School in West Valley City, Utah where he was tabbed as a 5-A First Team All-State player at offensive tackle.
Football runs in Lui’s blood.
HeĀ  is the son of former Cougar Rob Lapuaho, who was part of the program during the 1980’s …

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[9 Feb 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
Tausinga to Plug the Middle for BYU

Kesni Tausinga will be bringing his football talents to BYU — but we won’t see him on the field until 2013.
The 6-1, 285 Bingham High product told Deep Shades of Blue on national signing day that he plans to leave for his mission prior to the start of the 2011 season.
He’s projected at nose tackle in Bronco Mendenhall’s 3-4 defense, a position that several freshmen players have been able to come in and make an immediate impact at.
Tausinga is a multi-sport athlete, having played rugby for the famed Highland Rugby …

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[4 Feb 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
Austin Heder – A Cougar Since Birth

Pleasant Grove linebacker Austin Heder says he is true blue BYU.
He made it official this week, signing with the Cougars after having to wait more than 19 months after his verbal commitment back in June of 2009.
Austin has been biding his time waiting for his future in football to move to the next stage by playing on the hardwoods this winter as a member of his high school basketball team.
At 6-3, 235 Heder is projected to play mike linebacker in Provo, a position that requires a football player to be …

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[3 Feb 2011 | 8 Comments | ]
Kaumatule Is Honored to be a Cougar

The Bingham Miners will be sending both of their bookend defensive ends to BYU to play football in Baker Pritchard and Moses Kaumatule.
At 6-2, 250 Kaumatule is a soft spoken and humble young man who plays with his motor always on out on the field of play.
Bingham head coach Dave Peck told Deep Shades of Blue in November, just prior to the Miner’s winning the Utah 5-A state championship, that during the 2010 season Moses was his best performer on a defensive line that consisted of four players who would …