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[25 Jul 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
Preseason Preview: BYU vs. Virginia

BYU’s home game against Virgina in week four of the 2014 season is an opportunity for the Cougars to redeem themselves following last season’s disappointing loss to the Cavaliers.
Despite outgaining UVA by 140 yards, the Cougars left a rain-soaked Scott Stadium on the wrong end of a 19-16 decisions.
The Cavaliers would not win another game against an FBS Division-1 opponent the rest of the season, finishing with a 2-10 record.
The Cougars stumbled out of the gate in their first game implementing Robert Anae’s new fast-tempo, read-option offense.
A deluge of rain, …

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[21 Jul 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
Preseason Preview: BYU vs. Houston

BYU and Houston put on a show at Reliant Stadium in this game last season, rolling up a combined 1,164 yards of total offense.
In the end, the Cougars in blue prevailed 47-46 in one of the more entertaining games of the 2013 season when Taysom Hill found Skyler Ridley in the endzone for an 11-yard touchdown strike with 1:08 remaining.
BYU linebacker Alani Fua then sealed the deal by picking off Houston quarterback John O’Korn with 42 second to go.
Hill had his best passing day of the year, throwing for 417 …

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[20 Jul 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
Preseason Preview: BYU vs. Texas

This contest is a rematch from last season’s game in Provo that was dominated by BYU 40-21.
The Cougars set a school record, trampling the Longhorns for 550 yards on the ground, including 259 by quarterback Taysom Hill. It was also the most yards given up on the ground in the proud history of Texas football.
BYU leads the all-time series between the two schools 3-1 and has outscored the Longhorns by an average score of 31-15 in those four games. The lone Texas victory in the series came in Austin three …

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[14 Jul 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
Preseason Preview: BYU vs. UConn

BYU opens the 2014 football season on Aug. 29 in East Hartford, Conn. against the UConn Huskies.
Both programs will be looking to get off to a better start than last year. The new Cougar offense sputtered in a 19-16 loss at Virgina to start the 2013 season, while the Huskies were completely embarrassed in a 33-18 home loss to FCS member Towson.
BYU is in its second year of implementing its go-fast, go hard offense and expects to make significant strides in execution and red zone scoring. The Cougars return most …

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[10 Jul 2014 | Louis E. Deaux | ]
BYU Football: Casting Defensive Shadows

During media day last month, BYU defensive coordinator Nick Howell discussed one of my favorite subjects–defensive length.
While speed and quickness has long been recognized as integral to a great defensive team, the subject of overall height or length is sometimes over looked.
BYUtv host Dave McCann noted that BYU will field the tallest pair of starting outside linebackers in the country, and perhaps one of the tallest and largest overall rotations at those key positions on the defense.
A lack of length is something that cannot be simply made up for with …

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[9 Jul 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
Anae Still Has Much to Prove as BYU’s OC

With the start of fall football camp just over three weeks away there are a number of key questions that BYU needs to answer on offense heading into the start of the 2014 season.
Will quarterback Taysom Hill be able to take the next step in his development as a passer?
Will the Cougars’ new additions at wide receiver be able to come up to speed in a timely fashion in the Cougars fast-paced attack?
And will the offensive line finally come together at the level needed to give Hill enough time to …

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[8 Jul 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
Langi Transferring to BYU No Big Surprise

A Deseret News article by former BYU star Vai Sikahema on Monday regarding Harvey Langi’s plans to transfer from Utah to BYU has created quite a firestorm of conversation and opinion over the past 24 hours.
However, Langi’s desire to become a Cougar following his mission comes as no big surprise.
It’s been rumored for many months that the former Bingham High star would take his talents to Provo following his return home from his service in Tampa, Florida.
As a young man in high school, Langi had a keen interest in playing …

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[26 Jun 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
What Happens if BYU Has a Special Season?

This time of year, hope springs eternal for every college football team.
For example, in Provo, many are envisioning the Cougars getting back to winning double-digit games and ending the season ranked in the top 25.
That might be considered a lofty goal for a team that has endured combined double-digit losses over the past two seasons.
However, there is real reason for optimism in Cougartown in 2014.
For starters, the go-fast, go-hard offense should be considerably improved from last season when BYU struggled to sustain drives and was dreadful in the redzone.
Quarterback Taysom …

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[23 Jun 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
The Answer for BYU Football? Just Win Baby!

BYU played host to local and national media members during its football media day on Monday.
Many of the questions asked by reporters had to do with the school’s future as a football independent.
Those inquiries were sparked by a recent interview head coach Bronco Mendenhall gave to the Austin American-Statesman.
In that interview he was quoted as saying, “We would love to be in the Big 12. I would love to be a member of that conference. I think that would make a lot of sense.”
His response has gotten a lot of …

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[9 May 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
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 …