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[8 May 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
Analysis of BYU FB Prospect Trent Hosick

Former Missouri quarterback Trent Hosick will visit Provo this weekend as the former Wendy’s High School Heisman national finalist looks for a new home in which to restart his college career.
Hosick found himself fourth on the Mizzou depth chart after spring camp concluded, behind entrenched starter Marty Mauk, junior Corbin Berkstresser and fellow redshirt freshman Eddie Printz.
Trent led Staley high school in Kansas City to the Missouri 5-A state championship as a junior in 2011, scoring four rushing touchdowns in the championship game. He was rated as the No. 19 …

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[6 May 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
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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[3 May 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
BYU Rugby Three-Peats

The BYU Cougars are rugby national champions once again.
After needing a last-second drop kick goal to knock off Cal in last year’s Varsity Cup title match, BYU controlled Saturday’s national championship game at Rio Tinto Stadium, defeating the Golden Bears 43-33.
BYU players and coaches spoke often this week about the importance of getting out of the gate early against Cal, and the Cougars did just that.
Paul Lasike scored a try at the five-minute mark of the first half as the Cougars built a 22-7 lead. The Bears fought back just …

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[2 May 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
BYU Rugby Ready for Biggest Game in History

BYU rugby (17-1) will be gunning for back-to-back-to-back national championships on Saturday afternoon when the Cougars face their arch-rivals, the Cal Bears (18-2) at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The Cougars defeated Cal in a thriller 27-24 on Jonny Linehan’s last-second drop goal kick to win the inaugural Varsity Cup national championship at South Field last year.
In 2012, the Cougars defeated Arkansas State 49-42 at Rio Tinto to take home the national club title.
They now stand poised to supplant Cal as the premier rugby program in the country if they can emerge victorious …

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[1 May 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
It May be Big 5 or Bust for BYU Athletics

BYU’s announcement on Tuesday that the Cougars have entered into an agreement to play in the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl is a reminder of just how tough life can be as a football independent.
While the location that the Cougars are likely to end up at in December is awfully nice, they could potentially end up playing the fifth or sixth-place team from the AAC in a bowl that has no history and zero prestige.
In the three seasons since BYU embarked on its path of independence the Cougars have played in …

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[28 Apr 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
BYU in the Hunt for Two National Titles

Two teams representing Brigham Young University hope to add national championships this week to the school’s trophy case.
The men’s volleyball team is the No. 2 seed at the NCAA tournament being held in Chicago this week, while the BYU Rugby team will be in search of its third straight national championship on Saturday afternoon in Sandy, Utah when it takes the pitch against national power Cal.
The volleyball team earned an automatic bid and first-round bye in the tournament after sweeping No. 3 seed Stanford on Saturday night in three sets …

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[24 Apr 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
Bronco Leaning More on Non-LDS Athletes

Over the past few decades, as BYU has grown into a nationally recognized football program, the Cougars have benefited from the contribution of a large number of stars who were not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Starting with the golden era of BYU football, right through to the present day, dozens of players of other faiths have helped to put the school on the college football map.
In fact, some of BYU’s greatest moments and highest achievements have been turned in by athletes who were not LDS.
From …

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[23 Apr 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
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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[22 Apr 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
BYU Needs New WRs To Be Quick Studies

The BYU offense is expected to be improved in year two of Robert Anae’s “go-fast, go-hard” attack that he installed in 2013.
The offensive lines looks it might finally be coming together after being a weak spot the past few seasons, while the Cougars are about as deep as ever at running back with Jamaal Williams, Paul Lasike, Adam Hine and Alge Brown all returning for 2014.
Quarterback Taysom Hill showed this spring that the work he put in with former BYU star John Beck is paying dividends. The gifted runner has …

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[10 Apr 2014 | Brett Richins | ]
BYU’s Defense Should Be Improved in 2014

While BYU will have to replace a number of key players from its 2013 defense this coming season, the Cougars’ recent spring camp revealed that the 2014 version of the defense should be just fine.
In fact, this year’s squad might be better than the group from last year, even though they lose stars like Kyle Van Noy, Uani Unga, Eathyn Manumaleuna and Daniel Sorensen.
That’s in large part because the secondary this coming season figures to be much more talented, especially at cornerback.
The Cougars lost its top two corners before the …