Early observations of the defense

Fall practices have begun at BYU with several observations worth noting. Yesterday we touched on the offense and its complete overhaul under new offensive coordinator Robert Anae. Today we’ll run through the defense and what we’ve observed through two days of practices and interviews. Defensive backs -Boundary corner deserves most of the attention on the defense despite the question marks surrounding the nose tackle position. A huge void … Continue reading»

Startin-to-Brown play should be chronicled in BYU lore

BY DESERET NEWS COUGAR BLOG GUEST BLOGGER KEN DRIGGS It was the fall of 1958, a beautiful time of year in Provo. I came to BYU freshman orientation on the BYU campus with palpable excitement. Not only was I looking forward to college life and classes, but also to finding good-looking Mormon coeds. To top it off, football season was already underway, and the Cougars had handily defeated … Continue reading»

Early observations of the offense

We’re only through two days of fall practices, but certain observations can be made given the limited viewing opportunities along with interviews with coaches and players. Here’s an overview of some key developments: Quarterback -Taysom Hill shows no ill effects from his knee injury sustained last season, but still needs work on his overall consistency throwing the football. This was anticipated, but there is no question Hill is … Continue reading»

Football magazine’s 2013 predictions bode well for Cougars

BY DESERET NEWS COUGAR BLOGGER KEN DRIGGS Recently I made the annual drive to Barnes & Noble to get my valued Phil Steele’s 2013 College Football Preview. The magazine provides in-depth coverage of each major college team in the country with some comparative details about the teams. Steele gives each team a numerical rating that indicates which team would be favored on a neutral field and by how … Continue reading»

BY KEN DRIGGS, DESERET NEWS COUGAR GUEST BLOGGER Tyler Haws’ selection to the USA World University Games roster is a feather in BYU’s hat. There have been some BYU foreign players who represented their country, like Charles Abouo, but Haws is only the fourth BYU basketball player to represent the USA in this international competition. The other three were Craig Raymond (1967), Fred Roberts (1981) and Devin Durrant … Continue reading»

BYU media day live blog: Updates from Provo all day long

The Deseret News was out in force for BYU football media day in Provo. Brandon Gurney, Dick Harmon, Matt Petersen and Brandon Judd were on the ground getting the scoop. Landon Hemsley and Whitney O’Bannon were in Salt Lake City coordinating and producing live web coverage for DeseretNews.com Hemsley, always in touch with the reporters in Provo, live blogged on the news of the day here throughout the … Continue reading»

Are you ready for BYU Football Day?

Are you passionate about BYU football? Do you regularly replay 4th and 18, the answered prayer, the Miracle Bowl and Miami in your dreams? Would you book a flight and hotel in Nigeria to watch the BYU football team square off against even the most obscure of opponents (not that such a thing would ever happen, but if it did, would you?) You might want to take next … Continue reading»

Mark Atuaia was a top-notch recruit from Hawaii. Can he help revive that source of talent for BYU?

Deseret News reporter Brandon Gurney and the crew from 960AM Cougar Sports radio talked BYU football recruiting, including the Cougars’ competition from programs big and small. You can listen to the audio segment in its entirety by clicking HERE. Gurney and the Cougar Sports crew discuss the progress BYU has made in recruiting against the likes of USC and other college powerhouses. BYU has past success in recruiting … Continue reading»

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Dick Harmon spoke at length with the crew from 97.5/1280 The Zone Sports Network, touching on Bronco Mendenhall’s ongoing contract status, the offensive coaching staff overhaul and the decision to let Riley Nelson play while he was hurt last season. You can listen to the full interview segment at 1280thezone.com, or by clicking here. Dick Harmon addresses why Bronco Mendenhall may be okay with a long-term contract now, … Continue reading»

Will BYU retain Fred Warner’s commitment?

San Marcos, Calif. — Every recruit is fair game until they send in their National Letters of Intent. Case in point is BYU commit Fred Warner who has received a crushing amount of interest since committing to the Cougars in early April. The 6-foot-3, 210 outside linebacker prospect now holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Utah, Cal and even from USC with other offers likely on the way. … Continue reading»