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Vanquish The Foe Jul 22, 2017
BYU Football 2017 Defensive Line Preview: Cougars look to upgrade pass rush

BYU Football 2017 Defensive Line Preview: Cougars look to upgrade pass rush

Key returnees and newcomers will look to bolster a lackluster pass rush BYU heads into year two of Kalani Sitake’s and Ilaisa Tuiaki’s 4-3 scheme, hoping to improve a pass rush that ranked 53rd nationally in sacks. BYU recruited the defensive line harder than any other position group in 2017, and will bring in other reinforcements (hello, Sione Takitaki) in hopes of replicating the success that Sitake had during his tenure at Utah. Defensive Ends: Sione Takitaki (RS JR) 6’2”, 245 lbs Coach Kalani Sitake confirmed that Takitaki will be back this fall after not participating in the...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 21, 2017
BYU Football 2017 Offensive Line Preview: Can experienced offensive line withstand grueling first month?

BYU Football 2017 Offensive Line Preview: Can experienced offensive line withstand grueling first month?

BYU returns an experienced offensive line With major question marks surrounding the wide receiver and running back units, the offensive line will look to anchor BYU’s pro-style offense. Although the line did have its struggles during the year, they paved the way for a spectacular season for Jamaal Williams, and they return 4/5 starters along the line this year. With another year in Ty Detmer’s system and another offseason of strength conditioning, the offensive line should be one of the strengths of the team. Tackles: Thomas Shoaf (RS SO): After returning home from a LDS mission, Shoaf...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 20, 2017
Former BYU Basketball Player Eric Mika inks deal with Italian team

Former BYU Basketball Player Eric Mika inks deal with Italian team

Mika heads overseas to get paid Eric Mika and his wife served a LDS mission in Italy, and now they are heading back for the former BYU big man to play professional hoops. Mika signed with club Pallancestro Pesaro, which plays in the top Italian professional league. Financial details were not immediately made available. Matt Carlino, a teammate of Eric Mika on the 2013-2014 BYU squad, played last year in the same league. Former BYU hoops player Jonathan Tavernari also plays in the league. Playing time could come quick for Mika, as Pesaro finished second-to-last in league standings this past...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 20, 2017
BYU Football 2017 Positional Preview: Tight Ends

BYU Football 2017 Positional Preview: Tight Ends

Three names are atop the depth chart at Tight End for the Cougars When it was announced that Cougar great Ty Detmer was taking over the BYU offense and would be bringing a form of the old BYU offense with him, it was met with great excitement by many BYU fans. One of the assumptions that many of us made was that it would also mean the return of the glorified tight end position. BYU football has produced great prolific quarterbacks, and the great passing quarterbacks have often been accompanied by great tight end play. Unfortunately, last season there was only one tight end who caught a...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 19, 2017
BYU Football 2017 Wide Receivers Preview: Jonah Trinnaman leads inexperienced group

BYU Football 2017 Wide Receivers Preview: Jonah Trinnaman leads inexperienced group

The Wide Receivers are one of the biggest question marks heading into the 2017 season Just as we highlighted in our running backs’ preview yesterday, the wide receiver corps has many question marks heading into the 2017 season. BYU loses its top three receivers from last year (Nick Kurtz, Colby Pearson, Mitchell Juergens) on a group that already had its fair share of struggles. For BYU’s offense to take a step forward this season, the Cougars will be relying on a few returnees and other promising new faces to beef up the passing attack. Jonah Trinnaman A 4-star recruit out of Snow...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 18, 2017
Cougs on Cougs: A look at BYU Basketball’s non-conference schedule

Cougs on Cougs: A look at BYU Basketball’s non-conference schedule

Jess and Mary discuss the recently released non-conference schedule for the 2017-18 BYU Basketball season. Hello Cougar fans! Jess and Mary are back after a break to bring you all the news concerning BYU Football and Basketball. We’re less than a week away from the start of Fall Camp for BYU Football (finally, can you believe it?!), and BYU Basketball just released its 2017-18 non-conference schedule. We dive into that schedule and break down some of the more (and then less) exciting games. Are there enough quality opponents to give the Cougars a solid chance at a good RPI? We’ll have...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 18, 2017
BYU football 2017 running backs preview: Is there any hope in replacing a legend?

BYU football 2017 running backs preview: Is there any hope in replacing a legend?

With Jamaal Williams in the NFL, BYU has a massive hole to fill This is not an article about the greatness of Jamaal Williams, but that is how it must start. In order to properly preview the running backs for the BYU football team in 2017, you have to recognize the magnitude of losing Jamaal. Williams ran the ball 23.4 times per game last year. That is worth repeating... 23.4 times per game! To put this into perspective, Taysom Hill averaged 31 passing attempts per game in 2016. Losing the skill of Jamaal is tough, but few are recognizing the significance of losing his workload. BYU running...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 17, 2017
BYU Football Recruiting: 2018 Safety Talan Alfrey commits to BYU

BYU Football Recruiting: 2018 Safety Talan Alfrey commits to BYU

BYU lands versatile athlete out of Washington BYU landed another 2018 commitment Monday afternoon, as safety Talan Alfrey committed to the Cougars. Alfrey announced his commitment via his twitter account, and also indicated that he will serve an LDS mission before enrolling at BYU in 2020. pic.twitter.com/pUMGbc9hKC— Talan Alfrey (@talfrey21) July 18, 2017 Alfrey is from Auburn, Washington, which is about 40 minutes south of Seattle. The 6’3”, 185 lbs do-it-all athlete has played all over the field during his high school career. Alfrey has played Quarterback, Wide Receiver, and...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 17, 2017
BYU football 2017 quarterbacks preview: Cougars look to Tanner Mangum to deliver on promise

BYU football 2017 quarterbacks preview: Cougars look to Tanner Mangum to deliver on promise

Previewing BYU’s season by position: Tanner Mangum has the experience and the talent. It’s time for a monster season. BYU football will have plenty of talent in 2017. The group of starting linebackers may be one of the best in the country. The defensive backfield will be athletic and experienced. The offensive line is mean and seasoned. But there are a lot of questions about BYU’s offensive skill positions. I’m personally pretty high on the running back group of Riley Burt, Ula Tolutau and Squally Canada. Jonah Trinnaman and Moroni Laulu-Pututau have the tools to give the Cougars...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 15, 2017
BYU football recruiting: 2018 WR Gunner Romney commits to Cougars

BYU football recruiting: 2018 WR Gunner Romney commits to Cougars

The receiver from Arizona commits to BYU over multiple Pac-12 schools. BYU football picked up a new commitment Saturday from Gunner Romney, a wide receiver out of Chandler, Arizona. The 6-foot-2 Romney, a 3-star recruit who reportedly runs a 4.55 second 40-yard dash, had 70 catches for 1,309 yards and 10 touchdowns last year during his junior season. He is listed as the 2nd-best receiver in the state of Arizona by multiple recruiting sites, and the 9th-best player overall in Arizona, according to 247Sports composite. He currently has 12 offers that include Arizona, Arizona State, Utah and...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 13, 2017
BYU Football Recruiting: A look into BYU’s 2018 recruiting class

BYU Football Recruiting: A look into BYU’s 2018 recruiting class

BYU’s 2018 class is starting to round out With weeks until fall camp starts and just over a month until BYU kicks off the season versus Portland State, BYU has already locked up a large portion of its 2018 recruiting class. The summer period saw BYU haul in not only a bunch of commitments for the 2018 class, but future classes as well. It can be hard to keep track of what’s going on in the recruiting world, so we’ll break down what BYU has going on in its 2018 class. So far, BYU has 17 scholarship commitments for the 2018 class. BYU is still going after some high profile recruits,...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 11, 2017
BYU basketball releases 2017 non-conference schedule

BYU basketball releases 2017 non-conference schedule

East coast trips, Holy War highlight non-conference slate BYU Basketball released its 2017-2018 non-conference schedule Tuesday afternoon, highlighted by an East Coast invitational and a home against against Utah. #BYU Basketball announced their 2017-18 non conference schedule. Two Power Six opponents. pic.twitter.com/enrmyLX2hR— Mitch Harper (@Mitch_Harper) July 11, 2017 BYU’s regular season tipoff will be Saturday, Nov. 11, versus Mississippi Valley State; the preceding 2 games will be exhibitions. Alabama is likely the best game on the schedule. With multiple returning starters...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 10, 2017
BYU Football LB Fred Warner named to preseason Bednarik Award watch list

BYU Football LB Fred Warner named to preseason Bednarik Award watch list

Warner identified as one of the best defensive players in college football BYU Outside Linebacker Fred Warner joined Tanner Mangum Monday morning as one of the players named to a preseason award watch list. Warner was named to the Bednarik Award watch list, which is given annually to the top defensive player in college football. Time for preseason watch lists... Fred Warner on Benarik Award watch list (best defensive player in college football pic.twitter.com/LmPEQqpMdf— Robby McCombs (@rtmccombs) July 10, 2017 A year after transitioning from outside linebacker in Bronco...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 10, 2017
BYU Football QB Tanner Mangum named to preseason Maxwell Award watch list

BYU Football QB Tanner Mangum named to preseason Maxwell Award watch list

BYU QB identified as one of college football’s top players to watch The 2017 preseason award watch lists began Monday morning, and BYU QB Tanner Mangum was named as a Maxwell Award candidate. Also, Tanner Mangum is Maxwell Award candidate as best player in college football pic.twitter.com/cHDdaWWqMo— Robby McCombs (@rtmccombs) July 10, 2017 Mangum was 1 of 85 players on the list, which is given annually to the top player in college football. Mangum was one of 34 quarterbacks named. Mangum was not named to the list last year, as the Maxwell committee instead gave the nod to...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 7, 2017
BYU basketball: Transfers Steven Beo, Zach Frampton find new teams

BYU basketball: Transfers Steven Beo, Zach Frampton find new teams

The former BYU guards found places to continue their careers Former BYU basketball players Steven Beo and Zach Frampton officially have new homes to play basketball. Beo, a freshman from Richland, Washington, has committed to transfer to Eastern Washington, according to Verbal Commits. Former Brigham Young G Steven Beo is transferring to Eastern Washington. @steven_beo https://t.co/Ertwzq9AGO— Verbal Commits (@VerbalCommits) July 7, 2017 Eastern Washington is about 2 hours from his hometown. Beo, a 6-foot-3 guard, originally committed to BYU as a walk-on but was put on scholarship...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 7, 2017
BYU to sell Lavell Edwards themed merchandise

BYU to sell Lavell Edwards themed merchandise

Tom Holmoe announces rollout to begin in August 2 weeks after announcing that the BYU Football team will honor Lavell Edwards with a uniform patch in 2017, Athletic Director Tom Holmoe announced that BYU will sell Lavell Edwards themed merchandise beginning in August. Holmoe made the announcement via his twitter account Thursday afternoon. Coug Nation will begin seeing LaVell logo'd products in early August. Licensed merchandise will include patches, shirts and hats in retail.— Tom Holmoe (@TomHolmoe) July 6, 2017 A portion of the proceeds will also go to one of Lavell’s favorite...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 5, 2017
BYU Basketball: A look into all 13 scholarship players on BYU’s roster

BYU Basketball: A look into all 13 scholarship players on BYU’s roster

With the roster now set, we dive into each player for the upcoming season With the signing of Kajon Brown last week, BYU filled its 13th and final scholarship for the 2017-2018 season. BYU also added Weber State transfer McKay Cannon, who will be a walk-on and redshirt this season. Even with the return of four starters, BYU welcomes in a big group of new faces and returned missionaries to the roster. BYU will have zero seniors on its roster for the 2017-2018 season. Buckle up, sit back and get the details on BYU’s 2017-2018 roster. Guards With the departure of Eric Mika, BYU will once...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 3, 2017
Eric Mika Miami Heat Orlando NBA Summer League Update

Eric Mika Miami Heat Orlando NBA Summer League Update

Eric Mika made it through the first weekend in Orlando NBA summer league As previously reported, Eric Mika signed on to play in the NBA Summer League with the Miami Heat. He is listed as one of two centers on the roster (yes, they have him as a center, not a forward, as many expected). He played his first game with the Heat on Saturday, logging 13 minutes off the bench. Mika recorded 6 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists in a 74-67 loss to the Charlotte Hornets. The Miami Summer League frontcourt has Bam Adebayo (the 14th pick of the 2017 draft) and Okaro White, a G-League player who was...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 29, 2017
Top 5 overhyped BYU sports phenomena of the past 10 years

Top 5 overhyped BYU sports phenomena of the past 10 years

There are a lot of times when the idea is better than the reality. In 1817, Samuel Taylor Coleridge first described the notion of “suspension of disbelief.” Coleridge suggested that if it is possible to infuse “human interest with a semblance of truth” people will suspend judgment concerning the implausibility of the narrative. This essentially describes most every sports fan during the off-season. BYU fans are as prone to this practice as any fanbase. The human interest that BYU fans have collectively is found in the Cougars being amazing and the best they have ever been. The...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 27, 2017
BYU Basketball Recruiting: 2017 JUCO Guard Kajon Brown commits to BYU

BYU Basketball Recruiting: 2017 JUCO Guard Kajon Brown commits to BYU

BYU signs high flying guard BYU added the 5th piece to its 2017 class in JUCO guard Kajon Brown. Brown committed to the Cougars Tuesday night via his twitter account. Next stop Provo @BYUbasketball #thankgod #seeyousoon #GoCougs pic.twitter.com/NbQPilNHuY— KB2️⃣ (@kaybee__2) June 28, 2017 The 6’5” guard played this past season at Lee College in New Orleans. Prior to that, he played a year at Tulsa University. Brown will be a junior (with a redshirt year available) for BYU in 2017-2018. Brown brings athleticism and depth to BYU’s backcourt. An explosive leaper, Brown will...

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