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Vanquish The Foe 7 hours ago

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 36 Days

Tim McTyer and Omar Morgan were two of the best defensive backs to play at BYU. Tim McTyer and Omar "the Blanket" Morgan both came to BYU from the junior college ranks, Los Angeles Southwest Junior College and El Camino Junior College respectively. McTyer was a senior and Morgan was a junior during the 1996 season, helping the Cougars go 14-1 with a win in the 1997 Cotton Bowl. The bowl game was hotly contested and full of great highlights for both Brigham Young and Kansas State. In the closing minutes of the game QB Steve Sarkisian connected with K.O. Kealaluhi for the go ahead...
Vanquish The Foe 8 hours ago

BYU Football Opponent Preview: The Cal Golden Bears

BYU will play its last regular season game at Cal on November 29th. A trip to Berkeley ends the regular season for the the Cougars, lets take a look at what they will face. The Details: - Sat Nov 29 in Berkeley, CA at California Memorial Stadium. - 2013 Record - 1-11 (0-9 in Pac 12) - Coach - Sonny Dykes (1-11 in one season at Cal) To put it lightly, the struggle was real for Cal last season, going 1-11 with the only win coming against Portland State. New head coach Sonny Dykes led a team composed of mostly underclassmen with little experience, including true freshmen Quarterback Jared...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 23, 2014
BYU Football: Four Cougars named to watch list for Polynesian Player of the Year

BYU Football: Four Cougars named to watch list for Polynesian Player of the Year

Of the 34 players on the watch list for the Polynesian College Football Player of the year award, four of them are from BYU. Besides playing for the BYU Cougars, what do Edward Fusi, Alani Fua, Bronson Kaufusi, and Solomone Kafu all have in common? It seems that the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame believes that these four players have a chance to bring in the inaugural Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award. The Award Th Polynesian College Football Player of the Year award is an award that is handed out by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame and will be awarded each year to...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 23, 2014

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 37 Days

As a head coach, Bronco Mendenhall's first commit was #37 Vic So'oto, a highly touted tight end out of Carlsbad, California. So'oto was recruited by Pac10, MWC, Big12, Big10, and ACC schools. With a redshirt and a medical redshirt season he was at BYU for six seasons. Although he was recruited as a tight end, So'oto made the switch to defensive side of the ball in 2008 and found a much better fit. That season was cut short by injury after two games. His final two years as a Cougar, So'oto played both linebacker and defensive end. As a senior, So'oto had 45 tackles and led the team in...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 22, 2014

Eathyn Manumaleuna Signs With New England Patriots

Ethyn Manumaleuna has found his second home in the NFL with the New England Patriots. The Patriots have signed former BYU defensive lineman Eathyn after releasing rookie Seali'i Epenesa from UCLA. Eathyn had been looking for a home ever since the New York Giants had waived him on June 19th. Eathyn is currently the only BYU alumni on the Patriots roster. There has been no official statement about dropping Epenesa for Manumaleuna other than the Patriots saying it was a corresponding roster move. Both defensive lineman are very similar in size and style of play. This could have been a simple...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 22, 2014

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 38 Days

#38 Matt Payne went above and beyond as a punter and kicker; he was a hard hitter to boot! Not many punter's have the size of a linebacker, but at 6'4" and 234 pounds #38 Matt Payne did have that size. Payne kicked and punted for BYU from 2001-2004. As a kicker Payne had a 73.9 percent completion rate (54-73 field goals made) with long field goals of 50, 52, and 53 yards. Payne set a couple kicking records along the way: 14 consecutive field goals between 40 and 49 yards and school record 67 consecutive PATs. His career PAT completion rate was 95.2 percent (150-156). As a punter Payne...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 22, 2014

BYU Football Recruiting: Q & A with new Cougar commit Riley Burt

I sat down with 2015 BYU commit Riley Burt to ask him some questions about his commitment Riley Burt plays running back and cornerback for the Box Elder High School Bees in Brigham City, (northern) Utah. Burt is an all-around athlete who could see the field at multiple positions on each side of the ball. Paul Greenhalgh: You were born in Alabama. How did you end up in Mantua, Utah? Riley Burt: I was adopted when I was one. I grew up in Brigham, then came up to Mantua. PG: What helped you decide to commit to BYU? RB: The coaches are really nice. My family helped me a lot. I don't know,...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 21, 2014

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 39 Days

Gayland Mills played from 1939-1942 and then again after the war in 1946. He earned the moniker "Iron Mike" on the gridiron. Coaches like their players to have some mean to them. Just this past spring after two separate fights broke out during the second day of spring ball Coach Mendenhall told the press after, "I like it (when) neither side will back down." Things were pretty much the same in the old leather head days. Taken from What it Means to be a Cougar: Iron Mike played end for the freshman squad in '39. He was supposed to block Garth Chamberlain in practice, a defensive tackle who...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 21, 2014

BYU Soccer: Cougars successful season ends in Las Vegas

After reaching the playoffs for the first time in seven years, the Cougars fall to the Ventura County Fusion to end their season. One can only imagine the emotion of the players as each of them found their way off the soccer field at UNLV.  A short but gratifying playoff stint for the Cougars had just ended in a 1-0 loss to the Ventura County Fusion.  For each of the players the experience was new and will be looked at as something to learn from, but it will also provide a drive for them to make sure they get to experience it again.  While others can look towards the future of the...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 20, 2014

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 40 Days

40 years after Paul James became the Voice of the Cougars he was inducted into the BYU Sports Hall of Fame. Paul James traveled the country with head coach LaVell Edwards. The two were both often invited to speak at various public functions, often with Edwards as the keynote speaker and James as the inevitable master of ceremonies. James had a lot of fun doing so and shared some of his hilarious introductions for Edwards in his book Cougar Tales: LaVell and I have a very strange and wonderful relationship. He's strange and I'm wonderful! He's so devoted to football that he refers to his...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 20, 2014
BYU Football: Taysom Hill for Heisman? What are his Chances?

BYU Football: Taysom Hill for Heisman? What are his Chances?

Heisman Calculus 101 made easy, with special attention given to Taysom Hill's chances for Heisman Glory. BYU’s very own Taysom Hill was recognized on the website heismanpundit.com as a potential candidate for the Heisman Trophy this year. VTF’s Kevin Kennedy did a piece on this which you can find here. This list included 25 names, some of them you have already heard of, and some of them you haven’t. A few weeks ago, he was named on to NFL.com's 14-person list of hopefuls who may have a fighter’s chance of hearing his name called in the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City this...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 19, 2014
Know The Bro: Cougar Running Back Jamaal Williams

Know The Bro: Cougar Running Back Jamaal Williams

Described by his mother as a tough warrior, Jamaal Williams begins junior season with huge expectations. Jamaal Williams returns to LaVell Edwards Stadium for his senior season with big hopes and big expectations.  The 6-0, 200 pound junior from Fontana, California has recently been named to both the Doak Walker and Maxwell Awards Lists - awards honoring the best running back and the best overall college football player. Williams is also on the watch list for the CFPA Running Back Trophy.  (Check out Greg Wrubell's chart for all BYU players on 2014 award watch lists here) High...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 19, 2014

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 41 Days

In the 1980 Holiday Bowl 41 yards and 11 SMU players were all that stood between BYU and their first bowl victory, with only three seconds left to play. With the ball on the 41-yard line in the 1980 Holiday Bowl against SMU, Jim McMahon had the moxy to lead his team to victory. He had already overruled the coaching staff to prevent the punt team from coming on the field. Only three seconds left in the game and McMahon knew exactly what to do. In the huddle McMahon called "a multi-option play at the line of scrimmage" and then advised his teammates, "Look, hold them off a little longer and...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 19, 2014

BYU in the Pros: New Orleans may be a Perfect Fit for Jimmer Fredette

The Big Easy may just be the right place and right time for the former BYU Basketball star. It's said in New Orleans "laissez les bons temps rouler" or "let the good times roll". Good times are exactly what Jimmer Fredette needs after a lackluster start to his professional career in Sacramento and Chicago. And while some fans of the former BYU star are disappointed with the lack of interest Fredette garnered this off-season and the one-year deal he signed with the Pelicans at the league minimum, the fact is Fredette needed a place to play and he's got one in New Orleans. I caught up with...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 18, 2014
BYU Football: Sione Takitaki dismissed from team, Will Remain in School

BYU Football: Sione Takitaki dismissed from team, Will Remain in School

Although BYU remains silent, reports indicate that freshman Sione Takitaki has been dismissed from the football team, but will remain enrolled at the university. Freshman Sione Takitaki is a three-star inside linebacker from Fontana, California and was ranked the number 24 inside linebacker in the country by ESPN. At 6'3" Takitaki has Van Noy size as a freshman and has the potential to see the field this fall. News broke July 17th that Takitaki had allegedly been dismissed from the program by Total Blue Sports. However, no official announcement has been made regarding his...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 18, 2014
BYU in the Pros: Jimmer's Last Shot?

BYU in the Pros: Jimmer's Last Shot?

It's been a depressing past 12 months for the #FreeJimmer community, as Jimmer Fredette's career continues to be a rollercoaster ride of uncertainty. After being relegated to the end of the Sacramento King's bench for most of the past three seasons, there was a flicker of hope this year for Jimmer fans when Fredette was bought out of his contract with the Kings and joined the Chicago Bulls on March 2nd perfect situation for Jimmer's career to begin to flourish. He was going from one of the most dysfunctional franchises in the NBA to one of the most stable. The knock against Jimmer has...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 18, 2014
BYU Football: Taysom Hill Named to 2014 Walter Camp Award Watch List

BYU Football: Taysom Hill Named to 2014 Walter Camp Award Watch List

There has been no shortage of off-season hype for Taysom Hill this summer and today he received more national pre-season recognition. BYU's senior quarterback Taysom Hill has been named to the pre-season watch list for yet another prestigious award. On Friday, Hill's name was included in the fifty player watch list for the Walter Camp Award. Founded in 1967, the Walter Camp Award is presented annually to the Division 1 FBS player of the year as determined by a group of FBS head coaches and sports information directors that comprise the Walter Camp Football Foundation. If Hill wins, he will...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 18, 2014

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 42 Days

BYU lost every game to the University of Utah until they tied in 1941. The Cougars first victory against the Utes came in 1942 at Utah. There are a fair amount of people who think it is good that the rivalry is taking a break. They say things like, "The rivalry has become too contentious." or "It's become too mean." These people probably don't even know the history of the rivalry. The BYU-UofU rivalry was forged in the furnace of contention fueled by the bellows of animosity. When is the last time the stadium broke out into a massive fight? 1942. From What it Means to be a Cougar: BYU beat...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 18, 2014

BYU is going to start 1-2

Despite BYU usually starting 1-2, nobody seems to think BYU will start worse than 2-1. Well, almost nobody. Today, I looked at athlonsports.com's game by game predictions for the 2014 BYU Football Season.  I couldn't believe my eyes!  How is it possible that NOBODY predicted BYU to start 1-2?! Since Bronco became head coach in 2005, 5 of the 9 BYU campaigns began 1-2.  But that doesn't tell the whole story.  You see, if you exclude victories over FCS (Division II) teams, and only looked at the first 3 games against FBS (Division I) teams, 7 of Bronco's 9 seasons at the helm began with...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 17, 2014

BYU Football: Jamaal Williams named to 2014 Doak Walker Award Watch List

BYU's Jamaal Williams named to 2014 Doak Walker Award Watch List. Luke Staley was the last BYU player to win the award in 2001. Jamaal Williams, the junior running back from Brigham Young University has been named to the watch list for the Doak Walker Award.  The Doak Walker Award is given to the best running back in college football. The Doak Walker Award has been around since 1990 and is named after Doak Walker who played at SMU. Williams has been a great running back for BYU since he stepped onto the field two years ago.  Last season he has 1,233 yards  and 7 touchdowns.  In 2012,...

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