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Vanquish The Foe Apr 23, 2015

NFL Draft Profile: BYU WR Jordan Leslie

Jordan Leslie put up an impressive showing on Pro Day, but will it be enough to boost his draft position? Jordan Leslie only played in Provo for one season, but you didn't have to watch very much BYU Football last season to see the impact he had for the Cougars from the wide receiver position. Leslie finished the season with 779 yards receiving on 55 receptions and six receiving touchdowns. He also added another touchdown on the ground. Before coming to BYU as a graduate transfer, Leslie racked up 125 receptions, 2015 receiving yards, and 15 receiving touchdowns over three seasons with...
Vanquish The Foe Apr 23, 2015

Editorial: Isaac Neilson transferring from BYU basketball is more complicated than it looks

Missions and roster surprises make BYU's situation much more complicated than cursory national looks provide. A day after we learned Frank Bartley and Isaac Neilson would no longer be a part of BYU basketball, Jay Drew of the Salt Lake Tribune reported through an interview with Neilson that his departure was not voluntary. Yesterday, basketball media members nationally have been holding up this story as evidence of a broken system. I'm a big fan of BYU program but, honestly, if this were some other program, people would going nuts right now. http://t.co/RQHRCrgje5 — Fran Fraschilla...
Vanquish The Foe Apr 22, 2015

Bronco Mendenhall said BYU needs Power 5 status 'in 3 years.' What does that mean for the program?

Can BYU keep up? That's at the heart of Mendenhall's surprisingly-specific comments. BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall recently sat down with the media for some surprisingly candid one-on-one interviews about the state of the program, last year's team, this year's goals, and more. Perhaps his most interesting comments came when asked about the possibility of additional conference realignment, and BYU's standing as an independent in an increasingly expensive sport. "When I speak in absolutes," said Mendenhall, "I know that doesn't work very well for expectations, because then that just...
Vanquish The Foe Apr 21, 2015

CougarCast: Cougarettes conspiracies and Bronco Mendenhall: Hype Man

Tosh and Keith are back and with an in-depth discussion on the Cougarettes National Championship dominance. Plus, Bronco Mendenhall doesn't seem like he would be the King of Hype, but he is. In this episode: Cougarettes are 14-time National Champions and are closer to chasing downing "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair (:45) Jodi Maxfield is the best coach at BYU (2:35) Tosh has his doubts about these National Championships (2:45) So many questions and no known answers about the Cougarettes (4:00) The Cougarettes are really good dancers (5:25) The Cougarette scandal you've been suspecting (6:45) A...
Vanquish The Foe Apr 21, 2015

Frank Bartley's transfer solves on-court problems, could signal off-court headaches for BYU

Is this an alarming trend? When BYU announced on Monday that guard Frank Bartley IV and forward Isaac Neilson would be leaving the basketball program, I can't say I was entirely surprised — at least not for the what seemed to be why many others were. There's a completely rational case for both Bartley and Neilson to seek to continue their careers elsewhere. Neither player had been able to consistently crack Rose's rotation, and with an incredible amount of talent at virtually every position ready to file into the program over the next two seasons, it's only natural for young players to...
Vanquish The Foe Apr 21, 2015

NFL Draft Profile: BYU S Craig Bills

Will any NFL teams bite on the hard-hitting safety? In today's NFL, with teams looking to have explosive offenses, high-caliber defensive backs are no longer a luxury.  Many teams are looking to replicate the physical defensive backfield success of the Seattle Seahawks "Legion of Boom," and a hard hitting safety is a great way to start that transition. How important is a safety who is not scared to put his shoulder into somebody and send a message?  When receivers cross the middle, they know they are going to get hit, but if they have seen one of their teammates get clobbered before them,...
Vanquish The Foe Apr 20, 2015

Video: Snow College WR Jonah Trinnaman seems all but committed to BYU

The only thing not present was an official declaration.
Vanquish The Foe Apr 20, 2015

Report: BYU basketball to lose Frank Bartley, Isaac Neilson to transfers

Consider this your annual BYU roster moment of clarification. Two weeks ago, we profiled the look of BYU's basketball roster in a lengthy 2015-16 preview. In an annual rite of passage for BYU faithful, speculation abounded as to how Dave Rose could, yet again, manage his scholarships on a bloated roster. Now, ESPN's transfer guru Jeff Goodman is reporting two potential BYU returnees who will depart: Couple more transfers to add to the list: BYU losing Frank Bartley and Isaac Nielsen. — Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 20, 2015 The departures were later confirmed by BYU. Bartley's...
Vanquish The Foe Apr 20, 2015

BYU Football: 2015 NFL Draft Central

The 2015 NFL Draft is almost upon us and once again there are several Cougars hoping to hear their name called by one of the 32 teams in the National Football League. BYU doesn't have any early round prospects like it has the past two seasons, but there are a number of former Cougars who hope to come off the board in the later rounds of the draft on Saturday, May 2nd. Check back often for the latest coverage of BYU's NFL prospects, including draft profiles, projections, news, and updates on the players who end up going the free agent route. With the NFL Draft right around the corner, the...
Vanquish The Foe Apr 20, 2015

BYU volleyball sweeps No. 1 Hawaii, preps for MPSF tournament

Winless in March, undefeated in April regular season play. PROVO — BYU Cougars men’s volleyball swept then ranked #1 Hawaii at the Smith Fieldhouse on Friday and Saturday. To recap, BYU ended February ranked #4 and received one first place vote in the AVCA. They proceeded to go winless in March, losing to an unranked Stanford, #4 Pepperdine and #5 UC Irvine. After a bye week, the Cougars swept #13 Cal State Northridge the second week in April, winning both games in three sets. "That losing streak was rough for us," Freshman Brenden Sander told BYU SportsNation. "These past few...
Vanquish The Foe Apr 20, 2015

NFL Draft Profile: Robertson Daniel

Rob Daniel could be a diamond in the rough for a lucky NFL team. Former BYU Cornerback Robertson Daniel has had a number of workouts with NFL teams in his pursuit of reaching the next level. This past week as Daniel visited the 49ers, the Raiders, and the Eagles. Each of these teams are looking for that diamond in the rough player that will make their team better. Whichever team drafts or signs Daniel as a priority free agent may just hit the jackpot going into camp. Daniel is a 6'1 cornerback that thrives in man coverage. In two years with the Cougars, he tallied 110 tackles, three...
Vanquish The Foe Apr 18, 2015

BYU Rugby Advances To Championship Game After Downing CWU

The BYU Cougars will be advancing to their 4th consecutive championship game after beating the Central Washington Wildcats 35-8. The Cougars will face Cal at Rio Tinto Stadium for the National Title on May 2nd. BYU men's rugby took the field today against the Central Washington University Wildcats for their chances at the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup. BYU is coming off a couple great wins and came into the game very confident. First though a little bit of history on the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup. This varsity cup represents the fourteen most recognized programs in the country including BYU,...
Vanquish The Foe Apr 17, 2015

NFL Draft Profile: BYU TE Devin Mahina

Devin Mahina could be a steal in the NFL draft if the right team gambles on him. With the NFL Draft right around the corner, the BYU Cougars have a few prospects that could find their name called on the pro game's big weekend. One of the most promising names that could be called is tight end Devin Mahina. Due to a number of circumstances, including an offensive scheme that underutilized the tight end position, Mahina was never given the chance to stand out like past tight ends from BYU. In the chances he did receive, he made quite an impression as he was invited to the 2015 NFLPA All-Star...
Vanquish The Foe Apr 16, 2015

Top 5 'Power 5' opponents BYU football should schedule

"Hey, let's sign up to lose to Urban Meyer some more." Two years ago, we polled the Vanquish The Foe staff about the "BCS" teams we wanted to see BYU play. Texas A&M took the cake, while top-five vote getters LSU and Arizona State have now found themselves onto future BYU schedules. As we did in revisiting our Group of 5 poll, I asked our contributors to submit a ballot of the five Power 5 schools they'd most like to see BYU schedule that aren't currently inked to play the Cougars. Here are the results: 1. OHIO STATE BUCKEYES (3) Total Points: 19 Two years ago, OSU came in second. Now...
Vanquish The Foe Apr 15, 2015

The path to the Varsity Cup Championship goes through BYU.

The Cougars once again have earned the nations top ranking as they advance through the Varsity Cup Playoffs In less than three weeks the Varsity Cup Championship game will once again be held in Rio Tinto Stadium and the BYU Cougars rugby team hopes to take make yet another appearance in order to defend their title. After winning the National Championship for the last three years, BYU wants to hoist the hardware for the fourth time in a row and fifth time overall. The road to the Championship hasn't been as easy as they have made it look, and it isn't over yet. This Saturday the Cougars...
Vanquish The Foe Apr 14, 2015

Top 5 non-power opponents BYU football should schedule

A staff poll revealed the Group of 5 teams we want to see BYU play the most. (SPOILER: A rematch of a brawl is popular.) About two years ago, I polled the staff of Vanquish The Foe about non-BCS teams (as we called them then) we'd like to see BYU play. The only rule (as was enforced for the current vote about to be revealed) was to not cast votes for teams already on BYU's future schedules. The results two years ago? Navy, Northern Illinois, Air Force, Fresno State, Louisiana Tech, and Army topped the poll. NIU and Fresno State are now on future schedules. With a largely different staff,...

What conference championship deregulation means for BYU, the Big 12 and conference expansion

The recent news about the Big 12 not needing to expand to potentially get a conference championship game probably kills any chances of BYU snagging a P5 conference invitation in the near future By now, you've probably already read the report about conference championship game deregulation. In case you missed it, CBS reported that legislation that will allow the deregulation of conference championship games is expected to be passed by 2016, which would hypothetically allow the Big 12 to host a conference championship game by 2016 without having to expand to 12 members. This legislation was...
Vanquish The Foe Apr 7, 2015

The Ultimate BYU Basketball 2015-16 Preview

It's the first day of college basketball's offseason. Why not spend it looking ahead to what the 2015-2016 season has in store for the Cougars? With the Duke Blue Devils freshly crowned as national champions and college basketball season now officially over, it only feels natural to look ahead to next season and what lies in store for our beloved BYU Cougars. There's plenty to discuss. Dave Rose will oversee a significant influx in young talent, including one of the program's highest-rated recruits ever, as well as the return of All-American honorable mention Kyle Collinsworth. However, the...
Vanquish The Foe Apr 2, 2015

BYU basketball's current contract with Weber State calls for Salt Lake City game next season

The two in-state schools will be wrapping up a home-home-neutral series next season, possibly indicating the path of the series' future. With in-state basketball scheduling becoming a current topic among BYU fans with Utah Valley's hiring of BYU assistant Mark Pope, Vanquish The Foe has learned through an open records request that next season's game between BYU and Weber State will be held in Salt Lake City at Energy Solutions Arena, home of the Utah Jazz. The game in Salt Lake for the 2015-16 season comes as the final game of three in the current contract, signed into effect on Aug. 8,...

No, BYU basketball should not regularly schedule Utah Valley

With the Wolverines bringing in a coach with BYU ties, some are clamoring for the schools to play each other. This is a bad idea. Now that former BYU assistant Mark Pope has been formally announced as the new head coach for Utah Valley University, some have wondered, or suggested, that BYU and the Wolverines play in basketball--perhaps on a regular basis. On the surface, it isn't hard to see why this might be an attractive idea. It's nice to help out former BYU coaches, UVU isn't likely to beat BYU any time soon, and UVU is literally just down the road from BYU's campus. Since the Cougars...

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