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BYU Football: Jamaal Williams suspended one game, will miss opener at UConn

Running back Jamaal Willliams will miss the season opener at UConn for violating team rules. BYU's deep group of running backs looks to be tested early. After the second day of fall camp Jamaal Williams announced he would be suspended for one game for his violation of team rules. Per usual we do not know what team rules were violated leading to his suspension. Although he did mention is was a combination of events as stated in the following tweet by Jay Drew of the Salt Lake Tribune: BYU's Williams said his punishment is from a combination of the spring under age drinking incident and a...
BYU football is unranked in the first 2014 Coaches Poll

BYU football is unranked in the first 2014 Coaches Poll

The Cougars will open the season in the "Also Receiving Votes" category in the first Coaches Poll of the year. The Coaches Poll now has nothing to do with selecting anybody for the postseason, but that doesn't mean they're going to stop making them. The first edition of the 2014 Coaches Poll was released today, and the Cougars are not in the Top 25. BYU did pick up 18 votes though, which would make them 38th. The full poll is below. Texas is the highest ranked opponent on BYU's schedule, at #24. Assuming the Longhorns find a way to get past North Texas in their first game, BYU should have a...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 31, 2014

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 29 Days

Less than a month to go to kickoff in East Hartford! Jamal Willis came to BYU from Las Vegas, Nevada in large part because he followed his dad's advice. Willis quickly became a fan favorite in Cougar Stadium and a four-year starter. His freshman season the Cougars played against the San Diego State Aztecs and their freshman running back, Marshall Faulk. Although there was not much defense in that game, it ended in a 52-52 tie, Willis and Faulk put on a show. Willis left BYU as the school's career leading rusher with 2,970 yards. The consummate team player, when Curtis Brown was approaching...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 31, 2014

BYU Football: Taking a look back at 1996 Cougars (Part III)

In a three part series, we will revisit one of the greatest seasons in BYU football history. In the final installment of our revisiting of 1996, we look at the home stretch of the Cougars as they faced the toughest part of their schedule.  Not only did they face two ranked teams, but they also played 4 of 5 away from home, played in the stadium of their bitter rival, traveled to Hawaii, and took on a very good opponent for their bowl game.  Winning 3 of 5 would have been impressive, but the Cougars took it to the next level and won all five, finishing the season 14-1, ranked #5, and...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 30, 2014

BYU Football Scheduling: Movement for 2015

Lost in the scheduling is the realignment of the 2015 schedule. As the BYU fan base debates the merits of the Cougars announced home-and-home series with Northern Illinois, the BYU athletic department is quietly rearranging the 2015 schedule.  According to the following twitter post by Greg Wrubell, 2015 will look different: BYU also in process of rejiggering 2015 sked; has booked Idaho St. on 10/24/15, where home game w/ Cincy was slated: http://t.co/1H73JOJs7e — Greg Wrubell (@gregwrubell) July 30, 2014 With the Idaho State game being slotted for the week previously scheduled for...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 30, 2014

BYU Football: Cougars schedule home-and-home with Northern Illinois

Cougars verses the Huskies! BYU and Northern Illinois announce a home and home series for 2018 and 2020. After a day filled with speculation, it was announced today that BYU and Northern Illinois have scheduled a home-and-home series.  These will be the first meetings between the schools football teams.  Northern Illinois will travel to Provo on Oct. 27, 2018 and will host BYU in Dekalb, IL on Oct. 24, 2020 The Northern Illinois Huskies are based out of DeKalb, Illinois and play on Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium.  The Huskies have an established program as they started playing football...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 30, 2014

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 30 Days

30 days to UConn. Y Mountain is the most prominent man made land mark in Utah Valley. The "Y" was initially commissioned by university president George H. Brimhall in 1906, but was supposed to be the full school acronym: B-Y-U. The "Y" was first on the mountain in order to properly center the acronym. The amount of time and labor it would take to put B-Y-U on the mountain side was grossly underestimated, taking more time to do just the "Y" than had been planned for all three letters. Originally it was just covered in lime powder and took hundreds of students to carry the powder up the...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 29, 2014

Unofficially Official: Langi is transferring to BYU

Former Bingham High teammates announce on Twitter Harvey Langi's transfer to BYU. July 8, Vai Sikahema announced that returning missionary would be transferring to BYU once he got home from his mission in Tampa Bay, Florida earlier this month, but some things still seemed up in the air. Langi had yet to actually meet with either Utah or BYU coaches and there were rumors that he would be visiting some California schools as well. Twenty days later, July 28, former Bingham High stars and teammates Kesni Tausinga and Manoa Pikula both announced on Twitter that Harvey Langi will be joining them...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 29, 2014

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 31 Days

Three days to fall camp and thirty one to UConn. Since 1942, BYU has had 133 players drafted into the NFL. The first player from BYU to be drafted was Garth Chamberlain in 1942 by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kyle Van Noy became the most recent NFL draftee earlier this year when the Detroit Lions made him their fortieth pick in the second round. Ezekiel Ansah and Jim McMahon are the only two Cougars to be top ten draft picks, both at number five. The San Francisco 49ers have drafted eleven former Cougars. The most players to be drafted in a single year from BYU are seven; that occurred in 1981...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 29, 2014

BYU Football: Taking a look back at the 1996 Cougars (Part II)

In a three part series, we will revisit one of the greatest seasons in BYU football history. In the second installment of revisiting 1996, we look at the middle of the schedule for the Cougars.  After playing 4 of the first 5 games at home, the Cougars schedule flipped and forced them to play 3 of the next 5 on the road.  The road games in the middle of the schedule didn't have near the consequences as the previous road game since the Cougars outscored the home team on average of 48-23, and finished 3-0.  The Cougars weren't any nicer at home as they averaged 52 points to the opponents...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 29, 2014

Do the BYU Cougars have a chance of going 11-1?

Could a special season be in store for the Cougars? Austin Richards thinks so! As most outlets have predicted BYU to finish the season at 9-3 after suffering losses to Texas, Boise State and either Utah State or Central Florida, I believe that BYU will finish 11-1. Now let me explain. The Team: BYU returns seven starters on offense including, Heisman hopefuls Taysom Hill at quarterback and Jamaal Williams at running back. Last year the new offense under Coach Anae installed a spread option attack that became tenth in the country rushing the ball and the fourteenth best offense in...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 28, 2014

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 32 Days

Four days left until fall camp in Provo, UT and thirty-two days left until kickoff in East Hartford, Connecticut. Every time BYU scores the George Q. Cannon is fired and the BYU marching band plays the Cougar Fight Song. Accounts vary on when the song was actually penned, either in 1932 or in 1946. Either way, the man who wrote the lyrics and composed the music was Julliard trained Clyde D. Sandgren. Clyde's son, and Cougar Fight Song copyright holder, Dee Sandgren remembers his father whistling a tune and writing it down on an envelope in the car so that he could remember it later. A lot...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 28, 2014

BYU Football: Taking a look back at 1996 Cougars (Part I)

In a three part series we will revisit one of the greatest seasons in BYU football history. With the passing away of the previous BCS system and the induction of the Playoffs, we will be revisiting one of the seasons that helped usher in the Bowl Championship Series, the 1996 BYU Cougars.  Due to NCAA rules that are no longer in place, the Cougars were the first team to play 15 games in a season.  By rule the Cougars were able to play a kickoff game (Pigskin Classic) that was not counted towards their regular season, they were granted an additional regular season game because they played...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 27, 2014

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 33 Days

In 2006 BYU beat Utah in dramatic fashion. In 2006 the Cougars (9-2) and Utes (7-4) had an epic showdown at Rice-Eccles Stadium. With one minute and twenty seconds remaining the Utes scored and took the lead 31-27. John Beck put together a quick drive with passes to Bryce Mahuika, McKay Jacobsen, and Curtis Brown that got the Cougars down to the Utah 12-yard line. With only three seconds remaining Beck told Jonny Harline to look for a jump ball if it was a man-blitz and if not to get open in the end zone and buy time. Beck took the snap and worked his way to the left side of the field. Time...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 26, 2014

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 34 Days

Although #34 Kurt Gouveia wanted to play for the University of Hawaii, they didn't want him because they thought he didn't have what it took to be a Rainbow Warrior, but one team's loss in another team's vicotry. Gouveia came the Brigham Young University as one of the many in the Polynesian Pipeline. He played quarterback and free safety in high school and won both the offensive and defensive MVP in Hawaii as a senior. Norm Chow extended Gouveia a scholarship at BYU to play strong safety but he bulked up so much in the weight room that the Cougars moved him to linebacker. Playing behind...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 25, 2014

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 35 Days

One of the greatest college football coaches of all time taught at BYU, if only for a couple of weeks. In an effort to incorporate physical fitness into the culture and curriculum at BYU, physical education director Eugene L. Roberts sought to increase the role of athletics at BYU. One of the first things that he did was begin an annual student hike of Mount Timpanogos, one of the tallest and most picturesque mountains in the Wasatch Front, in 1912. BYU fielded its first official football team in 1922. Once again, in an effort to expand the role of physical fitness, and now athletics,...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 24, 2014

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 Jul 24, 2014

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...

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