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Notre Dame sophomore TE Tyler Luatua transferred to BYU.

Lutua will sit out the 2016 campaign, per NCAA transfer rules. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound sophomore has yet to catch a pass at the collegiate level in the 20 games in which he's seen the field, as the Irish have used him primarily as a blocking tight end. ESPN ranked him as the 107th best recruit in the country out of high school. Among the teams chasing for him before he committed to Notre Dame, the BYU Cougars. Looks like he'll be donning that uniform in the end.
Jan 31 - 12:29 PM

Among draft-eligible 3-4 defensive ends, BYU edge rusher Bronson Kaufusi ranked No. 2 in Pro Football Focus' pass-rush grades and No. 8 against the run.

Kaufusi checked in behind only Oregon’s DeForest Buckner as a pass rusher. Not bad company. "Kaufusi backed up that season-long performance with an impressive first day of practice," the PFF team wrote from the Senior Bowl. "Kaufusi has the size that NFL scouts are going to look for at the 3-4 DE position, having measured in at 6-foot-7 and 281 pounds, with 34-inch arms." PFF believes he plays that big as well. "...during one-on-one pass-rush drills as well as team drills Tuesday [at the Senior Bowl], Kaufusi consistently used his length to control opposing offensive linemen and get free of them."
Jan 28 - 11:46 AM

Southern Utah HC Ed Lamb has been hired to serve as BYU's special teams and tight ends coach.

Lamb's got roots with the Cougars, playing defensive end for BYU from 1995-1996 and serving as a graduate assistant in 2001. For the last eight seasons, he's been the head coach of FCS squad Southern Utah, with appearances in the FCS playoffs in 2013 and this past season. Said the newest member of Kalani Sitake's staff, "My time on campus as a Cougar changed my life, and continues to shape who I am today. I’m looking forward to working with Coach Sitake, who has been a teammate, friend and colleague for over 20 years."
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 12:13:00 AM

BYU has hired Ty Detmer and Ilaisa Tuiakito to serve as their offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator, respectively.

Detmer will also serve as the team's QB coach. This is a homecoming of sorts, as he won the Heisman Trophy with the Cougars in 1990. He played in the NFL for 12 seasons (mostly in a backup role) before hanging up his pro cleats and has been coaching high school football in Texas since 2009. Said Detmer, "My family and I are extremely excited to be part of the football program at BYU again. I feel it is the right time to make a move and jump in head first. I couldn't be more excited." For his part, Tuikakito was part of Oregon State's staff along with new BYU HC Kilani Sitake this past season.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 05:19:00 PM

New BYU HC Kalani Sitake indicated that he's not yet filled out his coaching staff.

Sitake declined to name any potential coaches on his staff, as he's still working on determining who will ride alongside him in 2016. While many of the other new head coaches around the country have had several weeks to add to their staffs, Sitake's a late-comer. The 40-year-old DC of Oregon State was hired by the Cougars to replace the outgoing Bronco Mendenhall just two days ago.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 03:54:00 PM

BYU senior edge rusher Bronson Kaufusi "made a strong final impression on NFL scouts to close his college career Saturday," according to NFL.com draft analyst Chase Goodbread.

While BYU fell to Utah by a final score of 35-28, Kaufusi and the Cougar defense actually played admirably after five early turnovers by the offense put the squad in multiple tight spots. For his part, the 6-foot-7, 236-pound senior registered a game-high nine tackles (three for loss) and a pass breakup. In November, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote that Kaufusi could land in the middle rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft if he's able to perform well in pre-draft workouts.
Source: NFL.com
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 02:51:00 PM

BYU freshman QB Tanner Mangum completed 25-of-56 passes for 315 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in Saturday's 35-28 loss to Utah in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl.

Well, that was a strange game. BYU turned it over on each of their first five offensive possessions and two of Mangum's three interceptions were returned for touchdowns in the first quarter as Utah leaped out to a 35-0 lead. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound freshman settled in after that, notching a three-yard touchdown pass just before halftime and coming out of the locker room to lead an additional trio of touchdown drives. Alas, the Cougars couldn't quite climb that 35-0 mountain. Mangum finishes out his first collegiate season having thrown for 3,377 yards with a 23/10 TD/INT ratio.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 07:40:00 PM

ESPN's Joe Schad reports Oregon State defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake will become BYU's next head coach.

The 40-year-old played at BYU as a fullback. Sitake was an assistant at Utah from 2005 to 2014 before becoming the Beavers' DC this year. He will replace Bronco Mendenhall, who left to become Virginia's coach.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 05:10:00 PM

BYU redshirt freshman RB Squally Canada, who transferred from Washington State a year ago, is likely to be eligible for the Las Vegas Bowl Saturday against Utah.

The best name in college football swapped schools last January. You'd think he'd have to sit out an entire calendar year, right? Wrong. We'll let the the Deseret News explain: "According to NCAA rules, a transfer must complete a full academic year at the institution before being eligible to compete. Canada’s certification could not take place until the completion of the current semester. The semester has recently ended." Said BYU head coach (for now) Bronco Mendenhall: "[F]rom my understanding, [Canada] will play. We’re preparing like he is. I haven’t received final word yet."
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 04:28:00 PM

BYU (9-3) will play Utah (9-3) in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl on December 19.

Of the bowls on December 19, the Las Vegas Bowl offers the on-paper best record match-up, with two nine-win teams squaring off at 3:30 PM EST. The early line reflects this, as the Utes stand as 2.5-point favorites. All is not well for the Utah, though. They've fought through a slew of offensive struggles in the absence of injured RB Devontae Booker, scoring more than 30 points just once in their last six games. BYU, meanwhile, has dropped 50-plus in demolishing Fresno State and Utah State in their last two games. Both teams offer strong defensive units, with each allowing a smidge over 21 points on average. If BYU freshman QB Tanner Mangum can hit a few of his trademark deep passes, it could be tough for Utah QB Travis Wilson to keep pace given the aforementioned offensive struggles and BYU's strong defensive showing in the 2015 campaign.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 04:31:00 PM

BYU freshman QB Tanner Mangum completed 16-of-30 passes for 284 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 51-28 win over Utah State.

Mangum's season began with two stunning come-from-behind Hail Mary-punctuated wins. Since then, his production has slowed and he's eased off the national radar, but that doesn't make his campaign any less impressive. This afternoon, he became the first BYU freshman to pass for over 3,000 yards in a season. Mangum also owns a shiny 21/7 TD/INT rate. His Cougars head into the postseason 9-3.
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 09:08:00 PM

BYU HC Bronco Mendenhall indicated that senior RB Adam Hine (ankle) failed to receive a carry in Saturday's 52-10 win over Fresno State due to his health.

Said Mendenhall, "So basically we are integrating Riley Burt until Adam is 100 percent." Hine suffered the ankle injury in late September, missed four games, came back to take limited carries against San Jose State and Missouri on November 6 and November 14, respectively, and did not receive a carry against Fresno State on Saturday.
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 08:34:00 PM

BYU freshman QB Tanner Mangum completed 24-of-37 passes for 336 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 52-10 win over Fresno State.

Mangum's thrown a touchdown pass in every Cougar game outside of a 31-0 loss to Michigan on September 26, but he hasn't thrown more than one in a game since October 24. While the freshman's slowed in his overall production, it's still been a fantastic (and unexpected) 2015 campaign. Mangum is completing 62.8% of his passes for 2,778 yards with a 17/7 TD/INT ratio.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 07:15:00 PM

BYU senior edge rusher Bronson Kaufusi has "been on a tear in recent weeks and has turned the tide of his draft stock," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Kaufusi was in a free-fall as recently as late last month because of a sluggish start to the season. "Much of the reason stems from Kafusi primarily lining up at defensive end, which I noted on October 19th," Pauline wrote. "I’m told there are a number of area scouts who feel he’ll end up in the middle rounds with good pre-draft workouts." The 6-foot-7, 236-pound Kaufusi is a former basketball player.
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 09:26:00 PM

BYU freshman QB Tanner Mangum completed 23 of 37 attempts for 293 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the school's 17-16 win over San Jose State.

The last four games have been kind to Mangum, throwing 9 touchdowns to just 2 interceptions. It has been quite a season for the 22 year old freshman. The Cougars have won five straight and face a struggling Missouri next.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 08:46:00 AM


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