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Former UTEP senior WR Jordan Leslie is expected to be BYU's go-to receiver in 2014.

The Cougars received quite the recruiting coup when they reeled in this 6-foot-3, 210-pound burner. Leslie spent three seasons at UTEP and earned an engineering degree, which allowed him to transfer penalty-free for his last season of eligibility. Leslie was one of 19 players that had at least two 70-plus yard receptions last season and was tied for second in the nation with four catches going at least 60 yards. The year before that, in 2012, he averaged 19.1 yards per catch, the best mark in the nation of any player with at least 50 catches.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 4 - 1:08 PM

NFL.com touts BYU junior QB Taysom Hill as a sleeper Heisman candidate.

Hill isn't terribly well known, but that's about to change. He ranked No. 10 nationally in total offense last season with 329.4 yards per game and added 2,938 passing yards, 19 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, 1,344 rushing yards and 10 rushing TDs. Hill "should be even more productive in 2014, especially if he makes the expected improvement as a passer," wrote staff writer Mike Huguenin. He's going to have to: A 53.9 completion percentage simply isn't good enough for a star QB. BYU has an easy schedule, which should allow the Cougars to collect wins while Hill simultaneously piles up statistics, a Heisman formula if there ever was one.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 22 - 8:29 PM

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall said his school "would love to be in the Big 12."

"We would love to be in the Big 12," Mendenhall said told the Austin American-Statesman. "I would love to be a member of that conference. I think that would make a lot of sense. In fact, if that was your headline, that would be great." BYU left the Mountain West Conference four years ago and has been an independent since, but it now appears as though their end-game is membership in a BCS conference. The Cougars probably would have been a better fit in the Pac 12, but that conference opted for Utah and Colorado. "Our attendance is high enough. And our winning percentage is high enough," Mendenhall said. "We have the entire Salt Lake City and Utah market as well as a worldwide following because of the church. There’d be a ton to offer the Big 12, because it’s a money-generated world right now. You’re talking about an amazing kind of brand."
Jun 6 - 10:26 PM

BYU is looking into allegations that former players received improper benefits.

"We are aware of the allegations and have been conducting a thorough review of the matter," BYU spokesman Duff Tittle said. Former Cougars WR Cody Hoffman was contacted by the school "a couple of months ago," according to one of his managers. The manager, Sam Leaf, said he was confident Hoffman didn't receive illegal benefits. BYU is the only school that has won a national championship and never had a major NCAA violation or been sanctioned.
Source: ESPN.com
May 22 - 10:39 PM

Giants signed BYU DT Eathyn Manumaleuna.

Manumaleuna (6-foot-1 3/4, 296) returned from a 2012 patellar tendon tear to register seven tackles for loss, one sack and a blocked kick as senior. He ran 5.16 at the Combine with a 28-inch vertical and 29 reps on the bench. Manumaleuna lacks flashy pass-rush tools, but offers adequate athleticism and is very hard to move. He's "country strong" with legit two-gap ability.
May 13 - 9:06 PM

Redskins signed BYU WR Cody Hoffman.

Hoffman (6-foot-3 7/8, 223) was a four-year starter for the Cougars, finishing his career as BYU's all-time leader in receptions (260), yards (3,612) and receiving scores (33). He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown as a sophomore. Hoffman is a plus-sized wideout with long arms (33 1/4"), but managed a 4.65 forty at the Combine with a 27 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot broad jump. A sub-par athlete, Hoffman will be limited to possession routes in the pros, and must become a better blocker.
May 11 - 2:54 PM

Lions selected BYU OLB Kyle Van Noy with the No. 40 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Van Noy (6-foot-3 1/4, 243) was the 2013 FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Year, finishing his career with 62 tackles for loss, 26 sacks, seven picks, and 11 forced fumbles. He blocked three kicks on special teams. Van Noy ran 4.71 at the Combine, but underwhelmed in the broad jump (9-foot-4) and vertical (32 1/2"). A noted film junky, Van Noy is a better football player than athlete, but lacks explosiveness off the edge. He's like a less-physical version of Connor Barwin with cover skills, range, and plus closing speed. He should slot in at strong-side 'backer in Detroit, upgrading on Ashlee Palmer, and could rush the passer with his hand in the dirt in sub-packages.
May 9 - 7:49 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline reports that BYU edge player Kyle Van Noy is receiving the "greatest amount of interest" from the Falcons, Patriots, Lions, Chargers, Jaguars and Ravens.

Interestingly, Pauline says that half of those team see him as an inside linebacker, ostensibly with the other three intent on keeping him as an OLB. "Van Noy looks like a solid second round choice in two weeks," Pauline writes. The Cougars' star could also surprise in the late first. Van Noy, who had 63 tackles, 17.5 TFL, four sacks, two interceptions, a fumble recovery and seven pass deflections in 2013, has momentum on his side.
Apr 25 - 7:44 PM

Detroitlions.com's Tim Twentyman reports that the Lions had a pre-draft visit with BYU edge player Kyle Van Noy.

The Cougars prospect happened to played with the Lions 2013 No. 5 draft pick, Ziggy Ansah. Ansah has mentioned that Van Noy was the best player on the BYU defense back in 2012. Last season Van Noy had 63 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, two interceptions, a fumble recovery and seven pass deflections as a senior for the Cougars. Van Noy has generated some buzz going into the draft, and some evaluators think he could go early in the second round.
Apr 25 - 5:25 PM

BYU edge player Kyle Van Noy has met with the Ravens.

Van Noy played in BYU's 3-4 scheme and looks like a good fit for the Ravens' 3-4 alignment. Baltimore, however, has Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs as starting OLBs, and their picks (17th in the first round, 16th in the second round) appear to be too soon, and then too late, to take the Cougars' star. Van Noy (6-foot-3, 243 pounds) should be an early second-round pick, though he could possibly go in the late first round.
Apr 20 - 9:39 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang ranks BYU edge player Kyle Van Noy as the No. 32 overall prospect.

Van Noy is starting to move up draft boards. He debuted at No. 25 overall on ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper's most recent Big Board, and the venerable analyst called the Cougar "one of my favorite players in the draft." Rang isn't going to argue with him: "Plays with more of a finesse rather than forceful style that will turn off some scouts, but in terms of versatility and production, Van Noy ranks among the elite defenders in the entire class."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 5:42 PM

BYU edge player Kyle Van Noy made his debut at No. 25 overall on ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper's most recent Big Board.

If you follow Kiper, you know he's fallen head over heels for the Cougars' product. "Exceptional in pursuit both against the run and when he's asked to rush the passer, Van Noy plays fast and consistently makes the right read, which puts him in position to make plays," Kiper wrote. "When he has the ball in his sights he's explosive and can both change directions quickly and pursue with great pace. He can attack the backfield and chase plays down." In Thursday's published mock draft, Kiper slotted Van Noy to the Vikings at No. 40, writing: "One of my favorite players in the draft, the instinctive and explosive linebacker goes to a team that needs to add at least one in the draft."
Apr 17 - 8:57 PM

BYU edge player Kyle Van Noy is scheduled to visit the Jaguars.

Van Noy can play a variety of linebacker spots, with some projecting him as an on the line of scrimmage player, strong side backer, or even a weakside prospect. He is one of the few linebackers we trust in coverage.
Apr 8 - 12:30 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper said BYU edge player Kyle Van Noy is "a very underrated player" who is "going to be a nice second-round pick."

"Probably should go a little higher than that, but probably won't," Kiper said. The analyst said Van Noy's game tape left him "tremendously impressed." Van Noy (6-foot-3 1/4, 246 pounds), similar to Ohio State's Ryan Shazier, is a versatile prospect that teams must make a fit determination on before the process reaches draft day. Rotoworld's Josh Norris projects him as a strong side linebacker in an under front.
Apr 3 - 7:45 PM

BYU edge player Kyle Van Noy elected not to test for scouts at BYU's pro day.

Van Noy (6-foot-3 1/4, 246 pounds), however, "moved really well in the linebacker drills," observed NFL.com's Gil Brandt. Van Noy needs to add to his tool box of pass rushing moves, but he has the physical ability to make it work at the next level. "Van Noy is very athletic and showed that he has good hands catching the football," wrote Brandt. "He appears to be a second-day draft pick, probably in the third round."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 15 - 6:28 PM


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