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BYU freshman Joe Critchlow threw for 257 yards and a touchdown with four picks on 21-for-45 passing in a 16-10 loss to UMass on Saturday.

A significant portion of this yardage is a bit misleading, as it came on a long drive with the Cougars trailing 16-3. The touchdown also came on that drive, a seven-yarder to freshman tight end Matt Bushman. Outside of that drive, Critchlow looked lost, and like a player that wouldn't be on the field if not for the injuries BYU has suffered at the position. BYU will look to avoid a 10-loss season next week when they travel to Hawaii.
Nov 18 - 6:19 PM

BYU sophomore RB KJ Hall (undisclosed) is expected to be available for Saturday's game against UMass.

Hall (5'9/175) will be returning from a two-game absence. He'll serve as added depth behind Squally Canada and Ula Tolutau in Saturday's contest, but shouldn't be expected to see major carries.
Nov 18 - 2:28 PM

BYU freshman QB Joe Critchlow will start on Saturday against UMass.

Critchlow (6'4/190) started last Friday's game against UNLV and performed admirably in his first collegiate start, completing 63 percent of his passes and throwing for a touchdown with no interceptions. BYU has struggled for almost all of the 2017 season, but Critchlow offers some upside for the 2018 season.
Nov 13 - 6:27 PM

BYU redshirt sophomore QB Beau Hoge (toe) was ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Hoge injured his big toe and suffered a concussion against Utah State in late September. He returned only to aggravate the toe injury against Fresno State earlier this month. On the year, Hoge went 19-of-39 passing for 257 yards and a 2/3 TD/INT ratio.
Nov 13 - 4:40 PM

BYU junior RB Squally Canada rushed for 213 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries in the school's 31-21 win over UNLV on Friday.

It was a career day for the ball carrier, almost matching his entire output for the 2016 season. In fact, his largest total for the 2017 season prior to Friday was 98 yards. As a team, BYU carried the ball 42 times.
Nov 11 - 10:34 AM

BYU redshirt sophomore QB Beau Hoge (undisclosed) has been ruled out for Friday's game against UNLV.

With Hoge dealing with his injury concern and Tanner Mangum (Achilles) out for the year, the Cougars will roll with Joe Critchlow in what will be the true freshman's first collegiate start. There is no current timetable for Hoge's return to action.
Nov 10 - 10:28 PM

BYU freshman QB Joe Critchlow will start Friday's game against UNLV.

Critchlow (6'4/190) was a ways off of seeing starting action at the beginning of the season, but with Tanner Mangum's season now over due to an Achilles injury and Beau Hoge sitting out on Friday due to an undisclosed injury, the true freshman will have his first taste of extended action versus UNLV. In limited opportunities this season, Critchlow has completed 6-of-11 passes for 59 yards. Kody Wilstead will serve as his backup in this one.
Nov 10 - 10:24 PM

BYU junior QB Tanner Mangum will undergo surgery to repair an Achilles injury and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Mangum dealt with an ankle injury which forced him to miss time earlier in the season, but managed to return from that previous concern. This new injury -- sustained in Saturday's loss to Fresno State -- will put him down for the count. Cougars HC Kalani Sitake said on Monday that there will now be an open competition to start between sophomore Beau Hoge, freshman Joe Critchlow and freshman Kody Wilstead. Mangum had thrown for 1,540 yards with an 8/9 TD/INT ratio prior to his being lost for the campaign. It ended as a disappointing season for the junior, who excelled when thrust into action for an injured Taysom Hill back in 2015 but could find nothing resembling those good vibes this time around.
Nov 6 - 7:06 PM

BYU freshman TE Matt Bushman hauled in nine passes for 97 yards in a 20-13 loss to Fresno State on Saturday.

Bushman has been a hit-and-miss part of the BYU offense this year, which isn't surprising considering he's a freshman playing tight end without a great quarterback situation. He's shown flashes of brilliance, however, and Saturday may have been his breakout game. He's a wide target (6'5/230) and his soft hands and ability to find open holes in the secondary bode well for his future. To maximize his value, the Cougars are going to need to find a long-term answer at quarterback. Bushman and BYU take on UNLV on Friday.
Nov 5 - 12:54 PM

BYU HC Kalani Sitake believes sophomore RB KJ Hall (undisclosed) could play Saturday against Fresno State.

Hall (5'9/175) was having an enormous game Saturday against San Jose State (over 150 yards from scrimmage) before the undisclosed injury ended his day prior to halftime. "There’s a chance he could play this week," said coach Kalani Sitake. "If not, we’ll wait to see what happens after that." Ula Tolutau's status is uncertain due to a marijuana citation, so Squally Canada should see his touches increase versus the Bulldogs if Hall can't go.
Oct 31 - 4:11 PM

BYU sophomore RB KJ Hall rushed for 112 yards and a score on 10 carries in Saturday's 41-20 win over San Jose State.

Hall (5'9/175) was also one of the Cougars' top receivers on the day with three catches for 44 yards. This was his second career 100-yard game, and his first of 2017. In fact, Hall came into today with only 57 yards on the season after missing six games due to an injury. Hall clearly outperformed fellow rotational back Squally Canada, so perhaps he's earned himself more touches going forward.
Oct 28 - 6:26 PM

BYU junior RB Squally Canada (undisclosed) will play in Saturday's game against San Jose State.

This was the expectation during the practice week. Canada had rushed for 201 yards and a touchdown in six games prior to sustaining the injury. Saturday's showdown with the Spartans will be his first active contest since October 6.
Oct 28 - 2:41 PM

BYU sophomore WR Talon Shumway (undisclosed) will be available for Saturday's game against San Jose State.

Shumway has not played in either of BYU's last two games. He had caught 15 catches for 162 yards in six games prior to suffering the undisclosed injury. Back at it, now.
Oct 28 - 2:35 PM

BYU junior RB Kavika Fonua (undisclosed) remains out.

The converted linebacker hasn’t seen the field since the Utah game in Week 3. Cougars HC Ty Detmer indicated that Fonua might seek a medical redshirt.
Oct 28 - 11:30 AM

BYU redshirt junior RB Trey Dye (ankle) is expected to miss several weeks.

Dye (5'9/182) injured his ankle against Mississippi State on October 14 and subsequently missed last weekend's date with East Carolina. There is no concrete timetable for his return at this juncture.
Oct 27 - 6:14 PM


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