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Oregon sophomore DT Wayne Tei-Kirby transferred to BYU.

Because Tei-Kirby is transferring to another FBS program, he will be forced to sit out the 2017 season due to NCAA transfer regulations. During his freshman campaign this past season, the 6-foot-3, 315-pounder registered 11 tackles and two passes defended over the course of nine games played. He announced his transfer decision on Twitter, writing, "I would like to thank the University of Oregon for the amazing opportunity of being a Duck, but due to family matters, and issues I would rather not reveal, I have decided to be closer to home for my family." Tei-Kirby hails from Pocatello, Idaho.
Jan 12 - 7:15 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline notes that BYU senior LB Harvey Langi has been "one of the biggest winners of the first half of bowl season."

Langi recorded 16 tackles against Wyoming in bowl action earlier this month. Pauline passes along word that "[t]he belief is Langi could receive a late invitation to the Senior Bowl and move into the middle rounds of the draft with good pre-draft workouts." This past season, the 6-foot-3, 252-pounder registered 57 tackles (5.0 for loss), two sacks and a forced fumble in 13 games.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 05:17:00 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes that BYU senior RB Jamaal Williams has the chops to succeed at the pro level despite questions about his top-end speed.

Jeremiah predicts that Williams will rip off a 40-yard dash time in the vicinity of 4.60-4.65 seconds this coming spring. The analyst isn't particularly concerned about that pedal-to-the-metal deficit, though, writing that the 6-foot, 200-pound senior's game should "[translate] very well at the next level." Jeremiah notes that Williams tends to run upright, but has shown the ability to "crouch down and lower his shoulder to break tackles." BYU's standout back rushed for 1,375 yards and 12 touchdowns in 10 games this season and will be taking his talents to the Senior Bowl next month in preparation for a 2017 NFL Draft that will be stocked to the gills with talent at the position.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 03:37:00 PM

BYU senior RB Jamaal Williams was phenomenal in Wednesday's 24-21 win over Wyoming in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, rushing for 210 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries.

Williams proved to be the most devastating offensive weapon by either team in the Poinsettia Bowl. He rolled through the Cowboys at an 8.1 YPC clip while logging a long run of 36 yards. That 36-yard scamper went for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter and extended BYU's advantage to 24-7 in the process. Wyoming would score a pair of touchdowns in that quarter to draw within the 24-21 final. The 6-foot, 200-pound Williams wraps his 2016 season having rushed for 1,375 yards and 12 touchdowns across 10 contests played. Wednesday's big yardage effort marked his sixth game of at least 130 yards on the ground. He will be playing in the Senior Bowl in January as he begins his prep for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 12:17:00 PM

BYU senior RB Jamaal Williams accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

After sitting out the 2015 season while rehabbing a knee injury, Williams has been downright dominant in 2016. The 6-foot, 200-pounder has rushed for 1,156 yards (5.6 YPC) and 11 touchdowns in just nine games this season. Had he not missed three games due to injury, a 1,500-yard campaign might have been within reach. As is, the 2016 season marked the second time in his career that he has surpassed 1,000 yards on the ground. In mid-October, NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter wrote that Williams' style of running is "somewhat reminiscent of Eric Dickerson's," noting that the BYU standout "runs with lean as well as strength."
Source: NFL.com
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 06:56:00 PM

BYU redshirt senior QB Taysom Hill's collegiate career is over after hyperextending his left elbow in the school's game against Utah State.

The injury requires surgery. Hill extended his arm in an effort to brace his fall, but the elbow bent awkwardly and Hilly immediately headed for the sideline. Tanner Mangum will start in his place for BYU's bowl game. Hill turned 26 in August.
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 08:47:00 AM

BYU senior RB Jamaal Williams rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in the school's 28-10 win over Utah State.

Williams returned to the field for this contest after dealing with an ankle injury. Some evaluators really love what they see in Williams, and he will have a chance to win others over at the Senior Bowl. It is a loaded running back class.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 08:51:00 AM

BYU RB Jamaal Williams (ankle) is expected to play Saturday against Utah State.

After a two-game absence owing to his bothersome ankle, Williams returned to practice earlier this week. BYU head coach Kalani Sitake indicated to reporters that the offense "will run through" Williams again if he's fully healthy. Sitake also said the Cougs, headed to the Poinsettia Bowl, will "empty the tank" against 3-8 Utah State and use the next month to recover.
Wed, Nov 23, 2016 03:26:00 PM

BYU redshirt senior QB Taysom Hill completed 19-of-31 passes for 165 yards while rushing for 81 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 51-9 win over UMass.

Hill was coming off his best passing game of the season, having just thrown for 320 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Southern Utah last weekend. No such luck through the air on Saturday, though. He has now failed to throw for a touchdown in four of 11 games and has been held under 200 yards passing in six contests. The 6-foot-2, 232-pounder at least got the job done on the ground, as those 81 yards rushing against UMass represent his third best tally of the season.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 05:40:00 PM

BYU RB Jamaal Williams has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

You might remember that Williams produced a 286 rushing yards and five touchdown game against Toledo. Williams did miss tow games earlier in the year due to injury and sat out all of 2015 due to personal reasons. He has looked great in his return. It is worth noting that Williams' college career started in 2012, so he is likely older than many of his peers.
Source: Desert news
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 08:57:00 AM

BYU HC Kalani Sitake could not offer a definitive answer as to whether redshirt senior RB Jamaal Williams (ankle) will be able to play against UMass on Saturday.

Williams' ankle injury prevented him from playing against Southern Utah over the weekend. The 6-foot, 200-pound redshirt senior has now missed two out of the last three games due to that ailment. His playing status for this weekend should clarify over the course of the practice week. In eight relatively healthy contests, Williams has rushed for 1,034 yards and seven touchdowns.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 02:09:00 PM

BYU redshirt senior QB Taysom Hill (shoulder) completed 22-of-29 passes for 320 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 37-7 win over Southern Utah.

The opponent might not impress, but regardless, this was Hill's first game with 300 yards passing in 2016. It took him 10 games to finally hit that mark. In addition to his two scoring passes, he rushed for another. For the season as a whole, the 6-foot-2, 232-pounder has passed for 2,057 yards with an 11/10 TD/INT ratio.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 06:27:00 PM

BYU OC Ty Detmer said that redshirt senior QB Taysom Hill (shoulder) will be at full health against Southern Utah on Saturday.

Hill sustained a shoulder injury in last Saturday's win over Cincinnati, but not a major one. It looks as though he will be able to fight through without missing a game. There has been recent chatter that sophomore gunslinger Tanner Mangum could see some playing time in November, but HC Kalani Sitake has been consistent in propping up Hill as starter.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 03:40:00 PM

BYU HC Kalani Sitake indicated that sophomore QB Tanner Mangum could play against Southern Utah this coming weekend.

Sitake wouldn't commit to a specific number of snaps for Mangum and declined to say for certain whether the sophomore gunslinger would play on Saturday. He did let on that Mangum's playing status was a topic that he had broached with regular starter Taysom Hill. Hill has struggled mightily in the passing game this season, but BYU has logged wins in four of their last five games, so it is unlikely that Hill gets benched outright unless he crashes into a brick wall. BYU needs one more win to reach bowl eligibility. They have an accommodating schedule on that front, closing with contests against Southern Utah, UMass and Utah State.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 02:06:00 PM

BYU redshirt senior QB Taysom Hill completed 15-of-25 passes for 130 yards and an interception while rushing for 75 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 20-3 win over Cincinnati.

Make it four in a row with fewer than 200 yards passing for Hill. It is nice to see the ever-injured quarterback turn in a healthy campaign, but his actual play has left much to be desired. For the season as a whole, the 6-foot-2, 232-pound aged one has thrown for 1,709 yards with a 9/9 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 444 yards and six touchdowns over the course of nine games played.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 06:53:00 PM


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