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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that BYU QB Taysom Hill "turned in an incredible workout" during Friday's pro day.

Hill hasn't much been part of the draft conversation to date, but the aged quarterback's athletic testing on pro day might draw him a bit more interest down the stretch. Among the numbers turned in by the 6-foot-2, 221-pounder, a 40-yard dash of 4.44 seconds, a 38.5-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-2 broad jump. For context's sake, at the Combine those marks would have respectively ranked first (unseating Trevor Knight's 4.54-second 40), first (sorry again, Trevor -- Knight led Combine QB's with a 35.5-inch vertical) and third for quarterbacks. While Hill turns 27 in August and has a complicated (to put it kindly) medical history which could easily put him on the outside looking in when it comes to the draft, these strong testing results are a reminder that he has never lacked for athleticism.
Mar 24 - 7:17 PM

An AFC West regional scout said that BYU RB Jamaal Williams "hasn't been a special teams guy but he better start."

"He's not very dynamic as a runner so he needs to carve out a niche for himself as a physical backup who can go cover on kickoffs," the scout explained. Williams was unable to impress at the NFL Scouting Combine, testing in the 7th percentile with results including a 4.59-second 40-yard dash, a 30-inch vertical jump and a 7.25-second run through the three-cone drill. He is a likely Day 3 selection in the draft, though he might have his work cut out for him at the next level.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 18 - 12:40 PM

BYU RB Jamaal Williams tested in the 7th percentile at the NFL Combine.

Running backs have succeeded with low composite scores, like Thomas Rawls and Chris Ivory, so don't write Williams off yet. However, it is worth noting that both of those running backs were undrafted free agents. We like Williams aggressive running style and anticipation to cut off defenders.
Mar 13 - 11:15 AM

Tennessee and BYU have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2019 and 2023.

While most home-and-home series see the two teams swapping hosting duties in back-to-back seasons, it will take a few additional years for this one to play out. Tennessee will host BYU on September 7 2019, with the Cougars returning the favor in 2023. The date for the latter contest has not yet been officially locked in, but it will occur on either September 1 or September 2. In a statement, BYU AD Tom Holmoe said, "When the opportunity to play a series with Tennessee presented itself, we didn't blink. They're a storied football program with a winning tradition, national championships, a classic stadium, incredible fans and hall of fame coaches." In additional future scheduling news, BYU also announced that it will host Idaho State on November 16, 2019.
Feb 23 - 4:47 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes that BYU RB Jamaal Williams' "40-yard dash time might be one of the most important of any player at the [C]ombine."

Reuter colleague Daniel Jeremiah sees Williams running the 40 in the vicinity of a relatively modest 4.60-4.65 seconds. That might not be fast enough to ease the concerns of NFL squads. Noted Reuter, "There's no questioning his physicality as a runner, nor his willingness to be a workhorse. He looks like he's able to get moving fast enough to leave college defenders in the dust -- but what about veteran linebackers and safeties that he'll have to face at the next level?" Should he test out respectably enough, Reuter thinks he has the potential to land as a late second-round pick come this spring's draft.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 8:41 PM

BYU and San Diego State will play a home-and-home series in 2019 and 2020.

San Diego State will have first hosting duties, with the Cougars set to come to town for a November 30, 2019 showdown. BYU will return the favor on November 14, 2020. For the series as a whole, BYU leads 28-7-1. The two teams last played in 2010. "We’re excited to renew our strong history with San Diego State in a series that has included many incredible games over the years," said BYU AD Tom Holmoe in a statement.
Feb 9 - 4:40 PM

BYU signed four-star 2017 S Chaz Ah You.

Ah You opted for the Cougars over Utah, Washington, UCLA and Stanford. BYU got the last word in during the 6-foot-2, 199-pounder's official visit this past weekend. Scout.com's Greg Biggins refers to the newest baby Cougar as a "prototype safety," while ESPN notes that he is a "[g]ood looking safety prospect with a terrific blend of size, range, physicality and athleticism." On Rivals, Ah You checks in at No. 174 in the 2017 class.
Feb 1 - 2:01 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2017 S Chaz Ah You is deciding between BYU, Utah, Washington, UCLA and Stanford.

Ah You had actually planned on committing prior to National Signing Day, but he delayed making his pledge in order to take an official visit to BYU this past weekend. Rivals ranks the 6-foot-2, 199-pounder as their No. 174 overall prospect in the 2017 class. He will need to hit the weights once he joins his program of choice, but Scout.com's Greg Biggins calls him a "prototype safety," one who has the chops to defend both the run and the pass.
Source: FOX Sports
Jan 31 - 2:52 PM

The Falcons met with BYU RB Jamaal Williams and UCLA OT Conor McDermott.

The Falcons are pretty set at running back, but it's never a bad idea to explore depth-related options. Williams checked into the Senior Bowl at a lower-than-expected 211 pounds. The issue with that is NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes he'll run a 40-yard dash time in the 4.60-4.65 second range at the Combine. The 6-foot-8, 305-pound McDermott could stand to add some bulk himself.
Source: Draftwire
Jan 27 - 3:12 PM

BYU received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 DE Langi Tuifua.

Tuifua made his BYU commitment public at the Polynesian Bowl on Saturday night, in Honolulu. Said the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Cougar-to-be, "I'm really comfortable with that staff and they're all like family to me. They've got some really good coaches and I've seen a lot their style up close." Scout.com's Blair Angulo notes that Tuifua "has great speed off the edge and is relentless in pursuit, making him one of the more devastating prospects in the West region for the 2017 class." He has the frame to add additional healthy playing bulk at the collegiate level.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 22 - 11:41 AM

Uncommitted four-star 2017 DE Langi Tuifua is choosing between Utah and BYU.

Tuifua indicated that he will be taking an official visit to his choice program next weekend. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder has been less-than-solid in his past recruitment, having already previously committed to both Utah and Oregon. Scout.com's Greg Biggins refers to Tuifua as "a big, rangy defensive end with the frame to put on a ton of weight." Biggins goes so far as to say that he believes that the South Jordan, Utah, native could put on as much as 30-40 pounds without it adversely affecting his athletic prowess.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 21 - 3:23 PM

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


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