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BYU redshirt senior RB Jamaal Williams had 169 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries in Saturday's 35-32 loss to West Virginia.

In the end, the Cougars couldn't overcome Taysom Hill's three interceptions. They got a tremendous showing from Williams, however, promising after the senior didn't do much in the past two losses to Utah and UCLA. BYU is 1-3, with the three losses coming by a combined seven points.
Sep 24 - 7:27 PM

BYU redshirt senior RB Jamaal Williams had 162 yards on 29 carries in Saturday's 18-16 win over Arizona.

Williams sat out last season due to personal reasons but looked no worse for the wear on Saturday, showing both explosion and efficiency throughout the evening. Without Williams' effort, the Cougars may not have pulled this one out. Arizona missed a 2-point conversion with 1:26 left in the game. They kicked off to BYU with a 16-15 lead. The Cougars engineered a quick drive down the field and sent freshman Jake Oldroyd out to hit the game-winning 33-yard field goal with 4 seconds left.
Sep 4 - 2:43 PM

BYU DL coach Steve Kaufusi indicated that redshirt senior DT Travis Tuiloma will likely miss several weeks of game-action as he continues to rehab from a Lisfranc foot injury.

Tuiloma suffered the debilitating Lisfranc injury during BYU's bowl loss to Utah in December. HC Kalani Sitake deemed the 6-foot-2, 301-pounder to be a "game-time decision" earlier in the week, but that looks mostly like coach fluff at this point. Lisfranc foot injuries are notoriously difficult to come back from and if there are any complications, here, Tuiloma's return this season would not be considered a given.
Aug 31 - 2:00 PM

BYU sophomore QB Tanner Mangum told the Salt Lake Tribune's Jay Drew he has no intention of transferring.

Drew told Mangum that there were rumors on the internet that he might be eyeing a transfer after Taysom Hill was named the starting quarterback earlier this week. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder laughed it off, telling Drew, "I wouldn't even think about transferring. I love it here. I'm in a good spot, a good place." BYU has to be thrilled that Mangum isn't considering a transfer -- he proved last year that he could compete at a high level and Hill's health should no longer be considered a guarantee for the coming season given his extensive injury history. In 2015, Mangum threw for 3,377 yards with a 23/10 TD/INT ratio. That's one heck of a safety net should Hill go down. In other Mangum news, he indicated that he does not want to take a redshirt for 2016.
Aug 25 - 2:27 PM

BYU redshirt senior QB Taysom Hill was named the starter for 2016.

Hill won out over Tanner Mangum. Now all that is left is to cross your digits and hope the 6-foot-2, 232-pounder can stay healthy. Hill, 26, has been waylaid by major injury throughout his career with the Cougars. Last season, he managed just one half against Nebraska before being knocked out by a season-ending Lisfranc foot injury. During his last healthy season back in 2013, the dynamic gunslinger threw for 2,938 yards (53.9% completions) with a 19/14 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 1,344 yards and 10 touchdowns. We would love to see one more healthy roll from Hill, but if he should go down again, BYU at least has the luxury of an established backup in Mangum.
Aug 23 - 2:21 PM

BYU redshirt sophomore TE/DE Troy Hinds has been sitting out practice due to a hip injury.

Uh oh. Hinds took a redshirt last season after undergoing a pair of hip surgeries in April and August, respectively. This offseason, he was limited in spring practice due to his continued recovery from those procedures. When healthy, the 6-foot-5, 245-pounder is a versatile piece for the Cougars when healthy, as he could be used both along the defensive line or as a tight end. That his hip is still barking on him a year removed from his last surgery is at least somewhat troubling.
Aug 16 - 2:17 PM

BYU senior WR Nick Kurtz (foot) is expected to be ready for the season-opener on Sept. 3.

The Cougars' presumed new go-to receiver suffered a foot fracture in June. To begin fall camp, the 6-foot-5, 205-pound Kurtz been on the sidelines in a boot. "We'll see where he goes," OC Ty Detmer said. "It's all based on how rehab progresses. We're not going to rush him and put him in there just to be a body if he can't go. We've got guys we feel like can go and if they are 100 percent can make plays for us. We would love to have him though."
Aug 6 - 11:50 AM

BYU redshirt senior QB Taysom Hill says he's 100-percent healthy.

Hill is coming back from a Lisfranc foot injury that ended his 2015 season before it began. He's competing with Tanner Mangum for the right to win back his former post. Mangum won't go down without a fight.
Aug 5 - 7:37 PM

BYU junior C Tejan Koroma is expected to return to the team for fall camp.

Koroma, BYU's starting center since the beginning of his true freshman season, left the program at the conclusion of 2015 and missed spring practices. He's reportedly been reinstated. "Everything I’ve been told is that it’s the intention of all parties involved that he’ll be with us," BYU offensive line coach Mike Empey said. Koroma's teammates are excited to have him back. "I missed him. He’s my buddy," said senior offensive lineman Brad Wilcox. "Even though he wasn’t a senior last year, he was the one who led us. If he was low-energy, then we were sort of low-energy."
Jul 27 - 6:51 PM

BYU formally notified the Big 12 that it is interested in joining the conference.

While BYU would be open to potentially discussing a football-only agreement with the Big 12, AD Tom Holmoe told ESPN that the school's preference would be to become a full member of the conference. "We're obviously open to listening to what they want to do. We're going to go through this process with an open mind to listen to what they have to say," Holmoe said. He believes his university is in a strong position, here, noting that "[t]he criteria they list fit us well." In an anonymous ESPN poll of Big 12 coaches regarding expansion preferences, BYU and Houston were tagged as the most desirable programs.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 23 - 12:25 PM

BYU sophomore QB Tanner Mangum was named to the Walter Camp Player of the Year preseason watch list.

Mangum has yet to be named the starter for 2016, but that didn't prevent him from landing among the likes of Baker Mayfield and Deshaun Watson on this particular watch list. His starting competition -- Taysom Hill -- did not make the cut, though that is understandable enough given that Hill suffered a season-ending Lisfranc injury in the opener against Nebraska. It was that injury that opened the door for Mangum, who proceeded to win the game on a Hail Mary. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder went on to throw for 3,377 yards and a 23/10 TD/INT ratio over the course of the season.
Jul 16 - 4:13 PM

Nike's engineering team is using BYU redshirt senior QB Taysom Hill as a case study for a new shoe designed to help prevent re-aggravations of prior foot injuries.

Hill's career has been riddled with injuries. A broken leg sidelined him in 2014 and he managed just over a half of football in the 2015 season-opener against Nebraska before suffering a season-ending Lisfranc foot injury. In an effort to avoid a relapse, Hill explained that "[Nike is] building a shoe that gives me more support through the arch and I’ll include my orthotics as an insole on top of that." "I'm sort of the guinea pig [for the research and experimentation]," said the 6-foot-2, 232-pounder. He and Tanner Mangum (who performed admirably after Hill went down last season) are battling it out to start for the Cougars in 2016.
Jul 2 - 6:02 PM

BYU AD Tom Holmoe indicated that the university is interested in joining a Power 5 conference.

"I really would love to see our football play at that level, be playing in a P5 conference," Holmoe said. "I want our players ... in all of our sports to be able to play at the highest level." While the university is interested in a Power 5 future, Holmoe added that BYU would not be adjusting their statute barring competition on Sundays (for religious reasons). The Cougars could join the Big 12 if that conference ever opts to expand (maybe? someday?), but Holmoe is not lobbying for his team's inclusion. He believes their achievements more than speak for themselves. "It's in our best interest not to be pushing the envelope," he said. "They're well aware of what we've done."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 1 - 1:39 PM

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco wrote that BYU DE Bronson Kaufusi's "versatility will help the Ravens' defense."

On the whole, Prisco assigned the Ravens a "B" for their draft exploits. Their third-round selection of the 6-foot-7, 285-pound Kaufusi was his favorite pick of Baltimore's lot, due to his ability to "play up and down" and his overall athleticism. The analyst was left somewhat puzzled by their decision to pass over Ole Miss T Laremy Tunsil for Notre Dame T at No. 6, though, writing, "Stanley is a good player, but Tunsil is better, even if the character issues were there."
Source: CBS Sports
May 5 - 8:29 PM

Chiefs signed BYU WR Mitch Mathews.

Mathews (6'6/222) started two-plus seasons, parlaying 152 career catches into 2,083 yards (13.7 YPR) and 24 touchdowns. A good athlete for his size, Mathews ran 4.49 at BYU's Pro Day with a 36-inch vertical and 10-foot-9 broad jump. Mathews is old for a rookie after going on a three-year Mormon mission before college, but he's flier worthy as a height-weight-speed prospect.
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