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247Sports' Greg Biggins writes that BYU four-star 2019 verbal QB commit Jacob Conover has had a "strong offseason and (has) impressed us at multiple events."

Conover (6'0/185) committed to the Cougars just this past Sunday, while he was out in Las Vegas for an Elite 11 regional. Count it as a stash for BYU, as the signal-caller is going to head out on his LDS mission upon graduating from high school. He should be ready to embark on his collegiate career come 2021. As for what the program will be getting after he enrolls, Biggins writes that Conover is "one of those quarterbacks who makes the game look easy, it slows down for him and he’s able to process and make smart, quick decisions."
Source: 247Sports
May 16 - 2:42 PM

BYU LB Matt Hadley (knee) received a medical redshirt from the NCAA for the past campaign and will be classified as a redshirt senior for the upcoming season.

A nice beat for the Cougars, as Hadley has fully recovered from the broken kneecap sustained in practice last September and will now be eligible to give it one more go with his BYU brothers this coming autumn. The 6-foot, 205-pounder figures to serve as a depth option behind probable starting linebackers Butch Pau’u, Sione Takitaki and Zayne Anderson.
May 15 - 4:23 PM

BYU redshirt senior RB Trey Dye moved to wide receiver during spring practice.

While we don't have much of a sample size to roll with, here, Dye was more productive as a receiver out of the backfield than as a pure running back during his prior career with the Cougars, and he's flashed enough that BYU coaches feel comfortable with his transition as we move into the summer. This past season, he caught nine passes for 77 yards and a touchdown while rushing for just 31 yards on nine carries. He'll serve as a potential rotation piece for HC Kalani Sitake during the coming campaign, with his exact role on the depth chart to be determined in August camp.
May 15 - 4:07 PM

BYU received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 QB Jacob Conover.

This is a huge get for BYU coach Kalani Sitake and company. Conover (6'0/185) is rated the ninth best quarterback in the class in 247 Sports composite rankings. He picks the Cougars over offers from schools like Alabama, Arizona State, Wisconsin and Washington State. Analysts speak highly of the signal-caller's accuracy, but there's quality arm strength here as well. We won't see him on the Brigham Young roster for a couple of years, as he's going to take an LDS mission before enrolling in 2021.
May 14 - 11:15 AM

49ers selected BYU LB Fred Warner with the No. 70 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Warner (6’3/236) was a 42-game starter for the Cougars, logging 32 career tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, and seven interceptions. Warner helped himself at the Combine with 75th-percentile SPARQ results, including 4.64 speed and a twitchy 6.90 three-cone time. He also scored 32 on the Wonderlic, best in this year’s off-ball linebacker class. As a hybrid linebacker-safety, Warner is a jack of many trades but neither thumping run stopper nor pass rusher. Experienced in slot coverage, Warner is best suited for a rover role in the middle of the field. He can help on special teams right away. The Reuben Foster situation is still murky, so Warner might see the field early. He was Josh Norris' No. 5 linebacker prospect.
Apr 27 - 9:35 PM

An anonymous scout told Bob McGinn Football that BYU LB Fred Warner is "right on the cusp of the top group."

The scout also said Warner (6'3/236) has "great size and excellent measurables" but "needs to be more physical." Another scout was less optimistic about him and said, "I don’t know what to do with that guy, Played in space a lot … like a safety. He is not a good tackler but he can move." Warner is a good athlete, producing an athletic composite score in the 80th percentile and will likely be a Day 3 selection.
Apr 25 - 7:58 PM

BYU redshirt freshman TE Joe Tukuafu will miss the remainder of spring practice while rehabbing from a broken right hand.

Tukuafu (6'4/275) broke his hand in practice earlier this week and has since undergone surgery. He's currently sporting a cast on the wounded paw. It's currently unknown when the redshirt freshman will be healthy enough to resume football activities, but he's exceedingly unlikely to push past starter Matt Bushman on the depth chart once he's returned to the fray.
Mar 23 - 6:22 PM

BYU redshirt senior WR Beau Tanner (ankle) sat out Thursday's practice.

He watched the proceedings from a sideline table with an ice wrap around his left ankle. Tanner posted a 12-135-1 line as a junior last year.
Mar 18 - 1:21 PM

BYU QB Kody Wilstead has been asked for his release and will transfer from the program.

WIlstead signed with BYU in 2015, but then took an LDS mission to Argentina for two years. The 6-foot-6, 223-pound signal-caller will have to sit out one year at least if he transfers to an FBS school.
Mar 12 - 3:08 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares BYU LB Fred Warner to free agent LB Alani Fua.

Warner was one of the few bright spots for BYU in 2017, making 87 tackles with nine of them going for a loss. Zierlein notes that the 6-foot-3, 227-pound linebacker is fluid and excels in space, but that his motor comes off as inconsistent, and that he'll need to be more physical as a tackler. Warner had a solid NFL Scouting Combine, and likely comes off the board early on Day 3 at this point.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 11 - 2:42 PM

Hawaii redshirt senior WR Dylan Collie transferred to BYU as a graduate.

Collie (5'10/175) had been deciding between a move to either BYU or Vanderbilt. The Cougars make for a familiar choice, here, as he actually initially signed on with the program out of high school in 2012 before later transferring to the islands. This past season with Hawaii, Collie grabbed 56 passes for 636 yards and a quartet of touchdowns. He figures to make an immediate impact at BYU as a graduate transfer. The team could use all the offensive help it can get after finishing as one of the nation's worst units for the 2017 season.
Mar 10 - 12:20 PM

BYU senior QB Tanner Mangum (Achilles) will be limited to begin spring practices.

Mangum underwent surgery to repair his Achilles in November and was limited to just eight games in a disappointing season for the Cougars. He is the most likely signal-caller to start for BYU to begin the season, but he will face competition from a handful of quarterbacks; including Beau Hodge and Zach Wilson.
Mar 5 - 4:05 PM

Hawaii redshirt senior WR Dylan Collie will transfer to either BYU or Vanderbilt.

Collie had actually signed with BYU out of high school before transferring to Hawaii after completing a Mormon mission, so a move to the Cougars would bring his story full circle. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder finished the 2017 season having caught 56 passes for 636 yards and four touchdowns. He ended up leading the Warriors in receptions. Collie has already visited both BYU and Vanderbilt and will be eligible to play immediately in 2018 as a graduate transfer once he determines his final collegiate stop.
Feb 1 - 1:23 PM

NFL draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah was continuously impressed with BYU LB Fred Warner during Senior Bowl practice.

BYU was awful in 2017, but it wasn't Warner's fault; as the linebacker registered 87 tackles with nine of them for loss. "I continue to be impressed by Warner," writes Jeremiah. For a guy who's 6-foot-3 1/2 and 235 pounds, "I thought he changed directions really well. He has some versality -- he could play inside or he could stand up outside. He's a good athlete." Warner's ability to get to the football should make him an easy player to watch in the Senior Bowl on Saturday.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 26 - 8:48 PM

BYU LB coach Steve Kaufusi is stepping down.

Kaufusi has been a borderline institution on the BYU coaching staff, coaching defensive lineman from 2002-2016, and coaching linebackers at 2017. The school said that he's resigning to pursue other unspecified interests. Ed Lamb will replace Kaufusi as the linebackers coach, with newly hired Preston Hadley taking Lamb's place as the new safety coach.
Jan 19 - 11:07 PM


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