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ESPN has exercised an option to extend their contract to broadcast BYU home games through the 2019 season.

The Worldwide Leader signed an eight-year broadcasting contract with BYU when the Cougars went independent in 2011. The exercising of the option in the contract ensures that the deal will play out to its conclusion. In a statement, BYU AD Tom Holmoe said, "ESPN has helped us along the way. They put us on TV every week. It's something really special, and I'm glad we're staying with them."
Jun 23 - 8:29 PM

BYU four-star 2019 verbal LB commit Tausili Fiatoa indicated that he remains committed to the Cougars.

Fiatoa (6'3/220) has been committed to BYU for over a year. For the time being, the linebacker has no plans of budging off that pledge, but his junior year at Orem High School (Utah) could bring him a wave of new interest. That is because Fiatoa missed the entirety of the 2016 season to injury, limiting his recruitment by degrees. With over a year remaining before Fiatoa could first sign with a team, BYU probably should not be considered a stone-cold lock, even with their standing right now.
Source: Scout.com
Jun 22 - 9:01 PM

2015 four star LB recruit Christian Folau committed to BYU after the completion of his LDS mission.

Folau previously committed to Oregon State prior to working with the church and did not post on social media during that time. He returned recently and announced his intention to play for BYU. He was considered one of the top recruits at his position in the country. Folau is almost 21 years old.
Jun 21 - 11:21 AM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore C/G Tristen Hoge will transfer to BYU.

Hoge was named scout team player of the year in 2015, but did not earn enough playing time in 2016 while playing behind Sam Mustipher. Hoge was viewed by a few recruiting services as the No. 1 center in the country out of high school. He will need to sit out the 2017 season.
Source: 247 Sports
Jun 6 - 10:56 AM

BYU HC Kalani Sitake said that junior QB Tanner Mangum has "taken this team and this offense especially as part of his deal."

Sitake admitted that last season's dynamic between aged starter Taysom Hill and 2015 breakout-star-turned-backup Mangum was "kind of a weird dynamic," but he has been impressed with Mangum's work this offseason in taking over starting duties. Said Sitake, "He is definitely on his way toward having a great year in my mind. I think he’s got all the intangibles ,and it’s just a matter of him getting out there and having the opportunity." After taking over for the injured Hill in the 2015 season-opener, Mangum went on to throw for 3,377 yards with a 23/10 TD/INT ratio.
Source: KSL.com
May 27 - 2:52 PM

BYU redshirt junior RB Trey Dye said that he has put on about 10 pounds this offseason.

"I changed my diet up a little bit because I don't think you'll be running the ball very successfully when you are 173 pounds. I gained about 10 pounds, so I'm just feeling good and having fun with it," Dye said. While he has yet to find significant success with the Cougars, the team likes what they saw out of him during spring practice. Squally Canada is expected to start for the departed Jamaal Williams during the coming season, with Dye and KJ Hall splitting backup carries.
May 27 - 2:09 PM

BYU junior C Jacob Jimenez is expected to miss the 2017 season due to a torn ACL.

"Just a freak, non-contact deal," said OC Ty Detmer. The injury occurred while Jimenez was running down the field to celebrate a play in spring scrimmage. As the 6-foot-5, 290-pounder has not yet had his redshirt burned, he will likely be taking that this year and will have two years' eligibility remaining in 2018. He had been working as a backup center to Tejan Koroma.
May 13 - 2:41 PM

BYU offensive coordinator Ty Detmer said he'll employ a running back by committee this fall.

The task of replacing all-time leading rusher Jamaal Williams will be a joint effort by a rag-tag crew. The four men most likely to garner backfield snaps this fall are former Washington State transfer Squally Canada, walk-on KJ Hall, converted linebacker Kavika Fonua and returned missionary Ula Tolutau.
Source: KSL.com
May 8 - 2:08 PM

Former Nevada redshirt sophomore QB Austin Kafentzis transferred to BYU.

With Tanner Mangum already firmly entrenched as starting quarterback for the Cougars heading into the 2017 season, Kafentzis was kicking around a potential position switch -- an idea which HC Kalani Sitaki dismissed. He would like to see what Kafentzis might offer as a passer first. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder has bounced about during his college career, starting out with Wisconsin as a three-star recruit for the 2015 cycle, then moving on to Nevada in the summer of 2015, then dropping down to a junior college for the 2016 season. He will be eligible to play immediately in 2017 thanks to the JUCO bounce.
May 4 - 9:42 PM

Patriots signed BYU LB Harvey Langi.

Langi (6’2/251) was one of college football’s most versatile players, seeing time at tailback, multiple linebacker positions, and defensive end. Across 12 senior-year starts, Langi posted five tackles for loss and two sacks, in addition to two rushing scores. Langi tested as a passable 48th-percentile athlete before the draft, running 4.66 at the Cougars’ Pro Day. As Langi bounced from Utah to BYU and went on a Mormon mission, he will turn 25 in September and is several years older than a typical rookie. Still, Langi profiles as a core special teamer and is versatile enough to contribute in multiple ways on defense.
May 1 - 7:07 PM

Packers selected BYU RB Jamaal Williams with the No. 134 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Williams (6’0/212) led the Cougars in rushing all four years, compiling a career 726/3,901/35 (5.4 YPC) rushing line with 60/567/1 (9.5 YPR) receiving. Williams appeared in only 17 games over his final two seasons due to knee and ankle injuries and a suspension for violating multiple team rules. His catch totals also dropped every year at BYU (27 > 18 > 8 > 7). Williams was exposed as a sub-par athlete at the Combine with eight-percentile SPARQ results and a plodding 7.25 three-cone time. A decisive, downhill grinder on college tape, Williams is a two-down back with a ceiling in the Alfred Morris range. That said, he could find himself with a big rookie role behind Ty Montgomery.
Apr 29 - 1:35 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relays that "the name I continue to hear rising up boards is [BYU LB Harvey Langi]."

Pauline writes that Reuben Foster's positive drug test for a diluted sample at the Combine is "going to help other inside linebackers." He then went on to name-check the 6-foot-2, 251-pound Langi as one possible benefactor of Foster's testing travails, writing that "Langi’s aggressive style of play and his junior tape -- when he lined up at inside linebacker for the Cougars -- as well as his combine and pro day workouts have all factored into the rise." While the BYU standout might be seeing a little bump in the lead-up to the draft, he probably won't be hearing his name called until some time on Day 3.
Apr 24 - 3:48 PM

Pro Football Focus compared BYU RB Jamaal Williams to Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore.

"Williams doesn’t have as compact of a build as Gore, but they share similar running styles," notes the PFF analysis team. "They lack long speed, but move well enough laterally to make their ways through traffic, and are aggressive, physical runners who gain more yards after contact than most sub-220-pound running backs." The 6-foot, 200-pounder rushed for a hearty 1,375 yards (5.9 YPC) and 12 touchdowns in 10 games this past season, but there are concerns as to whether he possesses the requisite athleticism for NFL work. Or as one AFC West regional scout put it, "[h]e's not very dynamic as a runner." That scout believes that Williams would be well-served to work on covering kickoffs, as that might be his fastest path to consistent playing time.
Apr 18 - 5:22 PM

An NFC West area scout believes BYU did LB Harvey Langi a disservice last season by playing him on the edge.

"Go back and watch him against UCLA and Michigan in 2015 and you will see what he might become at middle linebacker," the scout said. "I don't know why (BYU) put him on the edge this year because it didn't help them and it did the kid a real disservice." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Langi to Mark Nzeocha. "Athletic, traits-based prospect who is behind with his fundamentals and instincts, but is still in the process of learning his position," Zierlein wrote. "Langi looks undraftable based on this season's tape, but he played out of position for much of the season and could find more success once he can stay inside." Langi signed with Utah out of the prep ranks before transferring to BYU.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 12:23 PM

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


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