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TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline believes BYU QB Taysom Hill's return to form from his injury of last season will dictate his draft grade."

"Taysom Hill is a smart, tough signal caller with better than average arm strength. He consistently makes proper reads and decisions behind the line of scrimmage or when running the ball. Were he two inches taller he’s a top 45 pick," Pauline wrote. Unfortunately for Hill, he missed most of last season with a broken leg. In 2013, the healthy dual-threat QB passed for 2,938 yards with a 19/14 TD/INT ratio, while rushing for with 1,344 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Aug 31 - 4:00 PM

BYU redshirt freshman TE Steven Richards will miss the 2015 season with a right knee injury.

Richards injured his right knee while running a route in practice on Monday. He's scheduled to undergo surgery. The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder was set to start in traditional packages for the upcoming season, but the Cougars will now look to the likes of Bryan Sampson, Tanner Balderree and Theodore King to fill his shoes. On the plus side, if there is a plus side, Richards is just a redshirt freshman and there are still years left on that clock, assuming a full recovery.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 18 - 4:15 PM

BYU sophomore linebacker Sione Takitaki has been suspended for the first game of the season after being charged with two counts of misdemeanor theft.

An update on an earlier story from Wednesday, Takitaki has been officially suspended for the first game of the season due to two misdemeanor theft charges. Campus police allege that while working as a custodian over the summer, the sophomore stole apparel from the track and soccer teams. The Cougars open the season against Nebraska.
Aug 12 - 9:31 PM

BYU sophomore linebacker Sione Takitaki has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor theft.

Campus police are alleging that Takitaki stole apparel from the track and soccer teams while working as a custodian over the summer. Head coach Bronco Mendenhall has called the 6-foot-2, 240-pound linebacker one of his best pass rushers. There's no word, as of yet, how the football program will respond, but it should be noted that Takitaki was kicked off the team for several days following his involvement in a fight after moving to Provo last season. The leash figures to be pretty short at this point.
Aug 12 - 8:31 PM

BYU senior RB Jamaal Williams has withdrawn from school and will not play this season.

Williams underwent knee surgery last November. He will redshirt the year while away from school. BYU is losing a ton of rushing production with the news, as Williams has rushed for 2,526 yards and 23 touchdowns over the last three seasons.
Aug 6 - 1:11 PM

Texas Tech LB coach Zac Spavital said BYU QB Taysom Hill was "just as good" as ex-Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater and ex-UCF QB Blake Bortles in 2013, when Spavital was with Houston.

Spavital was the Cougars' defensive back coach at the time. This does not mean that Hill is as talented as the two former first round picks, but he fits well with what BYU runs offensively. Spavital explained it well, "With their spread, he can throw it accurately down field and he's a lot more accurate than you might think with a strong arm... He'll check 4-Verticals to set up his runs. He's actually more dangerous on those broken pass plays than on the designed runs." Hill missed a large portion of last season with a broken left leg, including eight screws and a plate to speed up the recovery process. He should be ready to start for BYU in the opener against Nebraska.
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 10 - 12:30 PM

BYU senior QB Taysom Hill is "physical and fast, and his passing has improved over his career," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Hill suffered a gruesome leg injury against Utah State in October, with eight screws and a plate inserted to repair a broken left leg. It appears as though he'll be fully healthy for this fall. He's going to have to be. "A healthy Hill returns to face a tall task: BYU's independent schedule, which opens with Nebraska, Boise State, Michigan and UCLA," Brown wrote. "Survive that, and Hill could re-emerge as a darkhorse Heisman candidate." The expert ranks Hill as the No. 9 signal-caller in the country. Hill (6-foot-2, 232 pounds) threw for 2,938 yards with a 19/14 TD/INT ratio with 1,344 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground in 2013, his last healthy campaign.
Jul 7 - 7:28 PM

If BYU senior edge rusher Bronson Kaufusi tests well at the combine, "look for him to be drafted in the top 40 like former Cougar Kyle Van Noy (2014, Detroit)," predicts NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

This former basketball player's length and athleticism translated quite well to the gridiron. "His size and athleticism have allowed Cougars coaches (of whom his father, Steve, is one) to play him inside and outside during his career," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-7, 263-pounder has 15.5 career sacks and broke up 12 passes and returned an interception for a touchdown over the past two years.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 23 - 10:15 PM

NFL Media believes BYU senior QB Taysom Hill is the only legitimate Heisman candidate outside the major conferences heading into the season.

Hill was one of the nation's leaders in offense before he suffered a gruesome leg injury against Utah State in October. He had eight screws and a plate inserted to repair the broken left leg. "If he's healthy, he will put up big numbers for the Cougars. Hill has OK speed and is a physical runner who'd just as soon run over a defender as run around him," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "And while he's not a highly polished passer, that facet of his game showed improvement before he was hurt last season."
Source: NFL.com
May 26 - 8:31 PM

BYU signed 2015 OL recruit Manase Tu'ungafasi, a 6'7/322 lbs rugby player from New Zealand.

"He is an excellent athlete with exceptional size coming from a rugby background..." BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall said. Tu'ungafasi was selected to play for the 2014 Samoa Under-20 team at the Junior World Championships. Oregon State and Utah were also interested in signing the rugby player to their football recruiting class. BYU has as good a history of converting non-football players into legitimate prospects than anyone.
Source: BYU Cougars
May 26 - 10:02 AM

Redskins signed BYU TE Devin Mahina.

Mahina (6'6/250) was a lightly used catch-first tight end in the Cougars' offense, securing 46 career receptions for 554 yards (12.0 YPR) and five TDs. He ran 4.82 with a 29 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-9 broad jump at the BYU Pro Day. Mahina is a finesse tight end with mediocre athletic ability. He would do well to last more than a year or two at the end of an NFL roster.
May 9 - 5:32 PM

BYU OLB Alani Fua ranks as the sixth-best prospect who wasn't drafted, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Fua primarily played strongside linebacker at BYU and was extremely versatile, doing everything from rushing the passer to covering slot receivers. "He sucks up tight ends with the size, speed and agility that cannot be coached, using his range to be an excellent pursuit player," Brugler wrote. "Athleticism and talent aren't problems for Fua, but he does need to add technique and discipline to his play style. He needs to get stronger and add bulk, but there are questions about how much muscle mass he can add to his frame. Fua's best fit at the next level will depend on scheme, but he has the versatility to stand out on special teams while he develops into a specific role on defense." We're a little surprised Fua wasn't picked after a stellar combine.
Source: CBS Sports
May 3 - 3:31 PM

BYU LB Alani Fua visited the Eagles on Wednesday, according to Aaron Wilson.

The fit makes a ton of sense. Fua will likely play the drop linebacker role in an odd man front, similar to what Connor Barwin does for the Eagles currently. Fua should be a third day pick and performed very well at the Combine.
Apr 23 - 1:26 PM

BYU WR Jordan Leslie has received draftable grades from multiple teams, according to Dane Brugler.

Leslie measured in at 6'1 3/8" and 208 lbs, ran a 4.44 40, and recorded a 36" vert and 10'10" broad jump. The UTEP transfer recorded 55 catches for 779 yards and six touchdowns.
Mar 28 - 12:34 PM

BYU junior RB Jamaal Williams will undergo knee surgery on Tuesday.

Williams is expected to miss the rest of the season after suffering the third quarter injury against Middle Tennessee. It's a tough loss for the Cougars, as they were already down starting quarterback Taysom Hill, who suffered a broken leg earlier this season. This season, Williams had amassed 518 yards on 109 rushes, to go with four touchdowns. In September, CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote that Williams "demonstrated a skill-set to project nicely at the next level." Rang went on to praise that the 6-foot, 200-pound junior "showed impressive power for his build."
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