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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.
May 1 - 1:20 AM

Ravens selected DE Bronson Kaufusi with the No. 70 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Kaufusi (6'7/285) started 3 1/2 seasons at BYU, tallying 44 tackles for loss with 26.5 sacks and five forced fumbles. A coach's son, Kaufusi's father Steve coached the Cougars' defensive line and has also spent time in the NFL. Kaufusi has long arms (34 1/2") and is an 82nd-percentile SPARQ athlete, running 4.87 with excellent agility scores. He also spent time on the BYU basketball team. A productive, high-motor prospect with NFL-level movement ability, Kaufusi's ceiling may be lowered by his age; he'll be a 25-year-old rookie after a Mormon mission delayed his college career. He should slot in as a five-technique defensive end for the Ravens.
Apr 29 - 10:00 PM

CBS Sports senior NFL columnist Pete Prisco noted that BYU DL Bronson Kaufusi "can be a dominant nickel rusher from the inside."

Prisco also likes Kaufusi's work on the outside, but sees the inside as a potentially more profitable avenue. The analyst further noted that the 6-foot-7, 285-pounder "moves for a man his size." Rotoworld's Josh Norris hears that he has drawn visits or meetings from the Broncos, Packers, Jets, Falcons, Colts, Bills, Steelers and Patriots. Kaufusi is a probable second or third-round selection, but one scout who spoke with NJ.com earlier this month broached the idea that the first-round is not out of the question here.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 23 - 8:33 PM

Corbin Kaufusi, a 6-foot-10 BYU basketball player, joined the football team.

Kaufusi, the brother of Bronson Kaufusi, signed with the Cougars a few years back as a 6-foot-8 offensive lineman. He left for a Mormon mission and ended up growing two inches on his sabbatical. When he returned to school, Corbin Kaufusi joined the basketball team. Now, he wants to play his original love. "It’s always been a dream of mine to play football at BYU," Kaufusi said in a statement. "I’m really excited about what is happening with football. I’m looking forward to being coached by my dad and learning from him and my teammates. I’m grateful for the support of the basketball coaches as I pursue this opportunity." Kaufusi will join BYU’s defensive line, which is trying to replace older brother Bronson.
Apr 23 - 2:31 PM

The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports that the Seahawks like the "athleticism [and] flexibility" of BYU TE Terenn Houk.

Houk worked out with the Seahawks last week and apparently made a nice impression. During his earlier Pro Day, the 6-foot-4, 229-pounder worked jumps of 32 inches (vertical) and 10-foot-2 (broad) while running the 40-yard dash in 4.84 seconds. He met extensively with the Browns during Pro Day festivities and could come to play as a Day 3 selection in a thin tight end class. Last season, he caught 37 passes for 490 yards and a pair of scores.
Apr 21 - 2:56 PM

BYU redshirt junior DB Jordan Preator will transfer.

Preator tweeted out his transfer intentions in somewhat cryptic fashion, writing, "For those textin, calling, messaging, yes iam transferring. No it isn’t my option. Yes it is the best thing for me. Thank you cougs!" While parsing tweets isn't a science, the sentence that stands out here would be "No it isn't my option," which would seem to imply that this is coming either from the program or from friends or family. Last season, the 6-foot, 181-pounder posted 21 tackles (1.0 for loss), an interception and a forced fumble. No word as of yet in terms of what transfer destination he might be looking into.
Apr 19 - 5:23 PM

Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo calls BYU DL Bronson Kaufusi's one of the draft's three-biggest sleepers.

Kaufusi was PFF's No. 6 interior defensive linemen in 2015 and the very best pass rusher in that group. "He works non-stop, picking up clean-up pressure more than any lineman in the nation and he looks like an interior pass-rush threat at the next level as he continues to learn how to use his long frame more effectively in the running game," Palazzolo wrote.
Apr 16 - 10:17 AM

The Seahawks worked out BYU TE Terenn Houk, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.

The Cleveland Browns are also interested in Houk, having with him at length at BYU's Pro Day. Houk, a 6-foot-4, 229-pound tight end prospect, caught 37 passes for 490 yards and two touchdowns last season. He's a pure move tight end gaining some steam in what is a dreadful TE class.
Apr 14 - 8:57 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes that with his strong Pro Day, BYU WR Mitch Mathews might have worked himself into the late-round draft conversation.

Brandt writes that Mathews has "the athleticism and speed needed to excel in the NFL." The analyst is quick to point out that the 6-foot-5, 222-pound Cougar's frame is already ready for the bright lights of the NFL red zone. As for the Pro Day in question, the one which hyped Brandt for Mathews as a draft prospect, he was officially timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.47 and 4.49 seconds. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline had been hearing that a time closer to 4.60 seconds was expected there, making the run something of an eye-opener. Mathews also leaped a strong 10-foot-9 on the broad jump. Last season, he caught 54 passes for 737 yards and 11 touchdowns. The touchdown mark speaks to that big frame.
Source: NFL.com
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