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Brigham Young is hiring LSU offensive line coach Jeff Grimes as their new offensive coordinator.

Grimes will replace Ty Detmer, who was fired after the season after just one year. Grimes has been the line coach at LSU for the past four years, and reportedly will stay with the Tigers through the Citrus Bowl against Notre Dame. He coached the Cougars offensive line from 2004-2006, and has also coached at Arizona State and Colorado.
Dec 14 - 12:19 PM

BYU senior LB Fred Warner accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.

Warner (6'3/230) registered 87 tackles (9.0 for loss), a sack, an interception and a forced fumble for BYU's hapless squad this season. Prior to the start of the season, nfldraftscout.com's Rob Rang described the Cougar linebacker as "a physical striker who wraps his arms for the secure tackle and possesses the agility and length to harass the quarterback in coverage or on the rush." He could potentially sway his way into the Day 2 conversation with a strong evaluating process.
Source: AL.com
Dec 5 - 10:45 PM

BYU relieved Ty Detmer of his offensive coordinator duties.

Detmer hasn't been fired, at least not yet. He remains under contract and could be shifted to a different assignment or position. Either way, his ouster as OC was expected and warranted. The Cougars ranked No. 119 in total offense and No. 124 in scoring offense this season.
Nov 27 - 1:50 PM

BYU junior RB Squally Canada rushed 17 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 30-20 win at Hawaii.

The junior was bottled up last week against Massachusetts, but he has averaged 4.4 yards per carry or better in each of his past five outings while totaling five touchdowns. He wraps up his season with 710 rushing yards and six touchdowns overall.
Nov 26 - 1:26 AM

BYU freshman Joe Critchlow threw for 257 yards and a touchdown with four picks on 21-for-45 passing in a 16-10 loss to UMass on Saturday.

A significant portion of this yardage is a bit misleading, as it came on a long drive with the Cougars trailing 16-3. The touchdown also came on that drive, a seven-yarder to freshman tight end Matt Bushman. Outside of that drive, Critchlow looked lost, and like a player that wouldn't be on the field if not for the injuries BYU has suffered at the position. BYU will look to avoid a 10-loss season next week when they travel to Hawaii.
Nov 18 - 6:19 PM

BYU sophomore RB KJ Hall (undisclosed) is expected to be available for Saturday's game against UMass.

Hall (5'9/175) will be returning from a two-game absence. He'll serve as added depth behind Squally Canada and Ula Tolutau in Saturday's contest, but shouldn't be expected to see major carries.
Nov 18 - 2:28 PM

BYU freshman QB Joe Critchlow will start on Saturday against UMass.

Critchlow (6'4/190) started last Friday's game against UNLV and performed admirably in his first collegiate start, completing 63 percent of his passes and throwing for a touchdown with no interceptions. BYU has struggled for almost all of the 2017 season, but Critchlow offers some upside for the 2018 season.
Nov 13 - 6:27 PM

BYU redshirt sophomore QB Beau Hoge (toe) was ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Hoge injured his big toe and suffered a concussion against Utah State in late September. He returned only to aggravate the toe injury against Fresno State earlier this month. On the year, Hoge went 19-of-39 passing for 257 yards and a 2/3 TD/INT ratio.
Nov 13 - 4:40 PM

BYU junior RB Squally Canada rushed for 213 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries in the school's 31-21 win over UNLV on Friday.

It was a career day for the ball carrier, almost matching his entire output for the 2016 season. In fact, his largest total for the 2017 season prior to Friday was 98 yards. As a team, BYU carried the ball 42 times.
Nov 11 - 10:34 AM

BYU redshirt sophomore QB Beau Hoge (undisclosed) has been ruled out for Friday's game against UNLV.

With Hoge dealing with his injury concern and Tanner Mangum (Achilles) out for the year, the Cougars will roll with Joe Critchlow in what will be the true freshman's first collegiate start. There is no current timetable for Hoge's return to action.
Nov 10 - 10:28 PM

BYU freshman QB Joe Critchlow will start Friday's game against UNLV.

Critchlow (6'4/190) was a ways off of seeing starting action at the beginning of the season, but with Tanner Mangum's season now over due to an Achilles injury and Beau Hoge sitting out on Friday due to an undisclosed injury, the true freshman will have his first taste of extended action versus UNLV. In limited opportunities this season, Critchlow has completed 6-of-11 passes for 59 yards. Kody Wilstead will serve as his backup in this one.
Nov 10 - 10:24 PM

BYU junior QB Tanner Mangum will undergo surgery to repair an Achilles injury and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Mangum dealt with an ankle injury which forced him to miss time earlier in the season, but managed to return from that previous concern. This new injury -- sustained in Saturday's loss to Fresno State -- will put him down for the count. Cougars HC Kalani Sitake said on Monday that there will now be an open competition to start between sophomore Beau Hoge, freshman Joe Critchlow and freshman Kody Wilstead. Mangum had thrown for 1,540 yards with an 8/9 TD/INT ratio prior to his being lost for the campaign. It ended as a disappointing season for the junior, who excelled when thrust into action for an injured Taysom Hill back in 2015 but could find nothing resembling those good vibes this time around.
Nov 6 - 7:06 PM

BYU freshman TE Matt Bushman hauled in nine passes for 97 yards in a 20-13 loss to Fresno State on Saturday.

Bushman has been a hit-and-miss part of the BYU offense this year, which isn't surprising considering he's a freshman playing tight end without a great quarterback situation. He's shown flashes of brilliance, however, and Saturday may have been his breakout game. He's a wide target (6'5/230) and his soft hands and ability to find open holes in the secondary bode well for his future. To maximize his value, the Cougars are going to need to find a long-term answer at quarterback. Bushman and BYU take on UNLV on Friday.
Nov 5 - 12:54 PM

BYU HC Kalani Sitake believes sophomore RB KJ Hall (undisclosed) could play Saturday against Fresno State.

Hall (5'9/175) was having an enormous game Saturday against San Jose State (over 150 yards from scrimmage) before the undisclosed injury ended his day prior to halftime. "There’s a chance he could play this week," said coach Kalani Sitake. "If not, we’ll wait to see what happens after that." Ula Tolutau's status is uncertain due to a marijuana citation, so Squally Canada should see his touches increase versus the Bulldogs if Hall can't go.
Oct 31 - 4:11 PM

BYU sophomore RB KJ Hall rushed for 112 yards and a score on 10 carries in Saturday's 41-20 win over San Jose State.

Hall (5'9/175) was also one of the Cougars' top receivers on the day with three catches for 44 yards. This was his second career 100-yard game, and his first of 2017. In fact, Hall came into today with only 57 yards on the season after missing six games due to an injury. Hall clearly outperformed fellow rotational back Squally Canada, so perhaps he's earned himself more touches going forward.
Oct 28 - 6:26 PM


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