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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."
Nov 3 - 4:53 PM

BYU junior QB Taysom Hill "had shown significant improvement this season as an NFL prospect" prior to his devastating leg/knee injury against Utah State, wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Hill underwent surgery Sunday for two hours on an injury more gruesome than previously thought. Head coach Bronco Mendenhall said it took "one plate and eight screws" as every ligament in the leg and knee was "shredded." Concluded Brugler: "Hopefully Hill is able to return healthy in 2015 at BYU and pick up where he left off this season, but his football future is currently up in the air post major surgery."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 7 - 6:41 PM

BYU junior QB Taysom Hill had eight screws and a plate inserted to repair the broken left leg he suffered against Utah State.

Head coach Bronco Mendenhall said every major ligament was torn in the leg/knee. Hill was BYU's best player and will obviously miss the remainder of the season. He will have another season to show how healthy he is, but Hill could theoretically sit out next season with a medical redshirt tag.
Oct 6 - 12:54 PM

BYU junior QB Taysom Hill has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after breaking his left leg on Friday against Utah State.

It's a devastating injury for the Cougars, who not only lost their best player but dropped the decision to the Aggies to end any chance they had at making the playoff. "It was really difficult to watch Taysom go down," BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "Our execution will now have to be better from top to bottom because of Taysom's ability to create. There just isn't another Taysom Hill out there anywhere." Senior Christian Stewart, who looked lost in going 10-for-29 for 172 yards and three interceptions, will continue to fill in. "It's a terrible thing that Taysom went down and no one wanted to see that, but if there's a guy that's ready to step up to the challenge, it's me," Stewart said. "That's why I came here. I honestly believe my team has my back and I have their back, and we're still going to do some special things this season."
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 4 - 6:52 PM

BYU junior QB Taysom Hill fractured his left leg in the school's 35-20 loss to Utah State on Friday.

Hill was attempting to out run the defense along the right side and was pulled down by a defender, who was tangled up with his left leg. The quarterback attempted to get to the sideline on his own and was immediately carted to the locker room. Prior to the injury, Hill had completed eight of 11 attempts for 99 yards and a touchdown, adding 35 rushing yards and another score. Senior Christian Stewart filled in for Hill, and the biggest drop off will likely be a lack of a rushing threat.
Oct 4 - 9:14 AM

BYU junior QB Taysom Hill threw for 187 yards and rushed for 72 yards in Thursday's 41-33 victory over Virginia.

He finished 13-for-23 with two touchdowns, and added another score on the ground. We like Hill as a collegiate playmaker, but he's going to have to switch positions to make it in the NFL. He's simply not accurate or comfortable enough in the pocket to take snaps under center in the pros. CBS Sports' Rob Rang agrees, writing last week that Hill's "reliance on his mobility and limited passing skill cap his NFL projection."
Sep 20 - 9:08 PM

BYU junior RB Jamaal Williams "demonstrated the skill-set to project nicely at the next level, while averaging five yards a carry, rushing for 139 yards and two touchdowns in BYU's 33-25 win over Houston.

"Williams, on the other hand, demonstrated the skill-set to project nicely at the next level, showing burst, lateral agility and surprising balance for a back with his high-cut 6-foot, 200-pound frame," Rang wrote. The Cougars prospect, who also ran track for the BYU in the spring, has acceleration that comes naturally. Williams mother was also a standout track star for the UCLA Bruins in her day. Rang notes that, "other than just good acceleration, he showed impressive power for his build, consistently generating yardage after contact" versus Houston.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 12 - 3:28 PM

BYU junior QB Taysom Hill's "reliance on his mobility and limited passing skill cap his NFL projection," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"While the flashier of BYU's runners for much of the night and a dynamic player at this level, Hill's reliance on his mobility and limited passing skill cap his NFL projection," Rang wrote. While the darkhorse Heisman candidate threw for 200 yards and ran for 160 yards in Thursday's 33-25 victory over Houston, Rang notes that Hill "was reluctant to throw passes until his receivers were open and shows less-than-ideal ball placement when doing so." Hill is one of the country's most dangerous playmakers, but he doesn't throw well enough to either win the Heisman or project to the NFL behind center.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 12 - 3:17 PM

BYU junior QB Taysom Hill threw for 200 yards and ran for 160 yards in Thursday's 33-25 victory over Houston.

Hill was as shaky through the air as he was dominant on the ground. He finished 21-for-34 with a touchdown and two interceptions. However, he averaged 6.2 yards per carry and crossed the goal line as a runner. Hill was mentioned as a darkhorse Heisman candidate over the summer after ranking No. 10 nationally in total offense last season with 329.4 yards per game (2,938 passing yards, 19 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, 1,344 rushing yards and 10 rushing TDs in 2013). Hill is one of the country's most dangerous playmakers, but he doesn't throw well enough to either win the Heisman or project to the NFL behind center.
Sep 12 - 12:56 AM

BYU junior DE Bronson Kaufusi "comes with enormous upside," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"If you’re not yet familiar with the name of Bronson Kaufusi my recommendation is you quickly acquaint yourself with him," Pauline wrote. "I’m told Kaufusi lost weight during the off season to improve his quickness and agility. The early results are impressive. In the victory over UConn the junior posted 2 sacks, 2 tackles for loss and 2 quarterback hurries but stats just scratch the surface. Kaufusi looked like a beast and effortlessly moved his 6-foot/6-inch, 260-pound frame all over the field. At times he was impossible to stop and easily imposed his will on the opposition. Kaufusi comes with enormous upside and will have to elevate his game this weekend as BYU travels to Texas to take on the Longhorns." We are with Pauline on this one. Kaufusi's production was so-so during the first half of last year, but he had all four of his sacks and his only interception across his last six games. Kaufusi is an athletic specimen who played forward on the basketball team for
Sep 3 - 6:01 PM

BYU redshirt junior WR Devon Blackmon has been suspended for the opener against UConn because he wore earrings.

"Rules are rules … Abide by them or suffer the consequences … Looking forward to the Texas game," Blackmon wrote in a tweet on his since-deleted account. Cougars' star RB Jamaal Williams was also suspended for the opener for violating team rules. "Yea, we have team standards, and there's consequences if you don't follow them, I shouldn't wear earrings," Blackmon said. "But I'll bounce back." The former Oregon signee transferred to BYU after a season at Riverside City College.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 12 - 7:17 PM

Former UTEP senior WR Jordan Leslie is expected to be BYU's go-to receiver in 2014.

The Cougars received quite the recruiting coup when they reeled in this 6-foot-3, 210-pound burner. Leslie spent three seasons at UTEP and earned an engineering degree, which allowed him to transfer penalty-free for his last season of eligibility. Leslie was one of 19 players that had at least two 70-plus yard receptions last season and was tied for second in the nation with four catches going at least 60 yards. The year before that, in 2012, he averaged 19.1 yards per catch, the best mark in the nation of any player with at least 50 catches.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 4 - 1:08 PM

NFL.com touts BYU junior QB Taysom Hill as a sleeper Heisman candidate.

Hill isn't terribly well known, but that's about to change. He ranked No. 10 nationally in total offense last season with 329.4 yards per game and added 2,938 passing yards, 19 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, 1,344 rushing yards and 10 rushing TDs. Hill "should be even more productive in 2014, especially if he makes the expected improvement as a passer," wrote staff writer Mike Huguenin. He's going to have to: A 53.9 completion percentage simply isn't good enough for a star QB. BYU has an easy schedule, which should allow the Cougars to collect wins while Hill simultaneously piles up statistics, a Heisman formula if there ever was one.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 22 - 8:29 PM

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall said his school "would love to be in the Big 12."

"We would love to be in the Big 12," Mendenhall said told the Austin American-Statesman. "I would love to be a member of that conference. I think that would make a lot of sense. In fact, if that was your headline, that would be great." BYU left the Mountain West Conference four years ago and has been an independent since, but it now appears as though their end-game is membership in a BCS conference. The Cougars probably would have been a better fit in the Pac 12, but that conference opted for Utah and Colorado. "Our attendance is high enough. And our winning percentage is high enough," Mendenhall said. "We have the entire Salt Lake City and Utah market as well as a worldwide following because of the church. There’d be a ton to offer the Big 12, because it’s a money-generated world right now. You’re talking about an amazing kind of brand."
Jun 6 - 10:26 PM

BYU is looking into allegations that former players received improper benefits.

"We are aware of the allegations and have been conducting a thorough review of the matter," BYU spokesman Duff Tittle said. Former Cougars WR Cody Hoffman was contacted by the school "a couple of months ago," according to one of his managers. The manager, Sam Leaf, said he was confident Hoffman didn't receive illegal benefits. BYU is the only school that has won a national championship and never had a major NCAA violation or been sanctioned.
Source: ESPN.com
May 22 - 10:39 PM


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