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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

Giants signed BYU DT Eathyn Manumaleuna.

Manumaleuna (6-foot-1 3/4, 296) returned from a 2012 patellar tendon tear to register seven tackles for loss, one sack and a blocked kick as senior. He ran 5.16 at the Combine with a 28-inch vertical and 29 reps on the bench. Manumaleuna lacks flashy pass-rush tools, but offers adequate athleticism and is very hard to move. He's "country strong" with legit two-gap ability.
May 13 - 9:06 PM

Redskins signed BYU WR Cody Hoffman.

Hoffman (6-foot-3 7/8, 223) was a four-year starter for the Cougars, finishing his career as BYU's all-time leader in receptions (260), yards (3,612) and receiving scores (33). He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown as a sophomore. Hoffman is a plus-sized wideout with long arms (33 1/4"), but managed a 4.65 forty at the Combine with a 27 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot broad jump. A sub-par athlete, Hoffman will be limited to possession routes in the pros, and must become a better blocker.
May 11 - 2:54 PM

Lions selected BYU OLB Kyle Van Noy with the No. 40 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Van Noy (6-foot-3 1/4, 243) was the 2013 FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Year, finishing his career with 62 tackles for loss, 26 sacks, seven picks, and 11 forced fumbles. He blocked three kicks on special teams. Van Noy ran 4.71 at the Combine, but underwhelmed in the broad jump (9-foot-4) and vertical (32 1/2"). A noted film junky, Van Noy is a better football player than athlete, but lacks explosiveness off the edge. He's like a less-physical version of Connor Barwin with cover skills, range, and plus closing speed. He should slot in at strong-side 'backer in Detroit, upgrading on Ashlee Palmer, and could rush the passer with his hand in the dirt in sub-packages.
May 9 - 7:49 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline reports that BYU edge player Kyle Van Noy is receiving the "greatest amount of interest" from the Falcons, Patriots, Lions, Chargers, Jaguars and Ravens.

Interestingly, Pauline says that half of those team see him as an inside linebacker, ostensibly with the other three intent on keeping him as an OLB. "Van Noy looks like a solid second round choice in two weeks," Pauline writes. The Cougars' star could also surprise in the late first. Van Noy, who had 63 tackles, 17.5 TFL, four sacks, two interceptions, a fumble recovery and seven pass deflections in 2013, has momentum on his side.
Apr 25 - 7:44 PM

Detroitlions.com's Tim Twentyman reports that the Lions had a pre-draft visit with BYU edge player Kyle Van Noy.

The Cougars prospect happened to played with the Lions 2013 No. 5 draft pick, Ziggy Ansah. Ansah has mentioned that Van Noy was the best player on the BYU defense back in 2012. Last season Van Noy had 63 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, two interceptions, a fumble recovery and seven pass deflections as a senior for the Cougars. Van Noy has generated some buzz going into the draft, and some evaluators think he could go early in the second round.
Apr 25 - 5:25 PM

BYU edge player Kyle Van Noy has met with the Ravens.

Van Noy played in BYU's 3-4 scheme and looks like a good fit for the Ravens' 3-4 alignment. Baltimore, however, has Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs as starting OLBs, and their picks (17th in the first round, 16th in the second round) appear to be too soon, and then too late, to take the Cougars' star. Van Noy (6-foot-3, 243 pounds) should be an early second-round pick, though he could possibly go in the late first round.
Apr 20 - 9:39 PM


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