Thursday, September 22, 2016

Lloyd: Cougar backup QB Tanner Mangum trusts system, is ready if needed

"For many BYU football supporters, he's the most popular guy in town, the one who would solve all of the Cougar's offensive problems if just given a chance to save the day. But BYU sophomore backup quarterback Tanner Mangum certainly doesn't see things that way."

Drew: Receivers need to get open faster, coaches say

Detmer: "We haven't gotten a lot of separation against man coverage at times, and so in turn the quarterback holds the ball a little bit, which makes it looks like our line is not really protecting. We feel like the guys who are going to be in there [on the offensive line] will go in and play well and execute. The focus isn't on, 'We gotta protect for five or six seconds.' We still need to get open and sharpen our routes, and be able to throw things on time as well. So I think when people watch the game, they feel like, argh, we aren't getting protection. But our protection hasn't been terrible. It has been good enough for us to be able to get the ball out on time if we are doing what we are supposed to."

Judd: 3 things to watch as Cougars face Big 12's West Virginia

1. The play of the offense
2. Cougar cornerbacks vs. West Virginia receivers
3. Pressure, pressure, pressure

Call: BYU safety Tanner Jacobson knows Big 12, has played Big 12 schedule

"Backup safety Tanner Jacobson started four games, and played in 13, for Texas Tech as a true freshman in 2013 before transferring to BYU. He was named to the ESPN Big 12 All-Bowl team after recording seven tackles as the Red Raiders upset Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl."

VTF: What you need to know: BYU vs West Virginia

"One of the Mountaineers most treasured traditions is the singing of the John Denver song "Take Me Home, Country Roads" at every pregame show and after every win at home. The song has been sung at their home stadium by John Denver himself and has been played at every home game since 1972."

FOX Sports: Hill remains BYU starting QB despite slow offensive start

"The honeymoon for BYU offensive coordinator Ty Detmer may be coming to an end. Boos rained down from the stands last week as the offense failed to score 20 points for a third consecutive game. Even the faith in quarterback Taysom Hill appears to be wavering as he's thrown more interceptions (4) than touchdowns (2) while completing just 58.6 percent of his passes."

Harmon: Time for Taysom Hill and the Cougars' offense to rise up and be counted

"It’s time for Taysom Hill to put BYU’s offense on his very strong back and get it out of the unproductive doldrums.... BYU’s coaching staff has sent a public signal, Taysom is their man. They’ve got his back."

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Militant Liberal Crazies: NCAA must kick out BYU and anti-gay members, or North Carolina move is meaningless

"It's remarkable that schools like BYU haven't been kicked out of the NCAA already, given the association's claims of dedication to equality. BYU's policies are far more sinister and discriminatory than North Carolina's HB2 law. While the law bars discrimination protection and forces trans people to use the bathrooms of their birth sex, BYU's policy outright discriminates against the entire LGBT community at every level and bans homosexuality all togetherMarried same-sex couples cannot live together at BYU. Their children are considered bastards by the school."

Drew: Big 12 expansion “not a given,” Oklahoma president says

"Just when you thought Big 12 expansion was about to become a reality, one of its biggest proponents pumped the brakes Wednesday on the train that BYU hopes to jump aboard. University of Oklahoma president David Boren said the idea of adding two or more schools to the Power 5 conference is 'not a given' and 'not a sure thing' at an Oklahoma Board of Regents meeting."

Toone: Returned Mormon missionaries in 2016 FBS college football

"Rice University had everything Austin Williams was looking for. The 6-foot-2, 235-pound linebacker from Austin, Texas, essentially had three requirements: first, a high-quality education; second, the chance to play college football; and third, following a two-year Mormon mission to Guatemala, he wanted to attend a school where he would have ample missionary opportunities. He had several options, but Rice stood out.... 

Williams is one of 156 returned Mormon missionaries in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season who have served full-time missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in different cities and countries around the world."

Walker: Cougars hope to unleash offense as high-scoring UCLA opens home slate

"This isn’t the same UCLA team from seven years ago. Head coach Jim Mora Jr. is 38-17 as head coach of the Bruins, and he has a special talent in Rosen, a former five-star recruit who has thrown for 610 yards and two touchdowns with another rushing score in two games as a true sophomore starter. More importantly, Rosen is a true quarterback, according to BYU coach Kalani Sitake."

Lloyd: Detmer regrets not giving offense options on conversion at Utah

Detmer on the failed two point conversion: "I didn't do a good job of giving us an option other than the run, of having a pass option available if we did face a full blitz. That's on me as the play-caller, not having that option available. Obviously we will have that going forward."

Call: BYU offense looking for a breakout game against UCLA

Detmer on Taysom: "There’s no question on him throwing the ball or making the right reads. When you go back and watch the film, he’s playing well. He managed the game. I’m not into the stats and what the offense ranks, all those things. If we’re giving ourselves a chance to win every week, that’s what we want — an opportunity to win the game."

Dickson: BYU Football Opponent Power Rankings: Utah holds strong at No. 2

Utah a strong No. 2? Only until week 3.

Gurney: El-Bakri finds a key role within the new Cougar offense

"BYU's first scored touchdown of the year was likely met with a lot of cheers from Cougar fans, followed immediately with those same fans checking their rosters. No, the first BYU player to cross the goal line against Arizona wasn't someone readily recognizable to most. The player was walk-on fullback Brayden El-Bakri, who has played a key role in offensive coordinator Ty Detmer's new pro-style system."

VTF: CougarCast: BYU vs. UCLA preview

The Cougars have had two heart attack games in 2016. Will Saturday’s BYU Cougars football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium against the UCLA Bruins be another heart racing and stopping game?

DNews: 3 keys for the Cougars to bounce back against the Bruins

0.5 Score more points than UCLA
"1. Keep it close in the first half"
"2. Shut down the UCLA run game"
"3. Harness the emotion of the home opener"

VTF: What you need to know: BYU vs UCLA

"The last time the Bruins paid Provo a visit turned into a nightmare for UCLA. The Cougars scored early and often as they put up 59 points, 35 of them in the second quarter. Max Hall led the offense as he completed 27 of his 35 passes with 271 yards passing and seven touchdowns. Six of the touchdowns came in the first half. Austin Collie led the receivers with 110 yards on 10 receptions to go along with his two touchdowns. The Cougars defense shut down any scoring attempt by the Bruins, including a blocked field goal."

Kragthorpe: Bronco Mendenhall facing ‘steeper and longer’ climb at Virginia

"After his first game as the University of Virginia's football coach, Bronco Mendenhall showed his team a video clip of how his former BYU players cheered their defensive teammates after a third-down stop, in contrast to the Cavaliers' defeatist demeanor on the sideline.

Who would have imagined the Cougars' loss to Utah in the 2015 Las Vegas Bowl after they trailed 35-0 becoming a teaching moment about responding to success?

That illustrates the state of things at Virginia, where Mendenhall is tackling a tough job. The Cavaliers lost 37-20 to FCS opponent Richmond in the season opener and then trailed Oregon 30-6 at halftime before losing 44-26 — which qualified as improvement, considering the opponent."

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Tellin You Y - James the Mormon

Drew: Inconsistency on offense has plagued Cougars early

"Detmer said he discussed several plays during the timeout with Hill and his offensive staff, but in the end Hill 'wanted the ball in his hands, so I reverted to that one.' Still, the former BYU quarterback in his first year as the school's OC took the blame, and credited Utah for using a different defensive alignment than it had the entire game. 'So that's on me as the play-caller, not having that option available to [beat a full blitz], and obviously we will have that in place going forward.'"

Kinahan: Targeting call on Nacua was bogus

"At some point, common sense has to overrule sensitivity. Because a play may look bad, particularly when the offensive player makes for a small target, it should not lead to such drastic action. At the minimum, unless the penalty is warranted beyond doubt, eliminate extending the ejection into a further suspension the following game."

Butch Pau’u: "Kai got low as he could. He didn’t want to take out the legs, he just tried to get a good, solid hit. But we can’t really do much as a defensive player. I don’t know what the refs want us to do. We are just going to have to respect their calls."

SI Campus Rush: All but inseparable, twins Mitchell, Garrett Juergens find success at BYU only way they know how - together

"The twins are finance majors and have taken every single class together at BYU. Both are married. Garrett first saw his wife, McKenna, at a Halloween party, where she was dressed as a famous Star Wars character. The next day, he saw her sitting a few rows from him and texted his brother, 'Princess Leia is in our class!' Worried that McKenna might fall for his twin, Garrett instructed Mitchell to pretend like he had a girlfriend "so I have a shot." Mitchell played along, often referencing a non-existent significant other to steer McKenna's attention back to Garrett. They got married on Dec. 6, 2014."

Lloyd: Cougar defense still finding balance between aggression and discipline

"During the big fourth-quarter Ute drive that lasted more than 11 minutes, the Cougars had opportunities to make plays but often got caught in the wrong places.

Fred Warner: 'Guys weren't doing their job. People were trying to make plays for other guys, and that puts other people out of position. We're got to make sure we are assignment-sound.'"

Bruin Report Online: Jim Mora on Injured, BYU, Polamalu's Offense

Jim Mora: "I will tell you this. They play a physical style of game. They really do. I don't know if that has to do with the fact that they're older or they recruit a tough player. But they are a physical team and they play square. They play the game I respect. I don't know, I haven't been around them, so I don't know the level of maturity around them but I love the way they play the game."

Judd: NFL locals tracker, Week 1 - Dennis Pitta returns to the field after long absence

"Former BYU tight end Dennis Pitta played in his first NFL game in nearly two years on Sunday, helping the Baltimore Ravens top the Buffalo Bills 13-7. A pair of hip injuries have nearly derailed Pitta's career, but against the Bills, Pitta showed the chemistry he still has with Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco by catching three passes for 39 yards."

Kragthorpe: BYU’s Kalani Sitake benefits from anti-Bronco backlash

"Four years ago, when I criticized BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall's choice of a two-point conversion attempt in a one-point loss at Boise, nobody disagreed.

Last weekend, when I endorsed BYU coach Kalani Sitake's ordering a two-point try in a one-point loss at Utah, everybody agreed.

The evidence is anecdotal, and I may be exaggerating the degree of approval of my arguments. Yet the overall response was unmistakable in each case, and it captures the aura of Sitake's succeeding Mendenhall in Provo as the Cougars prepare for Saturday's home opener vs. UCLA."

Rock: NCAA ruling in Carolina could tie to BYU

Because the NCAA is more concerned about "progressive" politics than the ideals of competition and fair play in sports....

DNews: Elder Oaks urges BYU students to support religious, academic freedom and vote despite 'ugly' election

Elder Oaks: "We should also remember not to be part of the current meanness. Today, I say that if the church or its doctrines are attacked in blogs and other social media, contentious responses are not helpful. They disappoint our friends and provoke our adversaries. When our positions do not prevail, we should accept unfavorable results graciously and practice civility with our adversaries."

Which of the two major party candidates have avoided both meanness and civility? Neither.

Perhaps members of the church can break the false narrative, change the paradigm, and vote for Evan MuMullin (there is a feasible scenario he gets elected, though it is obviously quite unlikely).

Lloyd & Dickson: BYU 1-on-1 - Weighing in on the Cougar two-point conversion attempt at Utah

"If your offense can't figure out a way to gain three yards, then you don't deserve to win the game."

Call: Hard-hitting middle linebacker Pau'u thrives in the teeth of BYU's defense

Fred Warner: "It’s awesome to watch him on film just wrecking guys. He’s been a revelation for us. He’s come in and played as if he were a veteran. He’s been a leader and playmaker."

Gurney: Cougar corners to be tested against UCLA

Tuiaki: "(Josh Rosen's) a really accurate quarterback, he has a strong arm and there's a lot of good playmakers on the outside. They give you different matchup problems with their size and speed."

KSL: After Utah, BYU’s real test begins

Apparently that was an easy game?

DNews: BYU men's basketball adds Princeton to next season's schedule

"Dave Rose announced today that the Cougars will host Princeton on Monday, Nov. 14, in the Marriott Center. The Cougars are 4-0 all-time against Princeton, including 2-0 at home."

Drew: Cougars confident in Kai Nacua’s replacements at safety

"Lamb said senior Eric Takenaka and junior Matt Hadley will rotate in with strong safety Micah Hannemann, but did not say who will start."

Lasike and Van Noy get their first NFL starts. BYU Pro Football Tracker: Week 1

"Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah (DE, 2010-12; Detroit). Detroit beat Indianapolis 39-35 in week one. Ansah started and had one solo tackle for a two yard loss and one assisted tackle. He played 50 snaps on defense (71%) and three snaps on special teams (9%). Season Totals: two tackles (1 solo, 1 assisted), one tackle for loss"

Philadelphia Business Journal: Phila.'s Mormon temple gets 100K visitors before its dedication

"In fact, the church was a bit 'overwhelmed' by the number who attended the prolonged open house. It had expected tens of thousands of visitors but more than 141,000 curiosity seekers took a tour of the building, which is the first Mormon temple to be constructed in Pennsylvania. The church believes that more than half were not members of the Mormon faith."

Monson: Did Ty Detmer make the right choice at quarterback for BYU?

"What if Ty Detmer picked the wrong quarterback to run his offense at BYU? What if the best guy to lead that thing is sitting on the bench, waiting for a turn this season that did not come, has not come, should have come? What if Tanner Mangum is the better option? He is the better passer."

Bruins Nation: Tom Bradley and BYU OC Ty Detmer Have History

"Detmer won the Heisman Trophy in 1990, playing quarterback at BYU under the tutelage of legendary head coach LaVell Edwards. The season before his Heisman campaign, he led the Cougars to a 10-2 regular season and into the Holiday Bowl to play Penn State, where Tom Bradley was coaching linebackers at the time."