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Jay Drew
Jay covers BYU athletics for The Salt Lake Tribune. You can follow him on Twitter @drewjay.
Updated on Jul 24, 2014 08:26AM

The Harvey Langi saga of the summer of 2014 took another strange twist on Wednesday.
Langi is the former 5A football MVP who picked the University of Utah over USC, Stanford and others out ...

Updated on Jul 23, 2014 10:03AM
Four BYU football players are among the 34 players from 20 schools on the inaugural Watch List for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award.
The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame a...

Updated on Jul 21, 2014 09:47AM
Matt Carlino turned down numerous interview requests after he announced on April 1 that he was leaving the BYU basketball program.
It was pretty much known that Carlino was leaving because he was...

Updated on Jul 18, 2014 05:47PM

BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall has dismissed one of his prized recruits from the 2014 signing class before that recruit has played a down of football for the scho...

Updated on Jul 17, 2014 10:02AM
The two players expected to carry the offensive load for BYU this fall — quarterback Taysom Hill and running back Jamaal Williams — have been named to more college football awards watch lists the past...

Updated on Jul 15, 2014 10:31AM
Although they will have difficulty replacing Cody Hoffman, the Cougars should have a deep receiving corps this season with the additions of Devon Blackmon, Jordan Leslie and Nick Kurtz, the move of Mi...

Updated on Jul 14, 2014 04:41PM

Dear readers,

As many of you know, I was fortunate last summer to have accomplished a lifelong goal: I managed to play every golf course in Utah — all 122 of them, public and private —...

Updated on Jul 10, 2014 10:52AM

It’s Watch List Week in College Football, and BYU continues to get plenty of representation.
Thursday, three more Cougars — all seniors — were added to preseason watch lists.
* De...

Updated on Jul 9, 2014 10:21AM

An eighth high school or junior college prospect has committed to join the 2015 signing class and play football for BYU.
Riley Burt, an all-around athlete at Box Elder High in Brigham Ci...

Updated on Jul 8, 2014 10:42AM
Another day, another college football watch list released. Or two. Or three.
Tuesday, BYU tight end Devin Mahina was one of 40 players named to the nominee list for the John Mackey Award, which g...

Updated on Jul 7, 2014 04:28PM

Warning for those of you who can’t stand the hype: An array of those college football awards watch lists will come out this week.
Actually, the deluge has already started as the Maxwell Award...

Updated on Jul 3, 2014 10:45AM

The College Football Performance Awards program has been good to BYU in the past, naming tight end Dennis Pitta as its 2009 Elite Tight End and linebacker Kyle Van Noy as its top linebacker in 2...

Updated on Jun 22, 2014 08:34AM

There has been little in the way of good news for BYU’s football program the last few months, but on Saturday coach Bronco Mendenhall received a nugget.
Kody Wilstead, an all-state quarterb...

Updated on Jun 12, 2014 09:18AM

Defensive lineman JonRyheem Peoples is candid about why he sought and received a release from BYU: head coach Bronco Mendenhall set goals, and he wasn’t able to meet them.


Updated on Jun 11, 2014 02:10PM

A sixth football player has committed to join the BYU football program in 2015.
Khari Vanderbilt, who will be a defensive back at San Jose (Calif.) City College this fall, committed to BY...

Updated on Jun 6, 2014 07:57AM
Well, now we know — without a shadow of a doubt — where BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall stands in relation to the football program’s future.
Mendenhall wants the Cougars to join the Big 12.<...

Updated on Jun 5, 2014 09:59PM

BYU’s 2015 football schedule is now complete. But that doesn’t mean it won’t change.
Thursday’s scheduling news means that it most likely will.
BYU and UCLA agreed to a home-and-hom...

Updated on Jun 4, 2014 04:37PM
Kickoff times and/or television broadcast plans are now known for eight of BYU’s 12 football games in the 2014 season.
Wednesday, BYU announced kickoff times and broadcast plans for the Houston, ...

Updated on Jun 4, 2014 04:37PM

There are only four independents in college football — Notre Dame, BYU, Army and Navy — so making an All-Independent team probably isn’t all that prestigious. That’s especially true of an All...

Updated on Jun 2, 2014 09:07PM

BYU’s basketball team might not be so thin inside next season after all.
Monday, coach Dave Rose announced that forward Dalton Nixon of Orem High School will enroll at BYU this fall and be av...

Updated on May 30, 2014 11:23AM

BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall once compared fullback Iona Pritchard to the great Manase Tonga, a mainstay on those strong Cougar teams in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009.
But a massive knee a...

Updated on May 29, 2014 08:10PM

Did BYU turn down a chance to play mighty Alabama in 2015?
Jeremy Fowler, College Football Insider for, notes in this article published Thursday that the Crimson Tide is so despe...

Updated on May 22, 2014 06:36PM

Ask anybody around the BYU football program which players that Duane Busby was closest to and three names will invariably come up: receiver Cody Hoffman, linebacker Kyle Van Noy and reserve tigh...

Updated on May 19, 2014 11:16PM
The good news for BYU offensive lineman Edward Fusi is that he’s on the 2014 Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List, which was released on Monday. The honor goes to the top offensive center in college foo...

Updated on May 15, 2014 09:58PM

Kyle Davis, a former Utah 5A basketball MVP from Alta High School, is on the move again.
This time he will land at BYU, it appears.
Greg Wrubell of KSL Radio reported via Twitter on...

Updated on May 10, 2014 09:43PM
The 2014 NFL Draft ended Saturday night with just one BYU Cougar — linebacker Kyle Van Noy — getting selected by an NFL team. Van Noy was taken in the second round (40th overall) on Friday by the Detr...

Updated on May 10, 2014 11:57AM

I mentioned in a blog the other day that BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy is living a charmed life, and he’s earned all the good things that have come his way.
The storybook year continued Friday...

Updated on May 9, 2014 04:51PM
Fresh off an appearance in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16, BYU coach Jeff Judkins’ women’s basketball program is already starting to build for the future.
The program has received a commitment fr...

Updated on May 8, 2014 05:12PM
Let’s start with a couple of football-related links to pass along today, the first day of the seven-round NFL Draft:

* Here’s my quick synopsis of the BYU players who might be drafted this ...

Updated on May 7, 2014 12:26PM

The 2014 college football season is more than three months away, but the hype is already building for BYU quarterback Taysom Hill.
The website has put Hill on its 25-playe...

Updated on May 5, 2014 04:42PM

Gonzaga and St. Mary’s have emerged as the BYU basketball program’s top two rivals in the West Coast Conference, both men’s and women’s.
Within the state of Utah, however, the rivals are Utah ...

Updated on May 5, 2014 11:43AM
I spent quite a bit of time last week listening to NFL Draft teleconferences held by the likes of ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay and Mike Mayock of the NFL Network and trying to get in a few que...

Updated on May 1, 2014 12:17PM

At first glance, the announcement earlier this week from the SEC that it would keep its eight-game conference schedule (and not go to nine games like the Pac-12 and Big 12 have done and Big Ten wil...

Updated on Apr 30, 2014 08:40PM
On the eve of their monster NCAA men’s volleyball semifinal match against Stanford, the BYU Cougars received some good news on Wednesday night.
BYU outside hitter Taylor Sander is the 2014 AVCA P...

Updated on Apr 29, 2014 11:48AM
BYU and the American Athletic Conference (AAC) made it official on Tuesday: If they are bowl eligible this coming football season, the Cougars will play in the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl in December a...

Updated on Apr 29, 2014 10:33AM
Zach Nyborg followed coach Gary Andersen from Utah State to Wisconsin a couple of years ago. Now the former Utah State and Wisconsin director of football operations is leaving Andersen and UW to join ...

Updated on Apr 28, 2014 12:19PM
It appears that the BYU football team will be spending a week in December in Miami.
ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported Monday morning via Twitter that BYU will play in the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl ...

Updated on Apr 25, 2014 06:32PM

My colleague Kyle Goon penned this article for today’s Salt Lake Tribune about how the NCAA on Thursday moved closer to granting the five most prominent college athletic conferences in the country...

Updated on Apr 24, 2014 12:39PM

Add another accolade to the resume of BYU’s Taylor Sander, perhaps the best volleyball player in school history.
Thursday, the 6-foot-4 outside hitter was named a First-Team All-American by t...

Updated on Apr 23, 2014 11:20AM
At BYU’s Pro Day in March, All-American linebacker Kyle Van Noy didn’t hesitate when he was asked which of the 32 NFL teams he would like to play for next fall.
“I think every team is showing a ...

Updated on Apr 22, 2014 10:45AM

Last fall, Jason Walker was in his fourth year as a defensive graduate assistant at BYU. This fall, he will be the head football coach at Southern Virginia University, an NCAA Division III schoo...

Updated on Apr 18, 2014 05:37PM
Two weeks to the day after they wrapped up spring camp, the BYU coaches released their 2014 Post-Spring Depth Chart on Friday afternoon.
Seemingly, the biggest battles for starting spots this fall...

Updated on Apr 18, 2014 12:48PM

Another day, another senior from a high-profile college football program transferring to BYU.
OK, that’s an exaggeration, but it sure feels like the Cougars are getting more than their sh...

Updated on Apr 17, 2014 11:20AM
As long as he stays healthy, the recently married Taysom Hill will be BYU’s quarterback for the next two years. Hill might be tempted to leave for the NFL if he has a spectacular junior season in 2014...

Updated on Apr 16, 2014 11:21AM
Where will Matt Carlino go?
That’s the question of the month I’m getting from BYU sports fans, after the rising senior guard announced on April 1 that he will graduate from BYU in June and play o...

Updated on Apr 14, 2014 11:15AM
Jennifer Hamson, the 6-foot-7 multi-sport star who I have declared the best female athlete ever at BYU, will take some late-semester tests this afternoon and then head home to Lindon to watch the WNBA...

Updated on Apr 10, 2014 11:59AM

An elderly gentleman once famously interrupted BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall at a boosters gathering by telling the coach that the Cougars don’t play football games on Saturday afternoons a...

Updated on Apr 9, 2014 10:44PM
Although he is leaving the BYU basketball team for a yet-to-be-determined institution, guard Matt Carlino attended the program’s annual banquet on Wednesday night at the Nu Skin Innovation Center in d...

Updated on Apr 9, 2014 10:00PM
Apparently, NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning and their father, former NFL QB Archie Manning, believe BYU quarterback Taysom Hill has a bright future.
Hill will join the Manning Passing Aca...

Updated on Apr 8, 2014 11:44AM
Count the Jacksonville Jaguars among NFL teams with an interest in BYU’s Kyle Van Noy.
Van Noy is scheduled to visit Jacksonville this week, according to this report.
Last week, the New Engl...

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