BYU football notes: Hall brushes off Heisman talk

Published September 17, 2009 7:32 pm
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A huge game at home against a nationally recognized program such as Florida State would seemingly launch BYU quarterback Max Hall 's Heisman Trophy campaign, but the senior says that is the farthest thing from his mind as the No. 7-ranked Cougars prepare to take on the Seminoles.

"Doesn't matter. Doesn't matter," Hall said after Wednesday's practice. "We still have to win the game to fulfill all the team goals. That is the only thing I am thinking about. Nothing else matters."

With Florida's Tim Tebow and Texas' Colt McCoy the front-runners, Hall is always going to be a Heisman long-shot this season, but he is starting to get some national attention for the honor. The latest Heismanpundit.com poll has Hall fourth, behind the aforementioned and Cal running back Jahvid Best .

"I think personal awards and accolades will come at the end of the season, if we do what we are supposed to do and win," he said. "It's all about being part of a winning team, so that is all I am focused on -- helping my team win."

This week, Hall has put in extra time watching film on FSU's man-to-man coverage defense. Hall has had mixed results against man coverage teams in his career, slicing up UCLA but struggling against Utah. But he said FSU plays man even more than Utah does.

Working on 2011 recruiting class

With recruiting for the class of 2010 mostly completed, Cougar coaches have turned some of their attention to the 2011 class -- this year's high school juniors. Wednesday, BYU got a commitment from Manoa Pikula , a junior linebacker from Bingham High.

"He's a good one," said Bingham coach Dave Peck . "He can run and he's strong and he's just a good all-around kid. BYU got another good one."

Pikula becomes BYU's third commit from the class of 2011, joining Bingham teammate Baker Pritchard , a linebacker, and Pleasant Grove's Austin Heder , also a linebacker. Peck said Pikula is a 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds.

Speaking of 2010 recruits, BYU has 25 commitments to date, but coach Bronco Mendenhall said he will probably over-sign by two or three players. One of those prospects will be on campus this weekend. Joshua Quezada , a 5-11, 210-pound running back from La Habra, Calif. will take in the Florida State game and tour the campus for the second time, this time at BYU's expense.

Put the game on

Darris Gringeri, DirecTV vice president of public relations, commented on a Tribune article outlining the dispute between DirecTV and Versus that will mean millions of college football fans/DirecTV subscribers will not be able to watch Saturday's game: "If Versus really cares about the fans, maybe they should open this weekend's game to DirecTV subscribers. If we don't have a deal by then, we'd certainly be open to putting the game on DirecTV while we continue to negotiate."

How about it, Versus?

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