BYU Sports Blog - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/Blogs/byusports Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Langi says he transferred to BYU for spiritual and personal reasons http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsbyusports/58367056-65/love-langi-defense-program.html.csp For the first time since camp started back in early August, newcomers to the BYU football program were made available to the media on Tuesday, now that the Cougars have a game under their belts. Naturally, everybody wanted to talk to Harvey Langi, the former 5A state MVP from Bingham High who began his college football career at Utah. Langi left the Utes for BYU shortly after returning from an LDS Church mission to Tampa, Fla. So, why did he do it? “A lot of spiritual things and personal things.... For the first time since camp started back in early August, newcomers to the BYU football program were made available to the media on Tuesday, now that the Cougars have a game under their belts. Naturally, everybody wanted to talk to Harvey Langi, the former 5A state MVP from Bingham High who began his college football career at Utah. Langi left the Utes for BYU shortly after returning from an LDS Church mission to Tampa, Fla. So, why did he do it? “A lot of spiritual things and personal things.... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58367056@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 23:12:03 MDT BYU should be close to full strength against Texas http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsbyusports/58366201-65/mendenhall-howell-game-really.html.csp Ok, time to wrap up BYU’s last two media availability sessions, which probably set a record for least time between interview opportunities in school history. I should have taken a sleeping bag and spent the night at the football offices lobby. Monday, coach Bronco Mendenhall spoke to reporters for about nine minutes — the only time Mendenhall will talk to the local media at large all week — and most of the discussion was on news earlier Monday that Texas would be without starting quarterback Dav... Ok, time to wrap up BYU’s last two media availability sessions, which probably set a record for least time between interview opportunities in school history. I should have taken a sleeping bag and spent the night at the football offices lobby. Monday, coach Bronco Mendenhall spoke to reporters for about nine minutes — the only time Mendenhall will talk to the local media at large all week — and most of the discussion was on news earlier Monday that Texas would be without starting quarterback Dav... 58366201@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:29:02 MDT BYU will face a backup QB Saturday vs. Texas http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsbyusports/58361154-65/byu-strong-texas-saturday.html.csp Texas coach Charlie Strong delivered some stunning news out of Austin this Labor Day morning. The Longhorns’ starting quarterback, David Ash, began suffering concussion-like symptoms late Saturday night after Texas’ 38-7 win over North Texas and will definitely not play on Saturday when Texas plays host to BYU. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. MDT and the game will be televised nationally by Fox Sports 1. Obviously, it is horrible news for Ash, who suffered a concussion against BYU in last year’s 40-21 l... Texas coach Charlie Strong delivered some stunning news out of Austin this Labor Day morning. The Longhorns’ starting quarterback, David Ash, began suffering concussion-like symptoms late Saturday night after Texas’ 38-7 win over North Texas and will definitely not play on Saturday when Texas plays host to BYU. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. MDT and the game will be televised nationally by Fox Sports 1. Obviously, it is horrible news for Ash, who suffered a concussion against BYU in last year’s 40-21 l... 58361154@www.sltrib.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:53:45 MDT BYU QB Taysom Hill talks about win over UConn (watch video) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsbyusports/58356582-65/hill-win-byu-http.html.csp Here's BYU quarterback Taysom Hill's take on Friday night's 35-10 win over UConn. Hill threw for 308 yards and three TDs and rushed for 97 yards and two TDs in the season-opening win. Here's BYU quarterback Taysom Hill's take on Friday night's 35-10 win over UConn. Hill threw for 308 yards and three TDs and rushed for 97 yards and two TDs in the season-opening win. 58356582@www.sltrib.com Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:16:18 MDT BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall talks about 35-10 win over UConn (watch video) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsbyusports/58354787-65/mendenhall-35-10-bronco-byu.html.csp BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall talks to reporters after Friday's 35-10 win over UConn. Here is Mendenhall's opening statement and the first five minutes or so of his eight-minute interview session. BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall talks to reporters after Friday's 35-10 win over UConn. Here is Mendenhall's opening statement and the first five minutes or so of his eight-minute interview session. 58354787@www.sltrib.com Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:15:35 MDT Notes and quotes from BYU's 35-10 win over UConn http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsbyusports/58354466-65/uconn-byu-pass-hill.html.csp Couple of quick thoughts, notes and quotes from BYU’s 35-10 win tonight over UConn in front of 35,510 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford: * Taysom Hill was simply spectacular for the Cougars, and his pass-efficiency rating of 177.1 showed it. That’s a career high for the junior from Pocatello. Hill misfired on just eight passes, and three of those were throwaways as he was running out of bounds. Algernon Brown dropped a pass. I can only think of one pass that was truly awful, a one-hopper to t... Couple of quick thoughts, notes and quotes from BYU’s 35-10 win tonight over UConn in front of 35,510 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford: * Taysom Hill was simply spectacular for the Cougars, and his pass-efficiency rating of 177.1 showed it. That’s a career high for the junior from Pocatello. Hill misfired on just eight passes, and three of those were throwaways as he was running out of bounds. Algernon Brown dropped a pass. I can only think of one pass that was truly awful, a one-hopper to t... 58354466@www.sltrib.com Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:53:05 MDT Live Blog: BYU downs UConn, wins its season-opener http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsbyusports/58352622-65/byu-uconn-cougars-hill.html.csp It wasn't pretty -- especially in the second half -- but it was effective. The Cougars built up a big lead and held off the UConn Huskies on Friday night at Rentschler Field. Taysom Hill's 26-yard TD run with 4:06 remaining gave BYU a 35-10 lead and fans scurried to the exits -- those that were left. No scoring in third Both teams blew scoring opportunities to start the third quarter. UConn drove into BYU territory, but a fake field goal try on 4th-and-16 was snuffed out by BYU. The Cougars th... It wasn't pretty -- especially in the second half -- but it was effective. The Cougars built up a big lead and held off the UConn Huskies on Friday night at Rentschler Field. Taysom Hill's 26-yard TD run with 4:06 remaining gave BYU a 35-10 lead and fans scurried to the exits -- those that were left. No scoring in third Both teams blew scoring opportunities to start the third quarter. UConn drove into BYU territory, but a fake field goal try on 4th-and-16 was snuffed out by BYU. The Cougars th... 58352622@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:03:57 MDT Weather perfect in Connecticut for BYU opener http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsbyusports/58351447-65/game-opener-season-offense.html.csp Good morning from Hartford, Conn., everyone. For BYU, the college football season is finally here, as the Cougars take on UConn at 5 p.m. MDT tonight at Rentschler Field, which is actually in East Hartford, Conn. The University of Connecticut’s main campus is in Storrs, about 24 miles away. It’s about a 30-minute drive, I’ve been told. I was also told that the area is enjoying some perfect weather for late August the past few days — cooler and less humid than average. Skies are sunny this mornin... Good morning from Hartford, Conn., everyone. For BYU, the college football season is finally here, as the Cougars take on UConn at 5 p.m. MDT tonight at Rentschler Field, which is actually in East Hartford, Conn. The University of Connecticut’s main campus is in Storrs, about 24 miles away. It’s about a 30-minute drive, I’ve been told. I was also told that the area is enjoying some perfect weather for late August the past few days — cooler and less humid than average. Skies are sunny this mornin... 58351447@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:03:27 MDT UConn coach slowed BYU offense twice as ND's def. coordinator http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsbyusports/58344463-65/byu-diaco-football-games.html.csp In a 23-13 loss to Notre Dame last season, BYU managed just 168 passing yards as Taysom Hill went 21 of 36 with one interception. The Cougars put up 415 total yards — to ND’s 470 — in a brutal, windy, frigid game in South Bend. The year prior, the Cougars passed for just 177 yards and gained just 243 in a 17-14 loss to the Irish. Why are those games important to remember right now, as BYU heads East to face UConn on Friday (5 p.m. MDT, ESPN) at Rentschler Field? Because new UConn coach Bob Diaco... In a 23-13 loss to Notre Dame last season, BYU managed just 168 passing yards as Taysom Hill went 21 of 36 with one interception. The Cougars put up 415 total yards — to ND’s 470 — in a brutal, windy, frigid game in South Bend. The year prior, the Cougars passed for just 177 yards and gained just 243 in a 17-14 loss to the Irish. Why are those games important to remember right now, as BYU heads East to face UConn on Friday (5 p.m. MDT, ESPN) at Rentschler Field? Because new UConn coach Bob Diaco... 58344463@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:14:02 MDT