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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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) 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... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58344463@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:14:02 MDT Changing CFB landscape hasn't been good to BYU, UConn http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsbyusports/58341505-65/byu-uconn-football-athletic.html.csp With some appreciated assistance from the sports information department, I was able to get a 10-minute interview this morning with UConn athletic director Warde Manuel and produced this article on how UConn and BYU are sort of kindred spirits in the college football landscape right now. Both schools have tasted success at the highest level, but are currently on the outside looking in with the onset of the College Football Playoff in 2014. “I would agree in the sense that we have both prov... With some appreciated assistance from the sports information department, I was able to get a 10-minute interview this morning with UConn athletic director Warde Manuel and produced this article on how UConn and BYU are sort of kindred spirits in the college football landscape right now. Both schools have tasted success at the highest level, but are currently on the outside looking in with the onset of the College Football Playoff in 2014. “I would agree in the sense that we have both prov... 58341505@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:57:04 MDT BYU traveling to UConn two days before kickoff http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsbyusports/58339691-65/byu-coach-game-ready.html.csp Wednesday, the BYU Cougars will pack their bags and head to the airport for the 2,000-mile flight to Hartford, Conn. Wait a minute. Don’t the Cougars meet the UConn Huskies on Friday night at 5 p.m. MDT on ESPN? Yes, but in a change from what BYU did last year when it traveled cross-country to take on the Virginia Cavaliers the day before the 19-16 loss in Charlottesville, coach Bronco Mendenhall is taking the team a day early. Yes, the coach learned a thing or two from that unsuccessful trip. “... Wednesday, the BYU Cougars will pack their bags and head to the airport for the 2,000-mile flight to Hartford, Conn. Wait a minute. Don’t the Cougars meet the UConn Huskies on Friday night at 5 p.m. MDT on ESPN? Yes, but in a change from what BYU did last year when it traveled cross-country to take on the Virginia Cavaliers the day before the 19-16 loss in Charlottesville, coach Bronco Mendenhall is taking the team a day early. Yes, the coach learned a thing or two from that unsuccessful trip. “... 58339691@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:54:02 MDT UConn works, but BYU coach really wanted to open against another East Coast-ish team http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsbyusports/58335738-65/really-think-opener-coach.html.csp Their attention fully on UConn and the 2014 season opener on Friday at Rentschler Field in East Harfford (5 p.m. MDT, ESPN), the Cougars practiced early Monday morning and then met with reporters around 10 a.m. at the football offices lobby in the Student Athlete Building. BYU released its two-deep chart at about the same time, and you can read more about that at sltrib.com when my report is posted later today. Along with depth chart questions, coach Bronco Mendenhall fielded questions about the... Their attention fully on UConn and the 2014 season opener on Friday at Rentschler Field in East Harfford (5 p.m. MDT, ESPN), the Cougars practiced early Monday morning and then met with reporters around 10 a.m. at the football offices lobby in the Student Athlete Building. BYU released its two-deep chart at about the same time, and you can read more about that at sltrib.com when my report is posted later today. Along with depth chart questions, coach Bronco Mendenhall fielded questions about the... 58335738@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:38:51 MDT BYU football: Mendenhall announces 2014 captains at Big Blue Bash http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsbyusports/58329931-65/captains-bills-byu-hill.html.csp BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall used the annual Big Blue Bash on Saturday in downtown Salt Lake City to announce the Cougars’ football captains for the 2014 season. The captains will be quarterback Taysom Hill and running back Paul Lasike for the offense and safety Craig Bills and Remington Peck for the defense. Hill and Peck are juniors and Bills and Lasike are seniors. Hill, Peck and Bills are scholarship players, while Lasike is a former walk-on who started his BYU athletic career playing rugby. ... BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall used the annual Big Blue Bash on Saturday in downtown Salt Lake City to announce the Cougars’ football captains for the 2014 season. The captains will be quarterback Taysom Hill and running back Paul Lasike for the offense and safety Craig Bills and Remington Peck for the defense. Hill and Peck are juniors and Bills and Lasike are seniors. Hill, Peck and Bills are scholarship players, while Lasike is a former walk-on who started his BYU athletic career playing rugby. ... 58329931@www.sltrib.com Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:18:08 MDT BYU RB Jamaal Williams suffers "mild, not serious" knee sprain http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsbyusports/58322809-65/byu-holmoe-williams-announce.html.csp A BYU football spokesperson confirmed today that junior running back Jamaal Williams suffered a mild knee sprain during Wednesday’s scrimmage at LaVell Edwards Stadium, but described the injury as “not serious.” Media members were not allowed to watch the scrimmage, which coach Bronco Mendenhall said on Tuesday was mostly held to give coaches a good look at younger players. There is no timetable for Williams’ return to practice, and he will be evaluated on a daily basis. The Cougars begin prepar... A BYU football spokesperson confirmed today that junior running back Jamaal Williams suffered a mild knee sprain during Wednesday’s scrimmage at LaVell Edwards Stadium, but described the injury as “not serious.” Media members were not allowed to watch the scrimmage, which coach Bronco Mendenhall said on Tuesday was mostly held to give coaches a good look at younger players. There is no timetable for Williams’ return to practice, and he will be evaluated on a daily basis. The Cougars begin prepar... 58322809@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:51:17 MDT BYU's Holmoe hopes instate football rivalries continue well into next decade http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsbyusports/58320196-65/utah-byu-conference-mountain.html.csp For locals, the upcoming college football season just won’t be the same because BYU and Utah won’t play each other. Same deal next year. They will renew the rivalry on Sept. 10, 2016 at Utah. Last September, the rivals announced that they will also play in 2017 (Sept. 9) in Provo and in 2018 (Nov. 24) in Salt Lake City. What then? BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said Wednesday that he expects the rivalry to continue uninterrupted after that. “We are looking at it. Chris [Hill] and I,” Holmoe sa... For locals, the upcoming college football season just won’t be the same because BYU and Utah won’t play each other. Same deal next year. They will renew the rivalry on Sept. 10, 2016 at Utah. Last September, the rivals announced that they will also play in 2017 (Sept. 9) in Provo and in 2018 (Nov. 24) in Salt Lake City. What then? BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said Wednesday that he expects the rivalry to continue uninterrupted after that. “We are looking at it. Chris [Hill] and I,” Holmoe sa... 58320196@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:51:56 MDT