BYU Cougars - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/Cougars 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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) BYU’s Sander leads Team USA to World League volleyball title http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58207931-88/sander-team-volleyball-league.html.csp Not quite three months after leading BYU to league and conference tournament titles, Taylor Sander helped the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team win a World League title on Sunday in Florence, Italy. Sander was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and Best Outside Spiker, for which he received a $40,000 bonus. The U.S. Team defeated top-ranked Brazil 3-1 in the championship match. Another former BYU player — Russell Holmes — was also a member of the team and ex-Cougar Mike Wall was was a... Not quite three months after leading BYU to league and conference tournament titles, Taylor Sander helped the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team win a World League title on Sunday in Florence, Italy. Sander was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and Best Outside Spiker, for which he received a $40,000 bonus. The U.S. Team defeated top-ranked Brazil 3-1 in the championship match. Another former BYU player — Russell Holmes — was also a member of the team and ex-Cougar Mike Wall was was a... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58207931@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:42:32 MDT The top 5 BYU football seasons of all-time: No. 1 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58154526-88/byu-football-com-cougars.html.csp &lt;freeform&gt; There is no debate for BYU’s best season, 1984 reigns supreme. A 13-0 record, a WAC Championship, a Holiday Bowl Championship and most importantly, a National Championship were won by a dominant Cougars team led by LaVell Edwards and Robbie Boscoe. The Cougars finished the season with the college football’s second best scoring offense and 11th best score limiting defense, earning the crown and topping the rest. Here’s a look at the top BYU football season of all-time: Biggest ... &lt;freeform&gt; There is no debate for BYU’s best season, 1984 reigns supreme. A 13-0 record, a WAC Championship, a Holiday Bowl Championship and most importantly, a National Championship were won by a dominant Cougars team led by LaVell Edwards and Robbie Boscoe. The Cougars finished the season with the college football’s second best scoring offense and 11th best score limiting defense, earning the crown and topping the rest. Here’s a look at the top BYU football season of all-time: Biggest ... 58154526@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:29:35 MDT The top 5 BYU football seasons of all-time: No. 2 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58154698-88/byu-season-team-win.html.csp &lt;freeform&gt; BYU was dominant once again in 1996 under LaVell Edwards, finishing with its second highest AP ranking ever and a 13-1 regular season record over a tough schedule. The Cougars started the season with a hard fought win over 13th ranked Texas A&M and finished it with a win over 14th ranked Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl, again riding an explosive offense and reliable defense to success. The 1996 team saw the end of an era as Edwards would never reach double digit wins in Provo ag... &lt;freeform&gt; BYU was dominant once again in 1996 under LaVell Edwards, finishing with its second highest AP ranking ever and a 13-1 regular season record over a tough schedule. The Cougars started the season with a hard fought win over 13th ranked Texas A&M and finished it with a win over 14th ranked Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl, again riding an explosive offense and reliable defense to success. The 1996 team saw the end of an era as Edwards would never reach double digit wins in Provo ag... 58154698@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:16:28 MDT For Brandon Davies, the dirty work is just fine http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58192703-88/davies-brandon-byu-league.html.csp Las Vegas • Brandon Davies has been aggressive this week. And that might be putting it mildly. The former BYU big man has been shooting the ball or making a move in the post practically every time he’s gotten a touch. He’s been taking mid-range jumpers. He’s launched from the perimeter, anything to show the Philadelphia 76ers that he’s added to his game over the offseason. There’s been one glaring problem with this approach. Davies didn’t make the NBA by being a scorer. He got into the league by... Las Vegas • Brandon Davies has been aggressive this week. And that might be putting it mildly. The former BYU big man has been shooting the ball or making a move in the post practically every time he’s gotten a touch. He’s been taking mid-range jumpers. He’s launched from the perimeter, anything to show the Philadelphia 76ers that he’s added to his game over the offseason. There’s been one glaring problem with this approach. Davies didn’t make the NBA by being a scorer. He got into the league by... 58192703@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:16:21 MDT The top 5 BYU football seasons of all-time: No. 3 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58158274-88/season-byu-win-1983.html.csp &lt;freeform&gt; The 1983 Cougars are in the shadow of the National Championship team, but the team deserves praise of its own. BYU rolled to an 11-1 season and seventh overall in the AP poll by the year’s end. In Steve Young’s last season, the Cougars racked up the second-highest scoring total per game in the nation and capped the season off with a win over a middling Missouri team in the Holiday Bowl. Here’s a look at the third-best BYU football season of all-time: Biggest moment: UCLA didn... &lt;freeform&gt; The 1983 Cougars are in the shadow of the National Championship team, but the team deserves praise of its own. BYU rolled to an 11-1 season and seventh overall in the AP poll by the year’s end. In Steve Young’s last season, the Cougars racked up the second-highest scoring total per game in the nation and capped the season off with a win over a middling Missouri team in the Holiday Bowl. Here’s a look at the third-best BYU football season of all-time: Biggest moment: UCLA didn... 58158274@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:03:32 MDT The top 5 BYU football seasons of all-time: No. 4 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58171215-88/season-byu-cougars-bowl.html.csp &lt;freeform&gt; The 1980 Cougars were in the middle of one of the best three year stretches in BYU history, finishing 11-1 amidst three seasons in 1979, 1980 and 1981 when the team went 34-4. The team lost its opener against New Mexico, but never looked back afterward, scoring at least 28 points in the next 11 games and at least 40 points per game in the last six games of the season. The Cougars finished with the best points, best offensive yardage and bess passing yardage per game average in c... &lt;freeform&gt; The 1980 Cougars were in the middle of one of the best three year stretches in BYU history, finishing 11-1 amidst three seasons in 1979, 1980 and 1981 when the team went 34-4. The team lost its opener against New Mexico, but never looked back afterward, scoring at least 28 points in the next 11 games and at least 40 points per game in the last six games of the season. The Cougars finished with the best points, best offensive yardage and bess passing yardage per game average in c... 58171215@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:51:48 MDT The top 5 BYU football seasons of all-time: No. 5 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58171623-88/byu-season-game-beat.html.csp The 2006 Cougars are the best of the modern era under Bronco Mendenhall, a season in which BYU cruised to an 11-2 record, beat an ascending Oregon team in the Las Vegas Bowl and beat Utah at Rice-Eccles with a last-second pass. The Cougars scored at least 30 points in all but three games on the way to the fifth best points scored differential in college football, while holding opponents to under 20 points in 10 games, good for the 10th best points against average. Here’s a look at the fifth-bes... The 2006 Cougars are the best of the modern era under Bronco Mendenhall, a season in which BYU cruised to an 11-2 record, beat an ascending Oregon team in the Las Vegas Bowl and beat Utah at Rice-Eccles with a last-second pass. The Cougars scored at least 30 points in all but three games on the way to the fifth best points scored differential in college football, while holding opponents to under 20 points in 10 games, good for the 10th best points against average. Here’s a look at the fifth-bes... 58171623@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:21:27 MDT BYU’s Fui Vakapuna: From ‘Hard Knocks’ to helping athletes succeed http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58169456-88/vakapuna-nfl-byu-fui.html.csp Provo • The HBO cameras followed Fui Vakapuna to the parking lot and he drove home, wondering about his NFL future. And then the call came from the Arizona Cardinals, inviting him to join their practice squad. That’s how Vakapuna learned the Cincinnati Bengals were releasing him. The “Hard Knocks” documentary chronicled Vakapuna’s effort to make the Bengals’ roster as a seventh-round draft choice from BYU in 2009. It had all the makings of a good story, how the oldest of eight children in a fami... Provo • The HBO cameras followed Fui Vakapuna to the parking lot and he drove home, wondering about his NFL future. And then the call came from the Arizona Cardinals, inviting him to join their practice squad. That’s how Vakapuna learned the Cincinnati Bengals were releasing him. The “Hard Knocks” documentary chronicled Vakapuna’s effort to make the Bengals’ roster as a seventh-round draft choice from BYU in 2009. It had all the makings of a good story, how the oldest of eight children in a fami... 58169456@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:30:46 MDT BYU football: Taysom Hill ready for challenge of another season http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58103459-88/byu-hill-season-cougars.html.csp Provo • As another college football season approaches, all eyes at BYU are focused on junior quarterback Taysom Hill. Why not? Hill was outstanding last season, when he rushed and passed for nearly 3,000 yards and led the Cougars to an 8-5 record, despite the transition to offensive coordinator Robert Anae’s high-speed system. With another year of experience, greater things are expected from Hill and — by extension — the BYU offense. Hill sounds ready for the challenge of the new season, which ... Provo • As another college football season approaches, all eyes at BYU are focused on junior quarterback Taysom Hill. Why not? Hill was outstanding last season, when he rushed and passed for nearly 3,000 yards and led the Cougars to an 8-5 record, despite the transition to offensive coordinator Robert Anae’s high-speed system. With another year of experience, greater things are expected from Hill and — by extension — the BYU offense. Hill sounds ready for the challenge of the new season, which ... 58103459@www.sltrib.com Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:02:37 MDT Kragthorpe: BYU needs to make statement vs. Texas http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58104398-88/byu-texas-football-mendenhall.html.csp Provo Coach Bronco Mendenhall already succeeded in creating one headline about BYU football that resonated beyond Austin, Texas. Here’s another newsmaking suggestion: The Cougars really should consider beating Texas in September. If anything crystallized Monday during BYU’s annual Football Media Day, it is how much that Sept. 6 game in Austin means to the Cougars. It’s not as if Texas and other Big 12 schools would be so impressed that they immediately would vote to expand the conference, but... Provo Coach Bronco Mendenhall already succeeded in creating one headline about BYU football that resonated beyond Austin, Texas. Here’s another newsmaking suggestion: The Cougars really should consider beating Texas in September. If anything crystallized Monday during BYU’s annual Football Media Day, it is how much that Sept. 6 game in Austin means to the Cougars. It’s not as if Texas and other Big 12 schools would be so impressed that they immediately would vote to expand the conference, but... 58104398@www.sltrib.com Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:02:37 MDT BYU football: Jamaal Williams targeting 1,500-yard season http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58103705-88/williams-byu-season-1500.html.csp Provo • BYU running back Jamaal Williams says his mother won’t allow him to think about leaving BYU for the NFL until after his senior season in 2015. Just the same, offensive coordinator Robert Anae is pushing Williams to become the Cougars’ all-time leading rusher as a junior. Williams, who gained 1,233 yards in 12 games while missing one contest due to injury, needs 1,448 yards to break Harvey Unga’s career record. “I’ve already apologized to Harvey, because that record’s going down,” Anae sa... Provo • BYU running back Jamaal Williams says his mother won’t allow him to think about leaving BYU for the NFL until after his senior season in 2015. Just the same, offensive coordinator Robert Anae is pushing Williams to become the Cougars’ all-time leading rusher as a junior. Williams, who gained 1,233 yards in 12 games while missing one contest due to injury, needs 1,448 yards to break Harvey Unga’s career record. “I’ve already apologized to Harvey, because that record’s going down,” Anae sa... 58103705@www.sltrib.com Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:03:22 MDT BYU football: Bronco handing defensive play-calling to Howell http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58103985-88/howell-mendenhall-byu-defensive.html.csp Provo • BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall is reserving the right to change his mind, but he’s intending to have defensive coordinator Nick Howell call the game-day schemes in 2014. Mendenhall took back his control of the defense after firing his coordinator in the middle of the 2010 season. Howell was promoted to the coordinator position last year, but Mendenhall continued to call the schemes during games. Since the end of the season, Mendenhall has devoted considerable time to working with his offens... Provo • BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall is reserving the right to change his mind, but he’s intending to have defensive coordinator Nick Howell call the game-day schemes in 2014. Mendenhall took back his control of the defense after firing his coordinator in the middle of the 2010 season. Howell was promoted to the coordinator position last year, but Mendenhall continued to call the schemes during games. Since the end of the season, Mendenhall has devoted considerable time to working with his offens... 58103985@www.sltrib.com Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:48:24 MDT BYU football: Howell to call game-day defensive schemes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58104230-88/mendenhall-byu-game-defensive.html.csp Provo • BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall is reserving the right to change his mind, but he’s intending to have defensive coordinator Nick Howell call the game-day schemes in 2014. Mendenhall took back control of the defense after firing his coordinator in the middle of the 2010 season. Howell was promoted to the coordinator position last year, but Mendenhall continued to call the schemes during games. Since the end of the season, Mendenhall has devoted considerable time to advising his offensive staf... Provo • BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall is reserving the right to change his mind, but he’s intending to have defensive coordinator Nick Howell call the game-day schemes in 2014. Mendenhall took back control of the defense after firing his coordinator in the middle of the 2010 season. Howell was promoted to the coordinator position last year, but Mendenhall continued to call the schemes during games. Since the end of the season, Mendenhall has devoted considerable time to advising his offensive staf... 58104230@www.sltrib.com Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:03:26 MDT