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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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 basketball: Collinsworth ‘ahead of schedule’ with ACL recovery http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58237476-88/collinsworth-byu-tournament-cougars.html.csp Provo • The devastating knee injury that Kyle Collinsworth suffered in the West Coast Conference basketball championship game last March robbed him of the opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament, ruined many of his summer plans and has meant countless hours of rehabilitation for BYU’s best playmaker in 2013-14. Yet the rising junior has a surprising description of the ordeal four and a half months into what he hopes is a six-month recovery process. “It has been a blessing in disguise,” Collin... Provo • The devastating knee injury that Kyle Collinsworth suffered in the West Coast Conference basketball championship game last March robbed him of the opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament, ruined many of his summer plans and has meant countless hours of rehabilitation for BYU’s best playmaker in 2013-14. Yet the rising junior has a surprising description of the ordeal four and a half months into what he hopes is a six-month recovery process. “It has been a blessing in disguise,” Collin... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58237476@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:51:09 MDT BYU football: Cougars to play No. Illinois in 2018, 2020 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58241697-88/byu-football-illinois-state.html.csp Provo • BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe made a football scheduling announcement on Wednesday, but it was not the one many Cougar fans were hoping for. Holmoe said BYU has agreed to a future football series with Northern Illinois of the Mid-American Conference. The Huskies will travel to Provo on Oct. 27, 2018 and BYU will travel o DeKalb Ill., on Oct. 24, 2020. The 2018 matchup will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Northern Illinois played Utah State in the Poinsettia Bowl las... Provo • BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe made a football scheduling announcement on Wednesday, but it was not the one many Cougar fans were hoping for. Holmoe said BYU has agreed to a future football series with Northern Illinois of the Mid-American Conference. The Huskies will travel to Provo on Oct. 27, 2018 and BYU will travel o DeKalb Ill., on Oct. 24, 2020. The 2018 matchup will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Northern Illinois played Utah State in the Poinsettia Bowl las... 58241697@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:55:02 MDT BYU Football: Ranking the top-10 players of all-time http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58225009-88/yards-byu-touchdowns-iframe.html.csp “Quarterback U” is the most common nickname for BYU, a factory that seems to perenially churn out guys like Ty Detmer, Jim McMahon, Robbie Boscoe, John Beck and Steve Young. However, BYU has also produced its share of great defensive players, skill position players and more, standing as an underrated school in terms of producing college and NFL talent. With that in mind, here’s our ranking of the 10 best BYU players of all-time, based on longevity and impact at the collegiate level, not necessar... “Quarterback U” is the most common nickname for BYU, a factory that seems to perenially churn out guys like Ty Detmer, Jim McMahon, Robbie Boscoe, John Beck and Steve Young. However, BYU has also produced its share of great defensive players, skill position players and more, standing as an underrated school in terms of producing college and NFL talent. With that in mind, here’s our ranking of the 10 best BYU players of all-time, based on longevity and impact at the collegiate level, not necessar... 58225009@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:57:25 MDT 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... 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