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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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 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... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58169456@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:24:03 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 Former BYU QB Max Hall cut by CFL team http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58095752-88/former-hall-bombers-yards.html.csp Former BYU quarterback Max Hall is looking for work. Hall was one of 11 players released by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Friday ahead of the team’s season opener against the Toronto Argonauts on June 26. Hall was listed as the backup quarterback as early as last week when the Blue Bombers lost 23-20 to the Calgary Stampeders. He had 53 yards, one interception and no touchdowns on 6-of-14 passing attempts in two preseason games this year. The former Cougars passer was the team’s starter in 2013, ... Former BYU quarterback Max Hall is looking for work. Hall was one of 11 players released by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Friday ahead of the team’s season opener against the Toronto Argonauts on June 26. Hall was listed as the backup quarterback as early as last week when the Blue Bombers lost 23-20 to the Calgary Stampeders. He had 53 yards, one interception and no touchdowns on 6-of-14 passing attempts in two preseason games this year. The former Cougars passer was the team’s starter in 2013, ... 58095752@www.sltrib.com Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:26:15 MDT Once a Utah Man, Judkins is flourishing at BYU http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58073662-88/judkins-coach-utah-byu.html.csp Provo • More than 15 years after it happened, the zinger delivered by a University of Utah basketball fan to Jeff Judkins — a Utah Man if there ever was one until he left Rick Majerus’ staff in 1999 for BYU, of all schools — still hurts deeply. You can see it in Judkins’ eyes, and sense it in his voice as he toys with his breakfast at the down-to-earth Amber Restaurant, the same South Salt Lake diner where he has met his brothers and father (until Bary Judkins’ death in 2005) for comfort food an... Provo • More than 15 years after it happened, the zinger delivered by a University of Utah basketball fan to Jeff Judkins — a Utah Man if there ever was one until he left Rick Majerus’ staff in 1999 for BYU, of all schools — still hurts deeply. You can see it in Judkins’ eyes, and sense it in his voice as he toys with his breakfast at the down-to-earth Amber Restaurant, the same South Salt Lake diner where he has met his brothers and father (until Bary Judkins’ death in 2005) for comfort food an... 58073662@www.sltrib.com Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:37:04 MDT Monson: BYU has lots to sell to Big 12 — and an image to overcome http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58050583-88/byu-football-wants-cougars.html.csp In one setting or another, whether we were shopping for the latest in front-loading washer-and-dryer combos or a new four-pack of all-weather Michelins, we’ve all been on the business end of an aggressive salesman desperate to get product off the floor. Bronco Mendenhall was that sales guy, selling hard last week. Selling BYU football. He latched onto the leg of a writer at the Austin American-Statesman on Thursday like a schnauzer loose at the company picnic, making plain and public what BYU f... In one setting or another, whether we were shopping for the latest in front-loading washer-and-dryer combos or a new four-pack of all-weather Michelins, we’ve all been on the business end of an aggressive salesman desperate to get product off the floor. Bronco Mendenhall was that sales guy, selling hard last week. Selling BYU football. He latched onto the leg of a writer at the Austin American-Statesman on Thursday like a schnauzer loose at the company picnic, making plain and public what BYU f... 58050583@www.sltrib.com Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:29:06 MDT BYU basketball: Cougars release 2014-15 nonconference schedule http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58052463-88/dec-nov-state-byu.html.csp A trip to the prestigious Maui Invitational in November and home games against the Pac-12’s Utah and Stanford in December highlight BYU’s 2014-15 men’s basketball nonconference schedule, which was released Tuesday. The Cougars will also travel to Weber State and Utah State for instate battles, and play host to Hawaii on Dec. 6 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. West Coast Conference play begins on Dec. 27, but the league schedule likely won’t be released until August. All told, BYU’s no... A trip to the prestigious Maui Invitational in November and home games against the Pac-12’s Utah and Stanford in December highlight BYU’s 2014-15 men’s basketball nonconference schedule, which was released Tuesday. The Cougars will also travel to Weber State and Utah State for instate battles, and play host to Hawaii on Dec. 6 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. West Coast Conference play begins on Dec. 27, but the league schedule likely won’t be released until August. All told, BYU’s no... 58052463@www.sltrib.com Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:57:01 MDT BYU track: Freshman Martinez leads Cougars into NCAA meet http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58052223-88/martinez-byu-track-800.html.csp Provo • Last year at this time, Shea Martinez had just finished up her prep career as one of the most decorated female distance runners in Utah history. The former Davis High star will show this week that she is well on her way to repeating that success on the college level. Martinez, a freshman at BYU, is part of the six-member Cougar contingent who will compete in this week’s NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Martinez will compete in the 800-meter run, af... Provo • Last year at this time, Shea Martinez had just finished up her prep career as one of the most decorated female distance runners in Utah history. The former Davis High star will show this week that she is well on her way to repeating that success on the college level. Martinez, a freshman at BYU, is part of the six-member Cougar contingent who will compete in this week’s NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Martinez will compete in the 800-meter run, af... 58052223@www.sltrib.com Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:30:01 MDT