FOOTBALL - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/FOOTBALL News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) BYU football: No. 21 Cougars basking in national attention http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58421360-88/byu-college-football-cougars.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58421360-88/byu-college-football-cougars.html.csp">BYU football: No. 21 Cougars basking in national attention</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Jay Drew</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-16T15:42:04.191-06:00">Updated Sep 16, 2014 03:42PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Provo • Play on national television for three straight weeks, humiliate Texas 41-7 in Week Two, feature an exciting, play-making quarterback who is a fringe Heisman Trophy candidate, stay undefeated and crack the national rankings. That’s what the BYU Cougars did the first quarter of the college football season, and naturally national attention has followed for the independent going against the grain in the college football world. Coach Bronco Mendenhall has appeared on a handful of national col...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58421360@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:42:04 MDT Video: BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall discusses Saturday's game vs. Virginia http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/byusports/58417927-65/mendenhall-game-bronco-byu.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/byusports/58417927-65/mendenhall-game-bronco-byu.html.csp">Video: BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall discusses Saturday's game vs. Virginia</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-15T20:50:02.953-06:00">Updated Sep 15, 2014 08:50PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall stopped by the football offices lobby on Monday night to talk about last week's win over Houston and look forward to Saturday's 1:30 p.m. game against Virginia. Mendenhall briefly addressed the injury situation, saying that RB Algernon Brown, NT Marques Johnson, OL Brayden Kearsley and LB Bronson Kaufusi are all "hopeful" for the game. All four have ankle injuries. This is the first half of Mendenhall's interview. The second half will be published later.</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58417927@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:50:02 MDT Utah football: Utes want to play villian in road trip to Michigan (video) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58417089-89/michigan-utah-utes-game.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58417089-89/michigan-utah-utes-game.html.csp">Utah football: Utes want to play villian in road trip to Michigan (video)</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kyle Goon</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-16T09:00:00.65-06:00">Updated Sep 16, 2014 09:00AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Going into an enemy stadium sets off a special kind of chill. The thrill Brian Blechen gets from being in a stadium packed with fans rooting against him is why he says being the road team isn’t nerve-wracking — it’s fun. “Just knowing as much as we want to protect our house, they want to do the same,” he said. “It’s fun to see all their colors up in the stands and come away with the victory. Just that challenge is exciting to me.” Blechen smiled: “I like coming in and being the bad guy.” The Ute...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58417089@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:00:00 MDT College football: Virginia tries to maintain edge for BYU http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58417858-77/coley-virginia-cavaliers-team.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58417858-77/coley-virginia-cavaliers-team.html.csp">College football: Virginia tries to maintain edge for BYU</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By HANK KURZ Jr.</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-15T22:49:02.108-06:00">Updated Sep 15, 2014 10:49PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Charlottesville, Va. • Henry Coley has seen the last two senior classes in a row leave Virginia’s football program disappointed, and the senior linebacker doesn’t want to be next. With No. 21 BYU up next, the Cavaliers senior co-captain Coley gave his teammates about 20 hours to celebrate their second consecutive victory, then he reached out to coach Mike London to set up a players-only meeting. “I just wanted the guys not to be complacent and not to be comfortable in the skin that they’re in be...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584178582014-09-15T22:49:02.108-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-15T22:49:02.108-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58417858@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:49:02 MDT BYU football: Cougars taking Virginia “more seriously” after big upset http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58417547-88/game-byu-virginia-team.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58417547-88/game-byu-virginia-team.html.csp">BYU football: Cougars taking Virginia “more seriously” after big upset</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Jay drew</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-15T22:48:17.092-06:00">Updated Sep 15, 2014 10:48PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Provo • Saturday’s game against Virginia is or isn’t a revenge game for the BYU Cougars, depending on which player or coach one asks, but one thing was clear after Monday night’s media session with coach Bronco Mendenhall and selected players. The Cavaliers (2-1) have the Cougars’ respect, despite having gone 2-10 last year. “Because they beat Louisville, we are more focused,” receiver Mitch Mathews said. “I am glad that they played well and that they won, so we could take this week more serious...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58417547@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:48:17 MDT Surprising Virginia preparing hard to face BYU at altitude http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/byusports/58417198-65/game-players-byu-ready.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/byusports/58417198-65/game-players-byu-ready.html.csp">Surprising Virginia preparing hard to face BYU at altitude</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-15T15:42:02.286-06:00">Updated Sep 15, 2014 03:42PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Not long after they defeated then-No. 21 Louisville 23-21 on Saturday afternoon in Charlottesville, Virginia football players called a players-only meeting and warned each other about the dangers of celebrating the win too long. Little did they know it at the time, but they’ve got another No. 21-ranked team to get ready for this week. “We still have a long ways to go, because we are getting ready to play another Top 25 team in BYU, at their place, our first road test,” fifth-year Virginia coach ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58417198@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:42:02 MDT Football teams putting up big numbers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/prepsports/58416708-52/yards-football-average-numbers.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/prepsports/58416708-52/yards-football-average-numbers.html.csp">Football teams putting up big numbers</a></h4> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-15T13:46:22.886-06:00">Updated Sep 15, 2014 01:46PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Some interesting statistics and notes came out of last weekend’s Utah high school football games. • Skyline’s Aleck Russon had 23 rushes for 303 yards and four touchdowns in the Eagles’ win against Timpanogos. That broke the school record of 302 yards set by Leka Moeaki against Cottonwood in 2004. • One of the big reasons for unbeaten Corner Canyon’s early success is the Chargers’ fine offensive line of center Luke Hermann, guards Sam Dalsasso and Grant Nielson, tackles Branden Bowen and Keaton ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58416708@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:46:22 MDT Utah football: Michigan bounces back ahead of game with Utes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58412826-77/michigan-utes-game-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58412826-77/michigan-utes-game-utah.html.csp">Utah football: Michigan bounces back ahead of game with Utes</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kyle Goon</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-14T22:33:51.539-06:00">Updated Sep 14, 2014 10:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Two weeks out from their next game, against an opponent that had just been lashed 31-0, Utah could have been forgiven for getting a little cocky. But asked about Michigan’s big loss to Notre Dame two days before, Utes quarterback Travis Wilson declined to start talking trash. “Michigan is going to be a different team when we face them,” he said “They’re going to bring their A game and we’ve got to be ready for that.” Whether Michigan is significantly better that it was a week ago is still a ques...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58412826@www.sltrib.com Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:33:51 MDT Football players, volleyball standout earn awards http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/ususports/58416167-55/named-week-awards-volleyball.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/ususports/58416167-55/named-week-awards-volleyball.html.csp">Football players, volleyball standout earn awards</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-15T11:20:02.955-06:00">Updated Sep 15, 2014 11:20AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Couple of awards to announce for the Aggies today. Zach Vigil was named the MWC Defensive Player of the Week for returning an interception 37 yards for a touchdown against Wake Forest in addition to finished with four tackles and a pass breakup. Vigil was also named the Linebacker of the Week by the College Football Performance awards while teammate B.J. Larsen was named the Defensive Lineman of the Week. Larsen had four tackles Saturday, including three sacks and a pass breakup. In volleyball...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58416167@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:20:02 MDT BYU football: Cougars jump to No. 21 in AP poll http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58412712-77/poll-cougars-football-byu.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58412712-77/poll-cougars-football-byu.html.csp">BYU football: Cougars jump to No. 21 in AP poll</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Jay Drew </span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-14T22:33:51.624-06:00">Updated Sep 14, 2014 10:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Provo • An unsatisfying performance against Houston in Thursday’s 33-25 win didn’t stop the BYU Cougars from making a substantial leap in the Associated Press Top 25 college football poll. BYU is ranked No. 21 in the poll released Sunday afternoon, up from No. 25. The Cougars (3-0) are the only team not in a Power 5 conference that is ranked. Fellow independent Notre Dame ranked ninth, but the Irish are considered a Power 5 school. The Cougars moved into the Amway Coaches Poll, landing at No. 23...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58412712@www.sltrib.com Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:33:51 MDT Kragthorpe: BYU’s ranking matters only in October http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58415069-88/byu-state-committee-rankings.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58415069-88/byu-state-committee-rankings.html.csp">Kragthorpe: BYU’s ranking matters only in October</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By kurt kragthorpe</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-15T09:51:24.497-06:00">Updated Sep 15, 2014 09:51AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The only college football rankings that matter this season won’t be published until Oct. 28. That’s worth remembering as BYU rises in the AP Top 25 and the Southeastern Conference dominates the polls. Until the College Football Playoff selection committee launches its rankings, all this other stuff is just for fun. Naturally, the committee’s first rankings will be compared to the media and coaches polls, and their work may not differ all that much. The point is that nobody knows how the 13 comm...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58415069@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:51:24 MDT Op-ed: Football has proven its moral vacancy. It’s time for fans to start quitting. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58415971-82/football-fans-nfl-game.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58415971-82/football-fans-nfl-game.html.csp">Op-ed: Football has proven its moral vacancy. It’s time for fans to start quitting.</a></h4>