News regarding some former BYU players in the NFL out there today.
Here's a taste, with a nod toward Jeremiah Johnson over at KSL TV and his dutiful tweets on former Utahns in the pros:
* The Miami Dolphins have waived former Cougar and Hunter High lineman Ray Feinga, according to the Palm Beach Post.
* Former BYU receiver Austin Collie tells the Indianapolis Star that he's as healthy as he's ever been. If only Peyton Manning could say the same thing.
* Looks like former BYU defensive end Vic So'oto won't play tonight for the Packers, due to a weightlifting mishap.
Went to lunch a few minutes ago and caught one of the local sports talk radio shows interviewing a beat writer who covers the Longhorns. He said that Texas will look to test BYU's inexperienced secondary early and often on Saturday, something Ole Miss really didn't try to exploit.
BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said in Monday's news conference that the secondary played fairly well. He liked the way the defensive backs tackled, but was not totally happy with its coverage, saying he expected them to break up more passes.
Defensive backs coach Nick Howell said Wednesday it was a good start for the new guys such as Preston Hadley, Daniel Sorensen and Corby Eason. And safety Travis Uale was more physical than he's been.
"I thought they played good. There were no touchdown passes. I thought there were a few mistakes. We are still learning and growing. The coverage, we can tighten it up, but I thought they did a really good job overall. I was really, really happy," Howell said. "They only rushed the ball for 64 yards. That's huge for us. Our secondary guys were incorporated to stop the run a lot, and there were no touchdown passes. So that was huge.
They were 3 of 12 on third down. That was really, really good. I was really proud of them."
Howell said he expects the group to improve each week.
"It is just a maturity deal, a week by week thing of understanding the coverage better and nuances in the coverage. It is about understanding the routes and matching our coverage to the routes. So it is a process. It is a weekly process. They are going to get better every week. There are some young guys, and there are some experienced guys. As a group, they are going to get better and better every week."