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BYU football: Cougars talk about this week's Utah game
First Published Sep 09 2012 09:18 pm • Last Updated Sep 09 2012 09:18 pm

Don't expect to hear much from the BYU Cougars this week as they prepare for Saturday's big game against the University of Utah. As they usually do, BYU officials are cutting back on the access the media has to BYU coaches and players this week.

Monday, only BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall and team captains Riley Nelson, Brandon Ogletree and David Foote will be made available for interviews. During "normal" weeks, all the players and coaches are available after Monday's practice.

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Tuesday, the only media availability is an early afternoon teleconference with Mendenhall.

And that's it -- until after Saturday's game, which will likely kick off around 8:15 p.m. MDT and end just before midnight. (No, I don't count Mendenhall's radio show on Wednesday nights as media availability).

As you might expect, Mendenhall, offensive coordinator Brandon Doman and several players were peppered with questions about playing Utah immediately after the Cougars did away with Weber State 45-13 on Saturday afternoon.

A lot of their comments, as they pertain to this week's game, are in the story about the Cougars' newfound No. 25 ranking in the AP Top 25 Poll that I filed earlier today.

Here's the rest:

Receiver Cody Hoffman on his feelings about playing the Utes:


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"It is always exciting, no matter what. Especially since last year, we are going to come ready on Monday, and we are going to practice hard."

Quarterback Riley Nelson on playing at Rice-Eccles Stadium:

"I did in high school. Had a lot of fun and had a lot of success. So hopefully that trend continues."

Cornerback Preston Hadley on last year's 54-10 beatdown:

"Well, this is a new year, and we are a new team. So, the standard doesn't change. Our goal is to not let anybody score any points on us, so we are going to do what we can to keep it that way."

Hadley on whether last year's big loss still stings:

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