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BYU's Manumaleuna out 6-12 weeks with knee injury, will likely miss rest of season
First Published Sep 21 2012 06:06 pm • Last Updated Sep 21 2012 06:06 pm

Suddenly, BYU's defensive line, which was one of the deepest units on the team entering the season, is a bit thin.

The Cougars announced Friday afternoon that senior defensive end Eathyn Manumaleuna suffered a torn patella tendon in his left knee during the 7-6 loss to Boise State on Thursday and "will be out 6-12 weeks."

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The same announcement also says "he will likely miss the rest of the season."

Before the game, BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said that another defensive end, Mike Muehlmann, has left the program.

And the Cougars are still without senior DE Ian Dulan, who has experienced back pain and related issues and has yet to play in a game.

Friday morning, Manumaleuna's younger brother tweeted out that Eathyn will seek a medical redshirt this season in hopes of returning next year. That's going to be up to the NCAA.

Kudos to Robbie Bullough of BYUtv for getting an interview with offensive coordinator Brandon Doman last night (and also for asking the difficult questions).

When I finally got down to the field last night after filing a couple stories just after game's end to beat deadline, I asked a BYU sports information official if Doman could talk, but was told Doman was already on the bus.

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Anyway, here's a quick transcript of Doman's interview:

On the poor start offensively:

I don't know why we can start fast right now. That's something I've got to resolve as an offensive coordinator.

But I don't know that there are many football players that try as hard as these two quarterbacks. ....

There wasn't another football player on the field that played as hard as No. 4 did tonight. We are lucky to have him."

On what's wrong with Riley:

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