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Friday, June 28, 2013

BYU Football Top 10 One Hit Wonders: #1 - Jay Miller

Editor's Note: Just as in years past, a list of honorable mention players is included at the end. 

Coaches like LaVell Edwards, Dewey Warren, and Doug Scovil get their fair share of credit for the Brigham Young Cougars becoming the greatest passing attack in college football. Quarterbacks Virgil Carter, Gary Sheide, and Gifford Nielsen also get the credit they deserve. One player who doesn't get the credit he deserves is wide receiver Jay Miller.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

BYU Football Top 10 One Hit Wonders: #2 - David Mills

As a senior in 1984, senior David Mills appeared to be keeping the tight end seat warm for someone else to become the next great Brigham Young Cougars tight end. Three-year starter, and future College Football Hall of Fame member Gordon Hudson had just graduated. Little did anybody know that Mills would do something not even Hudson--a two-time consensus All-American--had done.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

BYU Football Top 10 One Hit Wonders: #3 - Ted Nelson

Like a few of the other players on this list, middle linebacker Ted Nelson became a star for the Brigham Young Cougars at the expense of another player. However, when he got his chance, Nelson proved he was more than just a replacement player. He deserved to be out on the field.

Fans hold the key to BYU getting better bowl deals

When the Brigham Young Cougars left the Mountain West Conference to become a college football independent finding good bowl partnerships was identified as one of the four major risks that BYU was taking. BYU's athletic director Tom Holmoe quickly secured three agreements with smaller bowl games for the Cougars' first three years of independence. Under the conditions, many fans were satisfied, but they expected that BYU would be able to ink some deals with bigger bowls starting with the 2014 season.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

BYU Football Top 10 One Hit Wonders: #4 - Ethan Pochman

Football coaches like to say that special teams is an equal one-third of the game, but it isn't uncommon for coaches to resort to unconventional methods to fill those spots. This is especially true when it comes to placekicking. Brigham Young Cougars head coach LaVell Edwards found his team lacking a placekicker in 1996. Rather than find a high school senior and recruit him to kick for BYU, Edwards found a senior from the BYU soccer team and converted him into a football player.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 68 Days until BYU at Virginia

BYU Football Top 10 One Hit Wonders: #5 - Ryan Hancock (1992)

The Brigham Young Cougars have one of the richest quarterback traditions in the nation. The list of great quarterbacks is long, and it usually takes multiple seasons of play to earn an enduring place in the hearts of Cougar fans. One quarterback has defied the odds, and in one season built a unique legacy.

Former BYU LB shares his experiences with Kyle Van Noy, Ezekiel Ansah, and talks about his one-of-a-kind business

BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL is continually reaching out to former Brigham Young Cougars football players to learn where the road of life has taken them since they left BYU, as well as get their thoughts and opinions about some of the current affairs in Cougar football. Jadon Wagner is the latest.

Wagner was a linebacker for BYU from 2007-11. He was teammates with Kyle Van Noy and Ezekiel Ansah. During Wagner's time at BYU, the football program left the Mountain West Conference to become an independent.

Although it has not been long since Wagner's playing career concluded, he has already started his own business. A business that carries on the tradition of BYU football being at the forefront of monumental changes. BYU's use of the forward pass in the early 1970s forever changed the game of football. Wagner's company Coached By Pros is on the verge of forever changing the development and recruitment of teenagers across the country.

Friday, June 21, 2013