Monday, January 30, 2012

Poll Results: Which former BYU player in the NFL had the best season?

By a ratio of almost 3:1, Dennis Pitta (74%) was voted to have had the best season in the NFL by former Brigham Young Cougars. Brett Keisel came in second with 16% of the vote, followed by Austin Collie (6%), Brady Poppinga (3%), and John Beck (1%).

My vote also goes to Pitta.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Mailbag: Reaction to East Carolina Series & BYU and the NFL

Welcome to the Friday Mailbag where once a week I answer your questions and respond to your comments about Brigham Young Cougars football. As a quick reminder, there are three ways to submit a question:
  1. Email: bluecougarfootball@gmail.com
  2. Twitter: @BlueCougarFball and use #BCFmailbag
  3. Leave a comment at the end of a BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL article.
On to the mailbag.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

BYU Football: Did you know? (East Carolina Series)

The Brigham Young Cougars announced a home-and home series with East Carolina University that will take place in 2017 and 2018. Barring a meeting in a bowl game between now and then, it will be the first time the two schools have met.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Flashback: An Unconventional Quarterback

Left-handed quarterback Riley Nelson used his arm and legs to help lead the Brigham Young Cougars to another ten win season in 2011. Nelson, however, isn’t the first quarterback to have success at BYU with this unconventional style of play.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

2011 NFL Season Report for Former BYU Cougars

With the New England Patriots ousting the Baltimore Ravens from the NFL playoffs, the NFL season is officially over for all former Brigham Young Cougars. For just the seventh time in the last 32 NFL seasons, BYU will not be represented in the Super Bowl. However, several former Cougars represented the Y well.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Poll Results: What is BYU's area of greatest need for 2012?

The results are in, and Brigham Young Cougars fans say running back is the team's area of greatest need for 2012. However, the vote was far from a consensus. Running backs received just one third of the vote (33%). The offensive line came in second with 26% followed by quarterback at 17%. The defensive side of the ball came in at the bottom of the poll with 13% of voters selecting defensive back and 11% selecting defensive line.

Recently, I have expressed concerns about the situation at running back, but my vote for the area of greatest need goes to the defensive backs.

Friday, January 20, 2012

BYU Football Friday Mailbag

Welcome to the Friday Mailbag where once a week I answer your questions and respond to your comments about Brigham Young Cougars football. As a quick reminder, there are three ways to submit a question:
  1. Email: bluecougarfootball@gmail.com
  2. Twitter: @BlueCougarFball and use #BCFmailbag
  3. Leave a comment at the end of a BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL article.
On to the mailbag.

Friday Highlights: BYU Football 2007

Happy Friday, Cougar fans! The highlights for this week come from five years ago--the 2007 season. That team was a great group of players who made several memorable plays.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Flashback: The Best Decision Ever Made

The Brigham Young Cougars had a coaching vacancy 40 years ago. Tom Hudspeth was let go after averaging only four wins per year his last four years. He was replaced by LaVell Edwards. It was the best decision ever made regarding the BYU football program.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A Sneak Peek at BYU Football 2012

The Brigham Young Cougars don’t kickoff the 2012 football season for another seven and a half months. However, it isn’t too early to take a sneak peek at the next season.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Poll Results: Which senior will be missed most in 2012?

From the Brigham Young Cougars' graduating seniors, offensive lineman Matt Reynolds is considered the one who will be missed the most in 2012. He received 42% of the votes. Defensive end Hebron "Loni" Fangupo was second with 22% and Jordan Pendleton was was a close third with 20%. Fourth and fifth were running backs J.J. Di Luigi at 7% and Brian Kariya with 6%. Free safety Travis Uale received the remaining 3% of votes.

Reynolds will probably be drafted the highest in the NFL draft, and could have the longest NFL career of the 2011 seniors, but I think Kariya will be missed the most.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Mailbag

With the start of a new year, I am starting a new feature for BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL: a weekly mailbag. Unless I am covering what happened in a game, most of the content on this site originates one place--me. I write about the aspects of BYU football that I choose.

I didn't create this site for it to be all about me. Hence, the commencement of the weekly mailbag.

All week long, you can send emails or tweet questions to me. Each Friday I will respond to as many of them as possible.

The email address is bluecougarfootball@gmail.com
I can be found on twitter @BlueCougarFball

I want to know what is on your mind and cover the parts of BYU football that interest you most.

The Editor appreciates all feedback. He can be reached via email at bluecougarfootball@gmail.com

Friday Highlights: Marcus Whalen (2002)

Now that we are back into the offseason and have no games to preview on Friday, and more importantly, no games to watch on Saturday, BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL will return to finding Brigham Young Cougars highlight videos that can help us make it through the coming months.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Talking BYU Football With Greg Wrubell

The Voice of the Cougars Greg Wrubell joined BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL to talk about the 2011 football season and other issues surrounding the Brigham Young Cougars football program.

BYU Football: Did you know? (A 10 Win Season Every Decade)

The Brigham Young Cougars recently completed a 10 win football season. It was BYU’s first 10 win season of the 10s decade.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Flashback: The Best Season for Over 40 Years

The history books don’t mention much for the first 40 years of Brigham Young Cougars football. BYU was labeled as a program mired in mediocrity. Lost in the decades that the Cougars lost more than they won is one season that was clearly the best season in the first 40 years of BYU football history.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Were Cincinnati and Nebraska Really Better Than BYU?

The Brigham Young Cougars (10-3) were the first team left out of the final AP Top 25 poll. The two teams that finished ahead of them at numbers 24 and 25 were Nebraska (9-4) and Cincinnati (10-3), respectively. BYU had just as good of a win-loss record, or better, than these two teams. Were Cincinnati and Nebraska really better than BYU, or did the AP voters get it wrong?

BYU In and Out of Final Top 25

The Brigham Young Cougars just barely made it into the final USA Today Top 25 for 2011. They just barely missed the Associated Press (AP) Top 25.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Poll Results: Should BYU be ranked in the Top 25?

The overwhelming majority of Brigham Young Cougars fans feel the 2011 football team with its 10-3 record should be ranked in the final Top 25 rankings that should come out tomorrow (January 10). The exact percentage was 85% of voters. The other 15% voted "No."

If I had a ballot for the top 25, then BYU would be on it.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Brigham Young Cougars 2011 Season Highlights

BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL is home to the most comprehensive season review for BYU football. It will include four parts. There is a possibility of a bonus, fifth part

The season highlights is a list of the landmarks and milestones achieved, as well as the memorable moments that made 2011 special. When possible links to videos of the highlights have been provided. The years in parenthesis represent the last time, if ever, this highlight happened.

Season Review Part 1: Major stories and assessment of the season.
Season Review Part 2: Position Grades.
Season Review Part 3: Awards.

Brigham Young Cougars 2011 Season Awards

BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL is home to the most comprehensive season review for BYU football. It will include four parts. There is a possibility of a bonus, fifth part

Season awards are part 3.

Part 1: Was 2011 a success?
Part 2: Position Grades.

Brigham Young Cougars 2011 Position Grades

BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL is home to the most comprehensive season review for BYU football. It will include four parts. There is a possibility of a bonus, fifth part

Position grades are part 2. If you missed part 1, you can click here.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

BYU Football: Did you know? (Cody Hoffman)

Brigham Young Cougars wide receiver Cody Hoffman had 8 receptions for 122 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Armed Forced Bowl. It was his second big bowl performance.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Flashback: The Birth of a Football Program

NOTE: With the 2011 football season now concluded, BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL will return to providing weekly flashbacks that look back on great moments in BYU football history that happened 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, etc. years ago.

The year 2012 marks 90 years since the birth of the Brigham Young Cougars football program. What could be better for the first flashback of the year than to look back on the first season of BYU football?

Brigham Young Cougars 2011 Season Review: Was 2011 A Success?

BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL is home to the most comprehensive season review for BYU football. It will include four parts. There is a possibility of a bonus, fifth part.

Part 1: A general assessment of the season.
Part 2: Position Grades
Part 3: End of the Year Awards
Part 4: 2011 Season Highlights

PART 1: WAS 2011 A SUCCESS?

Events surrounding the Brigham Young Cougars football program promised a historical season in 2011. Win or lose, it was going to be a year of monumental transitions.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Riley Stephenson At His Best in Bowls

Brigham Young Cougars punter Riley Stephenson was one of several role players whose well timed big plays were very influential in BYU’s 24-21 Armed Forces Bowl win over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. In fact, it was the third time this junior has had a strong performance in a bowl game.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Poll Results: Was BYU part of your Christmas?

In one way or another, BYU was a part of 77% of Cougar fans' Christmas. Of all respondents, 41% said they received BYU related presents. Another 27% said they gave BYU related presents. Zero percent had BYU themed decorations, and 9% said BYU was a part of their Christmas in some other way. That leaves 23% who said BYU was not part of their Christmas.

BYU was part of my Christmas in the form of presents received.