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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Flashback: A Huge Sigh of Relief

The Brigham Young Cougars were poised for a special year 35 years ago. Gifford Nielsen had finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting and was named All-American in 1976. He was back for his senior year in 1977. Through the first three games everything was going as planned. Nielsen had BYU undefeated, ranked #13 in the nation, and the Heisman Trophy was his for the taking. All of that changed in game four.

NFL Combine Results for Hebron Fangupo and Matt Reynolds

Former Brigham Young Cougars Hebron Fangupo and Matt Reynolds were in Indianapolis, Indiana as the NFL held its annual scouting combine from February 22-28. The combine is a great opportunity for pro prospects to be evaluated by the decision makers for all 32 teams. So, how did they do?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Is James Lark ready if Riley Nelson goes down?

Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Riley Nelson answered many of his critics in 2011. One remaining question is can he stay healthy? Should Nelson be sidelined by injury during 2012, James Lark is the only other quarterback on the roster with experience. That experience, however, has been very limited. Is Lark ready if Nelson goes down?

Monday, February 27, 2012

Poll Results: Which game is the most important in 2012?

In a close race, the game at Notre Dame edged out the rivalry game at Utah by a 40% to 37% margin for the most important Brigham Young Cougars 2012 football game. The other 23 percent of the vote went to Boise State (19%), Georgia Tech (3%), and Washington State (1%).

I will join the two-fifths that voted for Notre Dame.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday Mailbag: The Nebraska Game, BYU Defense 2012, and more

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.

I apologize for not having the mailbag last week. Some unique circumstances arose that prevented me from responding to your inquiries. Therefore, this mailbag covers the last two weeks.

On to the mailbag.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

BYU to Play Nebraska in 2015

The Brigham Young Cougars have announced that they will play the Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 5, 2015. It will be played at Nebraska, and will be the first game of the season.

BYU Football: Did you know? (Linebackers Drafted into the NFL)

The Brigham Young Cougars have a long history of sending players to play in the NFL. However, it would be nice to see a higher quantity of BYU linebackers drafted by NFL teams.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Flashback: A Special Outside Linebacker

During 2011, Brigham Young Cougars outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy asserted through his play on the field that he was a special football player. Ten years ago, another well recruited outside linebacker did the same thing.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

BYU Defense 2011: Inside The Numbers

The strength of the 2011 Brigham Young Cougars football team was the defense. This unit allowed 313.4 yards per game (13th best nationally) and 20.4 points per game (22nd best nationally). While these numbers are impressive, they don’t adequately represent how well the BYU defense played this past season.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Poll Results: When will Bronco Mendenhall stop coaching at BYU?

By more than 2/3 majority, Brigham Young Cougars head coach Bronco Mendenhall will not stop coaching at BYU until sometime after the 2017 season. The exact percentage was 67%. The next highest vote getter was 2017 with 10%, followed by 2015 (9%), 2016 (7%), 2014 (4%), and 2013 (3%).

I am going to throw a dart at the wall and guess 2016.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Flashback: Long Lasting Bragging Rights

The Brigham Young Cougars have long-term contracts with three teams on its 2012 schedule. The Utah Utes are not one of them, despite the fact that BYU has played Utah more than any other opponent. While neither side has closed the door to future meetings, neither side is committing to future dates. That could make the 2012 meeting similar to the Cougars-Utes face off 70 years ago.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Poll Results: Who is BYU's best assistant coach?

The best assistant coach for the Brigham Young Cougars football team is Lance Reynolds with 43% of the vote. Steve Kaufusi was second with 16%, followed by Ben Cahoon (12%), Brandon Doman (11%), Kelly Poppinga (8%), Joe DuPaix (5%), Paul Tidwell (3%), and Nick Howell and Mark Weber (1% each). There was also one write in vote for Bronco Mendenhall for his work as defensive coordinator.

Not to diminish the quality of work that any of these coaches does, but my vote would be for Reynolds as well.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday Mailbag: Marques Johnson, Freshman Stats, and Big XII/Playoff Rumors

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, February 9, 2012

BYU Football: Did you know? (Freshman/Newcomer of the Year Awards)

It was pointed out yesterday on this site that former Brigham Young Cougars football players Harvey Unga and Austin Collie were the Mountain West Conference (MWC) Freshman of the Year. Just last season, wide receiver Ross Apo was named the Yahoo! Sports Independent Freshman of the Year.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Flashback: Newcomers form the Nucleus of the Offense

Just like every other school, the Brigham Young Cougars welcomed a class of talented football players to the team a week ago. Unlike everyone else, BYU annually welcomes back a group of returned missionaries. While both return missionaries and freshmen face major challenges to make a significant impact, five years ago newcomers formed the nucleus of the BYU offense.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Dear Bill Belichick: Watch More BYU Football

After seeing how the final minute of Super Bowl XLVI completely unfold, one hidden lesson for New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is to watch more Brigham Young Cougars football games.

Poll Results: Which member of the 2012 recruiting class will contribute the most this fall?

Running back Jamaal Williams received 39% of all votes, which was good enough to come in first. Linebacker Butch Pau'u was second with 22% of the vote. Wide receiver Dylan Collie received 12% and Josh Weeks had 7%. The remaining 20% of voters said some other member of the class of 2012 will contribute the most this fall.

I will join the 12% and vote for Collie.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Friday Mailbag: Bronco’s Comment About Entitlement and Other Recruiting Questions

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, February 2, 2012

BYU Football: Did you know? (2012 Recruiting Class Accolades)

The Brigham Young Cougars’ 2012 recruiting class may have lacked quantity (17 players), but it certainly did not lack quality.

The 2012 BYU Recruiting Class

The Brigham Young Cougars unveiled its 17 member recruiting class for 2012. This class consists of 14 high school seniors, one junior college transfer, and two transfers from four-year schools. BYU will also have the services of 12 returned missionaries for the 2012 season.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Flashback: BYU's 2002 Recruiting Class

Today is National Signing Day; the day high school seniors sign and send letters of intent to play football at the school of their choice. In honor of that, this week’s flashback looks back on the Brigham Young Cougars recruiting class from ten years ago—2002.