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Friday, March 30, 2012

Friday Mailbag: Rugby vs. Football, BYU Pro Day, and Dissecting the Defense

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.

BYU Pro Day 2012

Representatives from more than half of the teams in the National Football League (NFL) attended the Brigham Young Cougars annual pro day. Eleven former Cougars, ten from the 2011 football team, worked out for the NFL scouts.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

BYU Football: Did you know? (Six Consecutive Shutouts)

The primary goal for the defense on a football team is to stop the other team from scoring. Therefore, the greatest defensive accomplishment is to shutout the other team (allow zero points in a game).

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Flashback: A Boost of Confidence

The confidence of the Brigham Young Cougars defense is pretty high right now after dominating a banged up offense during spring practices. Dominating a big name opponent 20 years ago gave the BYU defense a big boost of confidence.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

BYU Defense Needs to be Wary of Overconfidence

The Brigham Young Cougars defense has been the stars of spring practice. Day in and day out they have had the upper hand against the Cougar offense. Even without starters Kyle Van Noy, Preston Hadley, and Brandon Ogletree the defense continues to roll.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Poll Results: Will the two rugby players make the team?

The fans have spoken, and 61% think both Paul Lasike and Ray Forrester from the BYU Rubgy team will be members of the Brigham Young Cougars football team this fall. Exactly one-third (33%) think only Lasike will make the team, and 6% of the voters thought neither Lasike nor Forrester will make the 2012 Cougar squad.

I am not so optimistic. My vote would be for only Lasike.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday Mailbag: Spring Injuries, O’Neill Chambers, and Bronco Mendenhall sets a Record

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, March 22, 2012

BYU Football: Did you know? (Consecutive Games Scoring)

The Brigham Young Cougars hold the NCAA record for most consecutive games without being shutout. From October 3, 1975, to November 15, 2003, BYU scored in 361 consecutive games. The streak was snapped in the final game of the 2003 season.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Flashback: Filling the Holes

The Brigham Young Cougars football team has a lot of holes in it as they try to make the most of spring practices. Fortunately, it is still spring and the 2012 team isn’t expected to see many holes come kickoff in September. That wasn’t the case 15 years ago for the 1997 Cougars.

Have Injuries Rendered BYU Spring Football Futile?

Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Riley Nelson is “peeved.” Head coach Bronco Mendenhall is feeling some “aggravation.” Why? They are reduced to using a quarterback at tight end.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Poll Results: How big of a role will O'Neill Chambers have in 2012?

O'Neill Chambers will successfully make the transition to defense and see a limited role on defense in 2012 according to 34% of voters. The second most popular response was special teams (26%), and being a role player on defense came in third with 18%. Ten percent voted for Chambers to be a major contributor on defense. The remaining ten percent was split with being a role player on offense and having a limited role on offense receiving 4% each, and being a major contributor on offense receiving the final 2%.

I think Chambers will only have a role on special teams this year.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday Mailbag: Should Taysom Hill redshirt; Will Ezekiel Ansah breakout this year?

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.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Flashback: Head and Shoulders Above the Rest

Several of the current Brigham Young Cougars wide receivers literally stand head and shoulders above many of their predecessors. One of those predecessors might not have been as tall as the players today, but his production was head and shoulders above the rest.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The New Brand of BYU Wide Receiver

As the Brigham Young Cougars prepare for the 2012 season, they return their top three receivers from 2011. Cody Hoffman, Ross Apo, and JD Falslev ranked one, two, and three in receptions, yards, and touchdowns for the Cougars last year. At 5’8” and 184 pounds, Falslev is the exception in the group. For several decades, however, Falslev was the prototypical BYU receiver.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Poll Results: What position group are you watching the closest during spring practices?

The running backs ran away as the position group being watched the closest during spring practices. The 36% received by running backs was 13 percent more than the 23% received by the quarterbacks. The offensive line came in third with 21%. The rest of the votes went to defensive backs (7.5%), linebackers (5%), and defensive line, tight end, and wide receivers with 2.5% each.

Running back is number one on my list as well.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday Mailbag: Spring Practice Questions, James Lark, and More Big Bodies

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, March 8, 2012

BYU Football: Did you know? (Big Bodies)

The Brigham Young Cougars have to replace some big bodies from the 2011 football team. Foremost among the big bodies are starters Hebron Fangupo, Terrence Brown, and Matt Reynolds.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Flashback: Big Cleats To Fill

The Brigham Young Cougars need to replace 323 pound defensive lineman Hebron Fangupo. Needless to say, at 323 pounds, that is a big body and cleats to fill. However, the hole left by Fangupo is nothing compared to the hole BYU had to fill 25 years ago.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

BYU Spring Football 2012 Burning Questions

The Brigham Young Cougars opened spring football practices yesterday. Just as the spring represents new life, spring practices ushers in a new year for BYU football. With the new year comes new questions. Here are BLUE COGUAR FOOTBALL's spring football 2012 burning questions.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Poll Results: Who should be the #2 quarterback in 2012?

Exactly one-half of the voters selected senior James Lark to be the #2 quarterback behind senior Riley Nelson in the coming 2012 season. Not far behind was freshman Taysom Hill with 46%. Junior Jason Munns received the final 4% of the vote.

My vote goes to James Lark for one simple reason.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Friday Mailbag: Spring Practice, NFL Draft, and Quarterbacks

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, March 1, 2012

BYU Football: Did you know? (Quarterbacks who didn’t miss a game)

The quarterback position is key to the Brigham Young Cougars and every football team, for that matter. Coaches go to great lengths to protect their quarterbacks and keep them healthy for every game.