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Thursday, May 31, 2012

BYU Football: Did you know? (Most Passing Yards in a Game)

Brigham Young Cougars head coach LaVell Edwards announce in 1972 that BYU would adopt a pass oriented offense. It was only natural that BYU quarterbacks would start setting NCAA records for passing yardage.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Flashback: Largest Comeback Win in School History

Quarterback Riley Nelson came off the bench to guide the Brigham Young Cougars to a memorable comeback win over Utah State in 2011. For over 30 years, part of the identity of BYU football has been to come back from large deficits. It was 10 years ago that BYU recorded its largest comeback win in school history.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Poll Results: Will Phil Ford play football at BYU?

An overwhelming majority of voters (75%) think Phil Ford will play football for the Brigham Young Cougars. Just 8% voted "No," and the remaining 17% were undecided.

My vote goes to "Yes."

Friday, May 25, 2012

Friday Mailbag: Big XII-SEC Bowl Deal, BYU on ESPN, Future Hall of Famers, Talon Shumway, and New Conference Members

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, May 24, 2012

BYU Football: Did you know? (Tops in Turnovers)

For over 35 years, the Brigham Young Cougars have been one of the nation’s elite offensive teams. Many times BYU has led the nation in one or more statistical categories. During this time, the offensive prowess often overshadows the accomplishments of the Cougar defense.

Flashback: 56 Turnovers

Turnovers forced by the Brigham Young Cougars defense in 2011 were key to several early wins. The BYU defense paved the way to wins 35 years ago the exact same way.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Poll Results: How accurate is the Sporting News' ranking of Bronco Mendenhall as 15th best college football coach?

The Sporting News accurately ranked Brigham Young Cougars’ head coach Bronco Mendenhall according to 70% of poll voters. Slightly more voters thought the no. 15 ranking was too low (16%) than the number of voters who thought the ranking was too high (14%).


My vote would be “just right,” maybe slightly too low.

What if the Big XII doesn't invite BYU?

It’s that time again, conference realignment hysteria has taken center stage in the college football world, and the Brigham Young Cougars are still involved. The big fish for BYU is the Big XII, but what if the Big XII doesn’t bite?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

BYU Football: Did you know? (Back-to-Back Losses)

If you read yesterday's flashback, then you learned that the Brigham Young Cougars had a period of seven years without having back-to-back losses in the same season.

Phil Ford even more excited after visit from BYU coach

The tale of Phil Ford isn’t your regular story of a Brigham Young Cougars prospect. The 6-foot-6, 330 pound offensive lineman originally committed to Kansas, was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while being fellowshipped by an Oregon commit and found out positive details about BYU from a player who transferred away from the school.

Yet, somehow, Ford could be wearing Cougar blue very soon.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Flashback: The Defining Moment

Clearly, the defining moment of the Brigham Young Cougars’ 2011 football season came in game five when quarterback Riley Nelson came off the bench and led an 11-point second half comeback win over Utah State. Thirty years ago, BYU had its defining moment in game five as well.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ty Detmer Talks Hall of Fame and BYU Current Events

It was announced yesterday that former Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Ty Detmer would headline the National Football Foundation’s 2012 Hall of Fame Class. National Football Foundation (NFF) President and CEO Steve Hatchell remarked, “Ty was a tremendous talent and an absolute legend at BYU. He accomplished almost everything a player can do in college football, and the way he played the game was truly ahead of its time. He is a very deserving member of the College Football Hall of Fame.”

Monday, May 14, 2012

Poll Results: How much does a four team playoff help BYU?

How much does a four team playoff help BYU? None, according to 40% of the voters in last week's poll. "A little" came in second with 25% of the vote, and "It hurts BYU" was third with 20%. The remaining votes went to "Some" (8%) and "A lot" (7%).

My vote goes to "a little."

Friday, May 11, 2012

Friday Mailbag: Justin Sorensen’s Health, A Technology Failure, and The Right Attitude

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, May 10, 2012

BYU Football: Did you know? (Punting Averages)

Brigham Young Cougars punter Matt Payne led the nation in punting in 2002 with a 47.59 yard average per punt.

Flashback: Hunter the Punter

Brigham Young Coguars punter Riley Stephenson had one of the more memorable performances by a BYU punter during the Armed Forces Bowl last December. In 1992, Cougar fans were treated to a memorable performance the majority of the time the punt team took the field.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

BYU Place Kicker Justin Sorensen: A Sophomore Slouch or Success?

Fresh off his two-year church mission to Macon, Georgia, Brigham Young Cougars place kicker Justin Sorensen was one of several sophomores being counted on by coaches and fans to make the 2011 season special. The unicycle riding high school all-American was highly touted for kicking 60-yard field goals.

Sorensen ended 2011 without a single 50-yard field goal and he missed five of his last eight field goal attempts. Many felt Sorensen belonged in the group of sophomore slouches. A closer look at Sorensen’s play suggests he belongs with Kyle Van Noy in the group of sophomore successes.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Mailbag: Time to sound the alarm, BYU's linebacker problem, and the Boise State game

My apologies for delivering the weekly mailbag a little late. Nevertheless, here are my answers to some of your questions 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.

Poll Results: Which former BYU Cougar will have the best NFL career?

Of the four Brigham Young Cougars who signed free agent contracts following the NFL draft, Matt Reynolds was voted as the one who will have the best professional career. The new Carolina Panthers offensive lineman received 42% of the votes. Hebron Fangupo was second with 34% of the vote, followed by McKay Jacobson at 21% and Terrence Brown with the remaining 3%.

While I will be rooting for all four equally, I think Fangupo will be the one who has the best career.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

BYU Football: Did you Know? (Opposing Players Selected in the NFL Draft)

The Brigham Young Cougars may not have had any players selected in the 2012 NFL Draft, but they were still able to win 10 games in 2011 despite over three-fourths of their opponents having NFL caliber players.

Will BYU Go Three Years Without an NFL Draft Pick?

Following the Brigham Young Cougars’ second consecutive year without a single player selected in the NFL Draft, the natural reaction is to question, “What will happen next year? Will BYU go three years without an NFL draft pick?"

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Flashback: Looking to Rebound

Recent events have caused several Brigham Young Cougars fans to feel the program has dropped the ball in a few areas. Rather than see the program continue to decline, they would prefer to see it rebound. Such was the case 40 years ago.

Draft Impacts on BYU Alumni Who Are NFL Veterans

By now it is old news that four Brigham Young Cougars are celebrating their new opportunity to continue playing football in the NFL. While they have every right to be happy, there is another group of players who get lost in the joy and jubilee—the established pro players who’s jobs are now at risk. BYU has 12 former players who fit this category.

In part 2 of BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL’s coverage of the NFL draft, we look at how the NFL draft may impact the former Cougars already in the NFL.