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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

BYU Football News and Notes

Some pretty interesting developments came out of the BYU camp yesterday. They involve a scheduling announcement, new coaching hire, and the return of a defensive player to practice. Additionally, I am interested to learn what everybody thinks about where Eathyn Manumaleuna should play this season--nose tackle or defensive end.

Monday, March 11, 2013

BYU QB Steve Young is in, Jim McMahon snubbed, in The Herd's QB Bracket

With college basketball's March Madness right around the corner, ESPN sports radio host Colin Cowherd has put together a bracket of his own--the QB Bracket. The goal is to determine the greatest NFL quarterback of all-time using a similar 64-player format to that used by the NCAA to determine the men's college basketball champion.

Former Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Steve Young made the field. Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon did not.

BYU should extend Bronco Mendenhall's contract for life, fans say

Brigham Young Cougars head coach Bronco Mendenhall confirmed last Monday that rumors of preliminary talks about extending his contract with BYU were true. Mendenhall has one year left on a three-year deal he signed before the 2011 season.

Business as usual for BYU defense with Howell as defensive coordinator

Just before the Brigham Young Cougars opened spring practices, head coach Bronco Mendenhall announced some new staff assignments. The most surprising assignment was Mendenhall relinquishing the defensive coordinator title to Nick Howell. That news immediately brought two thoughts to mind: 1) Great opportunity for Howell, and 2) Will the BYU defense take a step back?

Friday, March 8, 2013

Ziggy Watch: March 1-8; Detroit, Cleveland, and New York possible destinations

The attention that Brigham Young Cougars defensive end Ezekiel Ansah is receiving has grown rapidly since the NFL Draft Combine ended. No BYU football player has received this kind of attention as the NFL Draft approached in well over a decade. During the season, head coach Bronco Mendenhall said that more NFL team scouts and executives were on campus inquiring about Ansah than he had seen for all other players combined during his tenure.

BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL will endeavor to chronicle the coverage of Ansah leading up to the NFL Draft on April 25 when Ansah could be one of the first players to hear his name called. Each Friday, Ziggy Watch will wrap up what is new about Ansah during the last week--where is he in the latest mock drafts, what teams are showing the most interest, who is tweeting about him, and anything else interesting that pops up.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

BYU Football: Did you know? (Sub-4.5 forty yard dash)

Few things about an individual player gets more attention in football than the player's 40-yard dash time. The Brigham Young Cougars don't get very many players who have blazing fast speed. However, they have played quite a few the last couple of seasons.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Flashback: 137-0

Brigham Young Cougars offensive coordinator Robert Anae has returned to Provo with the mantra "go fast and go hard" for the offense. If there was any time during Anae's previous tenure at BYU (2005-10) that the entire team embodied this mantra, it was a three game stretch in 2008.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

New BYU coaches have a lot to prove in 2013

As spring football practices opened for the Brigham Young Cougars, it wasn't just the players competing to fill the holes left by graduating seniors looking to prove themselves. The five new offensive coaches have the burden of proving they deserve their new jobs just as the new starters will this fall.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Brigham Young Cougars return to New England in 2014 to play Connecticut

The Brigham Young Cougars have announced a two-game, home-and-home scheduling agreement with the Connecticut Huskies. The series will be played in 2014 and 2015.

BYU Cougars Spring Football Burning Questions

The Brigham Young Cougars open spring football practices today, March 4. It is the first time the majority of the 2013 football team will be able to meet with the new coaching staff and start preparing for next season. The start of anything new brings a lot of questions. Here are BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL's six burning questions for BYU spring practices.

Trey Dye--A diamond in the rough

On February 22, 2013, the Brigham Young Cougars received a verbal commitment from Trey Dye to sign a letter of intent next year to play college football in Provo. Dye saw limited playing time in 2012 at Cooper High School in Abilene, Texas. He isn't even on the radar for the major recruiting services.

Normally, this would illicit weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth from the Cougar fan base. Cries of "why is Bronco Mendenhall wasting a scholarship on this kid?" typically reverberate from outspoken fans for a prospect with Dye's profile. Dye, however, is an exception. He is a diamond in the rough.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Mendenhall continues to tinker with BYU coaching staff, raises more questions

Everyone knew that some coaching changes would be made to the Brigham Young Cougars coaching staff when the 2012 football season was over. The entire offensive staff was replaced in a prolonged process. With the BYU football team fully staffed again, head coach Bronco Mendenhall has tinkered with some of the responsibilities. There were already questions about how the coaching changes would impact the team. Now, Mendenhall has introduced more questions with the new assignments.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Former BYU WR Scott Collie's pioneering ReceiverTech program goes national

Former Brigham Young Cougars wide receiver Scott Collie became a pioneer in the field of youth football player development last year. His initial pioneering efforts have been so successful that Collie's program ReceiverTech has expanded nationwide in just its second year.