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Friday, June 28, 2013

BYU Football Top 10 One Hit Wonders: #1 - Jay Miller

Editor's Note: Just as in years past, a list of honorable mention players is included at the end. 

Coaches like LaVell Edwards, Dewey Warren, and Doug Scovil get their fair share of credit for the Brigham Young Cougars becoming the greatest passing attack in college football. Quarterbacks Virgil Carter, Gary Sheide, and Gifford Nielsen also get the credit they deserve. One player who doesn't get the credit he deserves is wide receiver Jay Miller.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

BYU Football Top 10 One Hit Wonders: #2 - David Mills

As a senior in 1984, senior David Mills appeared to be keeping the tight end seat warm for someone else to become the next great Brigham Young Cougars tight end. Three-year starter, and future College Football Hall of Fame member Gordon Hudson had just graduated. Little did anybody know that Mills would do something not even Hudson--a two-time consensus All-American--had done.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

BYU Football Top 10 One Hit Wonders: #3 - Ted Nelson

Like a few of the other players on this list, middle linebacker Ted Nelson became a star for the Brigham Young Cougars at the expense of another player. However, when he got his chance, Nelson proved he was more than just a replacement player. He deserved to be out on the field.

Fans hold the key to BYU getting better bowl deals

When the Brigham Young Cougars left the Mountain West Conference to become a college football independent finding good bowl partnerships was identified as one of the four major risks that BYU was taking. BYU's athletic director Tom Holmoe quickly secured three agreements with smaller bowl games for the Cougars' first three years of independence. Under the conditions, many fans were satisfied, but they expected that BYU would be able to ink some deals with bigger bowls starting with the 2014 season.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

BYU Football Top 10 One Hit Wonders: #4 - Ethan Pochman

Football coaches like to say that special teams is an equal one-third of the game, but it isn't uncommon for coaches to resort to unconventional methods to fill those spots. This is especially true when it comes to placekicking. Brigham Young Cougars head coach LaVell Edwards found his team lacking a placekicker in 1996. Rather than find a high school senior and recruit him to kick for BYU, Edwards found a senior from the BYU soccer team and converted him into a football player.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 68 Days until BYU at Virginia

BYU Football Top 10 One Hit Wonders: #5 - Ryan Hancock (1992)

The Brigham Young Cougars have one of the richest quarterback traditions in the nation. The list of great quarterbacks is long, and it usually takes multiple seasons of play to earn an enduring place in the hearts of Cougar fans. One quarterback has defied the odds, and in one season built a unique legacy.

Former BYU LB shares his experiences with Kyle Van Noy, Ezekiel Ansah, and talks about his one-of-a-kind business

BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL is continually reaching out to former Brigham Young Cougars football players to learn where the road of life has taken them since they left BYU, as well as get their thoughts and opinions about some of the current affairs in Cougar football. Jadon Wagner is the latest.

Wagner was a linebacker for BYU from 2007-11. He was teammates with Kyle Van Noy and Ezekiel Ansah. During Wagner's time at BYU, the football program left the Mountain West Conference to become an independent.

Although it has not been long since Wagner's playing career concluded, he has already started his own business. A business that carries on the tradition of BYU football being at the forefront of monumental changes. BYU's use of the forward pass in the early 1970s forever changed the game of football. Wagner's company Coached By Pros is on the verge of forever changing the development and recruitment of teenagers across the country.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

BYU Football Top 10 One Hit Wonders: #7 - Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah

As stated from the outset, the focus of this top 10 was inspired by one player on last year's Brigham Young Cougars' football team: Ezekiel Ansah. His story about going from not knowing anything about football before 2010 to meteorically rising to the top of the NFL draft has been told and retold countless times already this year. Nevertheless, his play on the field in 2012 is worth another look.

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 72 Days until BYU at Virginia

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 74 Days until BYU at Virginia

BYU Football Top 10 One Hit Wonders: #9 - Shane Hunter

The Brigham Young Cougars have had countless impact players come through the junior college ranks. Many make an immediate splash and have a key role on the team for multiple seasons. In the case of Shane Hunter, the opposite was true. However, when he finally got a chance to play, he make it count.

Monday, June 17, 2013

BYU Football: Top 10 One Hit Wonders

It is that time of year again ... time for another BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL Top 10 list. These are the most in depth, well researched Top 10 lists you will find about Brigham Young Cougars football. This year, Ezekiel Ansah is the inspiration for the theme: One Hit Wonders. A one hit wonder is someone who only had an impact one year during his career. He may have played more than one season, but his contributions every other year were minimal.

Creating a threshold for what was a minimal contribution was a little tricky. I had to use my best judgement. Marcus Whalen was a candidate for one hit wonder status with 918 yards rushing in 2002, but no more than 209 his other seasons on the team. However, against Utah State in 2000, Whalen was BYU's leading rusher with 91 yards and carried the ball 10 times.

This year's top 10 is actually eleven players (tie for number 10) comprised of five offensive, five defensive, and one special teams player. Their playing careers span from 1970 to 2012. Some are well know record setters, and others are complete unknowns with their impressive one-year body of work being overshadowed over the decades by consistent two, three, and four year performers.

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 75 Days until BYU at Virginia

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 80 Days until BYU at Virginia

No one is more excited about the Brigham Young Cougars kicking off the 2013 football season on August 31 at the Virginia Cavaliers than us at BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL. Therefore, we will join the growing trend set by BYU Roster to countdown the days until the season. However, BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL will not hijack the idea of highlighting players who's jersey number matches the number of days until the season opener. As with everything done here, we will add our own little twist.