BYU running back Jamaal Williams was on Thursday named as one of 53 nominees for the Doak Walker Award, presented annually to the nation's premier running back.
Through his sophomore season, Williams stands 10th on BYU's career rushing yardage list. He ran for 1,233 yards in 2013--the 5th highest single-season total in BYU history. He has recorded eight games with 100-plus rushing yards, while his 219 rushing yards at Nevada last season are fifth-most by a BYU player in a single game.
A week after attending the prestigious Manning Passing Academy as a counselor and competitor, BYU quarterback Taysom Hill on Wednesday added another stamp to his expanding preseason portfolio with a nomination for the Davey O'Brien Award.
Given annually to the nation's best quarterback, the Davey O'Brien Award has been won four times by BYU signal-callers, most recently by Ty Detmer, who captured the award in 1991. Detmer also won the honor in 1990; other BYU winners were Jim McMahon in 1981 and Steve Young in 1983. No other school can claim more than BYU's four winners of the Davey O' Brien Award.
With the start of BYU football training camp just around the corner, the number of weekly 'Cougar Quiz' camp primers is dwindling; this week's trivia test is the third-to-last exercise before the players start popping the pads in Provo.
So here we go with quiz number 13; avoid the temptation to use search windows or other electronic aids, give it your best shot, and be sure to share the quiz with your friends and do a little horn-tooting over a good score!
The second week of college football preseason-award watch list releases began Monday with nominee rosters unveiled for the Butkus and Rotary Lombardi Awards, and BYU's Alani Fua appeared on both lists.
Fua is one of 51 nominees for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's best linebacker, while Fua is joined by teammates Bronson Kaufusi and Remington Peck on the 123-player watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award, honoring the nation's best offensive/defensive lineman or close-to-the-line linebacker.
PROVO — BYU linebacker Alani Fua and safety Craig Bills were both named to the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Preseason Watch List on Thursday. The Bronko Nagurski Award is given to the most outstanding defensive player in college football.
Fua, who is also on the watch list for the CFPA Linebacker Trophy, enters his senior season with 5.0 career-sacks, 82 tackles (63 in 2013) and three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. The 6-foot 5-inch, 228-pound Fua has been a durable player for BYU, playing in 34 out of a possible 39 games while in Provo.
The 6-foot 1-inch Bills is coming off an impressive junior season which included 78 tackles and two interceptions. In 2014, the senior from Provo is expected to be one of the anchors of a very deep and talented secondary.
A month from now, the BYU football team will be into its second week of preseason camp. In the leadup to workouts, the weekly 'Cougar Quiz' is here to help pass the time and sharpen the wits of BYU football fans.
Any score over 50% can be considered respectable. Anything in the 70-90% range is commendable, while a perfect score is something you can put on your résumé.
Good luck on this week's quiz, and as always, be sure to share the quiz on social media, and tweet out your results--if you did particularly well.
The roll-out of college football's preseason awards watch lists continued on Tuesday, with BYU players Devin Mahina and Edward Fusi both honored by inclusion on nominee lists for their respective field positions.
Mahina was one of 38 players named to the nominee list for the John Mackey Award, given to the nation's outstanding tight end, while Fusi is one of 66 nominees for the Rimington Trophy, awarded to the nation's premier center.
As noted in my article ranking the games on BYU's 2014 football schedule, BYU is slated to face only three teams from the "power" conferences during the upcoming season. Yet, as an independent, BYU is playing more power teams on an annual basis than ever before.
During the 29 seasons of the LaVell Edwards era, during which BYU played as a member of the WAC or MWC, the Cougars played a total of 80 games v. power teams, or an average of 2.8 such games per year.
BYU quarterback Taysom Hill and running back Jamaal Williams on Monday received the first of what are sure to be many preseason honors, as both were among 76 players named to the watch list for the 78th annual Maxwell Award, presented to the College Player of the Year.
Hill enters his junior season as BYU's all-time leader in QB rushing yards, with 1,680. His 14 career rushing touchdowns are second to Steve Young's 18.
The 2014 BYU football season is replete with promise. The collection of offensive talent returning and the confidence emanating from coordinator Robert Anae lead Cougar fans to believe that BYU's attack could be among the program's most prolific.
While Bronco Mendenhall relinquishes play-calling responsibilities to coordinator Nick Howell, the head coach's defensive system is a proven commodity, and despite some key losses on that side of the ball, expectations are that the BYU defense will do considerably more than simply keep the Cougars in every game.