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Cougar Tracks: Mendenhall says BYU "moving forward"

Posted Oct 23rd - 11:27am by Greg Wrubell

With BYU at the .500 mark two-thirds of the way through the 2012 season, head coach Bronco Mendenhall maintains that "there is progress, and I think the program is moving forward."


Mendenhall met with the media after Monday's practice, and addressed the state of the program with BYU at 4-4 and heading into Atlanta to face 3-4 Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Cougar Tracks: BYU Football with Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall, Week 8

Posted Oct 18th - 6:13am by Jake Edmonds, Ksl Newsradio Sports Intern/cougar Tracks Contributor, and Greg Wrubell

As the BYU football team prepares to head into South Bend to take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, head coach Bronco Mendenhall on Wednesday night joined KSL Newsradio for another edition of his weekly show, broadcast live from LaVell Edwards Stadium's President's Loge. Mendenhall was joined by offensive lineman Solomone Kafu.

You can hear the entire show in "Cougar Cuts," left.


Cougar Tracks: Rose and the Cougars Ramping Up

Posted Oct 17th - 10:53am by Greg Wrubell

The Cougar hoopsters are a week away from putting on their game uniforms for the first time under the lights as the Cougar Tipoff introduces Dave Rose's 2012-13 team to fans at the Marriott Center. Next Wednesday night's event will precede the team's exhibition opener two nights later.

After Tuesday's practice at the Marriott Center, Rose told media that a closed Saturday scrimmage will also assist the coach in coming up with what will be his preferred starting lineup for the coming season.

"It will be interesting," said Rose about the opportunity to experiment with different combinations between this weekend and the start of the regular season on November 9th. "Through that period, we should be able to find a group of guys."

Cougar Tracks: Golden Opportunity

Posted Oct 17th - 8:00am by Skyler Hardman, Ksl Newsradio Sports Intern/cougar Tracks Contributor, and Greg Wrubell

Plenty of Cougar fans are looking forward to seeing the historic sites at Notre Dame this weekend, but head football coach Bronco Mendenhall won't be joining them. After Tuesday's practice he reiterated that the team is making the trip to Indiana to play football, not sightsee.

Mendenhall acknowledged that the two church-affiliated schools have many similarities, including independence, and he values the relationship the two football programs have. While he looks forward to playing the Irish in coming years, he told the press there is no way to know if all of the schools' six contracted games will be played at this point.


Cougar Tracks: Spinning Their Wheels

Posted Oct 16th - 1:37pm by Greg Wrubell

Through six games, the Notre Dame defense has allowed a total of three touchdowns, and none of them on the ground. The 5th-ranked Irish are second nationally in points allowed, 11th nationally in yards allowed, and in the top 25 in rush and pass defense categories.

Meantime, the BYU offense is meandering through a malaise that has the Cougars running a lot of plays, but not scoring many points.

Saturday, the 4-3 Cougars and 6-0 Irish meet in South Bend, and the hopes of an upset will ride on reversing a number of historical and current trends.

Cougar Tracks: Mendenhall says "maybe a little overconfidence, defensively" contributed to Oregon State loss

Posted Oct 15th - 7:59pm by Greg Wrubell

Heading into a meeting with No. 5 Notre Dame Saturday in South Bend, BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall on Monday lamented his team's defensive effort in last week's 42-24 loss to now-No. 8 Oregon State.

Meeting with the media after a late afternoon session at the Indoor Practice Facility, Mendenhall cited a lackluster outing from a defense that entered the Oregon State game in the top five nationally in most major statistical categories.

The coach says he sensed "maybe a little overconfidence, defensively, from all the accolades--I think there was a little edge that was missing."

Cougar Tracks: BYU Football with Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall, Week 7

Posted Oct 11th - 9:18am by Skyler Hardman, Ksl Newsradio Sports Intern/cougar Tracks Contributor, and Greg Wrubell

Following BYU's second straight win, head coach Bronco Mendenhall addressed the Cougars' quarterback situation and welcomed the only player that was on the team for Bronco's first season--DL Russell Tialavea--on Wednesday night during KSL Newsradio's broadcast of "BYU Football with head Coach Bronco Mendenhall" at LaVell Edwards Stadium.


You can catch the entire show in "Cougar Cuts," left, or on the show page in the BYU Sports Menu, lower right.

Cougar Tracks: BYU's Rose: 'I like our guys; I like the way they look'

Posted Oct 10th - 7:35pm by Greg Wrubell

BYU head basketball coach Dave Rose previewed the Cougars' 2012-13 campaign at Wednesday's Media Day, saying that he's "excited for the season...I feel that our players are prepared for practice on Friday."


Rose returns eight players from the 26-9 squad of 2011-12, with a ninth veteran present in Tyler Haws, who played for a season before his two-year LDS Church Mission to the Philippines. Newcomers to this year's team are 2011-12 redshirt forward Ian Harward, freshmen guards Cory Calvert, Cooper Ainge and Kyle Rose, and junior college transfers Raul Delgado (guard) and Agustin Ambrosino (forward).

Cougar Tracks: BYU shows off its dark side

Posted Oct 10th - 7:19pm by Jason Shepherd

With BYU's first ever "Blackout" scheduled for Saturday against Oregon State, the field at LaVell Edwards Stadium is getting a facelift. The mid-field oval "Y" was given a black paint job. The BYU players will be wearing brand-new black jerseys; while fans attending the game are encouraged to wear black.


You can add Marcus Mathews name to the growing list of players who have seen their seasons end due to an injury. Marcus will apply for a medical hardship waiver after it was revealed that he will require surgery.

Cougar Tracks: BYU eager to beat a ranked team

Posted Oct 10th - 8:06am by Greg Wrubell

At 4-2 through six games, BYU's season has been decidedly star-crossed. Now, it becomes star-studded, with the Cougars scheduled to face Top 10 teams in consecutive weeks for the first time ever.

With Oregon State (10 AP/14 Coaches) at home and Notre Dame (7/7) on the road, the next two Saturdays will also largely determine whether the Cougars can continue to entertain hopes of another double-digit win season.

An improbable sweep would set the Cougars up for a ten-win campaign with even some leeway for a late-season loss. A split would force BYU to win out leaving South Bend, while being swept would cement the Cougars' single-digit win status and force a 4-4 team to worry simply about bowl eligibility--something that is still all but assured with Idaho and New Mexico State on the schedule in the season's final three weeks.

Cougar Tracks: BYU QB Hill out for the season

Posted Oct 8th - 6:52pm by Greg Wrubell

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall on Monday confirmed that freshman QB Taysom Hill sustained a season-ending injury in Friday night's home win over Utah State.

Following what the coach called a "miscommunication" that led to Hill running the ball on the game's third-to-final play, Hill took a direct hit on his left knee, hyperextending the joint. The resulting injuries were damage to the LCL and a hamstring tendon, as well as what is being called a "deeper ligament connection." Head trainer Jeff Hurst termed it "a complex lateral injury" that will require surgery sometime in the next week.

Recovery time is expected to be four to six months.

Cougar Tracks: Running Into Trouble

Posted Oct 8th - 1:36pm by Greg Wrubell

It was before the start of the 2010 season, and BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall was talking about the remarkable run of health enjoyed by his starting quarterbacks in the seasons from 2005 through 2009.

John Beck and Max Hall had started 63 of 64 games during that five-year span, and Mendenhall said at the time that the string of healthy starts "speaks to our schemes. Seldom does the opponent have a clear shot at the quarterback before the ball is delivered. Usually the only time our quarterbacks get hit is when they don't read the play out correctly. The ball is gone too fast."


Cougar Tracks: BYU makes Jabari Parker's "final five"

Posted Oct 5th - 3:12pm by Greg Wrubell

Jabari Parker--the nation's most heralded high school basketball recruit--has narrowed his list of potential college destinations to five schools, including BYU. The other schools on Parker's list are Duke, Florida, Michigan State and Stanford.

Parker's family and high school coach confirmed the selection on Friday, with coach Robert Smith cited as saying that Parker, "who is Mormon, didn't include BYU out of generosity."

"All five schools are schools he's really interested in and really thinking about attending," Smith said in the aforementioned article. "He's really thinking about BYU. I know his faith has a lot to do with it. The coaching staff has been great with him. They've been a winning program. That's one of his choices."

Cougar Tracks: In-Statement Game

Posted Oct 4th - 11:38am by Greg Wrubell

BYU and Utah State meet Friday night in a game that should determine whether the Cougars are indeed back on track, and whether the 2012 Aggies really are the best team to come out of Logan in decades.


After consecutive losses at Utah and Boise State while starting a physically-hampered quarterback, BYU was last week sparked by backup QB Taysom Hill and fellow freshman Jamaal Williams in a home-field shutout of Hawaii.

Cougar Tracks: BYU Football with Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall, Week 6

Posted Oct 3rd - 6:52am by Jake Edmonds, Ksl Newsradio Sports Intern/cougar Tracks Contributor, and Greg Wrubell

This week's edition of "BYU Football with Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall" followed a win at home against Hawaii--a game in which both sides of the ball performed well, with the offense in particular showing some life after two stagnant performances at Utah and Boise State.

Tuesday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium's President's Loge, Mendenhall was joined by senior starting right tackle Braden Brown to talk about that game and the upcoming match-up against Utah State.

You can hear the entire broadcast in "Cougar Cuts," left, or in the audio archive on the show page in the "BYU Sports Menu," lower right.

Cougar Tracks: Mendenhall says Nelson recovery "moving in the right direction"

Posted Oct 2nd - 7:13pm by Jason Shepherd

It wasn't long after BYU's Tuesday practice wrapped up that head coach Bronco Mendenhall was again asked about Riley Nelson's availability for Friday night's home game with Utah State.

Nelson didn't take any practice reps during Monday's session, but Mendenhall said Tuesday saw Nelson participating much more extensively.

"He got probably double what I had expected him to get," Bronco said of Nelson's live snaps. "He took team reps, skelly reps, so it's moving in the right direction; still too early to call as to whether he'll be ready or not."

Cougar Tracks: QB Status Quo

Posted Oct 1st - 8:20pm by Greg Wrubell

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall said senior quarterback Riley Nelson "is still beat up" and nursing a back injury, while true freshman QB Taysom Hill got all of the first-string work in Monday's practice.

As it relates to the starter's designation for Friday night's home game with Utah State, Mendenhall said "we'll just go as long we can, and see how it progresses during the week."


Cougar Tracks: BYU goes with a "blackout" for the Beavers

Posted Oct 1st - 4:04pm by Greg Wrubell

BYU has announced a "blackout" for the school's October 13th Homecoming game with Oregon State.


The game will feature the players in a Nike-designed black uniform, with fans being encouraged to wear black to LaVell Edwards Stadium.

Cougar Tracks: Beginner's Pluck

Posted Sep 29th - 2:09pm by Greg Wrubell

The last time a BYU quarterback with "Fr." next to his name won his first start, Taysom Hill wasn't born yet. It was 1988, when a redshirt rookie from Texas named Ty Detmer led the Cougars to a 65-0 shutout of New Mexico.

24 years later, Hill became the second BYU freshman and first-ever true frosh to make his debut a winning one--this one, too, in a shutout, 47-0 over Hawai'i Friday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium.


Cougar Tracks: New Wave?

Posted Sep 27th - 9:34am by Greg Wrubell

For the longest time, the idea of a freshman starting at quarterback for BYU was just this side of unthinkable. LaVell Edwards took over as head coach in 1972, and it was 16 years until a greenhorn actually took the reins to start a game, and even then, in 1988, Ty Detmer had already benefited from a redshirt season.

The only first-year player to step under center in the Edwards era was Drew Miller, who as a true freshman straight out of high school, started exactly one game in 1997.

And that was it: in 29 seasons as head coach, LaVell Edwards started a non-redshirt freshman QB only once.

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