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.
BYU training camp is now less than a month away, meaning the weekly 'Cougar Quiz' will soon be replaced by actual news from the gridiron.
Until that time, stay sharp with this weekly jaunt through the pages of BYU football's history books. Master Cougar trivia tidbits old and new, then be sure to share the quiz with your friends and loved ones.
Any score better than 50% can usually be considered better than average, but the post-quiz score calculation should let you know where you actually stack up against your fellow fans. If you do well, shout it from the rooftops--or on Twitter, at least.
After a week away (thanks to Jason Shepherd for handling last week's 'Cougar Quiz'), I'm back with our tenth weekly BYU football quiz of the offseason.
As always, any score over 50% is respectable; anything over 70% calls for some serious chest-thumping.
So, put your books under the desk, keep the search windows closed, and give it a go. If you do well (and even if you don't), be sure to share the quiz with your BYU-fan friends.
In contrast to 2013, when BYU Football Media Day was used to announce a number of key news items, the 2014 version came and went on Monday without any major pronouncements from head coach Bronco Mendenhall or athletic director Tom Holmoe.
Both noted general satisfaction with the football program's current path as an FBS independent, notwithstanding Mendenhall's recent comments about his desire that BYU eventually find a home in a league like the Big 12.
The pair also addressed the school's internal review into potential football-related NCAA violations, with Holmoe acknowledging that BYU has reported findings to the NCAA, adding that any violations would be in "a lower category...not a major issue."
It's that time again, Cougar fans. With Greg Wrubell away, he has entrusted me with this week's 'Cougar Quiz.'
These ten questions will test your knowledge on Cougar players, both past and present, BYU records and little-known facts. Some of the answers may surprise you.
Everyone likes to have bragging rights, so once you've completed the quiz, make sure you share it with your friends.
BYU football training camp opens seven weeks from Friday, with the season-opener at UConn following four weeks later.
Every week leading up to camp, I'm putting out a 'Cougar Quiz' that will challenge even the hardest of hard-core BYU football fans.
Any score of 50% or better should be considered respectable; if you ace the quiz, you might have a chance to replace my stats guy Ralph Sokolowsky when he retires.
PROVO — Three months after tearing his ACL in the West Coast Conference Tournament in Las Vegas, BYU guard Kyle Collinsworth is feeling very positive about his future on the court.
Things didn’t look so bright, however, back on March 11 as the Cougars faced Gonzaga in the WCC title game. A routine rebound with less than 14 minutes remaining in the game left Collinsworth in pain on the floor and the team wondering if they had lost one of their best players right before the NCAA Tournament.
UCLA is the latest Pac-12 team to do a scheduling deal with BYU, bringing to eight the number of league teams with future games scheduled against the Cougars.
On Thursday, BYU announced a two-game series with the Bruins, with games scheduled at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, on Sept. 19, 2015, and at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Sept. 17, 2016.
"I'm excited for this series with UCLA," said BYU Director of Athletics Tom Holmoe. "It's a great matchup versus an opponent rich in football tradition, and a team that will be fighting for a Pac-12 championship. It's also a great opportunity for our large fan base in Southern California to see the Cougars play in the Rose Bowl—one of the most storied football venues in the country."
Your weekly knowledge-drop returns with ten more questions designed to separate the hard-core BYU fan from the casual Cougar observer.
The previous six quizzes have seen the average score top the 50% plateau only twice; we'll see how Cougar Nation does this time around.
So, take the quiz, compare your score and then be sure to share the quiz with friends.
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