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Van Noy, Manumaleuna named to award watch lists

Posted Jul 11th - 7:44am by Greg Wrubell

BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy had another honor added to his growing list of accolades on Thursday, with the senior standout named to the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded to the nation's most outstanding defensive player.

Teammate Eathyn Manumaleuna has been named to the Outland Trophy watch list, his first honors recognition as a Cougar. The Outland Trophy is awarded to the nation's most outstanding interior lineman; Manumaleuna has played both defensive end and nose tackle over his team-leading 43 career games played.

Van Noy was earlier this week named to the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, and it is expected he will appear on yet two more such lists--for the Butkus (best linebacker) and Lombardi Awards (best lineman/linebacker), when they are released next Monday.


Team USA rolls, Haws' playing time limited

Posted Jul 10th - 3:43pm by Greg Wrubell

Team USA stayed perfect in group play at the World University Games on Wednesday in Kazan, Russia, pulling away from Sweden for an 83-65 victory. The win improved the U.S. to 3-0, in a tie with Canada for the lead atop Group C, with two preliminary-round games remaining.

BYU's Tyler Haws played just over seven of the game's 40 minutes, his lowest floor-time total of the games. Haws scored a single point on 1-for-2 shooting from the free throw stripe; he missed both of his field goal attempts. His stat line included a rebound, a turnover and a foul.

After leading Team USA in field goal percentage and standing second in points per game over two exhibition contests played in Kazan, Haws is currently last on the team in FG% and scoring over three games in competition.


BYU's three 'swing games' in 2013

Posted Jul 9th - 12:00pm by Greg Wrubell

The assigned task was simple enough: determine three "swing games" on BYU's 2013 schedule. The question then becomes: what constitutes a "swing game"?

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Determining a definition may be a subjective process, but my approach was to single out three games that, by virtue of their calendar placement, projected difficulty and any associated subtext, serve as distinct mileposts by which the Cougars can be most fairly measured.


BYU's Friel named to Mackey Award watch list

Posted Jul 9th - 8:29am by Greg Wrubell

BYU tight end Kaneakua Friel was on Tuesday named as one of 37 players nominated for the John Mackey Award, given to the nation's most outstanding tight end.

Friel becomes the third BYU player named to a preseason award watch list, joining teammates Kyle Van Noy and JD Falslev (see below).

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Van Noy named to Bednarik Award watch list

Posted Jul 8th - 8:38am by Greg Wrubell

BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy on Monday received the first of what should be multiple college football award nominations, named as one of 75 players on the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the college defensive player of the year by the Maxwell Football Club.

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Last season, Van Noy was a preseason watch list nominee for the Bednarik, Bronco Nagurski (most outstanding defensive player) and Rotary Lombardi (lineman/linebacker of the year) Awards, but his most prominent recognitions came for his performance in the Poinsettia Bowl.


Team USA improves to 2-0, Haws scores late

Posted Jul 8th - 5:55am by Greg Wrubell

Team USA is off to a 2-0 start to pool play at the World University Games, defeating the Czech Republic 96-53 on Monday, in a game that tipped off at 3:00 a.m. MT from the Basket Hall in Kazan, Russia.

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BYU's Tyler Haws played 12 minutes and scored two points, following up on a 11-minute, four-point performance in Team USA's tourney-opening win over the United Arab Emirates on Sunday.


Team USA cruises, Haws chips in at World University Games

Posted Jul 7th - 3:03pm by Greg Wrubell

On a day when the only question was whether Team USA could possibly win by a hundred points or more, USA Basketball's World University Games squad got its preliminary round off to a rousing start on Sunday, running away from the United Arab Emirates by a score of 140-46.

In the Group C opener for both sides, played at the Basket Hall in Kazan, Russia, BYU's Tyler Haws saw his first international action, playing 11 minutes off the bench and becoming the first BYU player in 30 years to wear the Team USA jersey in competition.

Haws made one of his three field goal attempts and both free throw attempts for four points; he added seven rebounds and two assists, finishing with a game-high four personal fouls.


Haws, Team USA ready to roll in Russia

Posted Jul 6th - 5:32am by Greg Wrubell

Following two exhibition games at the World University Games' main basketball venue in Kazan, Russia, Team USA and BYU guard Tyler Haws are ready to open competition.

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Saturday's Opening Ceremonies will precede Team USA's first game of the preliminary round on Sunday morning, when the Americans will meet the United Arab Emirates.


Reflections on Haws' 'Road to Russia'

Posted Jun 30th - 8:31am by Greg Wrubell

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- For BYU's Tyler Haws, the journey began with an invitation to USA Basketball's World University Games Training Camp. For we who covered Haws this week in Colorado Springs, the journey began at 11:00 p.m. Wednesday night, after a busy BYU Football Media Day.

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We learned earlier Wednesday that Haws had survived Team USA's initial training camp cut-down from 26 to 16 players, with a final cut to 12 coming up on the weekend. I had previously decided to make the trip over to Colorado Springs in the event that Haws made the first cut, then recruited KSL's Dave Noriega and BYU's Kyle Chilton to make the road trip with me. We were all in--as long Haws was still in the team.


Haws stars in Team USA's Saturday scrimmage

Posted Jun 29th - 8:43pm by Greg Wrubell

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- On the day that Team USA determined its official 12-man roster for the World University Games, BYU's Tyler Haws and his teammates played before a crowd for the first time.


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