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Rising instate star Zac Seljaas commits to BYU

Posted Aug 5th - 8:07am by Greg Wrubell

BYU head coach Dave Rose has added another instate star to his recruiting constellation, as Class of 2015 standout Zac Seljaas (Bountiful HS) has verbally committed to Rose--choosing BYU over Utah, Utah State and San Francisco.

In an interview this morning, Seljaas told me he notified Rose over the phone on Sunday, and that the coach "was excited and happy."

"There was a lot of thinking and a lot of talking with other people about different schools," said Seljaas about the decision process, "but I have just always wanted to commit early, just so I could get it out of the way, and focus on my high school season and AAU. I just knew that BYU was the right place."


Camp Cougar, Day 1

Posted Aug 3rd - 8:42pm by Greg Wrubell

BYU's already dicey depth situation at cornerback is even more so after day one of training camp in Provo.

Veteran defensive back Mike Hague, and junior college transfer DB Sam Lee did not take part in the camp opener, both dealing with injuries that are expected to keep them out through camp and into the season.

About Hague (knee), head coach Bronco Mendenhall said "I don't know what his estimated return is, but I don't anticipate him for (the season-opener at) Virginia." The coach said he is looking at an "early-season return" for the sixth-year senior.


BYU receives votes in USA Today Coaches' Preseason Poll

Posted Aug 1st - 10:29am by Greg Wrubell

On the first day of August, the first coaches' poll of the 2013 season was released, with the posting of the USA Today Coaches' Preseason Top 25.

BYU received 20 voting points, which ranks 36th among all teams receiving votes. The Cougars will in 2013 face four teams ranked in the preseason poll: No. 11 Notre Dame, No. 15 Texas, No. 19 Boise State and No. 23 Wisconsin. Utah State received 23 points to rank 35th.

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall is one of 62 FBS coaches on the national voting panel.


AF's Andrus commits to BYU

Posted Jul 31st - 4:33pm by Greg Wrubell

Dave Rose and the BYU basketball program added a fourth member to their recruiting Class of 2014 on Wednesday, with the news that American Fork High School center Ryan Andrus had verbally committed to Rose and the Cougars.

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Andrus announced the news on his Twitter feed, saying "Just got off the phone with Coach Rose! Committed to play basketball for BYU!!! Couldn't be happier!!:)"


BYU Football to play Fresno State in Nov. 2015 and 2017

Posted Jul 31st - 4:17pm by Jason Shepherd

PROVO ‐ The BYU Cougars announced Wednesday that they have agreed to a two-game football series with Fresno State.

The first game will be played in Provo at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Nov. 21, 2015, and then at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno on Nov. 4, 2017.

The series is just the latest example of BYU's strategy to play more compelling games in the month of November. It also shows a continued willingness to schedule teams from BYU's former home, the Mountain West Conference.


BYU's most pressing camp needs

Posted Jul 30th - 4:30pm by Greg Wrubell

Camp week has finally arrived. BYU players report for duty this Friday, with the first practice to follow on Saturday afternoon.

KSL.com's preseason previews continue this week with my assignment being to determine BYU's three most pressing training camp objectives.

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BYU and Utah State rework football series, include home-and-home

Posted Jul 26th - 7:11pm by Andrew Adams

PROVO — It may be a significant shift in the football rivalry between BYU and Utah State, which has exploded of late with the improvement of the Aggie program.

The schools announced Friday the series would change to a home-and-home format from the upcoming season through 2016, and the Utah State athletic director said that's the way he expects the series to continue in the future.

"The escalation of our football program and where we're at is a much different scenario," USU AD Scott Barnes said in a phone interview with KSL.


Collinsworth exercising patience in return to BYU Basketball

Posted Jul 23rd - 4:15pm by Jason Shepherd

PROVO — BYU guard Kyle Collinsworth returned home from his LDS mission to Vladivostok, Russia in May. Tuesday was the first time the media had a chance to talk with Collinsworth since his return.

Besides the normal adjustments that missionaries have to make when they get home, Collinsworth is adjusting to basketball life, too. Kyle said that during his two years in Russia, he never picked up a basketball. He said he figured that playing basketball five or ten times wasn't going to make a big difference, so he decided not to do it at all and focus on the things he needed to do in Russia.

Just like we saw last year with Tyler Haws, Collinsworth has taken a more patient approach to getting back in basketball shape. So far, he thinks it's working.


Van Noy adds sixth award watch list to preseason portfolio

Posted Jul 19th - 8:51am by Greg Wrubell

The college football award watch list roll-out rolled to a stop on Friday, with the announcement of 50 candidates for the Walter Camp Award, given to the nation's most outstanding player. BYU's Kyle Van Noy is on the nomination list--his sixth such recognition of the preseason.

BYU enters the 2013 campaign with nine players accounting for 14 award nominations.


BYU's Williams, Alisa named to Doak Walker Award watch list

Posted Jul 18th - 9:06am by Greg Wrubell

BYU running backs Jamaal Williams and Michael Alisa are among 63 nominees for the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation's premier running back. Alisa is a repeat inclusion from 2012, while Williams is a first-time nominee.

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A senior in 2013, Alisa started five games in 2012 before suffering a broken forearm against Hawaii; he returned for spot duty in BYU's bowl game. On the year, he finished with 58 carries for 222 yards and a touchdown, adding 23 receiving yards on six receptions.


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