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Greetings, Cougar fans!

First of all, let me say I really have very little insight on the meaning of life. I just thought the sub-heading would increase readership as I venture into the blogosphere for the first time.

Indeed, this is my first blog entry, and I promise you it will not be my last. As I mentioned at the end of tonight's "Cougar Daily Download," this blog replaces the dearly-departed "Cougar Tracks" podcast. I just figured this would offer more flexibility and spontaneity, and it's usually easier for folks to point and click than it is to download and wait for audio. Either way, I hope you find the new version of "Cougar Tracks" to be to your liking.

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As for the "Daily Download," the first edition is up and running on the website, and is available for podcast, of course. And by the way, thanks to all of you for the e-mails in the last few weeks inquiring about the "DD" and when it would be re-appearing. It's nice to know the fans find it useful, or entertaining, or merely something to make them feel like their iPod was worth the money.

Look for the "Download" by mid-afternoon on weekdays between now and the end of camp. Tonight's report was late since the single practice was a late afternoon session. From now on, I'll be attending the 10am session, and producing the report in the early afternoon. On days when there are two practices, I will attend only the morning session, since it will be the fully-padded, "heavy" session. I will attempt to get updates from the afternoon sessions as warranted.

And again, the "Question of the Day" is back on the "DD," so if you have a question for a player or coach, e-mail it to me at gwrubell@ksl.com, and if your question is picked, I will ask the player or coach your question for you--I know, I know...I'm incredibly thoughtful. You can thank me later.

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On tonight's "Download," we had a post-practice interview with Bronco, and conversations with Kelly Poppinga, Austin Collie, and J.J. DiLuigi. Tomorrow, look forward to more from Bronco, and interviews with Matt Allen and new offensive line coach Mark Weber, plus of course the news of the day from camp.

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Today's news was almost uniformly good, with crisper execution from the offense, and efficient intensity from the defense. As we talked about on the "Download," the Dustin Gabriel situation is potentially troubling, with stress reactions in both of his feet keeping him out of practice today. The BYU medical staff are monitoring and I'll keep you updated. In the meantime, David Tafuna practices as the first-string Katback.

Spanish Fork product Jordan Smith should be in camp by Wednesday--the BYU brass are hopeful the NCAA rubber stamps a procedural correction in his high school transcript. Considering BYU's relative lack of depth in terms of playmaking wideouts (beyond the top 3 or 4 receivers), it would be nice to have Smith in camp ASAP.

Linebacker Terrance Hooks is itching to get back on the field--he has been at both practices in street clothes and his teammates were extremely happy to see him on Saturday. He should be back midway through camp.

Fui Vakapuna doesn't look slow or heavy. He may not be in game shape, but he looks ready to "put on the foil" and rumble with the rock.

Quinn Gooch (interception of Max Hall and near pick of Brenden Gaskins today) just makes plays--and while he lets his play do the talking, he is by no means afraid of letting teammates know when they: a) make a great play, or b) need to get their butt in gear. Good stuff from Quinn today...

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Well, the 3:30am alarm clock comes quickly, so for now, it's your friendly neighborhood play-by-plan man signing off. Hope the blog becomes regular reading, and enjoy the "Cougar Daily Download!"

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