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Cougar Tracks: BYU getting healthier at OL

Cougar Tracks: BYU getting healthier at OL

By Jason Shepherd | Posted - Nov. 14, 2012 at 7:26 p.m.



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Wednesday's BYU football practice ended with the good news that offensive linemen Braden Hansen and Brock Stringham had both returned to practice. When asked if Hansen, who's been out with an adductor injury since the Notre Dame game, would play, Bronco said, "he could play."

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Sophomore cornerback Jordan Johnson returned to practice this past Monday after being suspended for the Idaho game. When asked how he's doing now, Bronco said, "he's doing great; I can't say it's not like it didn't happen, but so much happens in my day and in his day, it seems like a long time ago already."

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With so much attention being paid to the Spartans' offense, their special teams unit is flying under the radar somewhat. The San Jose State special teams unit has scored three touchdowns this season. Kickoff returner Tyler Ervin reminds Bronco Mendenhall of TCU's Jeremy Kerley, who had some success returning kicks for TCU.

"Really good kick returner: really good," Bronco said. "I can't say whether he's identical, better or worse, but similar in terms of impact."

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Surprisingly, Saturday's matchup at San Jose State will be just the 5th game that BYU has played in the state of California under Bronco Mendenhall. With so many current players being from California, and with a lot of high school players being recruited from there, you'd think it would be a priority to play in the state as much as possible.

"I wouldn't say it's essential", said Bronco. "It's fun from the kids from Northern Cal or Southern Cal, etc. to be able to go home and have family. With the TV exposure we're getting know, I wouldn't say it's essential, but it's fun for me to see family members come and the players that get a chance to go back home."

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You can hear post-practice interviews with Bronco Mendenhall, Romney Fuga, Kyle Van Noy and Uona Kaveinga by clicking on the links to the left in "Cougar Cuts."

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BYU at San Jose State this Saturday will kick-off at 8:30pm MT on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM.

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Jason Shepherd

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