Putting on the Pads for the Public



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Today's open practice is the only such practice during camp, so if you don't make it to Provo today, you won't see the Cougars in action before the season opener August 30th.

Again, practice starts at 10:00am at the football complex practice fields (north of the Student Athlete Building).

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A reader yesterday posted a question about BYU's matchups with Northern Iowa's wide receivers, and while the Panthers are breaking in a new QB, they do have two senior wideouts--one of whom is a reputed playmaker; the other a 6'4" target. Diminutive WR Johnny Gray was a 1st team all-conference pick at receiver last season (70 rec, 910 yds, 5 td), and a 2nd team kick returner--think James Dye. Meantime, the taller Victor Williams tied for the team lead with 5 touchdown catches on 40 receptions last season. The Panthers employ a single-back, three-wide set.

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For more on the Panthers and some quotes from their Media Day, check out this link from the Des Moines Register.

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The UCLA Bruins are working on making opposing defense work a little harder this season. Here's a link from the L.A. Daily News detailing changes in the Bruins' snap count, including quotes from UCLA OC Norm Chow.

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The BYU Basketball Cougars have only one non-conference home game to nail down after Weber State and Portland announced their 2008-09 schedules, featuring games with BYU.

The Cougars' all-but-complete non-league schedule looks like this:

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Fri. Nov. 14: v. Long Beach State

Tue. Nov. 18: @ Pepperdine

Thu. Nov. 20 - Sat. Nov.22: BYU Basketball Travelers Invitational (v. North Florida, Cal Poly, Rice)

Sat. Nov. 29: @ Idaho State

Wed. Dec. 3: @ Weber State

Sat. Dec. 6: v. Utah State (Energy Solutions Arena)

Wed. Dec. 10: v. Boise State

Sat. Dec. 13: v. Portland

Sat. Dec. 20: v. Arizona State (University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ)

Tue. Dec. 30: @ Tulsa

Sat. Jan. 3: v. Wake Forest

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BYU's one remaining home game will be scheduled either in the week before Christmas, or between the Wake Forest game and the start of conference play.

FYI, teams are limited by NCAA rule to either: 29 regular season games, OR 27 regular season games, PLUS one "multiple-team event"(including no more than four games over a 14-day period). In this case, BYU is opting for the "27+" route, with the multiple-team event taking place at the Marriott Center from Nov. 20th through 22nd (3 games).

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