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The biggest news to come out of this morning's press conference is that boundary corner Scott Johnson is out for the remainder of the pre-bowl regular season with double groin tears.


The good news is that boundary corner backup Brandon Bradley (shin contusion) is expected back and is slated to start at corner opposite Brandon Howard versus San Diego State. Also, David Tafuna returns to practice this week, so he and Shiloah Te'o (concussion) should bolster the depth at safety. Additionally, safety Andrew Rich will be cross-training at corner in case he is needed there. Bronco added that there are other contingencies, but none he is willing or able to share currently.


You can hear Bronco's press conference by clicking the audio link in the "Cougar Cuts" box to the lower right.

You can also hear Max Hall's podium remarks and group interviews with Dennis Pitta and David Nixon, plus this morning's "Coach's Corner" on KSL.


Bronco also addressed BYU's anemic punt return numbers (116th nationally, fewer than 4 yards per return), and said Austin Collie remains an option as a punt returner. In case you haven't picked up on this, I would kind of like to see him back there. Bronco brought up the hit O'Neill Chambers took while returning a punt at CSU (as I suspected he might), but as a punt returner, you have the option to protect yourself with a fair catch, and Austin is savvy enough to stay out of trouble. Either way, BYU has had neither continuity nor productivity at that spot and could use a little help there.


Bronco said with all of the injury issues to deal with, he hasn't had time to scout San Diego State. Hate to say it, but if there were ever a week in which starting a little late on the opponent won't kill you, it's this week.


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