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BYU's two 2009 NFL draftees are going through their first pro training camps. Austin Collie is catching passes from Peyton Manning with Indianapolis, while Fui Vakapuna is already making noise with the Cincinnati Bengals.
You can see an interview with Collie and some day one video by clicking on this link from the Colts' website. Collie is battling for the #3 receiver spot behind Reggie Wayne and Anthony Gonzalez.
Meantime, Vakapuna is already the number one fullback in Cincy.
With the Green Bay Packers having switched from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense, ex-Cougar Brady Poppinga is now competing for a starting spot at one of the pass-rushing outside linebacker positions. Poppinga was a collegiate rush end until his senior season at BYU, when he switched to outside linebacker in Bronco Mendenhall's 3-3-5 scheme.
While it was released online last week, I received my copy of the latest Sporting News yesterday. A college football recruiting feature highlights BYU commit Jake Heaps as the #15 national prospect from the Class of 2010, and ranks BYU's 2010 class 10th nationally.
Near the back of the magazine in its College Football section, TSN's writers have a small piece on "Five Rivalries for the Next Decade." Among the five is "Utah vs. TCU," with the notation, "Move Over: Utah vs. BYU."
I don't care how good TCU is or becomes, or how many BCS bowls Utah has played in, no game is ever forcing the BYU/Utah game to "move over."
I noted in today's USA Today that Danny Sheridan has installed Oklahoma as a 21-point favorite over BYU on September 5th.
Now to today's "Camp Cougar Countdown Trivia" question...
Yesterday's question asked "Who was BYU's quarterbacks coach during the 1984 season?"
Answer: Mike Holmgren.
"The 1983 team set 23 individual and team NCAA records. How many individual and NCAA records did the 1984 team set?"
The answer, and our next question, tomorrow.
BYU's Jonathan Tavernari scored 15 points as Brazil's patchwork "de facto" national squad lost a 90-80 decision to Uruguay Monday in Rosario, Argentina.
Brazil faces the host country tonight before heading home to open play in the two-day, four-team Torneio Super Four Eletrobras, starting Friday in Rio de Janeiro. The same four countries competing this week in Argentina (Brazil, Argentina, Australia and Uruguay) will re-convene in Rio, but Brazil will be fielding its full "A" team squad, of which Tavernari is a part.
Cougar Charles Abouo hopes to be a part of the 12-man Cote d'Ivoire team that opens play tomorrow at the African Championship ("Afrobasket") in Libya. The top three teams in the tourney will qualify for the World Championship next year in Turkey.