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Former Cougar Ben Cahoon was at it again Friday night; eight catches for 103 yards, leading the Montreal Alouettes to a 25-0 win over the visiting Toronto Argonauts (it's the first shutout in a CFL game in more than three years, and the Argos' first blanking in 17 years).
I watched most of the game, and probably half of his receptions would be classified as "Cahoon Specials," meaning extremely tough catches that he makes look easy. His numbers should keep him at the top of the CFL season receptions list, while during the game, he went over 12,000 receiving yards for his career (Cahoon's QB and former Utah State Aggie Anthony Calvillo was equally impressive: 35/43 for 394 yds).
Side note: Cahoon will make a brief pit stop back in his home state next Tuesday, as his father-in-law Gary Herbert is inaugurated as Utah's next Governor. Cahoon's head coach in Montreal, Marc Trestman (longtime NFL QB coach and offensive coordinator) told Ben that even though he would miss a practice, the trip home for the ceremony was a "can't miss" event.
Another side note: A couple of weeks back, I linked to his "helmet catch" at Saskatchewan. Many have said it was his best catch ever. I am told that Ben said no, his "best catch ever" still hasn't happened yet. Just another reason the guy is a living CFL legend and has put together the most prolific pro career of any BYU receiver ever.
We saw BYU's 105-man camp roster solidified on Friday. While return missionary LB Aveni Leung-Wai will not join the Cougars right now, it was encouraging to see the the other player with pending AA issues (Lee Aguirre) included in the camp roster. So, all three juco corners (Aguirre, Brian Logan and Corby Eason) should be present and accounted for heading into practice on Saturday.
As for Manase Tonga, BYU is still waiting for his academic situation to be resolved, and that should happen sometime next week. In the meantime, a spot on the 105 is being held for him pending that resolution.
"It's all relative" (related players on the roster):
Nick and Terry Alletto (brothers)
Rhen and Terence Brown (brothers)
Braden and Chase Hansen (brothers)
Zane and Zeke Mendenhall (brothers)
Houston and Matt Reynolds (brothers)
Jordan and Jared Richardson (brothers)
Shiloah and Malosi Te'o (cousins)
To the hardwoods, where Jonathan Tavernari solidified his chances to make the final 12-man roster on Brazil's senior national "A" team Friday night in Rio de Janeiro.
Brazil opened play in the Super 4 Tournament with a lineup featuring NBA stars Leandro Barbosa and Anderson Varejao for the first time, along with San Antonio Spurs draftee Tiago Splitter. With those three leading the way, Brazil swamped Uruguay 100-63.
Coming off the bench as a reserve for the first time in weeks, JT played well, scoring 8 points in just under 13 minutes of play. He made all of his shots, going 2/2 from he arc, and 1/1 from two-point range, while adding two assists. The fact he was one of only 11 players to see action reiterates his status with the national squad, and it bears repeating that JT is the only non-professional on the Brazilian roster.
Brazil plays for the tourney title Sautrday night versus Australia, which outlasted Argentina in double overtime on Friday night. Former Utah Runnin' Utes Luke Nevil (7 pts) and Stephen Weigh (7 pts) contributed to the Boomers' win. Former Ute Martin Osimani (6 pts) and ex-Weber State Wildcat Juan Pablo Silveira (3 pts) played for Uruguay in the loss to Brazil.