One day after a closed session that head coach Bronco Mendenhall said "might have been one of the most difficult and intense practices that we've ever had," the coach eased off the gas somewhat on Tuesday, cutting a little short his team's morning session on day four of camp.
Upwards of two dozen players were either absent or limited to non-contact/conditioning work, but Mendenhall said the early-camp attrition level has been par for the course.
"Today was thin, but man, we've gone really hard, " said Mendenhall. "Even though it's (only) day four, guys are working hard, and so I felt that I could cut it short because of that."
BYU fans were welcomed to an open practice on the second day of training camp Saturday, and the hundreds who turned out had to leave impressed with a passing game that again stood out for its big-play potential.
Backup quarterback Christian Stewart got a lot of work in the two-hour session, connecting on deep scoring strikes with Mitch Mathews, Nick Kurtz (twice) and Mitchell Juergens. Taysom Hill found Jordan Leslie for a long TD late in the closing segment of practice. Devon Blackmon also turned a long catch into a score.
Particularly impressive non-scoring catches were turned in by Blackmon and Nick Ziolkowski; Blackmon snared a one-handed reception on the sideline midway through practice, while Ziolkowski went horizontal on an out-pattern early in the day. Stanford transfer Keanu Nelson also stood out with a fine individual effort to record one of the nicer catches of the day.
PROVO — The opening day of BYU training camp saw starting running back Jamaal Williams unusually relegated to the second-string.
After a two-hour, late-afternoon practice in the scorching heat, Williams explained that the demotion was part of a punishment that will include suspension for the season opener at Connecticut.
Williams acknowledged violation of the school's honor code, and without getting into details, said that a "combination" of events led to the discipline--punishment that head coach Bronco Mendenhall did not intend to announce.
On the eve of the start of BYU Football's annual August training camp, I've identified 15 questions that could be answered in the coming four weeks.
No particular attempt has been made to strictly prioritize the issues addressed, but the order of the questions is less important than the questions themselves, and their value relative to one another could be debated.
PROVO — BYU announced a home-and-home football series with Northern Illinois on Wednesday. The Cougars and Huskies will play in Provo on Oct. 27, 2018. BYU will travel to DeKalb, Illinois, on Oct. 24, 2020.
The 2018 matchup at LaVell Edwards Stadium will mark the first-ever meeting between the two football programs.
BYU also announced that Idaho State will play at LaVell Edwards Stadium next season. The Bengals will face the Cougars on Oct. 24, 2015. BYU owns a 5-0 record all-time against ISU.
The long college football offseason comes to an end this week, as BYU players report on Thursday and begin preseason practices on Friday.
We've been helping to pass the time before camp with weekly BYU football trivia quizzes--the last of which is now posted for your brain-teasing pleasure.
So, give it a whirl, and pass it along to your BYU-fan friends and colleagues. If you do well, let us know about it on social media. For the record, "well" can usually be considered anything over 50%. Good luck!
BYU fall camp is inching closer and there's no better way to get ready for the 2014 season than to test your knowledge on all things Cougar football.
Everyone likes to see how they did against their friends, so make sure you share it with everyone you know. Good luck!
BYU quarterback Taysom Hill has been named a nominee for the Walter Camp Award, given annually to the college player of the year.
Hill is one of 50 nominees for the award, which has never been won by a BYU player. This year's watch list includes 33 offensive and 17 defensive players.
BYU running back Jamaal Williams was on Thursday named as one of 53 nominees for the Doak Walker Award, presented annually to the nation's premier running back.
Through his sophomore season, Williams stands 10th on BYU's career rushing yardage list. He ran for 1,233 yards in 2013--the 5th highest single-season total in BYU history. He has recorded eight games with 100-plus rushing yards, while his 219 rushing yards at Nevada last season are fifth-most by a BYU player in a single game.
A week after attending the prestigious Manning Passing Academy as a counselor and competitor, BYU quarterback Taysom Hill on Wednesday added another stamp to his expanding preseason portfolio with a nomination for the Davey O'Brien Award.
Given annually to the nation's best quarterback, the Davey O'Brien Award has been won four times by BYU signal-callers, most recently by Ty Detmer, who captured the award in 1991. Detmer also won the honor in 1990; other BYU winners were Jim McMahon in 1981 and Steve Young in 1983. No other school can claim more than BYU's four winners of the Davey O' Brien Award.
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