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Patrick Kinahan: BYU back in the great quarterback business

Patrick Kinahan, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Aug 21st - 10:57am

After stumbling on offense for most of the past two seasons, BYU appears ready to make significant improvement on ending drives in the end zone. Not only does quarterback Zach Wilson return as the starter, but most of the coaches on offense are back.

BYU approaching end to fall camp, but game prep has already begun — including against Utah

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug 20th - 4:43pm

The official end to fall camp will come shortly after a scrimmage Wednesday. But even so, the Cougars have already begun looking ahead to the 2019 schedule — which starts next Thursday, Aug. 29, against in-state rival and No. 14-ranked Utah.

Bonding, basketball and (of course) pizza: BYU opens preseason giro d'Italia under new boss Mark Pope

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug 19th - 8:24pm

Between cultural excursions, museum and art gallery tours, and plenty of pizza, what else can the BYU basketball team do over the next week while it visits Italy to prepare for the 2019-20 season? Oh yeah, maybe play a little hoops.

Locals in the NFL: Taysom Hill leads local-laden Saints to comeback victory in La La Land

Sean Walker and Ryan Miller, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug 18th - 10:23pm

Hill completed 11-of-15 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns to rally the Saints to a 19-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers in front of a less-than-lively crowd at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Locals in the NFL: Former Utah kicker Matt Gay boots game-winning field goal for Bucs

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug 17th - 2:29pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers showed why they wanted him when the fifth-round draft pick booted a 48-yard field goal with 6 seconds left Friday night in a 16-13 win over in-state rival Miami.

Patrick Kinahan: Don't doubt BYU football's national fan base

Patrick Kinahan, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Aug 14th - 11:36am

In another sign indicating a national following, BYU is expected to have more than 7,000 fans at its football game next month at Tennessee. Over the years, BYU has shown to have fans everywhere, as exhibited by its ability to schedule national powers

Cougar defense settling on experience, senior leadership for yield success

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug 14th - 8:59am

From seniors Zayne Anderson and Chris Wilcox to Austin Lee, Austin Kafentzis and Sawyer Powell, the BYU backfield is littered with upperclassmen — or at least, redshirt sophomores — this fall.

Locals in the NFL: Taysom Hill enjoys return to QB for Saints; Darwin Thompson finds NFL end zone

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug 11th - 7:01am

While playing is better than not playing — even at tight end or fullback or special teams — Hill enjoyed his preferred position Friday night with the Saints.

Ty'Son, Lopini & Emmanuel: Run game excels in BYU's first scrimmage of fall camp

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug 10th - 5:23pm

Media weren’t allowed to watch (a handful of parents and Cougar Club members were present for the whole practice, which featured around 75 “live” reps), but offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes seemed to agree: the Cougars have running backs.

NCAA suspends BYU forward Yoeli Childs 9 games for agent-player rules violations

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated Aug 9th - 8:23pm

BYU's Yoeli Childs will be suspended for the first nine games of the 2019-20 season, the school announced Friday afternoon, as a result of a review of NCAA agent and draft rules and reinstatement standards by the governing body of college sports.

Locals in the NFL: Utes' Marquise Blair makes physical first impression in Seahawks' preseason debut

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug 9th - 7:40pm

The former Utah defensive back tied for the team-high with five tackles in Seattle's 22-14 win over Denver.

Southern Utah joining BYU basketball in Maui (sort of)

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug 9th - 5:37pm

The Thunderbirds were among four other schools added to the Maui on the Mainland regional round, a setup that will include its first trip to play the Cougars since 2007 and a road game at Pac-12 historical power UCLA.

With Sione Takitaki in the NFL, who will be the Cougars' next play-making linebacker?

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug 8th - 10:20pm

Who will be the next Sione Takitaki or Butch Pau’u for BYU? The top candidates appear to be former Syracuse High star Kavika Fonua, Jackson Kaufusi and Payton Wilgar.

In first-year run to national title match, Utah Royals FC Reserves unite top talent from BYU, Utah and beyond

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug 8th - 10:03am

Before they could develop anyone this year, Utah Royals FC Reserves first had to identify players. So when Amy LePeilbet was named head coach in January, she started recruiting — and she started at BYU, Utah and the state's other top talent.

Grad transfer running backs bringing 'professional' play to BYU football

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated Aug 6th - 9:03am

What more could be said about Esupka — the “thunder” to Williams’ “lightning,” if only by the former Rice running back’s own admission — and his colleague from South Carolina?

After two years away from BYU, tight end Joe Tukuafu grateful in return to Provo

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug 3rd - 9:41am

After nearly two years after seeing any meaningful snaps in a BYU uniform, the 6-foot-4, 265-pound tight end looked around as BYU football opened fall camp this week in Provo. And he was grateful.

New-look OC Jeff Grimes impressed with Cougars' 'deep' offensive line

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug 2nd - 8:57pm

Wait, a college football coach “excited” about his team in fall camp, when everyone is undefeated and each team looks more like Clemson than the College of Charleston? Stop if you’ve heard this before.

BYU QB Zach Wilson on track for return from shoulder surgery

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug 1st - 8:57pm

Truth be told, if the Cougars were playing the Utes tomorrow, Zach Wilson would be the go-to quarterback for BYU. But, he still has has a lot of work to do to be back at 100% by game day.

Former Arizona point guard Alex Barcello announces transfer to BYU

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug 1st - 3:01pm

Former Arizona guard Alex Barcello announced his intent to transfer to Provo with a tweet Thursday, ending a transfer saga for the one-time prime recruit from the Grand Canyon State.

From Mexico to Texas to BYU: Patience paying off for backup QB Baylor Romney

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug 1st - 11:40am

In another life, maybe Baylor Romney could be playing wide receiver or defensive back at BYU.