2020 Fab 40: Matt Bushman

Matt Bushman, BYU Tight End Age 24 • Orem • Scorpio The Bushman family lived in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, which led Matt and his family to relocate in Tucson, Arizona. As a high school senior several years later, Matt became the perfect storm on the field and was invited to play […]

20 Q’s with Chad Lewis

During the 20th year of Utah Valley Magazine, we’re re-interviewing cover stories with 20 new questions.  Utah Valley Magazine: What do you remember about being on the cover of Utah Valley Magazine in 2002? Chad Lewis: It was a great honor at the time, and I still feel the same way now. UV: What advice […]

Breakdown of BYU Football’s Defense

When the schedule includes nationally leading programs like Tennessee, USC, Washington, Utah and Boise State, it helps to have a solid defense that can keep the team in the ballgame while the offense gets going. This is good news for the Cougars, who finished last season No. 18 in total defense, including No. 1 field […]

Breakdown of BYU Football’s Offense

Sophomore Zach Wilson emerged quickly last year into the offensive leader for the Cougars, starting the last seven games of the season, enamoring fans with his arm and his legs, finishing the season with a team-high 1,578 yards passing — setting a BYU record for freshman passing efficiency with a 157.23 — and was fourth […]

2019 Fab 40: Zach Wilson

Age 19 City Draper/Provo This BYU freshman quarterback ran track and played basketball and football as a kid, but football eventually took home the trophy for this student-athlete. As the quarterback for Corner Canyon High School in Draper his senior year, Zach was first team all-state and was runner-up for Utah Mr. Football. In January, […]

BYU mascot Cosmo loses his head doing trick at BYU football

BYU football had a solid showing on Saturday when the team defeated McNeese State 30–3. However, the university’s mascot had a fumble on the sidelines. Cosmo the Cougar lost his head, literally. During a third quarter break at the BYU football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium, Cosmo attempted a tumbling stunt that flung his head […]

Reboot and reload: A breakdown of the BYU football roster for game day

Everyone involved with the BYU Cougars football team — fans, players, parents, coaches, groundskeepers, cheerleaders and food vendors — agrees that finishing the year 4-9 is not OK. Fine. Done. Can we all take a cleansing breath and move on? With significant changes to the coaching staff (especially on the offensive side of the ball) […]

BYU football selects 8 team captains for 2018 season

BYU football head coach Kalani Sitake announced the team captains for the 2018 season. For the 2018 season, team members voted on the captains and the coaches announced the selected leaders on Monday. There are eight total captains: four offensive and four defensive. “I’m pleased to announce our captains for the season,” Sitake said in […]

Keys to a better season for BYU football in 2018

No better example of Murphy’s Law exists than BYU’s 2017 football season. Everything that could go wrong for the Cougars did go wrong. A flurry of injuries, an inept offense, and an inconsistent defense all combined to help BYU finish with its most losses in a season since 1955. Now, the Cougars are looking to […]

Steve Young congratulates Ray Lewis with ‘squirrel dance’

When Steve Young realized he couldn’t make it to Ray Lewis’ induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he sent his friend a video message. Lewis, who received the honor along with seven other football players, is known for his signature “squirrel dance.” So Young closed his video with his attempt at the trademark dance […]

5 BYU newcomers who could make a splash in 2018

Many position battles are far from settled as BYU opened up its fall football camp on Thursday. That may not be a bad thing for the Cougars as they look to bounce back from a disastrous season. Competition at quarterback, receiver and other key positions is giving BYU a chance to develop some quality depth. […]

Quarterback vs. quarterback: who will lead BYU’s offense in 2018?

Injuries and ineffective play created a revolving door at quarterback for BYU last season. With a new offense in place, the Cougars hope to avoid a repeat scenario this fall. The search for the right quarterback to run this new offense will extend into fall camp. BYU finished spring ball with several players making a […]

BYU receivers seeking to elevate their game in new offense

Things feel much different for Dylan Collie in his second stint at BYU. Collie, a graduate transfer from Hawaii, is becoming a mentor to a group of receivers short on experience but long on potential. The senior definitely has plenty of wisdom to impart from his time with the Rainbows. But he has also learned […]

BYU counting on coaching experience to build a better offense in 2018

Experience has become the tool of choice for BYU in rebuilding an offense from the ashes. The Cougars sunk to unthinkable depths a year ago en route to a 4–9 season. Putting points on the board, or even moving the chains, became a virtually impossible task at times. Last season, BYU ranked among the bottom […]

2018 Fab 40: Jonny Linehan

Age: 27 City: Provo The Journey One of the highlights of BYU’s losing football season was following punter Jonny Linehan on Twitter and other media outlets. His New Zealand charm, his openness and his sense of humor drew fans from both his rugby and football backgrounds. Jonny graduated in finance and is now a free […]

What does BYU’s 2018 class reveal about the Cougars going forward?

Few surprises emerged for BYU on National Signing Day. A large percentage of the team’s 2018 football signing class officially joined the Cougars in the early signing period in December. This development ended up aiding head coach Kalani Sitake in a transition period. Coming off a 4–9 season, Sitake shook up his coaching staff during […]

BYU football releases 2018 schedule

BYU football released its 2018 schedule — which includes three matchups with top-25 teams and eight games against bowl teams from this past season — on Wednesday. The independent football team’s schedule features games against schools from 11 different states and five conferences: Big Ten, Pac-12, Mountain West, Mid-American, Southland. Three teams were ranked in the […]

Most notable BYU sports moments in 2017

As 2018 approaches, it’s time to reflect on the last 365 days. For BYU sports in 2017, there were plenty of highs and definitely plenty of lows to improve on in the coming year. Here’s a list of 12 notable BYU sports moments from the past year. Some are good memories and some are bad, […]

5 things we learned about BYU football’s early signees

BYU is banking on athletes possessing large frames and versatile games to help turn things around after a difficult football season. The Cougars brought in 14 players during the early signing period on Wednesday and Thursday. If this first wave of recruits is an accurate barometer for how the remainder of BYU’s 2018 class will […]

It’s official: BYU football names Jeff Grimes as new offensive coordinator

After two weeks of offensive coordinator limbo, BYU football has hired LSU running game coordinator and offensive line coach Jeff Grimes as the Cougars’ offensive coordinator, BYU announced Thursday morning. “I’m pleased to announce Jeff Grimes as the offensive coordinator at BYU,” said BYU head coach Kalani Sitake in a press release. “Jeff has great leadership […]

10 highlights from a dark BYU football season

These are strange times for BYU football. For the first time since 2004, the Cougars will not play in a bowl game after enduring a historically bad season. BYU finished with a 4–9 record, tallying the highest number of losses in a single season since going 1-9 under Chick Atkinson in 1955. “I’ve said it […]

BYU football relieves Ty Detmer of offensive coordinator duties

BYU head coach Kalani Sitake announced Ty Detmer has been relieved of his role as BYU’s offensive coordinator. Detmer held the position for two years. The announcement comes just two days after the BYU football team completed its 4–9 losing season by winning 30–20 against Hawaii. While the team searches for the next offensive coordinator — which […]