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 […]

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 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 […]

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 to finish disappointing season against Hawaii

At the end of a historically bad season, the 3–9 BYU football team will travel to Honolulu looking to finish the year with a win against Hawaii. Coming off a 9–4 2016 season including a bowl-game win against Wyoming, nobody could have predicted such a disappointing year. BYU football hasn’t seen a losing record in […]

3 ways to fix the BYU offense

A broken offense has left BYU’s season in shambles. The Cougars (1–6) are off to their worst start since 1968. Five of those six losses have occurred by double digit margins. They face a real possibility of missing a bowl game for the first time since 2004. Offensive ineptitude is a major reason for it. Through […]

5 plays that changed the game for BYU against Boise State

Nothing seems capable of waking the sleepwalking BYU offense. Even the return of Tanner Mangum to the lineup against Boise State did not change the end result. Mangum started against the Broncos on Friday night after being sidelined for two games with an ankle injury. A promising start quickly turned into a sour finish. The […]

A series of unfortunate injuries for BYU quarterbacks

In what seems to be an unlucky Cougar trend, another BYU quarterback went down with an injury. Sophomore quarterback Beau Hoge, who was already replacing injured junior quarterback Tanner Mangum, suffered what appeared to be a concussion in the game against Utah State on Friday night. Hoge’s injury forced sophomore quarterback Koy Detmer Jr. into […]

Top 5 BYU quarterback performances in their first career starts

Starting at quarterback for the first time, against a Top-10 team, is always a daunting task. That’s the exact scenario Beau Hoge faced when BYU hosted Wisconsin on Saturday. It didn’t produce a positive outcome for him or his team. Hoge totaled 111 yards on 11-of-20 passing and tossed a pair of interceptions in BYU’s […]

Moroni’s Promise: New position fits junior tight end

Junior Moroni Laulu-Pututau came to BYU as a lean wide receiver, running up sidelines and diving for balls at the end of a fly route. In fact, his freshman season, he averaged 18.7 yards a catch with a long of 54 yards. But, when offensive coordinator Ty Detmer returned to Provo last season and declared […]

How will Tanner Mangum run BYU’s offense in 2017 vs his freshman season?

No mystery surrounds what Tanner Mangum can do for BYU. Mangum is not going through fall camp as a typical quarterback climbing the ladder from backup to starter. He has already been down this path once before. Mangum got thrown into the fire fresh off his mission in 2015. He took over as the starting […]

50 reasons to be excited for the BYU football season

By UtahValley360 Staff With the first BYU football game scheduled for 50 days from today, the UtahValley360 staff is sharing 50 reasons we’re excited for the upcoming football season. Quarterback Tanner Mangum in the driver’s seat. At this time last year, we didn’t know if Tanner or Taysom Hill would lead the Cougars on the field. Now […]

BYU aims to craft a balanced offense in 2017

Classic BYU football starts and ends with throwing the ball and lighting up the scoreboard. The Cougar offense took on a much different form in Kalani Sitake’s debut season. BYU ran opponents into the ground most of the time behind all-time leading rusher Jamaal Williams and Taysom Hill. Now that Williams and Hill have graduated, […]

5 things we learned about BYU football during the 2017 spring scrimmage

Optimism reigns supreme for BYU. The gloomy conditions brought on by a rainstorm at Saturday’s annual spring scrimmage didn’t mirror the feeling on the sidelines or in the locker room. Several starters and experienced backups return on both sides of the ball. The Cougars are no longer working on overhauling an offense or defense. All […]

BYU and Wyoming will renew fierce rivalry in the 2016 Poinsettia Bowl

For a second consecutive season, BYU will close out a football season by tangling with a long-time rival in a bowl game. The Cougars will face Wyoming for the first time since 2010 in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. PST (broadcast on ESPN). BYU is playing the Cowboys for the 78th time […]

BYU football players share the funniest thing a fan has ever said to them

Fans say the darndest things. At the beginning of the season, we asked a few BYU football players what the funniest thing a fan has ever told them. Here are nine are-you-serious statements from BYU fans. Kalani Sitake, BYU head football coach “Someone called me Benedict Sitake one time. And that made me laugh. I […]

Everything you ever wanted to know about BYU football season openers

BYU is looking to start a new season under a new coaching staff off with a bang against Arizona in the Cactus Kickoff on Saturday. Recent history suggests the odds are in the Cougars’ favor for getting off on the right foot. Since 2001, BYU has posted a 12–3 record in season openers. Much of […]

Utah-Tube: Mangum-to-Mathews Miracle recreated in LEGO video

  LEGO #BYUFootball! Check it out! Thanks @goldyeller for puttin in 100s of hours to recreate this incredible moment! — BYU Football Video (@BYUFBvideo) August 23, 2016 The Mangum-to-Mathews Miracle at Nebraska is getting new life with a LEGO version of the Hail Mary pass — and its complete with the ESPN announcer calling the […]

11 most important players for BYU football in 2016

Ever since coming to BYU, Kalani Sitake has repeatedly affirmed his desire to put his best 11 players on the field. It has opened up battles at multiple positions as the Cougars open fall camp this weekend. Players are pushing hard to show they belong in that elite group on offense, defense or special teams. Sitake is open […]

50 reasons to be excited for BYU football

By UtahValley360 staff July 15 is an insignificant day unless you are a BYU football fan waiting for the first game of the season. Today marks 50 days until the first Cougar football game against the Arizona Wildcats in Glendale, Arizona on Sept. 3. In honor of the first game of the season beginning in just 50 […]

Ty Detmer steps into familar role as architect of BYU’s new offense

The circle is now complete for Ty Detmer. When he first left BYU 25 years ago, Detmer departed as one of the most prolific passers in NCAA history. He set a multitude of NCAA records and became the first Heisman Trophy winner at BYU while directing one of the nation’s most explosive offenses over a […]

Collinsworth and Mangum-to-Mathews Miracle win State of Sport awards

Three BYU athletes — Kyle Collinsworth, Mitch Mathews and Tanner Mangum — won 2016 Governor’s State of Sport awards on Tuesday night. Collinsworth, a senior basketball player, was named the Collegiate Male Athlete of the year. He caught national attention his junior season when he surpassed Shaq’s NCAA career triple-double record in one season with six triple-doubles. […]

Y Awards honor top BYU student-athletes

The Marriott Center floor was filled with BYU athletes on Wednesday night, but instead of adorning jerseys, these athletes dressed in their Oscar best. BYU’s athletic department holds the Y Awards every year where the student-athlete body votes on the best athletes and performances from their fellow student-athletes over the past year. The voting period […]

5 things we learned from BYU’s Spring scrimmage

BYU offered a sneak peek of what its football future holds for 2016 and the early returns look promising. The Cougars staged their annual spring scrimmage at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday. More than 18,000 fans turned out to see what BYU will look like under first-year head coach Kalani Sitake. The picture was not […]

BYU’s new offense already a hit with the team

BYU will not be suffering any identity crisis on offense this season. The Cougars have dusted off a familiar playbook under new offensive coordinator Ty Detmer. Since joining first-year head coach Kalani Sitake’s staff in December, Detmer has installed a pro-style West Coast offense that resembles the scheme BYU ran when LaVell Edwards still roamed […]

VIDEO: Pulling back the curtain on UV Mag’s Fab 40 party

  The 9th annual feature on Utah Valley’s most fabulous brings together faces in a magazine format and in person. To celebrate the March/April issue “hot off the press,” everyone featured throughout the issue is invited to come to the Utah Valley Magazine offices to celebrate, network, eat and snap photos. This year’s batch of […]