BYU Cougars Football Season Preview History
2015 BYU Football Preview:
It was a tale of 2 seasons last for the Cougars last season. BYU opened 4-0, with wins over Texas, Houston, and Virginia. But an injury to star quarterback Taysom Hill contributed to a 4 game slide in the middle of the season, and left BYU fans wondering what could have been. Taysom Hill is back to lead the 2015 BYU Cougars in his senior season, and will be one of the top dual threat quarterbacks in all of college football. Hill will orchestrate an offense made up of seniors, giving the Cougars the talent necessary to make it through a very difficult schedule. The move to become an NCAA independent has increased the difficulty of BYU’s football schedule each season and 2015 is no different. Top games on the 2015 BYU Cougars football schedule are at Nebraska, UCLA, and Michigan, and against Boise State and Fresno State in Provo.
2014 BYU Football Preview:
2013 was an up and down season for the Cougars. A big home win against Texas in the 2nd week of the season put expectations through the roof, but losses to Utah, Wisconsin, and Notre Dame kept BYU out of the BCS conversation. The Cougars come into 2014 with incredibly high expectations. This excitement can be boiled down to 1 name, Taysom Hill. Hill threw for almost 3,000 yards in 2013, and established himself as one of the top dual threat quarterbacks in the nation. The junior will headline Brigham Young’s dangerous offense that also includes standouts Jamaal Williams, Jordan Leslie, and Brock Stringham. BYU’s defense will have to replace Eathyn Manumaluena, Spencer Hadley, and Uani Unga, who all entered the NFL draft. The BYU Cougars will have a number of games to look forward to in 2014, including a trip to Austin to take on the Longhorns, and road games at UCF, at Boise State, and at Cal.
2013 BYU Football Preview:
Coming off an 8-5 season and entering their third season as an independent, BYU appears ready to make a run at a BCS bowl game. Bronco Mendenhall enters his 9th season as the Cougars head coach and has compiled 74 wins in that span. The defense returns many starters from a squad that finished ranked 3rd in total defense and scoring in 2012. Offensively, Mendenhall will have to find a starting quarterback. Sophomore Taysom Hill is the frontrunner after playing well last season before going down with a knee injury. The running game will be by committee, with the receiving core being led by Cody Hoffman. The senior is a star and put off entering the NFL to come back for one more season. Hoffman finished 2012 with 100 catches, 1,248 yards, and 11 touchdowns. Hoffman is as steady as they come, and barring injury, Hoffman should leave BYU as the program’s all-time leading receiver. If the Cougars earn a BCS bid, they would have earned it. BYU will travel to Wisconsin and Notre Dame, and host Texas, Georgia Tech, and Boise State.
2011 BYU Football Preview:
BYU ended the year on a high note in 2010, trouncing UTEP in the New Mexico bowl to finish above .500 at 7-6. That team showed promise and a distinct ability to scorel. With a lot of talent on offense returning, there's no reason why the Cougars can't make their way to the postseason once again.
The most important piece of the offense is sophomore quarterback Jake Heaps, who showed he was able to be up to the task of leading the team as a freshman. The signal caller will be flanked by a wealth of targets including wide receivers Cody Hoffman and McKay Jacobson, both of whom could be poised for big years. Add to that the fact he will be behind an experienced offensive line, and there's no reason why Heaps won't have a solid year.
The Cougar defense struggled at times last season, but about halfway through the year they turned it around. paced by defensive ends Eathyn Manumalenua and Mat Putnam, BYU will certainly be able to get after the quarterback. One cause for concern is the secondary, where there is only one returning starter in the form of Travis Uale.
2010 BYU Football Preview:
Football at Brigham Young University has been the model of consistency over the past few seasons, and fans should expect another winning season in 2010. Under coach Bronco Mendenhall, the Cougars have earned their 22nd and 23rd conference championships by winning the Mountain West in 2006 and 2007.
While TCU currently wears the conference crown, the Cougars' play is nothing to sneeze at. BYU has reached five consecutive bowl games and finished the season ranked in the top 25 in the national AP Poll for the past four years. Their success has come as the Mountain West distinguished itself as one of the stronger conferences in college football.
Mendenhall's ability to recruit top talent will keep the Cougars competitive in 2010 and beyond. While the team has not yet decided on a starting quarterback, Jake Heaps, previously the top-ranked recruit in the country, has shown promise in spring games. Whoever takes the snaps will be flanked by running back J.J. Di Luigi, who collected 45 carries last season, and the freshman speedster Joshua Quezada.
All season long, Cougars fans will be waiting for the season closer on November 27th against Utah, BYU's top rival who recently left the Mountain West Conference.
2009 BYU Football Preview:
Head Coach: Bronco Mendenhall
Things are looking bright for the BYU Cougars heading into the 2009 season. BYU has strung together a few 10-win seasons in a row and there is no reason to believe the Cougs cannot improve upon that in 2009. Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall has not only been recruiting great talent to Provo, he's also been taking down major BCS conference schools (UCLA & Washington in 2008). If those trends keep up, then expect to see BYU making noise in the BCS bowl conversations...maybe even in 2009.
2008 BYU Football Preview:
Head Coach: Bronco Mendenhall
After a fantastic 10-2 overall season in 2007, and going 8-0 in the Mountain West Conference, winning the conference championship, the Brigham Young University Cougar football team will be looking to put their program and their conference on the national map next year and contend for a BCS bowl spot. BYU has tended to dominate the conference since they joined in 1999, and next year will likely be no different. Attend a game at LaVell Edwards Stadium this season and sit beneath the beautiful Wasatch Mountains along with thousands of Cougar fans and you'll see why this program is such an exciting part of college football.