Walkenhorst to miss season again?

BYU's Paul Walkenhorst still has not been cleared to play by doctors. Coach Gary Crowton on Saturday said it is possible that the senior linebacker may be sidelined for a second consecutive season. Walkenhorst underwent back surgery last summer.

"Paul has some health issues," Crowton said. "(The doctors) are going to make sure he's real healthy before he gets back. It may take a while with Paul. There's a chance he might not go this year and he'll have to go next year. Sometimes you have to wait and see with these things."

Meanwhile, Crowton said middle linebacker Cameron Jensen should be ready to practice "in a day or two" after sustaining a leg injury during Friday's practice.

Mr. Versatility

Freshman B.J. Mathis can do a little of everything. At least, that's what the Cougars are hoping. The 5-foot-7, 170-pounder could be the Cougars' version of "slash."

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"B.J. is very versatile. He's very fast. He ran a 10.37 in the 100 meters in high school," Crowton said. "He can play receiver, running back, defensive back. He's a versatile athlete. We have to see where he fits in right now. We have him at wide receiver, and we're excited about him as a kickoff returner and possibly a punt returner."

At Berkner High School in Dallas, Texas, last year, Mathis averaged 8.9 yards per carry, caught 36 passes for 436 yards and was an all-state kick-return specialist. He scored eight touchdowns.

Former Y. player dies

The construction worker who was killed Friday in Saratoga Springs when he was struck by a passing car as he climbed out of a manhole has been identified as former BYU linebacker Chad Robinson. Robinson played for the Cougars from 1987 to 1989.