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BYU football: Tempers flare again at Cougars' spring camp

Published: Tuesday, March 25 2014 9:19 p.m. MDT

BYU's Solomone Kafu (73) and Jordan Black (76) walk off the field during practice at the Smith Fieldhouse on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (Matt Gade, Deseret News) BYU's Solomone Kafu (73) and Jordan Black (76) walk off the field during practice at the Smith Fieldhouse on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

PROVO — BYU's spring practice was yet again a heated affair, with several players engaging in scuffles following whistles during team drills Tuesday.

"I think it's good," said quarterback Taysom Hill of the skirmishes. "Guys are competitive, and look, we've been going at each other for 10 practices now and that's expected. So you start not to like the guy you're going against because you go against him all the time. ... I'm glad that guys are sticking up for each other and they're battling. They're not just folding and laying down."

Two new faces battling for Hill and the offense Tuesday were offensive linemen Ryker Mathews and Brayden Kearsley. Both have been working through academic issues, but are currently back in good standing.

According to coach Bronco Mendenhall, their academic status is day to day.

“As of today and for today," he said regarding Kearsley's specific practice clearance. "Tomorrow could be a different story, so why don’t we just plan on answering that each day until the end of the spring?"

PRACTICE HIGHLIGHTS: JC transfer Nick Kurtz had some nice receptions Tuesday as he continues to acclimate himself to BYU's offense. One reception saw him juke cornerback Trent Trammell in the flat for some extra yardage.

On another occasion, Kurtz had a deep pass glance off his finger-tips and into the waiting arms of Terenn Houk for a 45-yard gain.

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