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  • billybubba South Jordan, UT
    May 3, 2013 12:23 p.m.

    @ spokane ute

    heres one for you

    While at the University of North Carolina, Peppers was also a walk-on member of the men's basketball team. The Carolina football coach, Carl Torbush, said he could play football and then be a walk-on for Bill Guthridge on the UNC men's basketball team. He was a reserve on the 1999-2000 Tar Heels team that made it to the Final Four. Peppers was also a reserve on the 2000-2001 men's basketball team. In the NCAA Tournament, Peppers scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a loss to Penn State in the second round. After the season, Peppers decided to focus solely on football and did not play basketball in his final season.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    May 3, 2013 11:28 a.m.

    @Spokane
    Sorry you can't see the good in Bronson Kaufusi. He is a great young man. He would win you over if you ever got to meet him in person and you knew he had no flagrant intent in his heart. Have your opinion but think how calling someone a "dirty player" would effect you if they said it about you. I'm sorry if I offended you. My intent was to get you to see things from a different point of view you weren't considering or where you had a false impression about Bronson.
    I'm glad you have passion for your team. But passion for your team doesn't need to extend to denigrating someone else. You don't build your own house by tearing down someone else's.
    Gonzaga has a great program. So does BYU. Coach Rose would never condone putting in a player to do what you accuse Bronson of doing. It was a hard foul. It was not intended to be flagrant but it was called such. Get over it, I'm sure Olynyk has and I'm sure Bronson felt bad because of it. Have a better not bitter life.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    May 2, 2013 6:37 p.m.

    @ Spokane Ute,

    In my opinion the view that you espouse is nothing short of Hypocrisy... Gonzaga plays as "dirty" as any team in the conference... The difference is that they get away with it with the WCC officials (same with St. Mary's btw)... I'm actually okay with it, as long as it is called evenly both ways... I don't call it "dirty", I call it "physical" and good teams have to be physical...

    Kaufusi just gave back to Olynyk what Olynyk was giving to Davies and Austin, and what Hart and Bell were giving to Hawes...

    I happen to think that Bronson's game against Gonzaga in Provo was one of his best.It got the Zags fans biting their nails LOL, and I hope to see him getting them to do it more next year...

    As a BYU fan, I love watching him... I would like to see more Offense productivity, but it will come... We saw glimpses of his ability this year, particularly on the glass, the kid can jump out of the gym...

    If I were Rose btw, I would wear your Disdain as a badge of honor and strive to earn more.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 2, 2013 5:06 p.m.

    Interesting Stat I will leave you all with
    Average Fouls per 40 minutes (game)
    Gonzaga
    Harris: 2.85
    Bell: 2.3
    Olynk: 3.4
    Three Combined: 8.55
    Karnoski (back up center): 3.7

    BYU
    Davises (sp): 4.2
    Kafausi: 8.75
    Those numbers speak for them self. He averages more fouls per game, then points:

    Oh well, to each his own. I stand pat with my postion. Everyone have a good evening...and thanks for the back and forth; no hard feelings from my end.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 2, 2013 3:57 p.m.

    @Poly
    Calling a player "dirty" is an opinion. I never questioned your sports knowledge, called you silly or stated that you were embarassing your self; now did I? A couple of other points; two sport athletes are very, very common in HS. Are you actually comparing Kafusi to Greg Kite? Greg Kite played physical, but not dirty. I never, ever saw Kite throw another player to the ground, then stand over his like he just made a sack. Gonzaga's back up center isn't an enforcer, beleive me. He's, well, a back up center. Kafusi made quite an impression on me that game, as he did to all Gonzaga fans! That's just the way it is!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 2, 2013 3:47 p.m.

    Futhermore, Utah and Washington don't need to pull players from the football team to push their opponents around. They need basketball players first and foremost; as does any team. I guess we can agree to disagree; and there's nothing wrong with that!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 2, 2013 3:44 p.m.

    @SLCWatch
    "Seems we have a continuing problem with reading comprehension, math skills and simple logic." Are you actually saying that this comment wasn't directed at me? Really? Who else on here has taken exception to Kafusi's style of play; espcially against Gonzaga? Let's be honest; and let's practice what we preach. Again, when a player fouls out, with a flagarant foul included, it's pretty obvious what his intentions are. Did you even watch the game? When you use the term "mugged"; that's pretty subjective. None of the Zags fouls were intentional or flagrant. None of the Gonzaga players fouled out. Look that up if you feel so inclined. I stand by my position. I lost a lot of respect for Rose and Kafusi after that game. Is it a reflection on BYU basketball? Yes. Do I hate BYU basketball? Of course not. I was actually really suprised by Kafusi's actions; and Rose's to leave him in. Hopefully, that game was an isolated case; as it appears to be.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    May 2, 2013 2:46 p.m.

    By the way, if Bronson's only purpose was to hack and foul, then coach Rose needs to talk to Bronson about staying focused on his role.
    He played only 6.4 minutes per game but he wasted his time...
    Scoring 21 points, shot .600 from the field, only 3-11 from the foul line (which explains why other teams fouled him), had 34 rebounds (you can't be hacking if you too busy pulling down rebounds at a 1.7 per 6 minute rate. If he had played 34 minutes like Haws he would have pulled down 9.03 rebounds a game which would have led the team.
    Bronson is not Jimmer Fredette or Olynyk but to say he doesn't belong on the basketball court (the claim that started all this) is disingenuous. Had Utah or Washington had Bronson Kaufusi they would have used him (and probably at a higher rate because they needed size, but that's speculation).
    Teams use their size to indimidate. Example the first Gonzaga game. Bronson had to come into the second game because Gonzaga had put Austin in foul trouble by pushing and bumping him. Hence the need for Bronson. He doesn't push easily.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    May 2, 2013 2:09 p.m.

    @Spokane

    "Do you always attack others, and call them names; when they have a differing opinion, or support another program?"

    Specifically: "I guess that's how it is when you see things through blue colored glasses" or "even made one individual run off" or "you are a BYU Homer in deep denial" or "Great spin and whine-fest by BYU Homers" or "Sorry to burt your blue bubble"

    Uh, do you mean stuff like this?

    As to leaving the conversation, I haven't addressed you since I left the conversation until now if you hadn't noticed.

    Others want to know whether or not false impressions or statements are being made.

    I appreciate you toning it down about me but be nice to everyone, you'll get farther. Please include Bronson. If you notice by reading the article, he wasn't pulled from the football team, he begged to be allowed to play when Coach Rose lost two starters and needed a big man. By the way, I did mention Bronson played in the first game in Spokane and had no fouls, if you watched that game you would have seen Haws get mugged. It's already been mentioned

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    May 2, 2013 1:56 p.m.

    @Spokane Ute...

    Civil? When have I not been civil? I'm not angry,just bewildered... I am surprised that you don't recognize that teams often have a player (usually a post player) that seldom scores but rebounds and defends the paint well... You listed BYU players from the past, maybe you remember Greg Kite... He scored little but the person he guarded also scored little... He was 6'11 and rebounded and defended well... He went on to the NBA... Gonzaga had a back up Center this year that didn't have great Offensive skills but he took up a lot of space... Enforcer? Maybe.

    I listed the people I listed because they are recognizable names and they played on World Championship teams (except for Evans)... Some teams are fortunate to have Enforcers who can score (Malone for the Jazz, Barkley for the 76ers and the Suns were 2 examples)... Most teams have them however, whether they are good or bad.

    FYI, Kaufusi was a 2 sport athlete all the way through HS and he just decided to pursue Football... He asked Rose for an opportunity to play B-Ball and he got it.

    Oh, and calling a player "Dirty", isn't civil.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 2, 2013 1:15 p.m.

    @Poyman

    I stand corrected on the NCAA loss, that is correct. Again, name another college team, or coach, that has pulled a player off the football team to be the "Enforcer"? It's a weak ploy. IMO Of couse it's used in the NBA; though seldom. NBA teams can't afford to have a player that can't produce. Big difference between playing physical and playing cheap. I also notice that 3 of the 4 players you list have long since retired from the sport. Make no mistake, I know the game. You probably do as well, but seem to get upset when someone has a differing opinion. Don't assume to know some one's knowledge from a post or two; that's a huge leap and quite often incorrect. Take a deep breath and keep the dialogue civil.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    May 2, 2013 12:52 p.m.

    @ Spokane Ute

    I guess you don't want to count the 20 point blow out in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tourney then do you??? And that was done without Davies...

    The Enforcer Point that I am trying to make is that it is a commonly used strategy in Basketball (particularly in Division I and in the NBA)... I gave you some examples of Enforcers that played on championship teams... Kaufusi is an excellent rebounder, a good defender, and he cannot be pushed or elbowed out of the paint... Those are attributes that coaches like to have when games get physical. The fact that you don't recognize it tells me that you know little about the sport.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 2, 2013 12:49 p.m.

    Poyman

    You list doesn't have any college players on it; now that's odd.
    Do you always attack others, and call them names; when they have a differing opinion, or support another program?

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    May 2, 2013 12:18 p.m.

    @Herman 2012

    I didn't think any Ute fans were out there that would attempt to defend their horrible basketball program...

    Here's an easy to find fact for you Herman:

    Utah is 1 win and 11 losses against BYU over the past 7 years... The one win came in OT on the Utes home floor... And yet you want to throw stones? Utah would be a cellar dweller in the WCC just like they are in the Pac 10.2...

    Heck, y'all lost to Sacramento State and Cal Northridge from the Big West last year on your home floor... The year before you lost to a Division II team that no one has heard of from Texas or Oklahoma ( Some Baptist College).

    Utah is at least a Train Wreck, they have hit the bottom of the barrel and there is only one way for them to go... Ute fans don't even show up to their games anymore. (what did you finish, 10th place in your league?) LOL

    Your Football program is heading the same direction BTW, and you will see just how poor they are come September.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 2, 2013 12:04 p.m.

    @Poyman

    Pleeeze don't try to judge my knowledge of hoops because you have no idea. Played and watched the game my whole life. Watched Fred Roberts, and Devin Durrant in HS, watched Ainge, Danny Vranes, Jeff Judkins, Tom Chambers, etc; through out their careers. I don't ever recall Jerry Pimm, Rick Majerus, or Frank Arnold pulling a player from the football team in; to play the "enforcer"; or to rough up the opposition. Do you? This is only the second year for BYU in the WCC and they have lost 3 of 4 to the Zags. In my opinion, Gonzaga doesn't rebuild, they reload. I, in turn, feel certain that Gonzaga will sweep BYU again. Furthermore, be carefull on judging someone. If you feel I have embarrassed myself because I have a different opinion then you, so be it.

    Y Dad/ Y Grad

    Igonrant and Arrogant? Really? For having a differn't opinon? Comments like that make it difficult to have any respect for BYU fans. Congradulations! FYI, chiming in and calling names is weak sauce, surely you can do better than that! Then again, maybe not!

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    May 2, 2013 12:00 p.m.

    Here are some "Enforcers" for you Spokane Ute, you might recognize some of the names:

    Reggie Evans, Den Nuggets and Phi 76ers

    Dennis Rodman, Chi Bulls and SA Spurs

    Ben Wallace, Detroit Pistons

    Maurice Lucas, Portland Trailblazers

    Three of these played on teams that won the World Championship... And yet, you think that there is no place for an "Enforcer" in Basketball...

    Again, study up before you embarrass yourself and other Bulldog and Ute fans on these blogs... You really look silly with your comments.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    May 2, 2013 11:44 a.m.

    @ Spokane Ute...

    It is easy to see that you have been nothing more than a spectator all your life... You have no clue about hardwood strategy... Kaufusi fills the enforcer role well...

    As for your Bulldogs... I too think that they were the better team last year... But like all of your other facts you are way off when you start talking about Gonzaga sweeps... It happened last year, but that was the only year, and despite the fact that they were rated #2 in the nation at the time, the Cougars came within a whisker of winning the game... In fact, had the Gonzaga and St. Mary's partial Refs called the last Cougars possession correctly Cusick's shot from 30' that went in would have counted in addition to Olynyk's foul which would have given Cusick a chance to win it at the line.

    I feel pretty certain that BYU will win at least one game from Gonzaga next year, and with Olynyk and Hart gone, I am thinking that BYU could sweep (although Few is a great coach).

    You, however, are a poor spectator... You really need to learn the game before you spout because you embarrass yourself.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    May 2, 2013 11:41 a.m.

    For the record, the vast majority of Gonzaga fans are not this ignorant or arrogant.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 2, 2013 11:21 a.m.

    @SLC Watch

    I thought you were dropping out of the conversation? Thanks for your response though; nothing wrong with a little lively back and forth. I stand by my position; Kafusi has no business on the hard court.

    @ Cougar1

    Yep, I got mine. A WCC undefeated season and sweep of your Cougs. Didn't even have to call a Rugby player in to rough up the opisition either.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 2, 2013 11:17 a.m.

    @SLC Watch

    No problem with reading comprehension; I simply ignored your post. My response was to the majority of the posts; not yours specifically. When was Tyler Haws mugged? I don't reacll any flagarant fouls from any Gonzaga player against him? Go ahead and confirm that one. He got out played, as did the entire BYU team. I do stand corrected on Kafusi's fouling out though. Did he even play in any games, other than the home game vs Gonzaga? I imagine his minutes were limited. It was quite obvious what his intent was against Gonzaga in Provo, right? Sorry, that game pretty much sealed the deal with me. A dirty player is a dirty player! As far as education goes, I will put my Mechanical Engineering degree, with minors and math and english up against any thing you care to offer; and no it wasn't from the U of U. I'm not exactly sure what that has to do with the topic anyway?

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    May 2, 2013 9:38 a.m.

    Seems we have a continuing problem with reading comprehension, math skills and simple logic.
    I bothered to look up all of the Y's games.
    I reiterate:
    Bronson Kafusi (lest any one confuse who we are talking about) fouled out of only 1 (one) game all year. He played in 21.
    In the first Gonzaga game Kafusi commited: 0 fouls.
    Majority (for those still unclear on definitions): means more than half, not 4.76% Davies fouled out more.
    He had a total of 28 fouls in 21 games: 1.33 per game.
    He had one flagrant foul in the season and that was in the Gonzaga game. (Read the play by play)
    He was fouled three times by Gonzaga in the same game (twice while shooting).
    There is no spin, no whine, no homerism, no hype.
    Just the facts.
    But lets look at a quote: "Yeah, knocking a guy to the ground and then standing over him is acceptable." This explains why mugging Tyler Haws was viewed as acceptable by some.
    If my math, reading comprehension, or logic are wrong I stand by my U of Utah degree.

  • Cougars1 Bluffdale, UT
    May 2, 2013 9:04 a.m.

    SpokaneUte,

    Well, you definitely got yours. Thanks SLCWatch. After reading that post it's pretty obvious who is spinning, and it's not the BYU fans.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 2, 2013 8:07 a.m.

    @Poyman

    And 3 more years of getting swept by the better team. I can't wait to watch Gonzaga pound them again. Kafusi will be thrown out by the time they play Gonzaga. No place for an enforcer in Hoops. I notice he doesn't stand out on the grid iron though. I guess it's not the same when your opponent is the same size and punches you back in the mouth.

    I also find it amussing that BYU fans can't even be honest about the fouls on Olynyk. Yeah, knocking a guy to the ground and then standing over his is acceptable. What comes around goes around. Kafusi will get his!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 2, 2013 8:02 a.m.

    Great spin and whine-fest by BYU Homers on this thread. If a player from Utah, Gonzaga or Washington; was simply put on the court to foul and hack the other team; I would have a real problem with it; make no mistake. While we are talking about Gary Bell and Mike Hart; how many flagarant fouls were called on the two this season? NONE! Kafusi had two in one game; and at home none the less. Kafusi fouled out of more games then the two combined. Sorry to burt your blue bubble, but when you pull a player off the football team to rough up the oppisition; that's weak sauce. Don't kid you self! Oh well, at least justice prevailed and the far better team (Gonzaga) won both games.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    May 2, 2013 1:12 a.m.

    Nice post SLC Watch... You ate our uninformed Ute friend from Spokane alive...

    Hart and Bell and even Olynyk are all very physical defenders... Olynyk is also physical on the Offensive side of the ball... Rose just let Kaufusi make Olynyk understand that he doesn't get to do that without getting some of that back when the BUlldogs play the Cougars... Particularly in Provo... The Dog Pound is just going to have to get use to it... And it wouldn't hurt the Ute from Spokane to learn a little bit about Division I Basketball.

    I do think that he will be a first rounder in Football as he has the size, speed, quickness and athletic ability to be a real impact player (heck, he already is)... I suspect that he will get lots of attention over the next couple of years and because of his age I further suspect that a lot of folks will try and push him into the NFL draft early... I hope he resists...

    My last hope pertaining to Mr. SpokaneUte is that he gets to witness 3 more years of Mr. Kaufusi's presense on the Hardwood... A Cougar Enforcer, I like it.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    May 1, 2013 10:19 p.m.

    Bronson got called for some of the fouls and flagrants simply because of his size. Even the ESPN announcers in one of the games on their network said as much. If he wasn't so big, the idea of it being a flagrant would have never crossed the officials' minds.

    When you run into a guy who weighs 270, you're definitely going to get a different result than when you run into a guy 50-70 lbs lighter. Can't call a guy dirty just because he weighs more.

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    May 1, 2013 9:29 p.m.

    SLC Watch--- Nicely done!!
    Bronson didn't deserve the reputation he had. The only reason he was even on the team was to help fill in the holes of missing Rogers and Collinsworth. His defensive presence changed the momentum of a lot of games so in that respect, he performed his role. The Olynyc foul looked far worse than it was and was made worse by Olynyc himself when he decided to fake pump. He's just not used to using that move to draw a foul from a guy weighing 270. Haha I doubt Bronson will be back on the Bball court just because the team won't be in such a pinch again. Thanks for helping the team and giving it your best, Kaufusi! Now go introduce yourself to some QB's this fall!

  • Swoop Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2013 9:10 p.m.

    2020

    Lots of wishful thinking completely divorced from reality.

    Utah football has finished LOWER than BYU in the national rankings in 5 of the 8 seasons during the Bronco/Kyle era and the Utes have been in steady decline since 2008.

    Utah basketball has been a train wreck for years and lost the majority of its key players from a losing team. Utah's 2013 recruiting class doesn't even come close to matching BYU's, which recorded its 8th straight 20+ win season and post season appearance.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    May 1, 2013 9:01 p.m.

    He's in for a rude awakening this September when he's introduced to Jeremiah Poutasi, should he have the misfortune of lining-up across from him. Poutasi will straight abuse him.

  • 2020 Herriman, UT
    May 1, 2013 6:37 p.m.

    "Hate to break it to U, but your football program is quickly becoming just like your basketball program, a train wreck." I love it. Utah has beaten BYU in football 7 out of the last 10 years, 4 out of the last 5 and the last three straight...Bottom line.

    Also on the bottom line, BYU basketball has owned Utah for several years now, but they could only muster a one point win, at home, against that "train wreck." The WCC is weak. Gonzaga was ousted in the 2nd round and St. Mary's was one and done. BYU didn't even make the semi's of their tourny.

    Utahs basketball team will again be better than BYUs and their football team will remain better.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2013 4:44 p.m.

    @Down under

    That's not envy you smell.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2013 2:45 p.m.

    Okay Boys and Girls lets learn about definitions:

    Truth: Something that really occured
    Example: Kaufusi fouled out of one game all year-Gonzaga
    Example: Kaufusi got no technical fouls in the Gonzaga game-called for one flagrant.
    Example: Kaufusi average 28 fouls/21 games=1.333 fouls per game
    Hyperbole: Stating something that is an untrue exaggeration or false implication
    Example: "got disqualified for the majority of the games due to fouling out" Kaufusi fouled out of one in 21 games, 4.76 percent games=please see the meaning of majority
    Non sequitur: Conlusion that does not follow premises
    Example: "Wow, it looks like the truth has hit a nerve and even made one individual run off" As there was no truth in this persons statements it could not make one "run off". The stated leaving in this case was for one persons exaggerated bias which is true.
    Blatant exaggeration, false implication, fabricated claims: See Spokane Ute
    Example: "Not a Hater","I have a lot of admiration for most of the BYU players", and "unbiased point of view"

  • truecoug1 Provo, UT
    May 1, 2013 1:23 p.m.

    @SpokaneUte

    Bronson's a physical dude, but I've got no problem with it. I actually think it's really funny that Gonzaga fans were up in arms after Kaufusi puts a hard foul on Olynyk and put him on the floor. And, of course, the officials were quick to rush to Olynyk's defense.

    Do you know how many times Mike Hart and Gary Bell, Jr. took Tyler Haws to the floor in the first game up in Spokane? Guess how many times THAT was called.

    WCC's a physical league and Gonzaga's a physical team (by your own admission), but there definitely seems to be a hierarchy to officiating in the conference. U DO realize that Kelly Olynyk got his first foul against BYU with 10 minutes to go in the 2nd half of the 2nd game, right? And that all three of our bigs had at least four fouls in that game?

    How does THAT happen?

    So quit whining about Kaufusi. That was his job, he was meant to be an enforcer and to get in people's heads.

    Obviously he did that, since people are STILL talking about him.

    Go Cougars!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 1, 2013 12:14 p.m.

    Wow, it looks like the truth has hit a nerve and even made one individual run off. Again, when did a Gonzaga player/starter get a techincal foul this season, much less two flagrant fouls in one game? Which player/starter got disqualified for the majority of the games due to fouling out? Not a Hater at all, just telling it like it is. I have a lot of admiration for most of the BYU players, Haws is an excellent player, not to mention that BYU has a great recruiting class coming in. They also finished the season strong. Kafusi's basketball record speaks for itself; unless you are a BYU Homer in deep denial. Again, he needs to stick to football before his "role" on the basketball team causes an opponent a very serious injury!

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2013 10:57 a.m.

    @Spokane
    You live in Spokane, home of Gonzaga and you are unbaised? You attended the Gonzaga season and have no bias? And the "ute" tag amended to it makes you even further unbiased? I guess thats how you see things through those Red glasses? You call it physical but not dirty because you're unbiased? An you say they can all hoop (but Bronson can't) because you're unbiased? Get back to us on that wonderful unbiased point of view you have.

    (oh, thanks for the correction, I wondered what you were talking about "two 2's")
    I'm dropping out of this conversation, I can't deal with so much bias free point of view.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    May 1, 2013 10:47 a.m.

    @spokane

    Claiming you have "an unbiased point of view" is laugh out loud hilarious. You are a BYU hater, nothing "unbiased" about that.

    LOL!

  • AZ Blue & Red Gilbert, AZ
    May 1, 2013 10:37 a.m.

    I think Kafusi should be praised for what he has done. Not critizied and or pointed out some issues or weaknesses. Not one of us back seat sports critics can say we have done what he has this year. He had a roll on both teams and filled it. He was not the offence in Basketball but a big guy to come in and cause grief. Is he going to be drafted or even play b-ball again. Who Cares? He had a great season and wish him the best in the future. Wish I could say this.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 1, 2013 10:19 a.m.

    Correction: that's "two Tee's or Technical Fouls".
    Gonzaga may play phisical, but they don't play dirty or bring an enforcer on to the court. They can all hoop.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 1, 2013 9:49 a.m.

    @SLCWatch

    Yeah, right! I didn't see a single Gonzaga player get two 2's, or even a flagrant foul during the season. I don't recall any Gonzaga player fouling out the majority of the games either. I guess that's how it is when you see things through blue colored glasses, as opposed to an unbiased point of view.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    @Spokane Ute
    By that standard Gonzaga would lose half their starters too.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 1, 2013 8:59 a.m.

    Not sure why previous comment was rejected; but Kafusi has no business on the basketball court; especially after watching his rough play vs. Gonzaga. Can't sugar coat it any more than that!

  • dumprake Washington, UT
    May 1, 2013 6:34 a.m.

    I don't believe Kaufusi contributed anything to the basketball team; yes, he fouled out of every game he played in, yes, he delivered some big hits in the key, but Rose would have been better served playing any of his scholarship players. Kaufusi should stick to football where I believe he does have a future, leave the hardwoods to real basketball players.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    April 30, 2013 9:49 p.m.

    One BYU athlete did more this year singlehandedly, than the entire mighty PAC whatever Utah football team AND the basketball team could do combined: win a post-season game.

    Hmmmm....

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 30, 2013 6:32 p.m.

    LunchBoy

    "If this guy is the next Ziggy Ansah, maybe Bronco might look at getting him on the field before the second half of his senior season."

    You should try doing a little research before spouting off.

    As a Freshman, Bronson played in all 13 BYU games and totaled 23 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, one fumble recovery, one quarterback hurry and one pass breakup.

  • LunchBoy DRAPER, UT
    April 30, 2013 6:26 p.m.

    If this guy is the next Ziggy Ansah, maybe Bronco might look at getting him on the field before the second half of his senior season.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    April 30, 2013 5:44 p.m.

    Crissy, Crissy,
    You sound a little concerned for the upcoming football and basketball seasons and I smell a little envy.

    At least BYU has athletes that can play multiple sports and do it pretty well. I would love to see ANY Utah player do just one sport well. The Utah basketball team was a train wreck and the football team remains a cellar dweller.
    I love my independence.

  • Wanda B. Rich Provo, UT
    April 30, 2013 3:33 p.m.

    Any way you slice it, Kafusi had a great year. How many athletes had a chance to play in a bowl game, then play in the NIT semis in Madison Square Garden? Go ahead and be snarky, Chris B, but I suppose it could be jealousy rearing its ugly head. Easy for you to judge, since you've probably never played either sport at Kafusi's levewl. Maybe Bronson will not be a first rounder, and Bronco probably won't have a great record this year against a brutal schedule. But if the offense can revive a little and the defense repeat last year's stinginess, they may be better than you think. Personally, I'm waiting for the three Lone Peak basketball stars to return from missions, joined by a few other good recruits, and see how far the B-ball squad can go. Time will tell. But I'm not going to judge anybody prematurely.

  • Kralon HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
    April 30, 2013 3:22 p.m.

    It was great fun to see Bronson play basketball. Now that the article has brought it to mind, he did remind me a little of Ziggy bumping people off the track! But you could see that if he worked hard he could be a starting basketball player, he is talented athletically.

    Excited to see the Cougars and Bronson play football this coming season, go Cougars!

  • TrollPolice Salt Lake City, UT
    April 30, 2013 3:21 p.m.

    christy

    "When do we start the preseason BCS bowl contender talk? It can't be far away."

    Despite you jealous whining, sounds like you already have.

    btw, the Utes were WINLESS against Top 25 teams last season; that equates to a .000 record against Top 25 teams for Kyle. Hate to break it to U, but your football program is quickly becoming just like your basketball program, a train wreck.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    April 30, 2013 2:58 p.m.

    I think he could develop into a professional football or basketball player.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 30, 2013 2:32 p.m.

    Already hyping him as a first rounder huh?

    When do we start the preseason BCS bowl contender talk? It can't be far away.

    And hey, with Bronco's record of .200 against top 25 teams, why wouldnt you guys be in the running for a BCS bowl this year?

    LOL