Comments about ‘BYU's Bronson Kaufusi caps impressive, busy freshman season’

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Published: Tuesday, April 30 2013 2:00 p.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

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

Mildred in Fillmore
Salt Lake City, UT

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

TrollPolice
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Kralon
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

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!

Wanda B. Rich
Provo, UT

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.

Down under
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

LunchBoy
DRAPER, UT

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.

Uteanymous
Salt Lake City, Utah

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.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

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....

dumprake
Washington, UT

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.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

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!

SLCWatch
Salt Lake City, UT

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

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

@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.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

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.

AZ Blue & Red
Gilbert, AZ

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.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@spokane

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

LOL!

SLCWatch
Salt Lake City, UT

@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.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

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!

truecoug1
Provo, UT

@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!

SLCWatch
Salt Lake City, UT

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"

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