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Published: Monday, Aug. 5 2013 7:05 p.m. MDT

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Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

Looking forward to seeing what he can do this year.

FatMan86
West Jordan, UT

He wasn't a 4 star recruit so he'd better just hang it up.

He doesn't have a chance unless some know-it-all recruiting service tells him he is a 4. That is where the real wins and losses are counted.

Forget the score at the end of the game.

waterboy23
Salt Lake, UT

"Not only can Bronson deliver but yes... he can deliver." -Bobby Bushay

Vladhagen
Salt Lake City, UT

I think the FatMn would make a great recruiting coordinator for the hill. At least according to Howard and Chris, that inseparable duo of pure Cougar lovin' commentary.
Let's hope for big things from Bronson. I would love to see him getting in some big hits and really anchoring the defense up front.

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

Fatman86, I get what you're saying and agree with it, but FYI Bronson was a 4 star recruit... one with a smile so wide it almost broke his face. great line.

Riddles in the Dark
Olympus Cove, Utah

To expect Bronson to "deliver" like Ziggy would be like expecting Hill to deliver like Young.

It's tough to fill the shoes of an iconic player, but that doesn't mean that both Bronson and Hill can't have very solid, successful seasons.

One of the hardest things to do as an athlete is to try to be "like" a previous great player. What Bronson and Taysom must do is to learn how best to take full advantage of their own unique skill sets to be the best player they can be, and not worry about how their performance compares to anyone else.

Go Cougars!

Down under
Eugene, OR

He will be enough to lay the smack on Utah QB's. He is a beast and I can't wait for 9/21.

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

RE: Riddles in the Dark

"To expect Bronson to "deliver" like Ziggy would be like expecting Hill to deliver like Young."

While I agree with the gist of your post, I think it's also important to recognize what was described in the article. While Ziggy was a great player, he was, in my opinion, the third or fourth most impactful player on last years defense (behind KVN, Ogletree, and maybe one or two others). He was playing catchup most of the season, learning how to play the game. It wasn't until after the season that he miraculously became a physical freak and top draft pick.

Kaufusi, on the other hand, is READY to play. He is in great physical shape, has some good experience behind him, and understands the playbook. He won't "deliver" like Ziggy, but I bet he makes a greater impact than Ziggy did (on the field) last season.

Mildred in Fillmore
Salt Lake City, UT

Top 5 NFL pick for sure.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

Did you see him play basketball? He is built like a brick out house, strong on the inside and outside. He looked massive compared to anyone else on the floor. Tyler Haws needed him for a body guard last year while getting punched by those who attempted to defend him.

Bronson will not be a body guard on the football field. The opposing QB will need body guards.

If Bronson's numbers (in this article) are accurate, coupled with his experience and knowledge of the game, we don't need to rebuild at Ziggy's position, we are just reloading, possibly with high caliber ammo.

Alas, it is all for naught, BYU ain't in the PAC-12 or a BCS League.

RedUtes08
West Jordan, UT

It is good to see How Utah Teams produce such Great athletes with such bright futures. BYU has definitely picked up a gem. The Best of luck to Bronson. Seems like he deserves everything coming at him.

GO UTES!!!

thebigsamoan
Richmond, VA

Red Utes08,

Very classy comment, sir! Thank you! Wish all fans on both sides could be that respectful and stop the hate and mockery. Some say it's just harmless banter but I find it very vicious and vile most times and thus hurtful and nauseating to say the least.

Go Cougars! Good luck Utes too!

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

wow, that's impressive

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

@Wiscougfan
"While Ziggy was a great player, he was, in my opinion, the third or fourth most impactful player on last years defense (behind KVN, Ogletree, and maybe one or two others). He was playing catchup most of the season, learning how to play the game. It wasn't until after the season that he miraculously became a physical freak and top draft pick."

I think you can add Romney Fuga at NT to your list of most impactful players. Fuga as the lynch-pin in that defense at the point of attack that made it all work.

I think Ziggy showed flashes last season of his brilliance but didn't have the stamina or motor that Bronson has to be an impact on every play. Ziggy was simply amazing in the Georgia Tech game and he became like the Deion Sanders of Defensive Ends when he shut down his half of the field and forced GT to run the other way.

He had several impressive moments that showed off his amazing agility, speed, burst, ability to close, etc. His play in the regular season set the stage for what he did later in the all-star game.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

I lost all respect for him when he did his MMA moves on Gonzaga in Provo. At least in football it's an even playing field.

Uteanymous
Salt Lake City, Utah

Spokane Ute

Bronson was simply answering the physical play of the Bulldogs on Haws. He did get a little carried away, but that was simply his natural football aggressiveness being exhibited in the heat of battle.

PP
Eagle Mountain, UT

Sorry Spokane, I am a basketball ref and of the 2 notable fouls Kafusi was called for against Olynik(?) the first one was an offensive foul that should have been called against Olynik or at worst a no call. The problem was Olynik could not push Kafusi around like he did other players and fell down himself. The second was a foul on Kafusi but it was a pretty average foul, it was just a case of a light weight against a heavyweight. The ESPN announcer was a little crazy in his comments, probably a skinny post player in his playing days.

As a ref I hate it when the officials cant ref a big guy. A small guy running into a big guy and then falling down gets called against the big 90% of the time and it often should be the other way around.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

Spokane Ute and PP

I went back and looked at the BYU Gonzaga game on YouTube last night. Yeah, Kaufusi did foul Olynic, but Bronson barely touched him. Olynic jumped into Kaufusi and bounce off hard. It would have been a charge had Kaufusi not taken a swat at the ball and accidentally hit Olynic with his arm. The ESPN commentator was way off base with his comments.

Calling it an MMA type move simply if not the truth.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

Kafusi doesn't belong on the basketball court. IMO

Hopefully this comment is soft enough not to get denied.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

"Kafusi doesn't belong on the basketball court. IMO"

Please don't expect most BYU fans to understand a Spokane resident's affinity for all things Zag. That being said, where Kafusi really belongs is...

... in a Ute quarterback's face.

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