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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 27 2014 6:15 p.m. MDT

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Taysom4Heisman
Heber City, UT

He'll play. He has personally said he is eligible. If he wasn't, he would either say "no comment" or admit to it.

Additionally, BYU left out its suspended players from its two-deep (Jamaal, Devon, Marques). The fact that Jordan is listed shows that he is eligible.

Who knows, maybe BYU is trying to not let anyone know so that UConn has to prepare for him. Maybe that's why they put him on the depth chart, but if suspended players were on the depth chart I think we would have seen the other 3 guys I just mentioned.

Sanefan
Wellsville, UT

YES, he will play and I think make some truly remarkable contributions to the Cougars win.

idablu
Idaho Falls, ID

I hope he starts, even though I don't necessarily think he is the best at that position. That will be a neat homecoming

Bronco has some athletes at corner this year. I would like to see some Man Press coverage once in awhile this year instead of the 10-15 yds off the LOS like they did 90+% of the time last year...

CT98
Saint George, UT

I really hope Jordan plays Friday however there are rumors on cougarboard that he and Daniels did not join the team for the flight out to CT today. I hope they are just rumors because Jordan needs the opportunity to play in front of so many family and friends.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

Gotta feel for JJ if he doesn't get a chance to play in what is basically a homecoming game for him. Here's to hoping Johnson gets to play in front of his friends and family....

Good luck kid

CougarSunDevil
Phoenix, AZ

The article seemed to lead (at the beginning) that there was some type of suspension possible, but then relates (at the end of the article) about it being a knee health issue. Kind of misleading by DN. Should write a better article with facts and not mislead readers.

dww722
North Salt Lake, UT

1320 KFAN said neither Johnson or Trammel would play. I'm not sure how credible they are but if what they say is true and Bronco does not allow Johnson to play in front of his friends and family in his home town I'll lose all respect for him.

Naked Truth
Salt Lake City, Utah

dww722,

It's about winning games. To say you'd lose all respect for the coach seems a little extreme.

Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

dww722:
There's been rumors and speculation but I'm not sure how to feel about this. On the one hand, rules are rules and if they were broken you have to lay out the consequences regardless of which game it is or against whom. At the same time, it's frustrating when we have no idea if any HC violations even occurred. In regard to Devon Blackmon, if he was actually suspended because of earrings I think that is ridiculous and unjustified. If you want a dress policy/jewelry policy fine, but suspending a guy for a game because he wore earrings? Make him run laps or get water for everyone or clean the locker room or something.

I appreciate that Bronco wants to run a tight ship, but it seems that some of these "team rules" that have nothing to do with the HC are over the top. What's next, you get suspended 1 game for each tattoo you have? And I won't even get into the negative impact these things have on recruiting and bringing kids to BYU to share in the LDS culture. It's annoying and frustrating at times having Bronco at the reigns.

souptwins
Lindon, UT

Actually, with Bronco it's about winning games and doing what's best in the long term for the player. Who knows if the rumors are true about them not making the flight? Only the guys on the flight know. I hope he gets to play but only if he's healthy enough to not put himself at risk. It would be a far bigger tragedy to injure the knee again than it would be to miss playing for his friends & family.

souptwins
Lindon, UT

Cougsndawgs-- Seriously? You can be sure Blackmon's suspension was about far more than earrings. He was joking about that to lighten things up. There was even a quote (can't remember details) in a news article from a teammate who laughed and said it was definitely not the earrings. I'm still deciding about the missing games part as well. I can't decide if there might be a better punishment for any kid from any team to pay a price without it impacting the rest of the team so much. I can see both sides on this one.

CougarSunDevil
Phoenix, AZ

CougsnDawgs

"In regard to Devon Blackmon, if he was actually suspended because of earrings I think that is ridiculous and unjustified. If you want a dress policy/jewelry policy fine, but suspending a guy for a game because he wore earrings? Make him run laps or get water for everyone or clean the locker room or something."

There were indications that he was talked about his earrings several times and either refused or kept putting them back in. It wasn't just a one time gig. If it was a one time thing though, I'd agree with you.

"I appreciate that Bronco wants to run a tight ship, but it seems that some of these "team rules" that have nothing to do with the HC are over the top...I won't even get into the negative impact these things have on recruiting and bringing kids to BYU to share in the LDS culture. It's annoying and frustrating at times having Bronco at the reigns."

When Mendenhall said he felt like a mission president, I cringed. He's not a mission president. He's a football coach. I agree, it's frustrating with him sometimes.

Scores
Idaho Falls, ID

Coach M. doesn't know what it feels like to be a M.P. He should know by now what it feels like to be a Head College Football Coach. Nobody knows what it feels like to be a football player at BYU, or anywhere else for that matter, until he is one.

Sendero1
Mesa, AZ

If Johnson has indeed done something to draw a one game suspension, I hope that Mendenhall is smart enough to make him serve it in some other game, and not in this one, in the kid's own backyard. If his knee isn't ready, then that is obviously another matter entirely. One way or the other, this is a case where the coaching staff should clear the air and give a decent explanation if he's to be held out of this game.

BlueNtheFace
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

I don't think Johnson or Daniel (or any of the suspended players) even made the trip.

They'll be back for Texas, thankfully. Though we have a hard time scheduling these days due to our independence, but we need to play our easiest game 1st as much as possible. We open ourselves up to opening day losses because the suspensions from the off season will always affect the 1st game.

It would have been nice to have Hoffman for the Virginia game last year and Williams, Kurtz, Blackmon, Yeck, M. Johnson, Balderree, R. Daniel, J. Johnson for this UConn game.

We still win tomorrow by 10.

Go BYU!

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I hope he gets to play in front of his family and friends. This is exactly why I so want Utah to not schedule the BYU every year. We must play against teams in areas we recruit so that they too can play in front of family and friends.

Not only his family and friends, but also all BYU fans traveling to the game from he as well as the BYU fan base in the Boston and surrounding area. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be enough to use all the tickets BYU was allotted as they had to return unsold tickets. Maybe, just maybe, the fan base is not as promoted and advertised.

Naked Truth
Salt Lake City, Utah

Considering how Bronco handled Van Noy--which has been widely documented in books, magazines and news articles--I have all the confidence in the world that Bronco will and has handled these situations with the players' best interest in mind, while trying to win games.

BlueHusky
Mission Viejo, CA

Rules in a military environment are very strict. I've been to Basic Training and if you wiggle your fingers in formation you'll be running around somewhere or worse, getting a gig slip (which could get you another week in Basic Training). Football teams, like football itself, are very militaristic. These rules seem silly from the outside, but create bonds inside. And football requires tremendous discipline and dedication.

So lay off Bronco. He knows what he's doing.

BlueHusky
Mission Viejo, CA

One other thing: I was amazed when I started a Yale how everybody thought all Mormons were and are racist. Years after the elimination of the priesthood restriction, many people think Mormons still discriminate. While racial discrimination is still common in the US, particularly in the East and South, the LDS Church still gets branded, as was illustrated in the quote.

I personally was affected by the LDS doctrine, but am gratified to see heavy recruiting of blacks today. I honor them, especially those non-LDS black kids who come to BYU. They are special, and deserve support. I look forward to a BYU-Nairobi some day.

idablu
Idaho Falls, ID

Whether the suspensions are legit or not, it certainly doesn't look good in the public eye or in the eye of future recruits that all five of those suspended are black and non-LDS.

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