BYU is adding more to its 2018 recruiting class on National Signing Day Wednesday, but one of its top recruits from the 2016 class has BYU fans excited this week.
Skyler Southam, a kicker out of Wasatch High, recently returned from a mission to Santiago, Chile, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is already enrolled in school. Southam was a 2015 Army All-American who was rated one of the nation’s top kicking prospects in 2016, including being rated a four-star recruit by Scout.
Over the past week, he has shared two videos showing off his kicking skill. One was at the BYU Indoor Practice Facility, while another shows him kicking a field goal from midfield at Wasatch High’s field.
The demonstrations of his leg strength had the Twitterverse talking about what he can bring to the Cougars’ special teams game.
Part of the conversation about Southam included this back and forth between him and former BYU punter Jonny Linehan.
Big brother in Green Bay
Former BYU running back Jamaal Williams isn't just a gamer on the field. He's one off of it, as well.
Williams and fellow Green Bay running back Aaron Jones, who were both rookies in the NFL last year, joined the NFL Network's Good Morning Football last Saturday to discuss their first season in the NFL.
When asked to describe something about the other person that people don't know, Jones talked about Williams' love for video games.
“Jamaal’s a video gamer. I pull up to the mall to get something for when we’re traveling, Jamaal walks out with a box, I’m like ‘what’s that?’ It’s so he can play video games on the plane!” Jones said during the show.
Williams and Jones also gushed on teammate and veteran running back Ty Montgomery, who helped them with the nuances of the pro games even as he missed half of the 2017 season with injuries.
"He’s just been a big brother to us, really, just helping us out, doing whatever he can to make sure we feel more comfortable," Williams said. "When he wasn’t playing, he was still making sure we were still on our stuff with tips and everything."
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And finally ...
Former BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy played in his second Super Bowl on Sunday, as his New England Patriots fell 41-33 to the Philadelphia Eagles in the championship game.
Super Bowl LII inspired Derek Johnson of Volleyball Mob to theorize what volleyball teams made up of Patriots and Eagles would look like. Van Noy made the Patriots’ team, at outside hitter.
“Van Noy has solid enough size to match up at the position and a strong vertical,” Johnson wrote. “He’s got strong closing speed, which is critical in closing a block, too. Plus, he went to BYU, so he was bound to at least pick up a little something about volleyball maybe?”