BYU football notebook: Linebacker Alani Fua earns coach Bronco Mendenhall's praise

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  • truecoug1 Provo, UT
    March 25, 2013 10:05 a.m.

    @Naval Vet

    I'm not sure what your point is here. Your QB is bigger than one of our OLB's?


    At 6'5, 250 lbs, Jason Munns, our backup QB, is bigger than Travis Wilson (and all of your QB's), all of your starting LB's, and Trevor Reilly, your DE/LB hybrid.

    Boom, case closed. We own U in the 'big QB's' category.

    It doesn't mean that Munns is a good QB, just like it doesn't mean Wilson is a good QB now that he's supposedly up to 240 (he was supposedly at 230 last year...I would be shocked if he was a pound above 210).

    So what's your point? I'm pretty sure Fua won't have a problem tackling Mr. Wilson on September 21.

    Go Cougars!

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    March 25, 2013 7:21 a.m.

    Cougar Claws:

    So you'd take the word of a radio commentator? Well then you'll see no compunction of taking the word of other reporters as well. There's a recent article in the Tribune ("Utah football: Backup QBs getting plenty of looks) where it was reported:

    "...[Travis] Wilson continues to get praise from coaches for his offseason work. Whittingham said Wilson now weighs 240. He got stronger in the weight room, and it has helped him because he has a much stronger arm and quicker release."

    240. Case closed.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    March 24, 2013 10:15 p.m.

    Re: Naval Vet

    I'll believe it when I see it. While Wilson does stand up at 6'6" he was not 240 pounds. He was more like 215. I heard some radio commentators say that he was built like a "bean pole" (that's not a quote from me, that was from the guys on the radio) and that he would need to put on more weight or that he could get hurt out there. So it's true that it certainly doesn't happen often, but I won't buy it until I see it on tape.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    March 24, 2013 10:06 a.m.

    Cougar Claws:

    "Your QB wasn't exactly a physically imposing specimen last year and I don't see him being that different this year..."

    We're not talking about "last year". We're talking about how our QB is bigger than your LB "right now". And the picture I was "trying to paint" is that our QB is bigger than your LB. How often does one see that? It's happened before (Culpepper, Osweiler, Lorenzen), but it's not an everyday sort of thing.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    March 24, 2013 1:51 a.m.

    Re: Naval Vet

    Your QB wasn't exactly a physically imposing specimen last year and I don't see him being that different this year unless he's learned to throw. Our defense isn't scared of him if that's the picture your trying to paint.

    I will admit though once in a while Ernest T. Bass can make some pretty funny comments, especially the 1-7-4 defensive formation. Unfortunately that wouldn't work since that would put 12 men on the field Mr. Bass.

  • Duckhunted provo, UT
    March 23, 2013 9:56 p.m.

    Our defense will dominate teams!!

  • PolyCougar Pleasant Grove, Utah
    March 23, 2013 9:11 p.m.

    Naval Vet, you realize 6'5" for a linebacker is actually tall. I was thinking they should push up his weight and move him to D-End if he's nimble as the article says.
    Good to hear about Matthews too, just wild he's a 6'6" wideout? In a five wide set, with the two TE's, the shortest receiver could be 6'3" Apo? When in the world has this happened at BYU before. Pretty awesome.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    March 23, 2013 8:49 p.m.

    "Fua weighed in around 215 pounds last season and proved capable of rushing the quarterback and covering the flats with his surprisingly nimble 6-foot-5 frame."

    225 isn't necessarily a bad playing weight for LB (at the collegiate level anyway) if he has good speed. But it's funny that our QB (6-6, 240) is bigger than the Indy-WACers "impressive" LB.

  • Duckhunted provo, UT
    March 23, 2013 7:01 p.m.

    Thanksgiving smell's like we will be National Champions!!
    BYU - 45 two defensive touchdowns
    Utah - 3

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    March 23, 2013 5:30 p.m.

    2-5-4 defense or 1-7-4, either way LB U will dominate!

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    March 23, 2013 4:52 p.m.

    With the two biggest problems from last year(both problems on "O") now things of the past(you get to guess which two) this team really can only go UP. Our 2013 schedule has only a couple of cream-puffs scheduled so we have our work cut out for us.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    March 23, 2013 4:50 p.m.

    I'm really hoping we can win a couple of the big games next year - Texas, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Boise State, and of course Utah. From what I've seen and read Texas and Boise State should be a lot better than last year. Utah should be better on offense with experience at QB but a big step back at D line losing Star and Krueger. Notre Dame and Wisconsin expected to be about the same as last year.

    I really wish BYU would broadcast the scrimmage on BYUtv.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    March 23, 2013 3:48 p.m.

    I'm agreeing with the smell thing. I'm planning on being in the stands in Virginia and am already salivating. Got my fork and knife in my hands.

    Boy do I love independence. Ole Miss, Virginia, what great travel spots. And the amazing thing is, when you get there, there are thousands of BYU fans with you. Lots of BYU grads and LDS in DC area, so if you're planning to attend, get your tickets early. You won't regret going to Charlottesville. A beautiful city with an historic university founded by Thomas Jefferson himself. And Monticello is just up the hill. A must-see. And you're in Virginia horse-country. Plan on a leisurely drive back to DC. And bring a camera. Lots and lots to see.

    Civil War battlefields are unforgettable. And Old Town Alexandria, with a cobbled street, a hotel service authentic colonial food, Lee Custis Mansion, Arlington National Cemetery, not to mention the Smithsonian and Capitol Hill. Then Gettysburg is only a couple of hours away. I'm planning on a week, and I lived there for seven years. I do miss DC. A happening place.

  • clintharris Saint George, UT
    March 23, 2013 1:14 p.m.

    So good to hear Adam Hine's name getting props. 7'2" state high jump record in high school, powerful, fast and you couldn't find a more solid young man. Can't wait to see him do his thing.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    March 23, 2013 12:13 p.m.

    I have a reserved excitement for this coming season. The disappointment of last season is a little bit hard to forget, although there were some highlights and some good things, but like always I am optimistic for the next season. Go Cougs!

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    March 23, 2013 9:46 a.m.

    @ Y Grad / Y Dad,

    Let's hope the feast is as grand as the aroma! I hope things will be better this year.

    Go Cougars!

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    March 22, 2013 11:08 p.m.

    It's like the smells on Thanksgiving day. The aroma is driving me wild, but the feast is still a whiles off..

    Go BLUE!!!