BYU's suspended players expected to be back for Texas game

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  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Sept. 1, 2014 10:48 a.m.

    Lapuaho looks huge, like Goliath. He looks bigger than his stats indicate, and played very well.

    The 2nd string DBs played very well. It will be interesting to see how Johnson plays after sitting for a year. Hopefully the suspension will motivate Johnson and Daniel to be impact players.

    Williams will be a nice addition against Texas.

    I'm surprised Zac Stout is not getting more media coverage. He was the defensive MVP against UConn.

    Looking forward to Saturday. It should be a great game.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Sept. 1, 2014 7:29 a.m.

    Two For Flinching

    "Did Michigan ever return the favor?"

    Michigan is playing in RES next season."

    Learn your history. Michigan NEVER returned the favor. The only reason Michigan is "returning" the favor is because it's part of the PAC/Big 10 challenge to play each other, which means home and home. Michigan simply scheduled the one visit by Utah, which Utah gladly took the check and the win and said 'thanks for everything!'

  • DownBlu Downey, ID
    Aug. 31, 2014 11:50 p.m.

    Love that he Cougars won. Coach wasn't the only one with pre-game butter flies. I think the suspensions are going to show more in the Texas game than they did in the UCON game. That first game is important for the rest of the season. I agree with the suspensions because hopefully it will make better men out of the guys that were suspended. It is too bad that the whole team and the fans have to be punished by not being as ready for Texas as we could have been. I would like to have seen the suspensions split up in different games and possibly games with less on the line. I guess that's why I have season tickets to the cheap seats so to speak. Too bad for the Aggies tonight. Chuckie didn't get much of a chance to showcase his talents. The size, speed and talent were just too much for the boys from Logan. Cougars are going to have to step up big time to be considered relevant by the P5 boys. It will be interesting to see how close we are to becoming relevant. Go Cougs!

  • carito_2000 Ava, USA, MO
    Aug. 31, 2014 3:05 p.m.

    Aloha, When one of the suspended player came forward and said that he was suspended, Coach Mendenhall came forward and said that he would never come out and announce the suspension of any single player, nor what the often was. He felt just as you said that those issues where best kept between he and the player. That he did say there were 5 players suspended without mentioning names nor reasons has not left a mark on any single player. For me at least. I am not going to know what his first preferred line up would have been, so when the next game comes up any different plays to me will mean nothing more than he is using his whole team. He has not breached confidentiality in my opinion.

  • UGradBYUfan Gilbert, AZ
    Aug. 31, 2014 1:33 p.m.

    @Aloha Saint George
    BYU doesn't want to handle the suspensions in the public, but the players themselves made those announcements. Bronco even said, when Jamaal Williams made the announcement to a the press after practice, "it seems like players now days want to handle things in the press, next time it will be handled internally". Blackmon tweeted that he would miss the game because of an honor code violation.

    I think the players want it to be known that they would not be playing because of honor code violations rather than people thinking they are not good enough. They don't want their "draft stock" to drop

  • Skobie 69 Dublin, Ireland, 00
    Aug. 31, 2014 12:38 p.m.

    Secondary played great especially if you consider that BYU has a couple of starters to come in there. What happened to Harvey Jackson, the DB transfer for Nebraska?

  • labman Pocatello, ID
    Aug. 31, 2014 12:26 p.m.

    all wins are good wins. Wins over ranked opponents are great wins. home wins are good wins. wins on the road are great wins. wins on the road over ranked opponents are priceless! attitude is everything. clean up the mental errors, convince each player they will win if they do their job; play hard and the cougs can win in Texas! Go Cougs!
    kicking game doth worry so! special teams doesn't show perimeter containment yet. I believe Bronco will fix that. Can't wait for Saturday!

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Aug. 31, 2014 12:25 p.m.

    This is one huge Coug fan who happens to agree with ekute on the suspension publicity... The Scarlet Letter is a subject for fiction books not for dealing out penalties to 19 year old kids who make a mistake. Missing the opening game of the season is penalty enough shy of a major infraction.

    I hope those of you that want it publicized aren't Bishops anywhere.

  • Stringer Bell Henderson, NV
    Aug. 31, 2014 11:43 a.m.

    Re: Cali Blue "I love starting the season off playing D1 opponents. It is too bad only 2/3 of the D1 teams in the state of Utah elected to put on their big boy pants and play ball - even Weber and SUU elected to play D1 teams. I tip my hat to all of those teams that played D1 ball this weekend."

    Yeah, that's what most teams in the big boy programs do. Others play the "little teams" three out of four games in November. Don't forget your short pants, no big boy pants needed for those games.

  • I Bleed Blue Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 31, 2014 10:53 a.m.

    BYU is a private school. Thus, they have a right to keep things private.

  • Cali2Utah Highland, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 10:50 a.m.

    Good on Bronco and BYU for expanding their recruiting outside of the normal profile of prospects. It adds lots of dynamic for them, not to mention culture and color. All of the suspended players are brothas. Clearly talented and difference makers for BYU. The violations, whatever they were, are not the issue and them being played out in the media is part of the territory. BYU will never compromise how they roll and they shouldn't! No matter who you are, where you come from and or the color of your skin, you gotta know how they do it in Provo. That being said, BYU might consider some additional cultural training for players new to happy valley to reduce these occurrences and make the transition for them more manageable. There will be no shame in your game if you recognize where you live now and what team your on. They need these players on the field with their talents and not in the news for violations. BUT Bronco, don't change a thing. You go on and love the way you do it and you gonna be fine and so will these 5 players.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 9:34 a.m.


    If they had done something in public or if it was on public record then it would be public knowledge. Other than that it should stay internal and generic "violation of team rules" is all that we need to know. That should be and generally is so for any team.

  • Dadof5sons Montesano, WA
    Aug. 31, 2014 8:42 a.m.

    So what were the players suspended for? That should be public knowlege.

  • Goldminer Salem, ut
    Aug. 31, 2014 8:18 a.m.

    Why is the Y almost consistently getting more penalties than their opponents? I have seen this over many years. WHY??

  • Aloha Saint George Saint George, Utah
    Aug. 31, 2014 6:20 a.m.

    I don't agree with BYU or the media with these articles on suspending players in the public spotlight. These issues shouldn't be handled in public. Teaching kids through public humiliation promotes SHAME, and they never change.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Aug. 31, 2014 12:59 a.m.

    Utah needs to celebrate all week for that tough grinding win over those pesky Bengals... Because I really think that that will be the last of their wins this year.

    You say what about WSU and Colorado? Sorry ute fans, those will all be "L's"...

    I will be sorry to see the coach go... but what can you do? 3rd straight year without a bowl... 9 wins against 27 losses in the big bad pac12... Sorry Whit...

    If Whit wants Junior to keep playing he may want to have him follow the path of Harvey Langi... There has been a lot of former utes travel that path and there will be many, many. many more in the coming years... But hey, they are all welcome here in Provo.


    If BYU gets past the Longhorns and I am fairly confident that they will... That really only leaves UCF and Boise State as possible stumbling blocks... But I don't see the Mendenhall Cougs stumbling... Too much preparation and hard work to stumble after Texas... It will be interesting to see what the Bowl selection committee does if BYU is a 12-0 team (and the only undefeated in the land)...

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 12:14 a.m.

    "Did Michigan ever return the favor?"

    Michigan is playing in RES next season.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 11:55 p.m.

    Let's talk Offensive line. The improvement springs from the steal BYU made last February in picking up Tejan Koromabthe #25 recruit at center in the country. Since arriving on campus he has dominated the position according to the coaches and showed why last night. Note: No bad snaps, no bad exchanges (Texas could only wish), no false starts, no high snaps, no sacks (1 yard loss on one QB keeper), no holds (from the center position anyway) and praise from the coaches. This kid was All state two years in a row in Texas's highest classification and had 110 pancake blocks against the big boys. From the center position. This kid is legit. Texas will regret letting him get away.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 10:13 p.m.

    At least a couple of the suspended players announced at that time they would be back for the Texas game. Coincidentally, it appears all five will be back. Not so for Texas! On August 3rd, Texas coach Strong announced 5 players were dismissed from the team and 3 more were "indefinitely suspended". Apparently no urgency to allow them back for the BYU game.

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    Aug. 30, 2014 9:51 p.m.

    Utahs quest for the playoffs will be over with their first loss as well as is the case with most teams. Actually, the only goal Utah has this year is to have a winning season and be earn one of the 5-6 automatic bowls the Pac 12 is involved in.

    Not a great win for BYU but certainly better than last year and better than the alternative of losing.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Aug. 30, 2014 9:42 p.m.

    And again the same jealous Y fan comments on after a BYU win. Hey, when was the last time Miami, Fl State, Penn State or Texas played in SLC? Oh, I think UW, WSU, and many P10 teams have played in Provo too...without being forced to.

    Did Michigan ever return the favor?

    The run for the roses ended before the season even cool!

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 8:56 p.m.

    Idaho-- Kurtz should be back in 4-5 weeks from what I read.

  • Cali blue Coalinga, CA
    Aug. 30, 2014 7:50 p.m.

    I love starting the season off playing D1 opponents. It is too bad only 2/3 of the D1 teams in the state of Utah elected to put on their big boy pants and play ball - even Weber and SUU elected to play D1 teams. I tip my hat to all of those teams that played D1 ball this weekend.

  • Robyuuki Lewisburg, PA
    Aug. 30, 2014 7:21 p.m.

    5 suspended then 15 penalties and 150 yards backed up on those penalties. Bronco needs to focus on discipline more. Yes the ref's were leaning to the left again, but late hits on offense and stupid actions after a sack - 15 yards, come on. As Lou Holtz said, act like you have been there before, and let's remember who we represent.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 30, 2014 7:00 p.m.

    "I didn't see the game."
    Says the guy who is more obsessed with BYU than the team he alleges to support.

  • IdahoCoog Malad City, ID
    Aug. 30, 2014 6:39 p.m.

    Great win, Cougars. ...but I didn't see Tremmel, nor Picula, and wondered why Leslie did not get more targets? Also, what is the timeline for Kurtz?

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 30, 2014 6:24 p.m.

    "BYU's defense allowed only 71 yards and 10 points to UConn. The Huskies had five trips inside the red zone and came away with only one touchdown."

    That would be 71 yds RUSHING. BYU also gave up 284 yds in the air. In the second half our defense gave up a ton of 3rd down conversions, resulting in long sustained drives for UCONN and keeping the ball away from our potent offense. 3rd down defense has got to get better, and it should with the starters back. Preator made a good argument for keeping the starting position, but Davis , not so much.

  • mufasta American Fork, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 5:24 p.m.

    That was a good performance for the first game of the year. I am optimistic about the season. I am especially optimistic if we get the balance of our starters back for the Texas game. Great job Cougs.