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  03/27/21 - *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Zach Wilson entered the Indoor Practice Facility wearing headphones and looking cool, calm and collected as he smiled and laughed his way through a few stretches and warm ups during BYU's Pro Day on Friday. Then, he put on a clinic at the Indoor Practice Facility. Wilson never appeared to give NFL reps and scouts a reason for new doubts and bump himself down from the NFL Draft projection boards. In fact, the junior Cougar quarterback seems to have cemented himself as a Top 3 pick. In total, 31 of the NFL's 32 teams were represented in Provo to watch the former Cougars, a record for a BYU Pro Day. The action in the IPF most likely played a hand in the 2021 Draft order.

The lone exception on Friday? The Jacksonville Jaguars and their new coach, Urban Meyer, cementing the notion that the Jags will choose Clemson's Trevor Lawrence with the top pick on April 29. While Wilson was making some warm-up passes, news broke that the San Francisco 49ers made a trade with the Miami Dolphins for the No. 3 pick. The Dolphins were bumped down to No. 12, but, approximately half an hour later, made another trade with the Philadelphia Eagles for the No. 6 pick. It was reported the Eagles would have liked to trade for the No. 3 pick if they could get Wilson. The Niners trade is perceived to be to get a top quarterback, but it's unknown if Wilson will still be available by then. - Salt Lake Tribune


(DS#3 QB) Jr/2021 QB *Zach WilsonBrigham Young
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  03/25/21 - Chris JacksonJr/2022, Brigham Young, 5-10, 184 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  BYU junior wide receiver Chris Jackson saw limited action in 2020, although he did have receptions in six different games. Five of them went for nice gains, totaling 38 yards. The sixth was one that Jackson would probably love to have back. That was when he tried a little too hard to make a big play at Coastal Carolina and ended up being tagged with a 16-yard loss. But that was in the past, when he was trying to get acclimated to playing Division I college football after transferring from Mount San Antonio College in the midst of pandemic adaptations. Now he feels like he is in a better position to contribute. "Last year I didn't get a chance to do spring ball," Jackson said during Monday's press conference. "This year I do so I have more time to just learn the system and learn how the coaches want me to do things. Last year we had to learn quick because everything was just moving really fast. We had to wear those masks on the helmets and couldn't breathe. It's way better this year." With BYU's top receiver from 2020 - Dax Milne - deciding to head to the NFL, Jackson knows there are opportunities to other players to step up. - Daily Herald

(DS#999 WR) Jr/2022 WR Chris JacksonBrigham Young
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  03/25/21 - Atunaisa MaheSo/2023, Brigham Young, 6-1, 302 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Atunaisa Mahe arrived in Provo in 2018 and, after redshirting a year, had a solid freshman season in 2019 - playing in 13 games with two starts - so it only made sense that the West Jordan product would continue to see growth in 2020. Except, Mahe never took the field during the Cougars' historic 2020 season due to an injury, and now has spoken out as to why. As the team was preparing for the 2020 season, the defensive lineman was diagnosed with a venous thrombosis, a blood clot, in his brain. "I just noticed that when I was running, my left side of my arm started getting real numb," Mahe said. "I thought I was just dehydrated. Previously to that, I had had a headache for three days and [then] we were lifting and I just essentially felt a little relief. And so I felt good, we went conditioning afterward." But when Mahe had gotten back home, he said his entire left side of his body shut down. "The only word I could say was 'help,' " Mahe said. Luckily, Mahe's roommate was able to get him to the emergency room and the staff was able to figure things out. What turned out to be even more fortunate for Mahe was, instead of the blood clot being in an artery, which results in a stroke, it was in a vein. Initially, doctors were going to try surgery to remove the blood clot, but decided to try a less invasive technique first and put Mahe on blood thinners. - Salt Lake Tribune

(DS#999 DT) So/2023 DT Atunaisa MaheBrigham Young
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  03/18/21 - Chaz Ah YourJr/2022, Brigham Young, 6-2, 206 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  BYU junior linebacker Chaz Ah You has had to deal with a some tough physical challenges after he had surgeries last fall. "I'm still recovering from the surgeries but it's coming along," Ah You said during Monday's teleconference. "I can feel the difference already. Once I lose a couple of the surgery pounds, I feel like I'll be at a very elite level physically." While having his body get back to being at full strength will make a big difference for him on the field, Ah You has also become a champion for mental health.

He opened up about his personal challenges last fall and said that he sees it having an impact in the Cougar football program. "I think the biggest impact it has made is just making it a more comfortable conversation," Ah You said. "I've kind of put my neck out there on the line for people to kind of show them that this is something that a lot of people are dealing with. Since then I've had tons of teammates come up to me and I've been able to direct them to help, because I'm not an expert myself but I do know where they can find it." - Daily Herald


(DS#999 SS) rJr/2022 SS Chaz Ah YouBrigham Young
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  03/10/21 - Puka NacuaSo/2023, Brigham Young, 6-1, 210 (DS#50 WR) + More +

  It's only about four miles from Orem High School to LaVell Edwards Stadium but that hasn't resulted in a lot of Tiger football players becoming BYU Cougars. Until now, that is. The only player from the Orem dynasty (four straight state titles in Class 4A and Class 5A) currently on the BYU roster is freshman defensive back Ethan Slade. The Cougars appear to be about to get an influx of Tiger talent (as well as a former Timpview star). The 2018 Utah Valley Football Players of the Year, superstar wide receiver Puka Nacua, announced on his "pukaizded" Instagram account Monday evening that he and his older brother, former Thunderbird receiver Samson Nacua, are both transferring to BYU. Puka Nacua is a sophomore transferring from Washington (16 receptions, 319 yards, 3 TDs in two years), while Samson Nacua is a senior transferring from Utah (82 catches, 1,015 yards, 11 TDs in four years). Slade's reaction to the news on Instagram was a replay that said "LESS GO" Their older brother, Kai Nacua, was a standout safety at BYU and now plays for the San Francisco 49ers. - Daily Herald

(DS#50 WR) So/2023 WR Puka NacuaBrigham Young
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  03/10/21 - Samson NacuarSr/2022, Brigham Young, 6-2, 195 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  The worst-kept local secret in college football came to fruition on Monday evening. Brothers Samson and Puka Nacua, wide receiver transfers from the University of Utah and University of Washington, respectively, announced their intention to transfer to BYU. Samson Nacua played in 45 career games for the Utes, hauling in 82 passes for 1,015 yards and 11 touchdowns, while Puka Nacua caught 16 passes for 319 yards and three scores in six games between the 2019 and 2020 seasons. The Nacua brothers arriving in Provo should ease the loss of Dax Milne, who declared for the NFL Draft following a junior season in which he caught 70 passes 1,188 yards and eight touchdowns. - Salt Lake Tribune

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2022 WR Samson NacuaBrigham Young
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  With the NCAA granting an extra year of eligibility because of the COVID-19 pandemic, seniors on the BYU football team who played in the 2020 season had to make a choice about whether to return or to move on to the next things in life. Most chose to leave on a high note after the Cougars put together an excellent year but two - defensive lineman Uriah Leiataua and defensive back Jared Kapisi - elected to return. Was it a tough call? Not for Leiataua. "During fall camp last year, I had a really big injury," Leiataua said during a teleconference on Monday. "I broke my leg. (Defensive coordinator) Ilaisa Tuiaki came to me right after it happened and said he wanted me to sit out the rest of the year and that the team would work on getting me a sixth year." The NCAA made things much simpler with its eligibility decision, allowing Leiataua to get back without having to worry about getting the medical hardship waiver. - Daily Herald

(DS#999 DE) rSr/2022 DE Uriah LeiatauaBrigham Young
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  02/28/21 - Samson NacuarSr/2022, Brigham Young, 6-2, 195 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Another University of Utah wide receiver has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal, and this one is going to hurt. Samson Nacua, a senior with 45 career games played, entered the transfer portal on Friday afternoon, a source with access to the transfer portal told The Salt Lake Tribune. Nacua is the second depth-chart receiver to leave Utah this month after Bryan Thompson entered the transfer portal on Feb. 2. Thompson, who will be a redshirt sophomore in the fall, announced his commitment to Pac-12 South rival Arizona State on Feb. 18. In those 45 career games, Nacua registered 1,015 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. His five touchdowns in 2018 led the Utes, while his four scores in 2019 were tops among wide receivers. - Salt Lake Tribune

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2022 WR Samson NacuaBrigham Young
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  01/13/21 - *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Cougar quarterback Zach Kapono Wilson has been selected as a co-recipient of the 2020 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award, which was announced Tuesday. Wilson shares the award with USC safety Talanoa Hufanga. Since 2014, the award is presented annually to the most outstanding Polynesian college football player that epitomizes great ability and integrity. Wilson is of Hawaiian ancestry and Hufanga of Samoan ancestry. Wilson helped lead the Cougars to a 11-1 record and threw for 3,692 yards and 33 touchdowns in the 2020 season. The junior completed 73.4% of his passes - good for a new BYU record, previously held by Steve Young. The Draper native, who finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting, also rushed for 255 yards and 10 touchdowns. - Salt Lake Tribune

(DS#3 QB) Jr/2021 QB *Zach WilsonBrigham Young
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  01/09/21 - Baylor RomneyrSo/2023, Brigham Young, 6-1, 195 (DS#24 QB) + More +

  Getting right to the point, with Zach Wilson gone, who will become BYU's next quarterback? The moment Wilson opted to not come back to Provo for his senior season, the QB race got started. Luckily for BYU, there are plenty of horses in the race. The list of candidates consists of Baylor Romney, Jaren Hall, Sol-Jay Maiava-Peters, Jacob Conover, Rhett Reilly and Mason Fakahua. Assistant coach Aaron Roderick, who recently went from being the Cougars quarterback coach to offensive coordinator, said the upcoming battle and decision for the starting quarterback position will be tough, but most likely will start with who the staff has seen play in a game. In that regard, Romney leads all other candidates. - Salt Lake Tribune

(DS#24 QB) rSo/2023 QB Baylor RomneyBrigham Young
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  01/07/21 - Jake OldroydrSo/2023, Brigham Young, 6-1, 195 (DS#5 K) + More +

  2020 LOU GROZA AWARD (TOP KICKER) FINALIST: Jake Oldroyd, BYU,...A 6-foot-1, 195-pound sophomore from Southlake, Texas, Oldroyd finished the season a perfect 13-for-13 on field goals, the most by an FBS kicker without a miss this season. More than half of those kicks came from at least 40 yards out, including three from over 50. That gives him more 50-yard field goals in a perfect season than any FBS kicker since at least 2004. While sharing the top spot in nation with a perfect percentage, Oldroyd also converted 60 of 62 extra points to tie for No. 2 nationally for the most PAT conversions, while his 99 total points in 2020 ranks No. 11 in the country. - BYU Football

(DS#5 K) rSo/2023 K Jake OldroydBrigham Young
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  01/07/21 - *Zach WilsonJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 214 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Zach Wilson has landed on another list of finalists for a post-season award. This time, Wilson is one of five players up for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award, as announced by the organization Wednesday. The award is "presented annually to the most outstanding college football player of Polynesian ancestry that epitomizes great ability and integrity." For those unfamiliar, Wilson is of Polynesian decent through his father's side of the family. The other 2020 finalists include Ohio State defensive tackle Haskell Garrett, USC safety Talanoa Hufanga, Hawaii linebacker Darius Muasau and Boise State wide receiver Khalil Shakir. - Salt Lake Tribune

(DS#3 QB) Jr/2021 QB *Zach WilsonBrigham Young
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  01/05/21 - Tristen HogerSr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-5, 306 (DS#22 OG) + More +

  Former Highland Ram Tristen Hoge will not be returning to BYU next season. He will be going pro. The senior left guard announced on Instagram that he is preparing for the 2021 NFL draft. Hoge was part of an offense that averaged over 522 yards per game and was 7th in the country. Hoge began his college career at Notre Dame before transferring to BYU. - ABC Local 8 News

(DS#22 OG) rSr/2021 OG Tristen HogeBrigham Young
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  01/03/21 - Khyiris TongaSr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-2, 325 (DS#12 DT) + More +

  It's been a long time coming, but the time has finally arrived - Khyiris Tonga declared for the NFL draft. The defensive tackle is the latest Cougar to make the move to the next level, as he announced Thursday afternoon via social media. Offensive lineman Brady Christensen and wide receiver Dax Milne both opted out of coming back for their senior season for a chance at the NFL draft. As a 6-foot-4, 321-pound nose tackle, Tonga set the tone for the defensive line that held just about every opponent below their scoring average. During the 2020 season, Tonga recorded a total of 36 tackles, 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble, three quarterback hurries and five pass breakups. - Salt Lake Tribune

(DS#12 DT) Sr/2021 DT Khyiris TongaBrigham Young
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  01/02/21 - *Dax MilneJr/2021, Brigham Young, 6-1, 193 (DS#20 WR) + More +

  A successful season has brought attention to the talents of BYU football players. It shouldn't be surprising that Cougars are looking to cash in on that and make the jump to the next level. BYU junior wide receiver Dax Milne, a former walk-on, became the next Cougar to declare for the NFL draft when he made the announcement on his @DaxMilne Twitter account Thursday morning.

Milne was named one of three finalists for the 2020 Burlsworth Trophy, awarded annually to the most outstanding football player who began his collegiate career as a walk-on. Milne is currently No. 4 in the nation in receiving with 1,188 yards. He finished with 70 receptions, an average of 17 yards per reception and eight touchdowns. In his career he tallied 101 catches for 1,542 yards with 11 touchdowns, while adding 92 yards in kickoff and punt returns. - Daily Herald


(DS#20 WR) Jr/2021 WR *Dax MilneBrigham Young
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