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  The former Vanderbilt starter has the fewest connections to BYU, so in some ways that makes his decision to transfer to BYU the most intriguing. "I didn't win a lot of games before I came over here," Jeudy-Lally said on Monday. "With BYU's culture and just talking to everybody, they always believe they're going to win regardless of who they're going to play, which is really great. It's showed in the last couple of years. If you're wanting to come to a place where you are going to get treated like family and win football games, I think this is spot to be at." Considering how different BYU than other schools, it might be easy for some to question their choice at some point. Jeudy-Lally said he had some rough times in the first little bit but didn't look backward.

"I'm never gonna count something out when I first get there," Jeudy-Lally said. "When I first got here, I wasn't allowed to work out yet because I hadn't been accepted in the MBA program. So I was just sitting around at home and I was just like, gosh, what am I supposed to do? But since I got to work out with the team, everybody's been super nice. It's nice to be part of the family and so I'm definitely not second guessing my decision at all." As a Commodore, Jeudy-Lally played three seasons against SEC competition, which is widely-regarded as the best in the country. That gives him a unique perspective on how BYU matches up talent-wise. "I think they match up pretty well," Jeudy-Lally said. "The only difference I'll say across the country is like when you go when you play in the SEC, the big guys are just faster. But BYU's got way bigger boys here on the line that we did at Vanderbilt. Sometimes I'm like, whoa. But the talent level is very comparable, and I'm just excited to be able to play with these guys this upcoming season." - Daily Herald


rJr/2024 CB Gabe Jeudy-LallyBrigham Young
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  After an excellent career at Stanford, Houston Heimuli said he got to thinking about about how his time in college football was coming to an end. "I'm a BYU boy at heart," Heimuli said on Wednesday. "Any chance I had, I came back here. In my head, I knew that if I wanted to keep playing college football, I wanted to come to BYU. I was not going to go anywhere else. I just waited for my avenue to open. (Cougar head coach Kalani Sitake) said, 'hey, we want to have you here.' I took my chance to be here." Heimuli grinned as he talked about being at BYU, since it is a legacy experience for him.

"This is home," Heimuli said. "I grew up on BYU football since I was a kid. I first discovered football with my dad (former Cougar star running back Lakei Heimuli). He had his old highlights and as a kid, I was like, oh my gosh this is so cool. The one I always had was the 1984 season (when BYU won the national championship). It was a huge compilation and I still have that thing memorized." His familiarity with what the Cougar program was all about has made his transition pretty straightforward, Houston Heimuli said. "It wasn't much of a shake-up," Houston Heimuli said. "We do things differently compared to other schools. I still kept up with BYU when I was at Stanford." With just one season to play, Houston Heimuli wants to make the most of his opportunities and his certainly focused almost completely on the opener against South Florida. - Daily Herald


rSr/2023 FB Houston HeimuliBrigham Young
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  2022 PRESEASON WUERFFEL TROPHY (COMMUNITY SERVICE) WATCHLIST: Tyler Batty, BYU, So., DL,...In addition to success on the field, Batty is very involved in a variety of community service endeavors. He created and operates Edward’s Hands, a non-profit organization that provides equine therapy for children with autism, which provides a powerful bonding experience with their parents. Batty is also very involved with the Built4Life program that develops student-athletes through a variety of professional experiences with a focus on service within the community. In addition, he participates in the True Blue Hero program run by the BYU Football program. - BYU Football

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  2022 PRESEASON ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD WATCHLIST: Clark Barrington, BYU, Jr LG,...The Rotary Lombardi Award is awarded annually to the college football offensive or defensive lineman, who in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the character and discipline of NFL Hall of Fame Head Coach Vince Lombardi. Barrington, a two-year starter on the BYU offensive line, has been named 2022 preseason All-America by four organizations, including Phil Steele All-America First Team, The Sporting News All-America Second Team, Lindy's Sports All-America Second Team and Athlon Sports All-America Third Team. - BYU Football

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  Gunner Romney hasn't played a full season yet since arriving at BYU. He played eight games last year after having an early season knee injury. He played 10 the year before that. At the NFL level, he knows an injury prone, older player is not desirable. And the second part of the equation is showing explosiveness as an athlete. He's above-average as a deep threat in BYU's offense. Last year, he averaged 17.5 yards per catch. In 2020, he nearly averaged 20 yards per reception. But there are plenty of athletes at the next level who can be down-field options. The separation will be turning smaller plays into first downs. It is something Milne, a similarly fringe NFL player, has done to stick in the NFL.

"I think my biggest strength is obvious," Romney said of his self-evaluation. "But I want to be able to make [more] out of the shorter plays. So catching the 5-yard route and turning that into [something]. Or just being more explosive with my yards after catch and things like that." By his assessment, his explosiveness will be enhanced by staying healthy. He changed his approach this offseason by taking more time when his body is worn down. In previous years, he might have forced himself to lift or practice when his body wasn't feeling well. The injuries he's had were mostly fluke plays, he says, and hard to prevent. In the first game of the season last year, a defender rolled up on his leg and hurt his knee. A similar play happened in 2020. - Salt Lake Tribune


rSr/2023 WR Gunner RomneyBrigham Young
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  2022 PRESEASON ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD WATCHLIST: Blake Freeland, BYU, Jr LT,...Freeland started all 13 games for the Cougars in 2021. The 6-8, 305-pound junior left tackle was named to the Phil Steele All-Independent First Team and PFN All-Independent First Team in 2021. He was an integral part of the PFN 2021 Offensive Line of the Year, helping the BYU offense produce 33 points per game, while averaging 452 yards of total offense. - BYU Football

rJr/2024 OT Blake FreelandBrigham Young
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  2022 PHIL STEELE PRESEASON ALL-INDEPENDENT FIRST TEAM: TE Isaac Rex, BYU,...A native of San Clemente, California, Rex played in all 12 regular-season games for the Cougars as a Covid freshman in 2021. He began the year on the John Mackey Preseason Award Watch List and concluded the season being named to the Phil Steele 2021 All-Independent First-Team. He caught 10 passes for 191 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 10.6 yards per reception. The 6-6, 247-pound tight end had eight games with at least one reception. The previous season he was ranked No. 1 in the nation among freshman tight ends in receptions (37), receiving yards (429) and receiving touchdowns (12). He was named a 2020 Freshman All-American by the Athletic and Phil Steele. - BYU Football

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  2022 PHIL STEELE PRESEASON ALL-INDEPENDENT FIRST TEAM: WR Puka Nacua, BYU,...Nacua led BYU in receiving yards with 43 catches for 805 yards (18.7 yards per catch) and receiving touchdowns, despite missing the 2021 season opener due to injury. He was second in all-purpose yardage with 953 (79.4 per game) and had four games with over 100 receiving yards - South Florida (102), Baylor (168), Virginia (107) and Idaho State (120). - BYU Football

rJr/2024 WR Puka NacuaBrigham Young
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  2022 PHIL STEELE PRESEASON ALL-INDEPENDENT FIRST TEAM: QB Jaren Hall, BYU,...Despite missing three games due to injury in 2021, Hall completed 189 of 296 passes for 2,583 yards and 20 touchdowns, while compiling an efficiency rating of 156.1. He also had 62 caries for 307 yards (4.9 per carry) and three rushing touchdowns, while leading No. 19 ranked BYU to eight wins in 10 starts during the 2021 season. - BYU Football

rJr/2024 QB Jaren HallBrigham Young
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  2022 PHIL STEELE PRESEASON ALL-INDEPENDENT SECOND TEAM: WR Gunner Romney, BYU,...Romney finished last season as the Cougars' third-leading receivers, tallying 34 catches for 594 yards and three touchdowns...Recorded second 100-yard receiving game of the season with 102 yards on four receptions against Boise State. - BYU Football

rSr/2023 WR Gunner RomneyBrigham Young
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  2022 PHIL STEELE PRESEASON ALL-INDEPENDENT SECOND TEAM: RB Christopher Brooks, BYU,...Transferred to BYU after graduating from Cal where he was the leading rusher for the Golden Bears in two of the past three seasons...Played in 40 games for Cal from 2018-2021 and totaled 1,734 yards rushing with 14 touchdowns on the ground while adding 50 catches for 345 receiving yards and seven touchdowns as a receiver. - BYU Football

rSr/2023 RB Christopher BrooksBrigham Young
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  2022 PHIL STEELE PRESEASON ALL-INDEPENDENT FIRST TEAM: P Ryan Rehkow, BYU,...Rehkow, a 6-foot-6, 235-pound sophomore from Veradale, Washington finished the 2021 season ranked No. 5 in the nation, with a punting average of 48.58, the highest average by any freshman in the nation. Rehkow was a Ray’s 8 honoree in week five of the season and placed on the Ray Guy 2021 watch list following his performance at Utah State on Oct. 1. In 2021, Rehkow played in all 13 games for No. 19 ranked BYU as punter and field goals/PATs holder. He placed 16 of 40 punts inside the 20-yard line and set a new BYU record with an 83-yard punt in a win over then No. 19 ASU. - BYU Football

rSo/2025 P Ryan RehkowBrigham Young
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  2022 PHIL STEELE PRESEASON ALL-INDEPENDENT FIRST TEAM: LB Payton Wilgar, BYU,...Despite missing the final three games of the 2021 season due to injury, Wilgar was second on the team in assisted tackles with 27 and tackles of loss with 6. He was third in total tackles with 56 and solo tackles with 29. - BYU Football

rSr/2023 OLB Payton WilgarBrigham Young
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  2022 PHIL STEELE PRESEASON ALL-INDEPENDENT FIRST TEAM: OT Blake Freeland, BYU,...Freeland also started all 13 games for the Cougars in 2021. The 6-8, 305-pound junior left tackle was named to the Phil Steele All-Independent First Team and PFN All-Independent First Team in 2021. He was an integral part of the PFN 2021 Offensive Line of the Year, helping the BYU offense produce 33 points per game, while averaging 452 yards of total offense. BYU boasts two previous winners of the prestigious Outland Trophy. Former BYU offensive lineman Mo Elewonibi won the award in 1989 and former defensive lineman Jason Buck earned the trophy in 1986. - BYU Football

rJr/2024 OT Blake FreelandBrigham Young
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  2022 PHIL STEELE PRESEASON ALL-INDEPENDENT FIRST TEAM: OG Clark Barrington, BYU,...Barrington, a two-year starter on the BYU offensive line, has been named 2022 preseason All-America by four organizations, including Phil Steele All-America First Team, The Sporting News All-America Second Team, Lindy's Sports All-America Second Team and Athlon Sports All-America Third Team. - BYU Football

rJr/2024 OG Clark BarringtonBrigham Young
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