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BYU Athletics Blog | February 2016

Kaufusi turning heads at NFL Combine

Feb 28, 2016 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 3:31 pm | Updated: February 28, 2016 5:38 pm | Permalink

INDIANAPOLIS - Defensive lineman Bronson Kaufusi worked out for NFL scouts and officials at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday as he prepares for the 2016 NFL Draft.

Kaufusi measured in at over 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds earlier at the Combine. He clocked a 4.87 in the premier event at the combine, the 40-yard dash. His 40 time was just one-one hundredth slower than All-American Joey Bosa from Ohio State with a 4.86. Kaufusi's mark was also tied for No. 17 among 57 particpants in the event. He tied Ole Miss defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche and was a few ticks quicker than Utah's Jason Fanaika (4.92) and Baylor's Shawn Oakman (4.96).

Kaufusi was a top performer at the combine among defensive linemen in the 3-cone drill and the 20-yard shuttle. He had the No. 5 time in the 3-cone drill with a 7.03 and tied for fourth in the 20-yard shuttle with a 4.25. The 7.03 time in the 3-cone drill topped All-American Shaq Lawson (7.16) from Clemson and Oklahoma State's Emmanuel Ogbah's 7.26. Kaufusi's 4.25 mark in the 20-yard shuttle tied Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun and bested the nation's sack leader in All-American Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib (4.37).

He posted 25 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, tied for No. 20 among 51 defensive line particpants. His 25 tied Maelik Collins, defensive tackle from Nebraska, and topped Ohio State's Bosa (24) and Alabama's A'Shawn Robinson (22).

In the jumps, Kaufusi notched a 30.0 inch vertical leap and a 111.0 inch broad jump. His 30.0 was higher than Nassib from Penn State and broad jump mark was better than Boise State's Kamalei Correa and Alabama defensive end D.J. Pettway (108.0).

Kaufusi led BYU in sacks and tackles for loss in 2015 with 11.0 sacks and 20.0 TFL. He helped the Cougars to a 9-4 record and led a defense that recorded 40 sacks, tied for No. 5 in the nation in total team sacks.

The 2016 NFL Draft will take place April 28-30. Follow the link for more results from the NFL Combine.

BYU falls 71-68 to Gonzaga

Feb 27, 2016 - Posted by McKay Perry at 8:23 pm | Updated: February 28, 2016 6:45 pm | Permalink

A Gonzaga offensive foul gave BYU another chance with 3.5 seconds left, facing a two-point deficit. The Cougars couldn’t capitalize in the eventual 71-68 loss.

A Fischer 3-pointer from the top of the key brought the Cougars within two, 70-68, with 1:05 on the clock.

Both teams experienced scoring droughts in the early part of the half as the Zags extended their lead to 10. The Cougars cut the difference to five, 50-45, with free throws by Collinsworth and Seljaas and a Fischer jumper at the 11:58 mark.

Gonzaga stretched it to a 12-point lead with 9:57 left. Two buckets by Fischer cut the score to 60-52, forcing a timeout by the Zags with 7:42 to play.

BYU closed the deficit to within three with pairs of free throws by Corbin Kaufusi and Collinsworth before Emery hit a 3-pointer with 5:55 on the clock.

Three Gonzaga baskets made it a 66-59 game, but Seljaas hit a corner three to bring BYU before Corbin Kaufusi’s free throw brought the game within three just after the 2:34 media timeout.

Fischer led BYU with 18 points while Collinsworth had 15 to go along with 15 rebounds and eight assists.

Collinsworth and Fischer pace BYU in first half against Gonzaga

Feb 27, 2016 - Posted by McKay Perry at 7:04 pm | Updated: February 27, 2016 7:05 pm | Permalink

BYU headed into halftime down 38-34 to Gonzaga.

Chase Fischer and Kyle Collinsworth led the Cougars with nine points each while Nick Emery chipped in eight. BYU shot 30 percent, including 7 of 20 from three, while Gonzaga’s shot 58 percent from the field with 5 of 10 behind the arc.

Gonzaga led 9-6 at the 15:30 media timeout after making its four of its first six attempts from the floor. A three by Emery on BYU’s first possession along with a Collinsworth trey kept the score close for the Cougars.

BYU pulled ahead 14-12, using a flurry of turnovers by Gonzaga to get the edge. Zac Seljaas and Fischer each had threes before the Zags tied it just before a media timeout at 11:21.

Gonzaga used a Cougar scoring drought to take the lead, but BYU sparked a 10-3 run for a 24-18 advantage at the 7:46 mark. Emery and Collinsworth each had five points on the stretch.

The Zags pulled ahead with a 13-2 run from 8:43 to the 2:56 mark to lead 31-26 as BYU went 1 of 9 during that span.

With the tally 36-31 in favor of the Bulldogs, Fischer hit two free throws and converted a four-point play to cut the margin to 36-34 with 50 seconds left in the half.

Collinsworth's triple-double fuels Cougars' 99-81 victory over Portland

Feb 25, 2016 - Posted by Blake Dorton at 10:55 pm | Updated: February 25, 2016 10:57 pm | Permalink

BYU didn't make a field goal in the first two minutes of the half which allowed Portland to cut the lead to 55-40, forcing a Cougar timeout. Nick Emery put a stop to the slow start seconds after play resumed with a made jumper. Kyle Collinsworth assisted on a Jordan Chatman 3-pointer just over a minute later, and with the assist Collinsworth broke the BYU single-season record for assists.

Portland went off from 3-point land near the midway point of the half to cut the lead to 76-60. Two 3-pointers from Zac Seljaas pushed the BYU lead to 82-64 at the 7:56 timeout. 

Collinsworth collected his 11th career triple-double at the 5:39 mark when he grabbed his 10th rebound of the contest. He then sprinted down the floor and found a cutting Emery who dunked it home to force a Portland timeout with BYU leading 89-70 with 5:23 to play. The Pilots would never threaten again as BYU ran away 99-81.

Collinsworth led the way by extending his own NCAA record for career triple-doubles with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 16 assists. Collinsworth tied the BYU single-game record for assists. Chase Fischer led all scorers with 21 points to go along with four rebounds and a pair of assists. Emery totaled 18 points, four rebounds and four assists. Chatman had a career-high 13 points, Kyle Davis scored 11 points, and Seljaas had 10 points and five assists.

BYU leads Portland 53-32 at the break

Feb 25, 2016 - Posted by Blake Dorton at 9:55 pm | Permalink

Portland got off to a 5-0 lead to start the game before Kyle Collinsworth got BYU on the board with a layup while being fouled. The Cougars made four of its next five field goal attempts to tie the game at nine at the first media timeout. After trading baskets over the next two minutes, the Cougars grabbed a five-point lead, 18-13, thanks to a 3-pointer from Chase Fischer and a Nick Emery layup.

BYU went on a 7-0 run to take a 27-17 lead with 7:23 remaining in the half. After the media timeout, Jordan Chatman made 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to force a Portland timeout with BYU up 33-17. The Cougars extended the lead to 42-24 with just over three minutes to play thanks to some hot shooting and a Portland cold spell.

The Cougars ended the half leading 53-32 after shooting 53 percent from the field.

Emery leads all scorers at the break with 13 points while Fischer is right behind with 12 to go along with four rebounds. Collinsworth filled the stat line with 10 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. Chatman also chipped in eight points.


February Baseball Blog

Feb 23, 2016 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 1:58 am | Updated: February 23, 2016 4:35 pm | Permalink
FEBRUARY FIRESIDE: The entire BYU baseball team will participate in a Fireside on February 27 at 6 p.m., in Alabama at the Birmingham Stake Center at 2780 Altadena Road Birmingham, Alabama 35243
TEAM MUSTACHES:  You may not be able to see some of the mustaches trying to be sported by members of BYU's baseball team.  Many of the team decided to grow the mustaches as part of team unification.
GRANDSON NUMBER ONE:  Coach Mike Littlewood recently welcomed the addition of Rory, grandson number one (grandchild No. 3) as the coach flew home from Las Vegas to get a little more time with the new arrival before the Cougars flew to Alabama.
CHAUNCEY & BRYCE HARPER: Boyhood friend Tanner Chauncey could be referenced a couple times in the March MLB article about Bryce Harper in ESPN Magazine. In mid-February Chauncey was interviewed for about 30 minutes by reporter Tim Keown. It could include stories about the two attending early-morning Seminary in Las Vegas, double-dating, or how their mothers chat. Chauncey's parents were joined by Harper's parents as they watched Tanner play in BYU's doubleheader at Las Vegas against Saint Louis University. Also watching the BYU-SLU series in Las Vegas was Chauncey's grandmother, a Georgia native with a southern accent and a history of playing softball.
PARENTS IN LAS VEGAS:  Several players parents were in the stands at Cashman Field in Las Vegas.  Among them were those of Brennon Anderson, Chauncey, Jackson Cluff, Kyle Dean, Nate Favero, Riley Gates, Brock Hale, Noah Hill, Court Iorg, Brennon Lund, Hayden NielsenMichael Rucker, Daniel Schneemann, Eric Urry, Easton Walker, Jordan Wood and Colton Shaver. Among the former Cougar players in attendance in addition to Paul Cluff and Dane Iorg were Jeff Hiestand, Adam Law and Wade Vest.
ESPN3 AT KANSAS:  Don't be confused, you cannot watch ESPN3 on your TV set unless you hook up your computer to your monitor, but you will be able to watch the video stream of all three of BYU's games against Kansas in early March.  There will be no video of BYU's games in Alabama streamed through Samford University's system, but there will be audio streaming of the first three games from Birmingham.  Several BYU's home games on prior to BYUtv televising the March 17 game against Pacific in Provo.
BYU RADIO BROADCASTS:  Veteran radio announcer Brent Norton will be calling the play-by-play for all of BYU's league games.  A recent decision was made for Norton to broadcast the third and fourth games of the Niagara series, the Arizona game and the entire Creighton series along with the Utah series all on ESPN Radio 960 AM and Sirius Satellite 143.
ESPNU: The West Coast Conference just notified BYU that its final game of the regular season will be televised by ESPNU on May 21, moving the game in Provo vs. Santa Clara from 1 p.m. that Saturday to 6 p.m. MDT.
ADAMS IN SAUDI ARABIA: Former Cougar outfielder Stu Adams (1985-86) took part of his February vacation from Saudi Arabia to visit his son Brett at practices for the BYU baseball team in the Indoor Practice Facility. Adams told of how he has taken up scuba diving in the Red Sea as a diversion from his civil engineering work where he also serves as a counselor in the branch presidency in Yanbu. Adams is just finishing a two-year commitment in Saudi Arabia.
MOVES TO UTAH:  At least two BYU baseball player's parents have moved to Utah since they were recruited in high school.  Jordan Wood's parents moved from Friendswood, Texas to Highland, Utah while he was serving a mission to England.  Jackson Cluff's parents recently moved from Meridian, Idaho to Tooele, Utah.
FUNGO COLLECTION: Perhaps you've seen the framed collection of 24 fungo bats in the background of an interview with BYU coach Mike Littlewood.  Among the orange, blue, black, natural wood and teal-colored fungoes is his first fungo bat from his Alta High School coaching days in the 1990s.
YOURS TRULY: There are a couple social media sites where you can get BYU baseball news, among them are @BYUbaseball on Twitter and Facebook. If you wish, add my Twitter handle @RalphZobell to those you follow.  Years ago, I was the original full-time "Twitterer" for the BYU Athletic Department until a full-time social media specialist was hired.  Until this past summer, I Tweeted for @BYUbaseball which is now handled by the specialists' office, so I created @RalphZobell for those who want more information on Cougar Baseball than is available elsewhere.  You could also add the Twitter handles of our coaches: @Ybaseballcoach, @bharing3, @tp_pratt and @JT_BYUBASEBALL.
REPRESENTATIVE OF COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: We recently learned Eric Urry's Grandpa, the late Herbert Urry was on the College World Series baseball team with the University of Utah in 1951 when the Utes split with the University of Tennessee, beat Texas A & M and lost to USC.​

Cougars finish Toreros 91-33

Feb 20, 2016 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 8:46 pm | Updated: February 20, 2016 8:53 pm | Permalink

At the 18:31 mark of the second half, Nick Emery hit his second 3-point field goal of the game to give the Cougars the 44-12 lead. BYU then extended its lead to 39, 53-14, on a bucket by Kyle Davis

With 9:51 to go, Nate Austin dished it off to Kyle Collinsworth on the baseline for a layup. Collinsworth had 12 points in the game.

BYU increased its lead to 46, 72-26, fueled by five straight points by Davin Guinn. With 4:58 to go, Jamal Aytes then hit a baseline jumper to extend the lead to 48, 76-28.

The Cougars finished the contest shooting 56.5 percent from the field, while the Toreros shot 25.9. BYU had 43 points from the bench to San Diego's 15. The Cougars outrebounded the Toreros 49 to 28 and finished the game with 25 assists, and San Diego had five. Emery led all scorers with 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

Cougars take the 39-11 lead into halftime

Feb 20, 2016 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 7:48 pm | Updated: February 20, 2016 7:57 pm | Permalink

The Cougars started the game on an 8-0 run, forcing a quick San Diego timeout. BYU then proceeded to score five more quick points before the Toreros scored their first points of the contest. At the 11-minute mark, the Cougars led the USD 18-2.  With 8:21 to go in the first half, Kyle Collinsworth extended the BYU lead to 21 as he finished a breakaway dunk.

Nick Emery scored his eighth and ninth point on a finger-roll layup in the lane at the 7:19 mark. Emery led all scorers with nine points at the break. He also had a game-high seven rebounds going into the half. The Cougars finished out the half outscoring the Toreros 11-5 to take the 39-11 lead into the break.

BYU shot 45.7 percent from the field in the 20 minutes of play to San Diego's 16.1. The Cougars dished out 12 first half assists, while the Toreros had two, and BYU had six points off of turnovers to San Diego's two.

BYU loses first game at home 77-72 to Pacific

Feb 06, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 4:11 pm | Permalink

BYU scored five unanswered points at the beginning of the second half. A three from Jakob Hartsock and a bucket from Nick Emery put the Cougars up 41-36 with 16:57 to play. After an inbound play that led to an easy layup for Kyle Davis, BYU went cold, going scoreless from the field for six minutes. Emery ended the drought with a layup at the 10:26 mark to put the Cougars back up 50-49.

The last 10 minutes of the game were physical on both sides with the lead changing between them. After Pacific took the lead with five minutes to go, Emery made three clutch free throws to tie it up 59-59 with 4:28 to play.

The Tigers scored five unanswered points to go up 64-60 with three minutes left. A basket from Davis got his team within two, 64-62, but free throws from Pacific kept BYU at bay. The Cougars missed six-straight free throws down the stretch, allowing the Tigers to widen the gap.

In the last minute, Chase Fischer was a perfect 14 of 14 from the free-throw line to keep BYU in the game. However, Pacific made its free throws to keep the game out of reach and hold on to the 77-72 upset.

Fischer tallied 23 points, 14 of which came from the charity stripe. Davis had 21 points to go with his five rebounds. Emery had 13 points and Kyle Collinsworth had nine points, 12 rebounds and four assists.

BYU up 34-32 over Pacific at the half

Feb 06, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 2:48 pm | Updated: February 6, 2016 2:50 pm | Permalink

After starting 1 of 4 from the field, BYU made five-straight field goals to go up 16-9 with 15:37 on the clock. A trey from Jakob Hartsock and a three-point play from Kyle Collinsworth aided the Cougars in that run.

The Tigers got hot, making 6 of 8 to take the 21-20 lead with 10:42 to play. A 3-pointer from Chase Fischer put BYU back up 23-21, but a couple of baskets from Pacific put BYU down 26-23 with 6:28 to go in the half.

Kyle Davis scored two buckets in a row to get the Cougars back ahead by one, but the Tigers kept fighting to take the lead. Fischer drilled a pair of threes to put BYU up 34-32 with 1:32 to go until the break. The half ended with a big block from Davis to keep Pacific from tying it back up.

Davis led BYU in the first half with 11 points and three rebounds. Fischer also had 11 points points, including three 3-pointers. Collinsworth filled out the stat sheet with five points, six rebounds and four assists.