Cougar Nation Round Up – June 22nd, 2016

Get caught up on the latest news in Cougar Nation from June 21, 2016

We’re trying something new at ESPN 960. Similar to the Cougar Cuts and Quotes we did until last summer, we will be consolidating information from the show in a daily article that will be posted to

Not only are we going to recap the show, we will also do a round up of all the news that’s going on in Cougar Nation. That could be from BYU SportsNation, the Daily Herald, Deseret News, Salt Lake TribuneVanquish the Foe, as well as national news outlets that touch on former BYU athletes and how the athletic program is seen on a national level. Wherever there is BYU news, we will find it.


BYU Basketball Begin Offseason Training:

Coach Rose joined Cougar Sports on ESPN 960 and talked about how they have begun preparing for the upcoming season.

You can listen to the interview at this link. Here are some highlights from the interview.

“The season is kind of on for us. We started summer school today and have most of our guys here. It’ll be a pretty intense eight weeks for us between the new guys learning to go to school, deal with academics, study with tutors, individual workouts, team workouts, and try to manage some type of social life.”

“Two years ago the NCAA changed the rules so freshmen can enroll in school during the summer semester and we’ve been able to see the results in how successful freshman have been in their first year of school.”

“The biggest thing we’re going to see with the age change is that they will be coming back from their missions without any college experience. The key is to have them get home and get in a program and not have setbacks with injuries or taking off for a week at a time.”

“All three of those players [from Lone Peak] are in different spots [in their training]. Nick is coming off of a year where he played as a freshman and is returning as a sophomore. TJ didn’t play in college before going on a mission, he went straight out of high school and his trying to get back to playing shape, and Eric played a year on his mission before leaving on his mission. One thing I like is that they know how to compete with each other and they have the familiarity to know how they’ll react to difficult situations.”

“There could be [more additions to the roster]. We were surprised with [Jordan] Chatman leaving and Corbin Kaufusi playing football freed up a scholarship. We will have to see how it plays out right now, I have three missionaries who get back next year. Coach always wants one guy but it would have to be a pretty special situation to play out.”

Ty Detmer settling into role as BYU Offensive Coordinator

Jared Lloyd of the Daily Herald caught up with Ty Detmer as he returns to BYU, this time as the Offensive Coordinator of the Cougars.

Ty Detmer’s Heisman Trophy has become one of the great Cougar football success stories — along with the 1984 national championship and a few others — has to be considered one of the great moments in BYU football history.

Now, of course, the superstar himself is back in Provo, this time to be the football team’s offensive coordinator.

Throughout spring camp — and everywhere Detmer goes — Cougar supporters want to talk to him, get his autograph or a photo, and relive the memories of watching the former BYU QB on the field. It’s been a whirlwind as he’s come back to his alma mater.

“Any time there is change, people are excited,” Detmer said last week after competing with head coach Kalani Sitake in a charity golf tournament in Sandy. “Everybody has voiced that and it’s good. It’s good to be back right now. We’ll see how it is once September starts.”

 “Everything is like you are living in Oz right now,” Detmer said. “But the reality is — and I tell people all the time — that I’m shocked at how little football I’ve actually done. With the recruiting part and firesides and fanfests, it’s just been 15 days of football really. I can’t wait for August to get here, for things to settle down and to focus on football more.”
BYU picks up 2017 commitment from Olympus Titan Ben Bywater
Ben Bywater announced on twitter today that he committed to the BYU Cougars.
The 6’3″ 215 lb athlete missed the majority of last season with a lacerated kidney, but has shown good instincts which helped garner offers from Utah State, Air Force, Fresno State, and Cornell, in addition to BYU.
Bywater is part of a busy recruiting month for the Cougars who saw 10 players commit – bringing the total to five for the class of 2017 – last week during two satellite camps in the All-Poly Camp and the Pride Camp. Bywater also had two teammates from Olympus commit last week in twin brothers Nathan and Cameron Latu who are part of the 2018 class.
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