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BYU football notebook: Healthy Jordan Pendleton adds to deep linebacking corps

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  • sammyg Springville, UT
    July 28, 2011 8:34 p.m.

    "it's like we can read each other's minds,"

    Sept 17th can't come soon enough. The tandem 'beasts' will be unleashed!

  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    July 28, 2011 9:05 p.m.

    Good to hear that Pendleton is healthy and ready to go. LBer is extremely deep and will definately be the strength of the D. Im excited to see this defense now that Mendenhall will be DC for the entire season.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    July 28, 2011 9:16 p.m.

    "Sept 17th can't come soon enough. The tandem 'beasts' will be unleashed!"
    They better be unleashed Sept 3rd, or do you think Ole Miss and Texas are gimmes?

    No worries, sammyg. Like many Cougar fans, you're still getting used to this idea of independence. Hopefully as the season progresses you'll realize that Sept 17 isn't the pinnacle of the Cougar season.

    Looking over that schedule though... maybe it is. Thank goodness basketball season starts October 26!!

  • Jonas Denver, Colorado
    July 28, 2011 9:31 p.m.

    Weird. Jordan Wynn just turned to me and asked if I heard footsteps coming closer. It was quiet as a tomb here at Barnes & Noble.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    July 28, 2011 9:35 p.m.

    This defense might have the best back 8 we've ever had. The front 3 aren't anything to shake a stick at either, especially with Romney Fuga and Hebron Fangupo at nose tackle also. I hope that Alani Fua can work his way into the rotation at outside linebacker also behind Kyle Van Noy, and then we'll have a real solid rotation at all 4 linebacker spots.

    Go Cougs!

  • T-spoon West Jordan, UT
    July 28, 2011 10:11 p.m.

    It will be great to see Pendleton back in action! He is easily one of my favorite players on the Cougar defense. Good luck Jordan!

  • billybubba South Jordan, UT
    July 29, 2011 7:31 a.m.

    where is Zac Stout is he or has he gone on a mission

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    July 29, 2011 8:12 a.m.

    Jonas;
    Great comment and very funny. Once a QB has been injured, they always hear footsteps. How well they do after they heal determines how much nerve they have. I expect Wynn to handle it pretty well. I expect BYU's defense to be very aggressive from the first game this year. They are going to be very good. I hope JP can stay healthy all season.

  • BP Salt Lake City, UT
    July 29, 2011 8:23 a.m.

    I have a feeling that the rivalry will not remain a yearly event, especially since it doesn't really benefit Utah that much (unless BYU can build a Notre Dame-like reputation over the next 5-10 years). My guess is that BYU and Utah will play each other 6 out of the next 10 years. However, despite playing every other year, I believe the rivalry will only get more bitter and hateful (on both sides), which is really too bad.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    July 29, 2011 8:51 a.m.

    re: Moderate "Hopefully as the season progresses you'll realize that Sept 17 isn't the pinnacle of the Cougar season. Looking over that schedule though... maybe it is."

    With games against the SEC, Big12, and TCU in Jerry Dome; I'm not thinking that Sept 17 is any type of pinnacle. Hopefully it will be a good game, but not the pinnacle of our season. Maybe you meant to type the pinnacle of U're season?

    re: BP
    "I have a feeling that the rivalry will not remain a yearly event. I believe the rivalry will only get more bitter and hateful (on both sides), which is really too bad."

    Oh, so U think U are going to cancel this rivalry series like you cancelled your basketball series with USU? Not up for the level of competition? It would be a shame for fans in Utah if this game did not happen every year.

    Personally, I think both schools will keep the annual rivalry intact.

    With regard to the article, I think it will be interesting to see how Bronco uses Pendleton and Van Noy. They are both great talents competing for time at the same position.

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    July 29, 2011 9:39 a.m.

    re:BP I think the U has more reason to keep the rivalry game now than ever. Most of their recruits still need to be from Utah and some will need to be Mormon, and this is the only game where they can show they are the premere program in this state. When they fail to do that and become totally "west coast oriented", they will lose the local interest and fade just like the basketball program did. PAC-12 membership gives them a couple of years of PR, beyond that it is still the same thing they must win, and they particularly must show they "own" their own back yard. If you do not think this is true look at what happened to UCLA (recruiting in their talent rich backyard of LA), when it ceased being top dog or even competing to be in the city. Just the way it is and you can not change the U's geographic location even if that is what most University folks and the media would like.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    July 29, 2011 9:58 a.m.

    "With games against the SEC, Big12, and TCU in Jerry Dome; I'm not thinking that Sept 17 is any type of pinnacle."

    Texaskewg,

    Byu's goes against the 12th ranked (last) team in the SEC. Texas is ranked 6th in the BIG12 (just ahead of Baylor). TCU is not projected to win it's non AQ conference.

    These are your big games?

  • GuitarGuy Layton, UT
    July 29, 2011 10:20 a.m.

    hedgehog - And the best team on Utah's schedule: BYU.

    Granted, that's a pretty darn good team.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    July 29, 2011 10:37 a.m.

    re: hedgehog
    "Byu's goes against the 12th ranked (last) team in the SEC. Texas is ranked 6th in the BIG12 (just ahead of Baylor). TCU is not projected to win it's non AQ conference. These are your big games?"

    And U are picked to finish 3rd in the So, and 7th overall in the PAC12. Do you believe all the pre-season polls?

    Mark it down, Ole Miss will not finish last in the SEC, Texas will finish no lower than 3rd in the Big12, and TCU will finish either 10-2 or 11-1 depending on whether or not they beat the non-AQ team that whipped U in the Las Vegas bowl last year.

  • JonnyDanger HOUSTON, TX
    July 29, 2011 11:16 a.m.

    hedgehog- I wouldn't pound that drum too loudly...Utah isn't even playing the top two teams in their own conference! I think the Ute's schedule in the PAC is a great blessing for their first year and I hope they do well with it, but you can't dog on BYU's schedule for not including the top-ranked teams in four different conferences when your team doesn't even play the top teams in their own conference...

  • COUGARNATE Lyman, WY
    July 29, 2011 1:35 p.m.

    This LB corp has better talent and potential than any I have ever seen at BYU and I can remember back to 1980, when a certain coach up north was the WAC Defensive player of the year. Go Cougs, and Hedge what? Utah's schedule is not very tough and if I remember right, you were so antimate about how pre-season polls mean nothing when your utes were picked 3rd in the south division of the Pac, and you are trying to down play how good TCU is? You're kidding right? Go Cougs!

  • 1984 for life Salt Lake City, UT
    July 29, 2011 2:42 p.m.

    @ COUGARNATE | 1:35 p.m. July 29, 2011
    Lyman, WY

    You are right on. BYU's schedule with all of those WAC teams is brutal.

    BTW, what does antimate mean?

  • Tommy2Shoes Lehi, UT
    July 29, 2011 9:47 p.m.

    Scheduling favors BYU in the second half playing lots of home games against lower ranked opponents. The Utes only have two soft games on their schedule. The rest should be dog fights. If the Cougars can beat both Texas teams then they should have a great record. Scrappy games against Utah, CF, OSU and Hawaii. Both teams have good schedules but not great ones. Utes face the overall tougher schedule. I expect the Cougars to have at least two more wins than the Utes based on opponents.

  • BluCoug Provo, UT
    July 29, 2011 11:06 p.m.

    "Byu's goes against the 12th ranked (last) team in the SEC. Texas is ranked 6th in the BIG12 (just ahead of Baylor). TCU is not projected to win it's non AQ conference.

    These are your big games?"

    What was the utes big out-of-conference games in 2004 and 2008? The utes only credible win was against an unmotivated Alabama team. The rest were doormats.

  • bluelife FARMINGTON, UT
    July 30, 2011 6:19 a.m.

    Very astute JonnyDanger very astute

    Enough with downplaying schedules, lets see the season play out.

    Alabama was a very good team and was beat, plain and simple.

    Both teams should be good, I think BYU starts strong and the utes take some time getting out of the gate (new OC and Offence) but will do well at the end of the year. Too bad for the utes the game is on Sep 17th this year.

  • Laser Iowa City, IA
    July 30, 2011 8:44 a.m.

    The LB corp is going to be game changing. They are going to be animals. Glad to see Pendleton back. He brings a lot of experience to the D. BYU's D is going to help them win a ton of games.

  • Cougar_Independence OMAHA, NE
    July 31, 2011 9:03 a.m.

    BYU's defense will be scary good this year! Kaveinga and Pendleton will be in Jordan wynn's nightmares for weeks/months/years after they send Jordan to the bench with multiple injuries.

    If Jake Heaps can run the new offense as well as they are talking, this BYU team
    Could be really, really good, if not great!

    As far as scheduling goes: Ole Miss & Texas > Montana State & USC

    Go Cougars!

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    July 31, 2011 9:06 p.m.

    Nice insight, JonnyD.

    I am particularly intrigued with the way our critics play both ends of the spectrum against our boys in blue. "Who do you think you are? You don't belong on the same field as Texas." "Texas is so down this year, you can't count them as a quality opponent."

    Not unlike two years ago with Oklahoma. You'll never beat them in a million years... oh, wait, they just aren't that good.

    Of course my favorite by far is the mantra - "You only played cupcakes at the end of last season." One of those cupcakes we barely lost on the last play of the game even with their home field advantage. Cupcake. And yet Utah was CLEARLY superior to BYU last year.

    Logic, reason or even basic math skills are clearly not taught at the school on the hill.

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    July 31, 2011 9:44 p.m.

    You're right Y Grad / Y Dad, but when the trolls froth up about BYU, logic and common sense disappears.