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BYU football watch: Silence on allegations, Cougars could get shot at Alabama

2014-06-02T06:00:00Z 2014-06-02T07:04:09Z BYU football watch: Silence on allegations, Cougars could get shot at AlabamaJared Lloyd Daily Herald Daily Herald
June 02, 2014 6:00 am  • 

Three weeks until Media Day … two months until fall camp … just under three months until the 2014 season kicks off.

For BYU football fans, these might be some of the biggest events of the summer leading up to another exciting year of college football.

Until then, however, Cougar supporters have to be satisfied with the positive and negative tidbits and speculation that are popping up.

Here’s a quick look at some of those items:

Silence in Provo on allegations

After the storm of rumors and conjecture surrounding BYU admitting it was investigating allegations of improper benefits being provided to football players, the institution itself has returned to being quiet on the matter.

This most likely means BYU is still in the process of investigating and sees no need to make anything public.

Whispers have talked about everything from large-scale disregard for rules to infractions that are so minor as to barely cause any notice at all.

As is often the case with these things, the best course is to not assume any of the speculations are true until the official findings are made public.

If nothing is said before Media Day, however, it will be interesting to see how the Cougar football representatives handle the inevitable questions on the subject.

Possible BYU-Alabama matchup?

Cougar fans started buzzing as soon as CBSSports.com’s Jeremy Fowler posted his “Alabama desperate for 12th game in 2015, will 'take anybody' ” column midway through last week.

Suddenly a huge chance for national prominence seemed to be a hot topic as BYU supporters started dreaming of a shot at the most dominant college football program in the country in the last five years.

Fowler even said he asked about the possibility of a meeting with the Cougars, to which Crimson Tide athletic director Bill Battle answered: “We've called everybody we know.”

Before BYU supporters get too caught up in the idea, problems such as the fact that both teams probably want to add another home game in 2015 and the fact that the Cougars already have some tough road games on the schedule (Nebraska and Michigan) would have to be overcome.

And some might also want to remember just how “beneficial” games against Florida State and USC turned out to be in the last 15 years.

BYU’s “most explosive” player might be one who has yet to don the blue-and-white

Mike Huguenin, College Football 24/7 writer at NFL.com, posted a list of 14 of the most explosive athletes in college football last week and a Cougar made the list.

While it would be reasonable to think quarterback Taysom Hill or running back Jamaal Williams would be candidates, Huguenin instead pointed to UTEP transfer Jordan Leslie.

“Leslie spent his first three seasons at UTEP -- he graduated with an engineering degree and is transferring to BYU for his final season,” Huguenin wrote in the article. “It's a smart move, as BYU needs a go-to receiver. It's a smart move, also, in that he is going from a mediocre [at best] program to one that has hopes of winning eight or nine games this fall.”

While Leslie could be exactly the type of athlete the Cougars need to fill some of the void left by the departure of Cody Hoffman, he will also only have one season to get acclimated to the BYU offense and develop chemistry with Hill and the rest of the team.

So while Leslie could indeed be explosive — continuing the form he showed as a Miner — it might be a little premature to place the “most explosive” moniker on him.

Pritchard, Green moving on

Word is that both running back Iona Pritchard and quarterback Billy Green will be leaving the BYU program.

Pritchard had coaches excited about his abilities for years, but injuries severely curtailed his playing time.

The loss of Green, who was one of only four quarterbacks on the roster this spring, would mean Hill and backup quarterback Christian Stewart have even less experience behind them.

Hunter Moore, a freshman from California, is the only other quarterback listed although former Jordan High quarterback McCoy Hill might get a shot at the position although he was brought in as a tight end.

Daily Herald sports editor ​Jared Lloyd can be reached at 801-344-2555 or jlloyd@heraldextra.com. Twitter: @JaredrLloyd. Instagram: @JaredrLloyd.

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