BYU and Virginia add another two games to the series to be played in 2019 and 2020 as announced this week by BYU. In addition to the home-and-home set to be played this season in Charllotesville and next year in Provo, they will games in the month of September in Charlottesville in 2019 and Provo in 2020. The Cougars and Cavaliers have hooked up three times before. The first time was in Birmingham, Alabama for the All-American Bowl, which the Cavaliers won 22-16. In 1999 and 2000 the teams hooked up for a home-and-home series which was split. Virginia owns the all-time record 2-1 on the Cougars.
Defensive end Bronson Kaufusi joined the team for the first time this spring as basketball draws to a close. He recorded a sack in his first action on the line. Offensive coordinator Robert Anae indicated that Monday’s session was much better than last week’s practices but the defense won the day in the 11-on-11 drills by holding the offense scoreless. Kaufusi will rejoin the basketball team when they have a tournament invitation after this weekend.
Kevin Graham insists that the best battle to be watching in spring practices right now is at running back. While I disagree, he maintains that with the mandate to look at everyone with “fresh eyes” on the coaching staff, they are allowing for senior-to-be Michael Alisa to make a case for his role as he returns from injury. Visibly different runners, Jamaal Williams and Alisa maintain they are taking this serious but keeping it friendly as well. Alisa calls Williams a “dancer” while he defines himself as a “slicer.” And Williams has better hands out of the backfield, but we saw his poor attempt as pass-blocking on display in the San Jose State game late last season. Added to the mix, Adam Hine has been mixing into the first team reps as well. Check out Kevin’s article here. Do you agree or disagree?
Former Cougar tight end Andrew George is taking on a new coaching role with the team as a graduate assistant. His assignment will be to coach the tight ends and help with the receivers. This will free up OC Anae to help Garett Tujague with the line as well as be available to visit with each position on the offense to make changes where needed. He indicated that the tight ends will be used in a “flex” format, meaning the tight ends will be lined as receivers and not in the traditional, hand-on-the-ground tight end position next to the offensive line.