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Bob Davie and five UNM players talk to media about taking a knee [YouTube]
Garrett Hughes, senior safety Stanley Barnwell Jr., senior linebacker Kimmie Carson, junior safety Michael Sewell Jr., and sophomore cornerback Elijah Lilly talk to the media along with coach Davie about why they chose to kneel. Davie did mention had there been more time to coordinate the team would have had one unifying voice during the anthem.
Boise State will have to prepare a few quarterbacks against BYU [Deseret News]
BYU has had injury woes at quarterback and in its loss to Utah State they were down to their third-string quarterback, Koy Detmer, Jr. Boise State travels to face the Cougars on Friday night and there is no word on who will be starting.
“It’s kind of all hands on deck after we see where Tanner’s (Mangum) at and where Beau’s (Hoge) at.” —Ty Detmer, B YU’s offensive coordinator
How can Boise State improve their ground game? [Blue Turf Sports]
We have an idea and that is to give redshirt freshman Robert Mahones more carries.
One way that Boise State might get the running game going is to have Montell Cozart on the field at the same time as Brett Rypien.
“He’s a good athlete and being creative in what we’re trying to do is definitely what we’re talking about on a day-to-day basis and game planning,” offensive coordinator Zak Hill said. “It’s fun to use him and we know we want to use him in certain spots, red zone or wherever, but we have to be careful as well with the depth (at QB) that we have.”
That would be interesting.
No, BYU is not coming back to the Mountain West [Vanquish The Foe]
Just because the Cougars are not playing well with their independent schedule does not mean they should rejoin the Mountain West. The main reason is that being on their own BYU makes a lot more money than what the Mountain West can offer. Plus, there is no guarantee that there would be enough votes from the Mountain West institutions to bring them back.
In the mean time, Mountain West fans who play BYU can settle for betting them on the football field.
Colorado State’s gear is taking an extended vacation [Coloradoan]
For some reason the equipment for the Rams is still in Hawaii as there were issues with some of the bags. So, the Colorado State team is practicing in gear borrowed from Northern Colorado and using their Ag Day helmets.
Head coach Mike Bobo has some sense of humor about the mishap.
“Shoulder pads, knee braces, cleats, my underwear — still there,” Bobo said. “I told the coaches to run by Scheel’s late last night and see if they’ve got any deals.”
Will Colin Kaepernick sign with the Oakland Raiders? [Sporting News]
With Derek Carr out at least two weeks and as many as six with a fractured back, the Oakland Raiders are in need of a new quarterback to fill Carr’s spot. NFL Network’s Jeffri Chadiha and Michael Silver discuss why they think the Oakland Raiders should pursue Colin Kaepernick
UNLV setting sights on return to NCAA tournament [Las Vegas Review-Journal]
The Runnin’ Rebels very well should be better this year in the second year of Marvin Menzies. The team is very confident and there is even some small talk from within of making a return to the NCAA Tournament on the strength of seniors Jovan Mooring and former Milwaukee transfer Jordan Johnson.
New Lobo Troy Simons has been working hard [ABQJournal.com]
There is a big difference in playing junior college hoops compared to Division I and Simons is finally realizing that.
“It’s way different than juco — way more work that I’ve put in right now than I did at juco,” said Simons, who was the national junior college scoring champion last season.“I knew it was going to be work, but I didn’t know it was going to be like this. It’s tough.”
His hope is that all of this hard work will pay off this upcoming season.
Utah State is the best at takeaways [Deseret News]
The Aggies are the leader in FBS in takeaways with 16 on the year. It did help to get seven in their upset win over BYU on the road this past weekend, and the weekend prior vs. San Jose State they forced five. This is a huge improvement as Utah State forced only 10 turnovers all of last year. As for turnover margin, Utah State is 18th in FBS with a plus-one margin.
Mountain West Wire’s basketball player countdown [Patreon]
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