Archive for March, 2017

As a portion of his pro day round-up on UPI, Rob Rang of NFL Draft Scout looked at BYU’s Harvey Langi.

Rang wrote, “The 6-foot-2, 251-pound Langi is one of the more intriguing sleepers of this year’s crop of linebackers.”

After looking at Langi’s transition from running back to linebacker to defensive line and looking at his on-field production, Rang then turned his attention to the combine numbers, saying, “he showed an impressive combination of agility (4.32 seconds in the short shuttle) and bench press (23 reps) but opted not to run the 40-yard dash, at least until Friday when he was clocked in the low 4.6s and really turned heads with his positional workout.”

Rang then mentioned that Langi’s stock is “much higher” than most realize before listing off some of the teams looking at the BYU linebacker, saying, “Six teams that have expressed significant interest since Langi’s workout, including the Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers, many of which have significant needs at inside linebacker.”

Jazz Big Three ranked in the top 10

Andrew Lynch of Fox Sports ranked every NBA team’s big three, and the combination of George Hill, Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gobert came in at No. 6 on the list.

Speaking of the Jazz, Lynch wrote, “No player in the NBA has a bigger disparity between his box-score numbers and his actual in-game impact than Gobert. The scary thing for the other 29 teams? He’s only going to get better.”

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While there wasn’t much in the way of team success — none of the six Utah Div. I schools made the NCAA Tournament — there was still plenty of talent that littered the rosters of the instate schools. There were gifted big men who earned all-conference recognition in their respective leagues to go along with some very skilled guards who did some special things.

That gives us a number of players to choose from to create an All-Utah basketball team as well as handing out player of the year and freshman of the year.

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Collin Wieder of Fansided’s Saturday Blitz looked at the quarterback situation at BYU where Tanner Mangum returns to the field to take over for the departed Taysom Hill.

Wieder wrote, “If you don’t remember Mangum, Nebraska and Boise State certainly do. Mangum beat both teams with Hail Mary-type passes in the first two games of the 2015 season.”

After video highlights of the two Hail Mary’s, Wieder continued, “He wasn’t publicized too much as the 2015 season progressed, but he proved he can perform at a high level. The Cougars finished the regular season 9-3 earning a bowl bid against rival Utah.”

Wieder then looked at Mangum’s stat line as a freshman and what he did for the Cougars as a sophomore before turning his attention to what Mangum will provide for the Cougars in 2017.

“If you weren’t able to see Mangum play, then you missed out. He’s got all the boxes checked for prototypical passers. He boasts a strong frame (6-foot-3, 215-pounds), powerful arm strength, decent mobility and platform versatility,” wrote Wider.

Jazz stumble in Power rankings

The Utah Jazz dropped three spots, from No. 5 to No. 8 in Marc Stein’s latest ESPN NBA Power Rankings.

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