BYU Cougs in the news: Tyler Haws finds a training camp spot; Cody Hoffman gets released

Former BYU basketball star, and the all-time leading scorer Tyler Haws has found a training camp spot for the upcoming season.

According to numerous sources, Haws has gone to camp with Pallacanestro Reggiana who participates in Italy’s top league.

If Haws can make the squad, he would be the third former Cougar on a Serie A roster, joining Jonathan Tavernari and Eric Mika.

Haws played for one of the top teams in Poland a season ago where he averaged 8.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in 29 games.

Cody Hoffman gets released

Another Cougar all-time great, Cody Hoffman saw his stay with the CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks come to an end recently as he was released by the team, according to the Ottawa Citizen.

During his short stay with the Redblacks, Hoffman appeared in three games where he had five receptions for 61 yards.

Hoffman wasn’t the only former Cougar to get released in recent weeks.

After a tremendous run in the minors leagues, former BYU pitcher Taylor Cole got his first chance in the majors with the Toronto Blue Jays, but it ended after just one appearance.

During his lone action in a Toronto uniform, he gave up six hits and four runs in an inning of work against the New York Yankees and suffered a broken toe. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list a day later, and released four days after that.

On a positive note, he did collect his first strike out as a big leaguer against none other than Aaron Judge.

He shared his thoughts about his first appearance with Toronto and striking out the Yankees’ slugger.

A week later he returned to the Blue Jays’ organization as he signed a minor league deal with the club.

Words cannot express how grateful I am for the love and support that I have received making my major league debut. It was a dream come true and so many people went in to making this happen. It's been a wild ride getting there and continues to be as you guys have probably seen this past week or so. I feel humbled and grateful for your friendships and hope I can be as supportive of your dreams as you have mine. I'm grateful for my my wife for being my rock through the good and the bad and having in-laws who treat me like their own. My dad has spent countless hours working to get me better and teaching me the value of hard work, confidence, and being a good person. Im grateful for my mom for never ceasing to believe I could do it, and my siblings for being my biggest fans as I am theirs. This whole experience has taught me even more than before that God is the captain of my ship and His timing is perfect. Lastly, thanks for the birthday wishes. I'm getting old 😉.

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Let’s hope he can return to the mound soon and continue to show the stuff that got him the call-up to the bigs.

Jacob Hannemann is on a roll

After a slow start to the season, Jacob Hannemann has been playing extremely well for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. He is in the middle of a 12-game hitting streak and has started to show some power with two home runs in his last three games. One of his best games of the season came on Wednesday night when he went 2-for-4 at the plate with a home run and three runs batted in.

He has also flourished on the base paths with three stolen bases in the last three games to push his season total to 27.

Since joining Iowa, he is hitting .267 with five home runs and 25 RBI in 76 games.

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