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Jimmer Signs with Octagon to Represent Him in the NBA

By: Mitch Harper (Twitter: @Mitch_Harper)

"People call me The Jimmer. I’m the best player in College Basketball. I know what you’re asking yourself and the answer is yes. I do have a agency to represent me in the NBA. Its called the Octagon."

Wouldn’t you love it if Jimmer announced his pairing up with Octagon Sports like that?  Anchorman. One of the greatest movies of all-time.  It’s science.  We still want that sequel.

Anyways, Jimmer’s pairing with Octagon is big news.  Many agencies were pursuing Jimmer obviously.  Jimmer has a tv show in the works, and the name Jimmer is ingrained in the minds of all Americans everywhere.  Let’s face it he Jimmered Osama afterall.

Jimmer will be represented by Octagon’s Jeff Austin and Chris Emens, Yahoo! Sports is reporting.  It is not known the financial amount it cost Octagon to sign Jimmer.

The 2011 NBA Draft is on June 23rd.  The Draft Lottery is on May 17th.  NBADraft.net currently has Jimmer going in the Lottery at #11 to the Golden State Warriors.  Would be a good fit for Jimmer and he would be paired with another Octagon-client, Stephen Curry.

Other NBA athletes Octagon represents: Rudy Gay (Grizzlies), Wesley Mathews (Blazers), David West (Hornets), Kirk Hinrich (Hawks).

They also represent former BYU Basketball players Lee Cummard and Jonathan Tavernari who are currently playing overseas.

For more on Octagon and who they represent in the world of sports go to this link.

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Jake Heaps on the Cover of 2011 Athlon College Football Preview

By: Mitch Harper (Twitter: @Mitch_Harper)

Do you realize we are in the month of May?  So in roughly one month we will be seeing College Football Preview magazines gracing newsstands nationwide.

BYU Quarterback Jake Heaps will be gracing the Western “National Cover” for the 2011 Athlon College Football Preview.  Pretty cool honor for only being a Sophomore, and the guys he is on the cover with include two Heisman candidates for the 2011 season in Andrew Luck from Stanford and Kellen Moore from Boise State.

The issue is slated to be out on May 31st.

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Former BYU QB, John Beck Getting Another Opportunity in the NFL

By: Mitch Harper (Twitter: @Mitch_Harper)

Since the Washington Redskins won their last Super Bowl, Super Bowl XXVI in the 1991 season, the ‘Skins have only made three Playoff appearances since.  A lot of that has had to do with the lack of stability at Quarterback.  From Heath Shuler to Gus Frerotte to Patrick Ramsey and to Donovan McNabb, the Skins have had no consistent production from QBs the past two decades.

With Donovan McNabb looking more and more likely to be out of Washington, Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan is turning his attention to a familiar name to many BYU fans, John Beck.

Beck, who was a 2nd Round Draft Choice to the Miami Dolphins in the 2007 Draft has had limited opportunities in the NFL.  When drafted by the Dolphins, Cam Cameron was the coach.  Beck started four games for the Phins that ‘07 season, which was the worst the season in Dolphins history going 1-15.  And after only one season, Cam Cameron was fired.

Bill Parcells came into Miami and cleaned house, Beck was an odd man out in Miami.  Beck surfaced in Baltimore where Cam Cameron was the Offensive Coordinator in 2009.  Only problem was that the Ravens had young Quarterback Joe Flacco who was coming off a AFC Championship Game run.  Beck never saw time in Baltimore.  In 2010, the Ravens dealt Beck to the Redskins.

Beck didn’t see much time last season.  The Skins let McNabb and Rex Grossman try and put something together, but nothing happened between the two mediocre players, and the Redskins finished a mediore 6-10.  Far below expectations in Shanahan’s first season as the coach.

This past weekend was the NFL Draft, and as usual coaches were addressing the media, recapping their teams Draft’s.  Shanahan received critics for not taking a Quarterback in the Draft.  He tried to silence those critics by saying he was very high on John Beck.  That was one of the reasons why they traded for him last season.  Shanahan went on to say that he had John Beck as his #1 QB in the Draft of 2007, and “it wasn’t even close.” He went on to say.  Shanahan at the time was the coach of the Denver Broncos.

Beck has the talent and the passion for football.  Would be great to see Beck have an opportunity to lead the Redskins.  The ‘Skins fan base seems to be up in arms about the move, demanding the team sign someone in the Free Agency period when the NFL Lockout ends.  Fact is though, John Beck could be a fantastic QB for the Skins if given a chance.

One Redskins fan on Twitter, @Based_Bro is sold on Beck as his QB for the Skins.  Posting this photo.

 

It has to be that majestic mullet Beck has been sporting for the past year.  Our former Cougars leave Provo and they love the beards or the mullets.  A thing of absolute beauty.

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Another former BYU QB, Max Hall of the Arizona Cardinals saw his team pick no QBs as well during the NFL Draft.

Now the Cardinals are very likely to sign or make a trade for a QB when the Lockout ends, as Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt hasn’t given any vote of confidence to either Max Hall or John Skelton.  But Free Agency and Trades are no guarantees to have something pan out.

Will be an interesting NFL season for former BYU Quarterbacks.  That is of course, if there’s a NFL season at all.

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NFL Draft: No BYU Players Taken, First Time Since ‘94; Greatest Hits Tour Taken in Top 40

By: Mitch Harper (Twitter: @Mitch_Harper)

We all knew it was going to be a reach for either BYU’s Vic So’oto (DE) or Brian Logan (CB) to hear their names called during the 3-Day event known as the NFL Draft.  Logan and So’oto didn’t hear their names called.  This was the first NFL Draft since 1994 where BYU didn’t have a player drafted by a NFL squad.

With the NFL Lockout back in place, So’oto and Logan are not able to sign Undrafted Free Agent contracts with any teams.  No franchise can sign anyone at this point, until the lockout is lifted.

So’oto and Logan have some options however.  They can pursue a career in the UFL, which has seen some of their players get picked up into the NFL.  There is also a strong possibility in Brian Logan’s case that he comes back as a Graduate Assistant.  Logan who came to BYU as a JC transfer from Foothill College, left BYU with a degree and a passion for what the program did for him.  Coach Mendenhall has stated in the past that Logan is welcome back in the program at anytime.

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Don’t expect that BYU will become a fixture of not producing players into the Draft.  It was due to having a very young team last year and Matt Reynolds who was a potential 1st Round pick decided to come back for his Senior season.

Reynolds was projected by Pro Football Weekly as a 1st Round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Players like Jordan Pendleton, Braden Hansen, Braden Brown, Uona Kaveinga, and Jake Heaps have Sundays in their future in the coming years.  There is a ton of NFL-talent in this program going forward.

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Cougar Cager Recruiting Update and Notes

By: Mitch Harper (@Mitch_Harper)

Right now is the “Regular Period” for College Basketball programs to sign student-athletes till May 18th, and these signees can play in the 2011-2012 season.

It was known that BYU was targeting a JUCO forward in Hauns Brereton from Western Nebraska Community College, an LDS guy.  Brereton decided to sign with Gib Arnold and the Hawaii Warriors who are heading into the Big West Conference after the 2012 season.

BYU has a scholarship opening since James Anderson announced at The Y. Awards that he would not pursue basketball anymore now that he is graduated.  Many have speculated that a JC transfer is the direction Rose and staff will go with the open scholarship but no names have cropped up.  With the signing period dwindling Rose might feel there isn’t anyone out there worthy of a scholarship, and was Brereton the only player that BYU viewed was worthy of a D-1 offer?

Which then garners the question does Michael Boswell a former Walk-On out of Oregon who is coming home from a mission get the final scholarship?

Boswell a talented perimeter player that received a honorable mention nod from the McDonald’s All-American selection committee, will be a Redshirt-Freshman this upcoming season.

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Bowl Madness in April. BYU to Armed Forces Bowl in 2011

By: Mitch Harper (@Mitch_Harper)

If you were worried that BYU wouldn’t have a bowl tie-in for the 2011 season, fear no more!  BYU is heading to Dallas for the Bell Helicopters Armed Forces Bowl to face a Conference USA opponent.  BYU is taking the spot that was originally intended for a Mountain West team in this bowl game.  Oh, but BYU will not be missed in the MWC right? Gotcha.

Now if BYU goes to the BCS obviously the Cougars could opt out of this game, but if no BCS, BYU is headed to Texas for the third time of the 2011 season.

When you consider that BYU less than eight months ago announced its intentions to pursue Independence, and the progress the program has made as an Independent is impressive. A national schedule that continues to grow, bowl tie-ins for the first three years in attractive destintations for fans to travel to, and a national TV contract.  BYU is doing big things as an Independent, and the best is truly yet to come.

In the 2011 season, BYU will face teams from the SEC, Big XII, Pac-12, Conference USA, WAC, and Mountain West Conferences.  And again, this is only Year 1 of Independence.

There has been quality opponents from Conference USA in the Armed Forces Bowl over the years. SMU last year and some of the high-octane Houston Cougar offenses led by Quarterback Case Keenum were in the game, so the potential for a quality matchup is definitely there with this bowl.  The bowl is a ESPN owned game, which was a factor in BYU getting this bid.

ESPN and BYU have been in talks about potentially creating their own bowl game starting in 2014, when BYU doesn’t have a bowl tie-in again.  In 2012 BYU is slated for San Diego in the Poinsettia Bowl and in 2013 the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco.

There are rumors that BYU and ESPN could have a bowl around Christmas every year in Southern California.  Location is unknown, but potentially the Rose Bowl in Pasadena? The new rumored NFL Stadium in Los Angeles?  Many possibilities.

What are your thoughts Cougar fans? Do you think BYU should continue to lock-in to bowl games or should they keep their options open at the end of seasons and see if bowl games become open to them?  Tweet us your thoughts @Cougar_Center.

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Ok, here is the video we discussed on last night’s podcast.

Gunnar Legas, The 7th grade Youtube sensation, Comin’ Straight Outta Provo! Hopefully this kid ends up at BYU one day. 

Cougar Center Episode 22, 4.26.11

This Week’s Topics

- Jimmer has now become a reality star, we discuss what’s next for him, including his position in the draft and where “The Jimmer” should end up.

- BYU baseball beat down of New Mexico on and off the field.

- Cougar football will be bowling this upcoming season, but where will they be? We discuss future bowl possibilities.

- We play The Percentage Game! Discussing future Cougar Cagers in the NBA, the 2011-12 Cougar Basketball season, and more!

- 7th grade QB is a YouTube sensation (VIEW VIDEO) and future BYU star?

- As always, a wild picks list, along with the most famous segment in the  podcasting world….. the Cougar Center Crush!

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Cougar Center Episode 21, 04.20.2011

This Week’s Topics

- Jimmer is now on Twitter

- With the NFL Draft approaching we review BYU’s history with players being taken in the Draft and who has had the best careers.

- BYU Football’s toughest games in 2011.  A lot of games stand out on the schedule but who do the C.C. guys think is the toughest game?

- Baseball Mid-Season recap.

- We play the ‘Word Game’ discussing the likes of BYU Football’s Offense, what BYU celebrity we want on Twitter next and more.

- Shoutouts and Crushes of the week!

- All the crazyness that is, Cougar Center

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