Hero Sports is ranking the top 100 college football teams for 2017, and the BYU Cougars came in at No. 45.
"BYU had a perplexing, although wildly entertaining, 2016 season," Andrew Doughty wrote. "The Cougars lost four games by a field or less and won two games on the last play. They return 13 starters from that nine-win team, along with an experienced quarterback who's very (familiar) with last-play victories, and have the talent and depth for another run at 10 wins."
After focusing on Tanner Mangum as one of the key returning players on the offensive side of the ball, Doughty turned his attention to who will be catching the ball.
"With their top three receivers gone, Mangum will rely heavily on senior Jonah Trinnaman," Doughty wrote. "The Utah native played well — 28 receptions for 321 yards — in his first season as a three-star JUCO recruit from Snow College. He and tight end Tanner Balderree could combine for 75 catches."
Doughty then talked about the defensive side of the ball, where he looked at Fred Warner.
"They're led by senior outside linebacker Fred Warner — whose younger brother Troy is a starting corner," Doughty wrote. "The elder Warner is a former four-star prospect who's been a violent menace the last two years, racking up 22.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks."
Donovan Mitchell shines
Matt Moore of CBS Sports looked at the biggest stories in NBA Summer League and mentioned Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell.
"Outside of (Dennis) Smith, the one name on everyone's lips was Jazz first-rounder Mitchell, who dropped 37 in a loss to Memphis on Tuesday," Moore wrote. "He wasn't efficient (shot 31 percent) but is definitely aggressive and has the skill to be a scoring force."
Moore then talked about how Mitchell's performance, so far, reflects on the Denver Nuggets.
"Notably, Mitchell looking so good reflects worse on Denver, who traded down from the spot where he was available, to take Tyler Lydon at No. 24," Moore wrote. "Lydon has looked tentative and lost most of the time. Keep an eye out for this situation, it could become a thorn in Denver's side."
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