Some of BYU’s 19 seniors shined on the field, while others made their biggest contributions away from LaVell Edwards Stadium

BYU head coach Kalani Sitake gets doused by Cougars offensive lineman Thomas Shoaf (59) during the BYU-Michigan State game in East Lansing, Mich., on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. BYU won 31-14.

FILE: BYU head coach Kalani Sitake gets doused by Cougars offensive lineman Thomas Shoaf (59) during the BYU-Michigan State game in East Lansing, Mich., on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. BYU won 31-14. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Four seniors, including offensive lineman Thomas Shoaf, won’t be able to play significantly against Idaho State on Saturday in the Cougars’ home finale, but helped develop the culture that turned the season around, says coach Kalani Sitake

PROVO — Not all of the 19 seniors who will be honored Saturday prior to BYU’s home finale against Idaho State will actually play in the game, unless it becomes a blowout, as expected, and they are inserted late for ceremonial purposes if they choose to suit up one last time.

Much has already been made of the fact that stars such as Aleva Hifo, Micah Simon, Dayan Ghanwoloku, Moroni Laulu-Pututau and Austin Lee and solid contributors such as JJ Nwigwe, Sam Baldwin, Trajan Pili, Sawyer Powell, Batchlor Johnson IV, Austin Kafentzis, Talon Shumway, Emmanuel Esukpa, Mitch Harris and Beau Tanner will play for the last time at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

But a handful of players whose careers were cut short due to injuries deserve to be celebrated as well, coach Kalani Sitake said Monday. That list includes offensive lineman Thomas Shoaf, defensive lineman Addison Pulsipher, running back Ty’Son Williams and quarterback/running back Beau Hoge.

“Honestly, I would do it all again for my guys on the offensive line. That’s what it is all about, being there for your teammates, doing everything you can to help them succeed.” — BYU offensive lineman Thomas Shoaf

“All the seniors have done some really good things for us,” Sitake said. “It has been a lot of fun. It went by really quickly and I know they have put a lot of hard work into establishing the team that we are right now. We look forward to seeing what they do in the future with their hard work and sacrifice.”

Shoaf, Pulsipher and Williams were injured earlier this season, while Hoge was sidelined the entire year.

“We are really appreciative for all the seniors, and what they’ve done,” said defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki. “A lot of them got banged up, but still did all they could to give us the chance to win.”

Shoaf, a former freshman All-American from Columbus, Indiana, fits that description. He arrived in …read more

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The historical connection between Utah, UCLA players and the Titanic

Utah kicker Andrew Strauch follows through on a kick attempt during Utes practice Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. | Courtesy Utah Athletics

SALT LAKE CITY — Saturday’s big Pac-12 game at Rice-Eccles Stadium will be a reunion for Utah kicker Andrew Strauch.

But not just because the player who now handles kickoff duties for the Utes previously played for UCLA.

Strauch will also be reunited with the Bruins’ J.J. Molson, bringing the former teammates’ families together again after a connection that spans nearly two centuries.

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UCLA place kicker J.J. Molson (17) is congratulated by holder Stefan Flintoft (20) after Molson kicked a 33-yard field goal against Memphis in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn.

In a fascinating article that might appeal to fans of football and genealogy alike, Los Angeles Times reporter Ben Bolch detailed how the players’ families knew each other in Montreal and were connected through, of all things, the Titanic.

Strauch’s mom, Jane, a history buff, discovered the connection, which included the tragic decision of Molson’s relative, Harry Markland Molson, to return to Canada from a business trip in England on the Titanic’s maiden voyage instead of sticking to his scheduled journey back on the steamship Tunisian, which was owned by Strauch’s ancestors on his mom’s side.

The football players were told of the connection between their families in 2016.

“It was very cool to read about and just kind of experience,” Strauch told the L.A. Times, “especially seeing how it brought two people to the same exact spot.”

The article delves into Strauch’s decision to come to Utah and offers more interesting historical details of the football players’ families.

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Former Utah Jazz beloved power forward Derrick Favors found his beast mode in New Orleans, dominating in a win over the Clippers with 20 points and 20 rebounds.

2️⃣0️⃣ points.
2️⃣0️⃣ rebounds.

— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) November 15, 2019

Favors on the #Pelicans win, his 20-20 night #WontBowDown

— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) November 15, 2019

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