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I was speaking with sports information director Brett Pyne from BYU on Monday and wanted to share some of the notes from the first couple days of the Cougars practice.
• Fullback Manase Tonga has not yet practiced and might not join the team until next week. Tonga, who was academically ineligible last season, had to finish some classes and his grades will not be posted until Friday. The team is hopeful for his return.
• Defensive lineman Russell Tialavea was supposed to miss this season for his mission, but Tialavea didn't get the paperwork completed in time and has postponed his departure to Dec. 30. With Tialavea's return, the Cougars have three starters back on the defensive line.
• Defensive lineman Rick Wolfley reported to camp on Friday, but decided to quit the team over the weekend for personal reasons. Wolfley was second string behind Tialavea. Now, there's hot competition to fill that backup roll.
• Wide receiver McKay Jacobson, who joined the team in the spring after returning from his mission, was the first up the mountain to the Y during conditioning on Saturday. Jacobson struggled to get his legs back in the spring and even spent some time nursing injuries. But being first in annual run to the Y is something that should inspire confidence that he can return to old form.