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'Survivor' Doman Now at Top of BYU's QB Depth Chart
Think of Brigham Young University, AKA "Quarterback U," and you automatically invoke the ghosts of quarterbacks past - Young, McMahon, Detmer, Bosco, Nielsen, and Sheide in the minds of Cougar faithful everywhere. Now, Brandon Doman hopes to add his name to the roll call of great BYU quarterbacks as he prepares to enter his final season wearing the blue and white of BYU.

LDS Quarterback Keeps Living While Teammate Makes NFL
Fred Salanoa has discovered that the key to happiness is not to get what you want, but to want what you get. It would be easy for Salanoa to be bitter about the frequent distractions that have disrupted his collegiate football career, but Salanoa refuses to feel sorry for himself. Instead, he just keeps on enjoying life and taking it one day at a time. "I'm living my dream," he said. "My dream is to play collegiate football and that's what I'm doing."

RM Exercises Self-discipline, Wins in Body Building
Whether or not you understand his obsession, you have to admire Nathaniel Hancock's single-minded focus on achieving his goal. This weekend, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Hancock will try to win the Mr. USA bodybuilding competition, competing in the lightweight division. A returned missionary and an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hancock is trying to win a high-level competition in a sport where he is somewhat of a newcomer. Hancock has been participating in competitive bodybuilding for less than one year, winning the Mr. Utah competition on his first try in October of last year.

Sports: Christensen, Back in Majors, Explodes at Bat
McKay Christensen, the highly-touted center-fielder who has spent nearly five years in the Chicago White Sox's organization waiting for a spot on the team, got a big chance this week -- with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Christensen was traded from the White Sox recently, and called up last week by the Dodgers from their Las Vegas AAA affiliate, the 51s. Given a chance, Christensen exploded at the plate last week, getting hits in 7 of 9 at bats, and scoring four runs over two games.

Four Former Athletes and a Former Coach to Enter BYU Athletic Hall of Fame
Frank Fredericks, K.C. Cline Lemon, Courtney Nelson-Murrell, Andy Toolson and Karl Tucker will be inducted into the Brigham Young University Athletic Hall of Fame Tuesday, July 31st, in ceremonies held by the BYU Cougar Club at LaVell Edwards Stadium's Cougar Room.

MWC Announces Academic Honors
The Mountain West Conference announced the 2001 Academic All-Conference team for men's and women's swimming and diving on July 17, 2001. BYU led the way with 34 honorees being named to the team. Ten of those were repeat selections to the team, including All-American diver Aaron Russell.

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BYU Student is National Figure Skating Champion
BYU student Daniel Manor, 27, is a national figure skating champion, in spite of the fact that he doesn't fit the stereotypes for figure skating. Manor, a native of Syracuse, New York, only started skating after completing an LDS mission to Russia at age 22, and didn't start training until 24. "People think if they didn't start as a kid, they can't skate and can't compete," Manor said. "But that isn't true." Manor won a national championship at the Adult Nationals in Boston April 25-29, competing against 600 other skaters. However, in spite of his success, he isn't looking to representing the U.S. at the Olympic Games.

BYU Students Prepare for National and World Taekwondo Championships
Three BYU students, Carloyn Clark, Marisa Beebe, and Melany Moras, competed recently in the Utah State Taekwondo Championships, winning medals there, and are preparting for the 2001 National Collegiate Championships to be held October 26 in Austin, Texas. The winners of this competition will advance to the World Championships. The women are members of the BYU Taekwondo Club, which started two years ago by instructors Burton Sparks and Melany Moras, the current club president. Moras has been involved in Taekwondo for fourteen years and has won a bronze medal at the Pan American games. Now she says her dreams are to go to the Olympics. She is a three time Utah state champion and is an internationally-renowned competitor.

BYU Volleyball Players to Play on USA National University Games Team
BYU middle blockers Scott Bunker and Mac Wilson, who just completed their senior years with the Cougars, have been invited to join the USA National University Games Volleyball Team. The National University team will represent the US at the World University Games, held August 22 to September 1st in Beijing, China. Bunker recently earned All-American honors for the second straight year and Wilson is returning to the National University team after representing the US in 1999.


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