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RM Marc Dunn Looking to Start at Kansas State, But Supports Rival
The BYU football team is almost as well known for quarterback controversies as it is for producing stand-out quarterbacks. Now, one of the quarterbacks that BYU didn't land is in the middle of a little quarterback controversy at another college. Marc Dunn, returned missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who served in Santiago, Chile, transferred to Kansas State University from Ricks College after completing his sophomore year and is presently battling last year's starter, Ell Roberson for playing time. As the projected starter entering spring drills, Roberson patiently endured a redshirt season in 1999 and a backup role last year, all in preparation for his chance to take the helm in 2001. Now, with Dunn on the scene, Roberson knows he has some serious competition for the coveted number one spot on the depth chart.

BYU's Pochman Making Case to NFL's Patriots
After a record-setting football career at Brigham Young University, Owen Pochman is trying to "kick-start" a career in the NFL. A four-year place-kicker for the Cougars, Pochman's BYU highlights include his record 135 PAT conversions, 66 field goals and 333 points scored over four seasons. Pochman, a soccer player who didn't play football until his senior year in high school in Mercer Island, Washington, had the luxury of learning the art of kicking from one of BYU's other top kickers. His older brother, Ethan, kicked for the Cougars in 1996 and set his own school record with 61 consecutive PATs. He also set single-season records with 123 total points and 21 made field goals.

RM Brinton Making Case for Michigan Starting QB Position
Quarterback competition seem to be all the rage these days. Interestingly enough, several returned missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are right smack dab in the middle of a number of them. Mormon News recently reported on former Ricks QB Mark Dunn, who is now battling for the starting spot at Kansas State and Brandon Doman who's the front-runner at BYU in a three-way race to be the starting quarterback for the Cougars. Now, it's time to re-introduce Spencer Brinton, who is running neck-and-neck in the race for starting quarterback at the University of Michigan.

Cramer One Of 13 Nominated For Hermann Trophy
All-American Aleisha Cramer is one of 13 college womenís soccer players nominated for the 2001 Hermann Trophy, college soccer¹s oldest and most prestigious player of the year award.

BYU-Idaho athletic teams to remain Ricks College Vikings
The school may be known as Brigham Young University-Idaho, but its athletic teams will continue to be known as the Ricks College Vikings during their last season of play.

BYU Ranked 11th in Preseason Coaches Poll
BYU received a No. 11 national ranking in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Preseason Poll released today. The Cougars are top-rated among the three Mountain West Conference teams ranked in the poll, followed by Colorado State at No. 14 and Utah at No. 21.

Seasiders 17th in Poll
The Brigham Young University-Hawaii women's volleyball team is ranked seventeenth in NCAA II in the preseason rankings released by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. It is the lowest ranking the Seasiders have had since entering the division in 1998. The Seasiders ended the regular season last year ranked seventh and were inexplicably shut out of postseason play by the NCAA II selectors. The lack of postseason exposure lowered BYU-Hawaii's ranking to 12th in the final postseason poll last year.

Akana Named Assistant Coach
Former Seasider Brandyn Akana has been named Assistant Basketball Coach at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. Akana replaces David Evans who left recently to begin a professional basketball career in Norway.

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