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Posted 09 Jan 2002   For week ended December 28, 2001
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Staley Leaves Cougars, Will Turn Pro
With deadline entry date of Jan. 11 for the National Football League draft, BYU All-American runner Luke Staley, will have to tackle a career decision of whether to make a run for the Heisman Trophy or declare himself eligible for the draft. BYU head coach, Gary Crowton, claims Staley is still mulling his options.

LDS Jr College Soccer Star Named JUCO Player of the Year
Tennille Bennettıs award came as no surprise to her mother. "At the national tournament, I told her, 'you are the lone first-string All-American back. If you don't win that award, I'm going to be so mad,"' Ronda Bennett said by telephone from Sandy on Wednesday.

Staley to Forgo Senior Season at BYU
BYU running back Lucas Staley announced today he will not return to BYU for his final season. Staley, winner of the 2001 Doak Walker and Touchdown Club of Columbus Running Back of the Year awards confirmed he will enter the 2002 NFL Draft. "I have decided to announce now that I am forgoing my senior season and enter this year's NFL Draft," Staley said. "I feel it is time for me to take my skills to the next level and achieve some additional goals I have established for myself.

Nielsen Named MWC Player of the Week
BYU senior forward Eric Nielsen is the Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week after leading the Cougars to an 81-76 upset of 13th-ranked Stanford Saturday at the Las Vegas Showdown. This is Nielsen's first player of the week honor of his career.


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