While a few cougars had outstanding games this week (Pitta with seven receptions, KVN with three solo tackles), the real news is in player promotions. Paul Lasike, was re-elevated from the Chicago Bears practice squad and got a handful of snaps on Sunday. Meanwhile, three Cougars have recently been signed to practice squads: Mitch Mathews in Cleveland, Robertson Daniel in Washington, and Cody Hoffman in Montreal (CFL). All statistics and snap counts for active players are recorded below.
Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah (DE, 2010-12; Detroit). Detroit (2-3) defeated Philadelphia 24-23 with Ansah out with a high ankle sprain. Fortunately the sprain doesn’t require surgery and Ziggy is expected to be back practicing soon. Season Totals: two tackles (1 solo, 1 assisted), one tackle for loss
John Denney (LS, 2001-04; Miami). Miami (1-4) fell to Tenneesee 30-17. Denney played nine snaps on special teams (31%) and recorded no stats. Season Totals: No stats
Alani Fua (ILB, 2010-14; Arizona). Arizona (2-3) defeated San Francisco 33-21. Fua was placed on injured reserve after week 3. Season Totals: One assisted tackle
Paul Lasike (RB/FB, 2012-14; Chicago). Chicago (1-4) fell to Indianapolis 29-23. Lasike—who was waived after week two and relegated to the practice squad—was reinstated and played one snap on offense (2%) and three snaps on special teams (9%). Season Totals: one rush for two yards
Dennis Pitta (TE, 2004, 2007-09; Baltimore). Baltimore (3-2) fell to Washington 16-10. Pitta started and was targeted 8 times. He had seven receptions for 59 yards, playing 54 offensive snaps (76%) and four snaps on special teams (14%). Season Totals: 28 receptions for 259 yards
Daniel Sorensen (DB, 2008, 2011-13; Kansas City). The Chiefs (2-2) had a bye in week five. Season Totals: nine tackles (8 solo, 1 assisted); one INT.
Kyle Van Noy (LB, 2010-13; Detroit). Detroit (2-3) defeated Philadelphia 24-23. KVN followed his seven tackle performance last week with three more against the Eagles. He started and played 40 defensive snaps (66%) and 10 more on special teams (42%). Season Totals: 15 tackles (14 solo, one assisted).
Additional Cougars on the injured reserve:
- Bronson Kaufusi (DE, 2012-15). On injured reserve for Baltimore Ravens.
- Uani ‘Unga (MLB, 2011-13). On the injured reserve for New York Giants
- De’Ondre Wesley (OT, 2013-14). On injured reserve for Baltimore Ravens.
BYU also has some movement off and on various practice squads. Mitch Mathews was signed yesterday to the Cleveland Browns practice squad while Jordan Leslie was added to the Tennessee Titans practice squad on two weeks ago but cut a week later. Robertson Daniels was released from Washington’s practice squad, while Cody Hoffman has spent this season on the practice squad for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL).