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BYU's 21 seniors honored before USU game

Brigham Young quarterback Taysom Hill (7) hands the ball off to Brigham Young running back Jamaal Williams (21) during an NCAA college football game against Utah State in Provo on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016.
Brigham Young quarterback Taysom Hill (7) hands the ball off to Brigham Young running back Jamaal Williams (21) during an NCAA college football game against Utah State in Provo on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016.
Nick Wagner, Deseret News

PROVO — Before Saturday night’s game against Utah State, BYU honored its 21 seniors playing in their final game at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

The following players were recognized: defensive back Chris Badger, running back Algernon Brown, defensive back Mike Davis, offensive lineman Parker Dawe, offensive lineman Andrew Eide, linebacker Austin Heder, quarterback Taysom Hill, running back Toloa’i Ho Ching, offensive lineman Kyle Johnson, wide receiver Garrett Juergens, wide receiver Mitchell Juergens, wide receiver Nick Kurtz, defensive lineman Harvey Langi, defensive lineman Maurice Maxwell, defensive back Kai Nacua, wide receiver Colby Pearson, defensive lineman Logan Taele, defensive back Eric Takenaka, defensive lineman Sae Tautu, defensive lineman Travis Tuiloma and running back Jamaal Williams.

First-year head coach Kalani Sitake appreciates the contributions of the senior class.

“This year’s seniors are a great group. We’ve relied on them heavily, especially in my first year as a head coach, to be great leaders and keep the good things that they already had established,” Sitake said earlier this week. “I lean heavily on those seniors to basically be my voice of what I want to see in the program and from our coaching staff. They’ve been ideal, they’ve been perfect at whatever we’ve asked them to do. I think they can be really proud of what they’ve done here as leaders. I think it will show a lot in what we do next year. I’m looking forward to having one more game at home with them. I know I haven’t had much time with them, but this year has been amazing, being able to connect with those seniors and connect with the team. From our coaching staff, I can speak for them when I say this is a special team and it’s been a special unit. The family atmosphere, the feeling we have and the bonds that we have will last a long time.”

SUPPORT FOR ELSIE: Elsie Mahe, the 3-year-old daughter of BYU running backs Reno Mahe, has received strong support in the days since she became entangled in a mini-blind cord Tuesday at the Mahe home in Lehi.

Elsie remains hospitalized, and an MRI scan on Friday revealed that her brain “went without oxygen long enough to be devastated,” according to an update on her condition. A GoFundMe account has been set up in Elsie’s name by family friend Jeremy Roberts.

“There is nothing more that they can tell us about that,” Reno Mahe said in a statement through Roberts, according to KSL. “We will continue to hope for a miracle for Elsie.”

Some in attendance wore pink, Elsie’s favorite color, to show support for her Saturday night.

BYU-USU SERIES: The Cougars and Aggies have played in the regular-season finale the past two seasons. Next year, they will play at a more traditional time — the Friday prior to LDS General Conference. BYU visits USU on Sept. 29.

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