Former Cougars Join Deep Shades of Blue

Brett RichinsSenior Analyst IDecember 7, 2010

Deep Shades of Blue is excited to announce that seven former BYU athletes are joining our team to help bring fans an in-depth look at the BYU Cougars.

Four former football players, Jonny Harline, Eric Drage, Setema Gali and Kalin Hall will be providing Deep Shades of Blue readers with their insights and analysis of the BYU football program.

Meanwhile, three former basketball players, Mark Bigelow, Mekeli Wesley and Jim Balderson will provide their thoughts and analysis of Cougar basketball.

Each of our analysts bring a unique perspective to their individual sports, and each will draw on their extensive experience and accomplishments as former athletes at Brigham Young University.


Football Analysts

Jonny Harline is one of the all-time great players at tight end for the Cougars. He is well known for his game winning catch to defeat Utah in 2006. He is a former All-American and was known for his athleticism and ability to make incredible catches in traffic.

Eric Drage is second on the all-time career receiving yardage list, and was one of the toughest and most fierce pass catchers in BYU history. His impeccable route running and ability to consistently get open was his calling card at BYU.

Drage has continued to stay close to the game he loves through coaching at both the high school and semi-pro levels.

Setema Gali was one of the best pure athletes at defensive end in BYU history. He recorded 19 sacks in two seasons as a starter for the Cougars. Gali is one of several former Cougars who own Super Bowl rings, having been a member of the 2002 New England Patriots.

Kalin Hall was one of the most exciting running backs to ever don the blue and white in Provo. His elusive running style made him a crowd favorite. He and teammate Jamal Willis combined to create one of the best running back tandems in the history of BYU football. Hall played two seasons in the CFL following his career at BYU.

Basketball Analysts

Mark Bigelow is one of the top all-time shooters and scorers in BYU basketball history. He is ranked in the program’s career top-ten lists in no less than eight different statistical categories.

He was a four-year starter and an All-Conference performer in each of those four seasons. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area, in the heart of West Coast Conference country.

Mekeli Wesley finished his playing career as the seventh-leading scorer in BYU basketball history. He was a talented low-post performer who was twice named All-Mountain West Conference. In addition to his scoring prowess, he ranks in the top 25 in career blocks, rebounds and steals.

Jim Balderson was a dangerous all-around weapon for the Cougars during his playing career. As an athletic 6'-foot-6" guard, Balderson could shoot the ball from the outside, take it to the hole and finish, rebound and defend. He was a team captain his senior year, and while at BYU he played internationally in the World University Games.

You can see the complete bios of each of our analysts by clicking on their names or by going to the top of the page under the tab “Our Team.”