Adam Hine will be a welcomed addition into the Cougar backfield. Brendan Maloney USA Today Sports

After a daunting beginning to the season, BYU is finally seeing the benefits of not playing in a conference. As SEC, Big 12 and ACC schools are all gearing up for tough stretch runs, the Cougars have a mini-vacation late in October.

On Saturday, they crushed hapless Wagner by a 70-6 count. This week, they are on a bye, and the injury-riddled Cougars hope to return some key cogs afterwards.

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Adam Hine is at the top of the team's wish list.

"We're hopeful he'll be back for San Jose," Mendenhall said. "Man, we're hopeful a lot of guys will be back for San Jose. To ask me now and to say who's coming back, I don't know yet. In fact, next Monday I might not know. We're hopeful we can take a healthy team there."

Fellow tailback Algernon Brown was injured scoring a touchdown in the win over Wagner, but he seems like he should be available moving forward.

(h/t Deseret Morning News)