BYU Athletics Blog

Long snapper Matt Foley coming to BYU

Mar 02, 2015 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 5:21 pm | Updated: March 2, 2015 5:37 pm | Permalink

Matt Foley, a long snapper out of Temecula Valley High School, has signed an offer of admission to BYU and will join the football program for the 2015 season.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound native of Temecula, California, is a three-year starter at Temecula Valley HIgh School, where he helped his team advance to the CIF playoffs. A three-time National Camp Series (NCS) camp champion, Foley also earned recognition for his long-snapping talents as one of 12 invitees to the exclusive Rubio Long Snapping Top 12 camp in 2014. In addition to earning three letters in football, Foley has lettered twice in wrestling and once in track and field during his prep career. 

Coached by Rick Mey in 2014, Foley was also recruited by Washington, San Diego State and New Mexico. 

Media recap of BYU's upset of No. 3 Gonzaga

Mar 02, 2015 - Posted by knielsen at 1:11 pm | Updated: March 3, 2015 9:42 am | Permalink

Here's plenty of video and audio from the weekend's big upset of No. 3/2 Gonzaga in Spokane, Washington. Kyle Collinsworth scored 20 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 3 assists on Saturday and was named WCC Player of the Week for his efforts in the victory.

 

ESPN

ESPNU College Basketball Podcast w/ BYU head coach Dave Rose

http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=12408593

 

3-point Shot: Team of the Week

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=12406852

 

BYU Upsets No. 3 Gonzaga

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=12402836

 

Coach Rose on SportsCenter

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=12402620

 

Does win get BYU win into the NCAA tournament?

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=12402843

 

Campus Insiders/TheW.tv

BYU snaps Gonzaga's 41-game win streak at the Kennel

http://thew.tv/videos/byu_snaps_gonzagas_41_game_win_streak_at_the_kennel_2015_03_01_05_59

 

Collinsworth named WCC Player of the Week

http://thew.tv/videos/wcc_mens_basketball_player_of_the_week_march_2_2015_2015_03_02_19_15

ICYMI: Cody Hoffman signs with CFL’s Montreal Alouettes

Feb 27, 2015 - Posted by Joe Moxon at 5:53 pm | Updated: February 27, 2015 5:55 pm | Permalink

Former BYU receiver Cody Hoffman has signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. 

The Alouettes are no strangers to BYU wide outs. Former Cougar receiver and coach, Ben Cahoon, played for the Alouettes his entire professional career and is the most prolific wide receiver in CFL history. Cahoon coached Hoffman as a junior at BYU when he racked up 100 receptions, 1,248 yards and 11 touchdowns. 

Hoffman is the all-time leading Cougar in school history for receptions (248), receiving yards (3,445) and receiving touchdowns (33). After his career at BYU, he signed with the Washington Redskins as a free agent in 2014.

Hoffman joins fellow BYU alumni John Beck and Austin Collie in the CFL. Beck and Collie both play for the British Columbia Lions at quarterback and wide receiver, respectively.

See more details on the Montreal Alouettes website.

Seniors: Before and After

Feb 27, 2015 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:47 pm | Updated: February 27, 2015 6:41 pm | Permalink

Check out these photos of our seniors from their first season at BYU compared to this season. Who do you think has changed the most?

Getting to Know Janel Passey

Feb 27, 2015 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 1:15 pm | Updated: February 27, 2015 1:16 pm | Permalink

Janel Passey is a freshman from Hailey, Idaho. She redshirted during indoor track season but will compete during outdoor track season beginning in March. 

What is your favorite class?

Statistics

When did you start running?

My parents said ever since I could walk I would want to run in front of them when we went on walks. I did track in elementary school, but I was a sprinter. I didn’t get into distance running until the summer before high school. My parents started training for a marathon, and I thought it sounded cool. I started running with them and I couldn’t breathe. My form was awful, but I decided to stick with it so I joined the cross country team. I was really bad, but by the end of my freshman year I was able to travel to state as an alternate.

When did you know you were good at running?

My junior year I could tell I was getting better, but it was my senior year when I really noticed I was improving as a runner.

Did you always want to run for BYU?

I did, I definitely didn’t think I’d make BYU’s team, so I was kind of bummed out about that. The plan was to come to BYU, and if I didn’t make the team, I would join running clubs or run on my own. I went back and forth about trying out, then I was told I should. If I didn’t make it, then I would just go on with my other plans.

What were tryouts like?

It was scary. We did a track workout then had to run two college races unattached. If we did well at the two college races, then we would be on the team. I felt like I did what I could and Coach Shane told me I did well. It was a big relief when he told our group we finally made it.

Cross country or track?

I like cross country because it’s a different terrain, and it’s more adventurous than running in a circle. I like it because it’s not so structured and always something new.

Why BYU?

I really like BYU because of the religious aspect. It’s nice to be here where people have similar standards.

What are your favorite sports to watch?

I like to watch volleyball, basketball and gymnastics.

If you could be good at another sport, which sport would you choose?

Pole vaulting looks super cool, or rock climbing.

What is your hobby?

I do event organizing. I work with the Red Cross and do blood drives. I own my own 5K race so that’s been fun. I started doing it my junior year and did the race for charity. This will be my third year organizing the “Paint the Town” 5K race.

If you could meet anyone, who would it be?

I’d really like to meet Captain Moroni. I’ve always really looked up to him.

Who had the most influence on your running career?

My parents were always really big supporters. My high school coach was always the one who told me I had potential and told me I could do hard things. He helped me through a lot and helped me realize I could be a good runner.

What is your favorite part of your running?

I love distance running because it’s all about endurance and not giving up. It’s good for you mentally and physically but it’s also super fun. I’ve met some of the best people through running and had the greatest memories through running.

What was the most rewarding moment running?

Districts my senior year. I had never won a race before. I was seeded fifth, so I was like “Ok fifth is pretty good.’ Once the race started I moved into fourth and then third. I just thought, ‘Third is great so I’ll just stick here.’ My coach said, ‘Janel! You can do this! Don’t settle.’ So I moved into second and decided to go all out and went for first, and I actually ended up winning it.

What other talents do you have?

Some people say I’m good at drawing.

What are your pre-race rituals?

I always like to say a prayer in my mind or sing primary songs.

What is something few people know about you?

I’ve never had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

I am half-Argentine.

Who is your favorite musical artist?

Bon Iver

Lumineers

What is your favorite movie?

I really like the Lord of the Rings series.

Tangled

Nacho Libre

Favorite quote

Part of Douglas Malloch’s poem, “Good Timber”

“Good timber does not grow with ease. The stronger the wind, the stronger the trees. The further the sky, the greater the length. The more the storm, the more the strength. By sun and cold, by rain and snow, in trees and men good timbers grow.”

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

It would be really cool to travel to Greece.

What do you want to do with your major?

I would like to possibly be an ultrasound technician.

Best track memory

My high school coach used to send the girls and boys teams out on long runs. We’d end up going in to the forest and playing a massive game of tag or hide-and-seek. We’d be chasing each other around but still get in our mileage.

Embarrassing moment

One time at girl’s camp, we were pranking the other camps in our stake. On the way back to our cabin we thought we were getting chased by a bear. It was pitch black so we all turned and ran really fast. I ran right in to a thick wood sign and knocked myself out. 

Advice for other runners

Run because you love to run. If you stick with it and you work hard you’ll definitely see results and improvements. Don’t give up on it.

February Baseball Blog

Feb 23, 2015 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 11:18 am | Updated: March 3, 2015 2:37 pm | Permalink

MORNINGSIDE:  Oklahoma’s baseball public address announcer also teaches at the Institute of Religion and arranged for the Cougars to participate at a Morningside this Friday, but those plans were scrubbed for BYU's baseball team when the Oklahoma series was moved to Las Vegas due to inclement weather.

PILOT FATHER: Outfielder Eric Urry’s father, John, was an extra proud captain (pilot) on last week’s US Air flight the Cougars flew to Phoenix. Eric flew one other time when his father was piloting the plane he was on, that was with his mother to New York. On the Phoenix flight, Captain Urry welcomed passengers over the microphone and then said he wanted to give a special shout out to the BYU baseball team of which his son is a member.

FORMER PLAYERS WATCHING NEBRASKA SERIES: From the Coach Tuckett era: Steve Hart (1968-69). From the Coach Pullins era: Brent Brown (1985-91). From the Coach Law/Littlewood era: Chris Howard (2010-14).

PLAYERS' PARENTS AT ARIZONA: Here’s a partial sighting of players' parents who watched sons play in the BYU-Nebraska series at Peoria in the 70-degree weather:  Barker’s, Buffo’s, Cenatiempo’s, Corless’, Kinser’s, Larson’s, Nielsen’s, Marshall’s, Padgett’s, Reber’s, Robinson’s, Rogers’, Rucker’s, Starr’s and Urry’s.

BLACK & WHITE: The Cougars wore their Anthracite charcoal-colored uniforms in the final game against Nebraska. Some fans worried the uniforms might have been too hot in the Arizona sun, but coach Mike Littlewood says the new uniforms are actually quite comfortable.  Littlewood says fans might see the team wear the anthracite uniforms on either Thursday or Friday nights, borrowing the look from UC Irvine a couple years ago or TCU last year.  Look for the Cougars to also wear a throwback cream-colored uniform on Thursday home games and some midweek home games.

PAST PLAYERS/COACHES: Here’s a list of some former Cougar players and coaches who were in attendance at last month’s second annual First Pitch Fundraiser with Jeff Kent: Tim Anderson, Michel Bergeron, Jeff Bills, Ryan Chambers, Casey Cloward, Jonathan Cluff *, Tyler Dabo, David Decker, Tom Fife, Dane and Seth Iorg, Dave Jensen *, Kory Knell *, Adam *, Vance and Vernon Law, Mike Littlewood, Blair Lucas, Adam Miller, Bobby Noel, James Platt, Ben Saylor *, Bryce Searle, Brandon Taylor *, Glen Tuckett, Wade Vest, Ranger Wiens *, Brock Whitney *, and Randy Wilstead. The players marked with an asterisk* received the Cameron Tuckett Award that evening, too.

MORE ON FIRST PITCH:  Former Cougar David Decker (1997-98), owner of CMS, in Orem near Walmart, out-bid others at the First Pitch Dinner to make the Arizona trip with BYU's team. Decker brought along his son Camden (named after Camden Yard, close to where they lived in Maryland), who served as the ball boy for the Cougars during the Nebraska series.

NICKNAMES:  Among the nicknames tossed around the team is “Chief” for Hayden Nielsen and “Junior” not James, to distinguish Jeff Barker from younger brother James. Pac Man is Paxton Larson. Pancake is for Cole Wilstead and Jimmy is for James Lengal.

NOT THE BADGE, BUT THE STORE: Maverik Buffo does not use the letter ‘C’ in spelling his first name, unlike the badge of the lawman, but like the convenience store. However, Buffo’s father Steve confessed when Maverik was a toddler, the family wrote their names in a newly poured cement slab. Because Maverik was too young, his father wrote his name in the cement, spelling it with a ‘C.’ Steve Buffo is the owner of Buffo’s Pest Control that has offices in Provo, Salt Lake City and St. George. When Maverik isn’t playing summer baseball, he occasionally works for his father to earn extra cash.

ANXIOUSLY ENGAGED: Five players on the team are now engaged, preparing to join the list of eight teammates who are married. The engaged players are Kolton Mahoney, Hayden Nielsen, Dallen Reber and Eric Urry.

LANGUAGES & ETHNICITY ON TEAM: Spanish (Gates, Padgett, Reber, Urry and Whitney), Portuguese (Huxford, Isom and Chauncey), Tagalog (Marshall), Cebuano and Ilocano (Wilstead) are the languages. James and Jeff Barker are half Japanese. Brian Hsu is part Chinese and part Korean. Maverik Buffo is three-quarter Italian and his grandfather lived in Italy.

ANOTHER AMBIDEXTROUS GUY: Joining Brandon Kinser in the ambidextrous category is teammate Cole Wilstead who bats left,  throws left,  writes right and dunks with either hand. Wilstead said his  brother Cody, who signed as a QB with BYU and now has a mission call to Neuquén, Argentina this April, “never will dunk on me, I’d foul him first.” Cole said his father Randy, a former pro and Cougar All-American, would take the ball out of Cole’s right hand as a toddler and put it in Cole’s left hand. Cole took yoga classes at UNLV before transferring to BYU to improve his ability to stretch as a first baseman.

SHAGGING FOR FUNGOS: Don’t be surprised if you see a girl catching balls tossed in after coaches hit fungos in warmups for the team.  The young lady is Heather Black, one of the team’s trainers, who used to be a pitcher for Southern Utah’s softball team.

TRANSFERRED: Trace Hansen is playing at West Texas A&M in Canyon, and JC Snyder is playing at Angelo State in San Angelo, Texas.

Alani Fua posts strong times at NFL Combine

Feb 23, 2015 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 10:30 am | Updated: February 23, 2015 12:59 pm | Permalink

Former BYU outside linebacker Alani Fua completed his workouts Sunday at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. Fua took advantage of his opportunity at the Combine with some strong performances.

The NFL Combine ends today at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis with the defensive backs finishing their multi-day scrutiny by NFL executives, coaches, scouts and doctors from all 32 NFL teams.
 

Fua, a 6-foot-5, 238-pound native of San Fernando Valley, California, registered top-4 times among linebackers in three different on-field workouts to show his quickness and agility. 

He completed the three-cone drill in 6.83 seconds for the No. 3 time among linebakers and the No. 10 overall time recorded at the Combine of all position groups except the defensive backs, who will be conducting that workout later today. 

Fua tied for fourth among linebackers in the 20-yard shuttle with a 4.15 time and placed No. 4 in the 60-yard shuttle with time of 11.54.

In his other workouts, Fua had a vertical leap at 34.5 inches (tie 17th), a 4.73 time in the 40-yard dash (18th), a 118.0-inch broad jump (19th) and 18 repetitions in the bench press (30th).

Fua also underwent position-specific drills and interviews with NFL teams as they assess top professional prospects in advance of the 2015 NFL Draft (April 30-May 2) and free agent signings in May. 

Fans can go to NFL.com/combine to view results, including breakdowns by positions, and read more about Fua. More than 300 NFL prospects participated in this year's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis from Feb. 17-23.
 
Scouts and representatives from NFL teams will come to Provo in March to work out Fua and other top NFL prospects from BYU at the annual BYU Pro Day, which takes place on March 27. 
 

Cougars defeat Toreros 75-62

Feb 19, 2015 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 10:13 pm | Updated: February 19, 2015 10:15 pm | Permalink

The Cougars began the second half on an 11-2 run building a 44-30 lead. Tyler Haws hit two corner 3-pointers during the run, while Anson Winder also made a 3-pointer along with a driving layup.

Haws extended BYU’s lead to 17 when he drove left making a bank shot while getting fouled. Haws’ three-point play put the Cougars up 54-37 with 11:23 left.

The Toreros fought back cutting the lead to 10 with 5 minutes left at 63-53, but a mid-range jumper followed by another three-point play by Haws put the Cougars up 68-53.

San Diego again made a run trailing 71-62 with just over two minutes to play, but Haws and Kyle Collinsworth scored the game’s final four points in the final minute to secure the victory, 75-62.

Haws led all scorers with 28 points that included a perfect 10 of 10 from the free throw line. Kyle Collinsworth recorded a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. 

BYU leads 33-28 over San Diego at the half

Feb 19, 2015 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 8:57 pm | Updated: February 19, 2015 8:58 pm | Permalink

BYU started slow with Anson Winder scoring the Cougars’ first points at the 13:07 mark of the half. San Diego had built a 7-0 lead before Winder’s driving layup.

Four straight points from Ryan Andrus as part of an 8-1 run gave the Cougars its first lead of the game with 9:10 left in the half, 12-11. The Cougars and Toreros exchanged buckets the remainder of the half until BYU closed the half on a 7-2 run to lead 33-28 at the break.

Kyle Collinsworth and Tyler Haws carried the Cougars throughout the half combining for 18 points. BYU made 13 of 14 free throws. San Diego only shot four free throws making three.

Cougars cruise past Pacific

Feb 14, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 9:08 pm | Permalink

BYU men's basketball had four players score in double figures in the 84-59 win over Pacific.

Kyle Collinsworth sparked BYU early in the second half, scoring the first four points for the team in the first minute of action. A putback bucket by Collinsworth made it 40-36 with 17:53 remaining in the game.

After two scoreless minutes for the Cougars, a corner three from Chase Fischer extended their lead to 43-38. Pacific went on a 6-0 run to storm back and take the 50-49 lead with a 3-pointer, but BYU answered back with a 14-0 run, which included six points from Skyler Halford. A trey from Fischer with 8:30 left capped off the run and gave the Cougars the 63-50 advantage.

Corbin Kaufusi scored two buckets in a row to make it 70-57, holding the Tigers at bay with 5:04 left. Collinsworth dished it to Kaufusi for the dunk with 1:47 remaining to give BYU the 79-59 lead. A 3-pointer from Josh Sharp would make the final score 84-59.

Tyler Haws led all scorers with 20 points. Collinsworth was one assist away from a triple-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. Halford had 18 points and dished out four assists. Fischer had 16 points, including four treys.