BYU Athletics Blog | 2009

Andy Katz Blogs About Cougs Early Season Success

Dec 30, 2009 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:30 pm | Permalink

ESPN.com's Andy Katz highlighted BYU basketball in a recent blog entry, citing the strength of the MWC and the Cougars' early successes. Click here to check it out.

More Videos

Dec 22, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 4:36 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Yesterday All-American Dennis Pitta and Academic All-American Matt Bauman accompanied head coach Bronco Mendenhall in representing BYU at the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas press conference. Oregon State's head coach Mike Riley was present, along with quarterback Sean Canfield and linebacker Keaton Kristick.

Following the press conference both teams participated in the Kickoff Luncheon. ESPN's Rece Davis was the guest speaker.

Here are a couple videos from the press conference and luncheon.

Photos From Saturday

Dec 21, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 3:14 pm | Permalink

Here are some photos taken from Saturday's activities, including, practice, ESPN Zone and the Terry Fator Show.

Vegas: Day 2

Dec 20, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 11:49 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

This morning the team attended the sacrament meeting conducted by the Las Vegas 8th ward. The ward put on a great Christmas program.

After a few hours of free time, the team loaded up the busses and headed to Fremont Street for the Outback Buffet Bowl. While enjoying steak and grilled chicken from Outback, BYU and Oregon State watched highlight reels of the 2009 season.

Hopefully I'll be posting some pictures of the past couple days pretty soon. Keep an eye out for those! But while you wait for the pictures, check out this video of the dance-off competition yesterday. Watch the dance skills of our very own Lee Aguirre, O'Neill Chambers and Tui Crichton.

It's Bowl Week!

Dec 20, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 12:48 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Well, bowl week is officially upon us! Check back throughout the week as I'll be posting videos and photos of the weekly events. Thank you in advance to Mark Philbrick for all the photos.

The team arrived here in Las Vegas yesterday afternoon and enjoyed dinner at the Spice Market Buffet downstairs in the Planet Hollywood. It was a great meal with food from all over the world. I think the crab and shrimp at the seafood counter was definitely the most popular.

Today was busy from the start. The team practiced at Clark High School which is just a few minutes from our hotel.

Following practice the players had a few hours to themselves before loading back onto the busses and heading to the ESPN Zone located in the New York New York hotel. Once there, both BYU and Oregon State were welcomed by MAACO Bowl Las Vegas executive director Tina Kunzer-Murphy out on the bridge. BYU won the annual dance-off which featured Cougars Tui Crichton, Lee Aguirre and O'Neill Chambers. Then Corby Eason and Terence Brown notched another win for BYU as they defeated OSU in the "How Well Do You Know Your Teammate" contest.

Both teams headed indoors for food and unlimited games for about an hour and a half. BYU coaches and players gathered around TVs to watch fellow Mountain West Conference team Wyoming record a 38-28 double-overtime win over Fresno State in the New Mexico Bowl.

From ESPN Zone the teams headed straight to The Mirage to catch "A Very Terry Christmas" performed by Terry Fator. The show was really entertaining and included a guest appearance by BYU's own defensive lineman David Tuitupou. Check out the video for a glimpse of what happened. You won't want to miss it!

After the show players from both teams hung back to meet Terry and take a few photos. Riley Nelson, Harvey Unga, Matt Marshall, JJ Di Luigi, Russell Tialavea and Simote Vea were there representing BYU.

Utah Pregame Fireside

Nov 28, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 1:15 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Last night's fireside was more of a musical fireside, with numbers by both players and coaches on the team.

The first number was "I Heard Him Come," performed by McCall Clark, a friend of the team. Academic All-American and team captain Matt Bauman, along with defensive lineman Brett Denney were next. They played "Nearer My God to Thee" on their violins, with linebacker Grant Nelson accompanying them on the piano.

Manase Tonga, Spencer Hafoka, Travis Uale, Anthony Heimuli and Tevita Hola stood up next to sing a Tongan hymn. Offensive coordinator Robert Anae, his brother Alan and Mark Atuaia added two Hawaiian songs.

The final musical number featured the entire team as it stood to sing, "We'll Bring the World His Truth."

Air Force Pregame Fireside

Nov 21, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 6:46 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Well another win is in the books! Congrats to the team on a great win against the Air Force Academy.

Here's a recap of the fireside last night:

The first speaker of the night was true freshman Jared Richardson. Using an example of when he was younger, he reiterated the importance of having a positive outlook rather than a negative one.

"This Gospel teaches all the wonderful things we can do, not the things we can't do," he said.

Quoting Matt. 14 he referred to the story of Peter walking on the water.

"What was it that motivated Peter to walk on water," asked Jared. "It was his focus on the Lord. He only started to sink when he shifted his focus on fear and worries."

Next Jared spoke about the importance of service to others.

Alma 36:24-25

24 Yea, and from that time even until now, I have labored without ceasing, that I might bring souls unto repentance; that I might bring them to taste of the exceeding joy of which I did taste; that they might also be born of God, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

25 Yea, and now behold, O my son, the Lord doth give me exceedingly great joy in the fruit of my labors

He told of a story from when his younger sister, McKay, was about four years old. While on a family road trip his father stopped to help a young mother on the side of the road with car troubles. As she saw all her brothers helping, McKay asked what she could do. Everyone ignored her until the distressed mother was almost back on her way. McKay came up and gave the woman a flower and handwritten note. The mother started crying and expressing her deep appreciation for the act of kindness.

"That day McKay affected that lady's life a lot more than we could have," shared Jared.

Following Jared's talk, Cort Trejo, football operations intern, and his brother performed a duet to the musical number, "Be Still My Soul". Cort played the harmonica while his brother played the piano.

Redshirt freshman Brandon Ogletree was the next to speak. He opened by reading Helaman 3:35.

35 Nevertheless they did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility, and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, yea, even to the purifying and the sanctification of their hearts, which sanctification cometh because of their yielding their hearts unto God.

"When I think of someone who yields themselves to Christ, I think of a disciple," said Brandon.

Having served his mission in Chile, Brandon shared a conversation he had with an LDS woman in one of his areas. After seeing her constantly go out of her way to help others, even when she didn't have much of her own, he asked her why she did it.

"She told me, 'Well isn't that what we're supposed to do,'" he recalled. "I was always taken aback by her generosity. I hope I can become like her."

Brandon went on to share a quote by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: "You and I won't ever find ourselves on that cross, but we repeatedly find ourselves at the foot of it. And how we act there will speak volumes about what we think of Christ's character and his call for us to be his disciples."