BYU Athletics Blog | July 2010

MWC Football Media Days Kickoff 2010 Season

Jul 28, 2010 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 12:20 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

DAY ONE

The 2010 Mountain West Conference Football Media Days began Monday, July 26, with a series of meetings for the conference media relations directors and later the nine head football coaches.

Held at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, the day concluded with the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Student-Athlete Bowling Challenge. BYU’s All-American candidate Matt Reynolds bowled a 159 to lead his team to a victory with fellow Cougar Andrew Rich adding a 137 to the team's winning effort. When asked about his winning strategy by a reporter from The MTN, Reynolds said, “bowl, just bowl, bowl, bowl.” He then added it might have something to do with the Cougar blue bowling ball he used.


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DAY TWO

Day two of the 2010 MWC Football Media Days is in the books. To say the day was a marathon would be an understatement. Tuesday began for Andrew Rich and Reynolds at 9 a.m., with television interviews on VERSUS and concluded at 5:15 p.m., with The MTN.

In between were countless print and television interviews, mixed in with several live radio shows. Add in a lunch break around 11:30 a.m., and it was a very long day. Both BYU student-athletes got word early Tuesday morning they had been selected to the 2010 Preseason All-MWC Team, as chosen by conference media members. Both were humbled when asked about being selected.

“It’s an honor to be named to the Preseason All-MWC Team. At the same time it is preseason,” said Rich from the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas. “The award is not about the individual, but the team. It’s my teammates and the coaches that really deserve the recognition.”

“It’s always an honor to be recognized for your efforts on the field,” said Reynolds. “My focus is to perform well and help our team be successful.”

Coach Bronco Mendenhall was also busy throughout the day. Beginning with a CBS College Sports interviews at 11:30 a.m. and concluding with an interview with James Bates of The MTN about 6 p.m. Along the way Mendenhall answered questions about the upcoming season, personnel issues, recruiting, conference expansion, the BCS, scheduling, and a myriad of other topics.

“I’m a big believer in the collective. While it’s a much more compelling story to talk about the individual, that’s really not the way I operate,” said Mendenhall during a print media session. “I’m completely confident the pieces will fall into place when they are supposed to ... we have good players and we have good people, we just try to find out who (will play which roles) as quickly as we can.”

DAY THREE

Wednesday’s activities began at 8 a.m., for Coach Mendenhall with some promos for The MTN. MWC Commissioner Craig Thompson addressed the media at 8:30 a.m., with his annual “state of the conference” address.

The rest of the morning Coach Mendenhall and the BYU student-athletes did one-on-one interviews with The MTN, CBS College Sports and TheMWC.com. A one-hour, one-on-one interview session with the print media concluded the week’s activities for Reynolds and Rich at 11:30 a.m.

Time to head back to Provo. Fall camp opens on Saturday, Aug. 7 — just 10 more days Cougar Nation. What happened to the summer?

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Unga Works Out for NFL Scouts

Jul 08, 2010 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 7:54 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink


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PROVO, Utah (July 8, 2010) - Former BYU running back Harvey Unga worked out for NFL scouts from 20 different teams on Thursday in preparation for the upcoming NFL Supplemental Draft.

Unga, BYU's all-time leading rusher in only three full years with the program, participated in regular combine drills during a personal workout for over two hours at the Student Athlete Building complex.

"I'm just looking for a shot or an open door," Unga said. "I felt good about everything and am just thankful for the guys that came out. I did all that I could."

After being measured and weighed, Unga bench pressed and tested his vertical and standing long jump. After going outside, Unga ran two 40-yard dashes, then participated in various drills testing his speed, feet and hands.

"There's been a lot of outside help. I've talked to [former Cougars] Fuhi [Vakapuna], Fahu [Tahi] and Manase [Tonga]," Unga said. "There's a lot of help especially from the Polynesian guys. We're a tight-knit group."

The NFL Supplemental Draft will be held July 15. After the order for the draft (roughly worst record first and then continuing on to the best record) is determined, each team submits to the league via email the name of the player(s) they are interested in, as well as the round of the supplemental draft they would like to choose them in. The team that submits the highest bid is awarded rights to the player. If more than one team bids a pick from the same round, the team with the highest pick in the round wins out.

If a team uses a pick in the Supplemental Draft, they must forfeit their choice in the corresponding round of the 2011 NFL Draft.