BYU Athletics Blog | September 2011

UCF Supporters Thank Cougar Fans

Sep 29, 2011 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 1:18 pm | Permalink

BYU athletics, along with media covering BYU, received compliments on Cougar fans' hospitality following last Friday's 24-17 win over UCF in Provo.

UCFVideos tweeted twice about his visit to Provo, saying "#BYU has the classiest fanbase I have ever witnessed. Fans were friendly before and after the game. Folks in #Provo are pure class," along with "My wife enjoyed the trip. Said she would love to bring our kids out here. I told her UCF had only signed a 1 and 1 with BYU."

The BYU athletics video coordinator also passed along another word of thanks from UCF video services after conducting him through a tour of the BYU Broadcasting facility.

Today, Daily Herald sports editor Jared Lloyd included a letter in his article today that he received from a UCF fan following the game (read his article here). The Knights fan's comments read in part:

"My wife Robin and I both traveled from Orlando to Provo to watch the UCF-BYU football game....we wanted to let you know what a GREAT time we had during our trip. From the moment we arrived in Provo, everyone we met was friendly and expressed their appreciation that we had chosen to come visit their beautiful city. En route to the game, we were stopped numerous times by BYU attired fans welcoming us and wishing the Knights good luck in the game."

While we cheer on our Cougars and support them to the fullest, thanks also to all of you Cougar fans who also go out of your way to welcome those who visit BYU. As we welcome Utah State this weekend and those members of other programs later this season who have never experienced a game day at LaVell Edwards Stadium, lets continue to show the country why we have the best fans and are the best place to play in the country.

More on senior running back Bryan Kariya

Sep 29, 2011 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 10:56 am | Permalink

Senior running back Bryan Kariya has been named a candidate for the 2011 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Awards.

For more on the NFF and the Scholar-Athlete Awards CLICK HERE.

Kariya, from Salt Lake, has a 3.9 GPA and is a Chinese major with a minor in business management. He is second on the Cougars in rushing and in last week's 24-17 victory over UCF  led the team with 14 carries, 52 yards and one touchdown to go along with a pair of receptions for 11 yards. He is one of 47 FBS athletes selected as a candidate.

As a captain of the BYU football team, Kariya has been able to set an example of hard work on the field, accompanied with hard work in both the classroom and in the community. He has been a leader on BYU’s team for years. He is often the first voice heard at practice, on the field or from the sideline encouraging his teammates.

Other academic achievements include being named to the 2010 ESPN Academic All-America Second Team as the only FBS Division I running back on the All-America team. He was also named to the 2010 ESPN Academic All-District VIII First Team and is a two-time MWC Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-Mountain West Conference honoree.

He has been involved with several projects in the community, including volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club and speaking to youth at church functions and schools. Kariya has been involved with “Koins For Kenya,” a program to help bring educational opportunities to those that have none. He and his wife traveled to Africa in 2005 to help with the program.

On the field, Kariya played a huge role in 2009’s game against No. 3 Oklahoma, playing for an injured Harvey Unga, and rushing for 42 yards while catching four passes for 76 yards, including a 49-yard reception. He had at least one carry in every game of 2010 and 11 games of 2009. He is currently second on the team in rushing for 2011.

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The class is selected each year by the NFF Awards Committee, which is comprised of a nationally recognized group of media, College Football Hall of Famers and athletics administrators.

2011 NFF NATIONAL SCHOLAR-ATHLETE CANDIDATE NOTES
3.60 Average GPA
27 Nominees with a 3.9 GPA or better
6 Nominees with a perfect 4.0 GPA
86 Team Captains
56 All-Conference Picks
17 Academic All-America Selections
10 All-America Selections
27 Players (among all divisions) represented in this week's national top 25 polls
1 Player Formerly Named an NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete
47 Nominees from the Football Bowl Subdivision
33 Nominees from the Football Championship Subdivision
11 Nominees from the Division II
30 Nominees from the Division III
6 Nominees from the NAIA
61 Offensive Players
50 Defensive Players
16 Special Teams Players

Getting to Know Heather Hannemann

Sep 28, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 11:05 am | Updated: April 24, 2013 1:44 pm | Permalink

Heather Hannemann

Year: Junior

Position: Setter

Height: 5-8

Academic major: Exercise and wellness

Favorite color: Purple

Favorite musical: Wicked

Favorite place to eat: Cafe Rio/Rumbi

Athlete crush: Dwayne Wade

Favorite place to travel: Hawaii

Someone you look up to: My mom

Favorite actor/actress: Robert Downey Jr.

Something few people know about you: I’m part Samoan

If you were queen for a day, you would: Eat frozen yogurt all day, get a new wardrobe and go to Bora Bora.

Top three things you did this summer: Went to Hawaii, spent time with family, swam.

Why did you decide to come to BYU? I love the atmosphere and it’s close to home.

Getting to Know Nicole Warner

Sep 28, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 11:00 am | Permalink

Nicole Warner

Year: Junior

Position: Middle blocker

Height: 6-2

Academic major: Exercise science

Favorite color: Aqua blue

Favorite musical: Phantom of the Opera

Favorite movie: The Proposal

Favorite place to eat: In-N-Out or Cafe Rio

Athlete crush: Jourdain Scoubes- he’s my boyfriend and an amazing basketball player.

Favorite place to travel: Hanalei, Hawaii

Someone you look up to: My mom, Kris Warner

Motto/favorite quote: “Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or the faster man. But sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.”

Something few people know about you: People always ask if I like being tall. I LOVE IT! I love it so much that I proudly wear heels every chance I can!

If you were queen for a day, you would: Solve world hunger.

Why did you decide to come to BYU? I have Cougar-blue blood.

Getting to Know Jennifer Hamson

Sep 28, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 10:54 am | Updated: September 28, 2011 10:56 am | Permalink

Jennifer Hamson

Year: Sophomore

Position: Opposite hitter

Height: 6-6

Academic major: Exercise Science

Favorite color: Blue

Favorite musical: Les Miserables

Favorite movie: The Princess Bride

Favorite place to eat: Zupa’s

Favorite actor/ or actress: Morgan Freeman

Favorite place to travel: California

Someone you look up to: My mom

Motto/favorite quote: Work hard so you can play harder.

Something few people know about you: I did gymnastics when I was younger.

If you were queen for a day, you would: Try to meet a lot of great and famous athletes.

Top three things you did this summer: Played pickup, went swimming and family vacations

Why did you decide to come to BYU? BYU is somewhere I could get an education, play sports and it has a great environment.

Cougars Overseas

Sep 28, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 9:14 am | Permalink

The Cougars are hard at work getting ready for the 2011-12 season. Practice starts in 17 days. The Cougar Tipoff is 28 days away. In the meantime, several former Cougars are starting or getting ready to start their professional seasons overseas. The previous blog post gave you a look at what Chris Miles and Logan Magnusson are up to in Germany. Here we'll give you a look at what a few other guys are up to.

Lee Cummard signed with Kyoto Hannaryz of the BJ League in Japan. Kyoto plays in the league's Western Conference. Lee played the previous two seasons in France. Check out his profile on the team's website. There are a few other familiar faces on the roster. Former Weber State Wildcats Jermaine Boyette and Lance Allred will also suit up for Kyoto this season.

Based on what I could find on Google and Eurobasket, it looks like Keena Young has signed to play for YMCA Lahti in Finland. Young played in Israel last season and averaged 17.4 points and 6.1 rebounds for Elitzur Ramla.

Jonathan Tavernari is on the roster for Pallacanestro Biella in Italy. He'll be making his professional debut this season.

Trent Whiting continues to tear it up in Italy. Last season he led the Lega Due in scoring at 22.4 points per game playing for Aget Imola. He'll be suiting up for Aget again this season. Whiting scores 43 in the video below while hitting 10-of-12 from three. Gotta love the call at 1:34.

Miles and Magnusson in Deutschland

Sep 28, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 7:58 am | Permalink

Former Cougars Chris Miles and Logan Magnusson are hooping it up for the Hanau White Wings in Das Land der Dichter und Denker — the land of poets and thinkers (thank you Wikipedia). The White Wings had their first game on Saturday, Sept. 24 and defeated TSV Troester 71-60. Miles — who is in his second season with the White Wings — was in the starting five and had seven points and six boards. Magnusson came off the bench in his professional game and had two points, two boards and one assist in nine minutes. And knowing Logan, he probably took a charge or two.

Watch the highlights below or click here. The highlights for the White Wings start at 1:10 and go until about 4:00. Miles has a dunk at 2:23 and Magnusson's beard makes a few appearances.

A Look Inside the Indy Players of the Week Process

Sep 27, 2011 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 12:38 pm | Updated: October 10, 2011 3:15 pm | Permalink

The 2011 season marks the inaugural FBS Independent Player of the Week awards. But how are the weekly awards decided?

Once BYU football announced its move to go independent, a move was made to somehow recognize achievements among the four independent programs. When part of a conference, individual sports information departments submit nominations for each player in the offensive, defensive and special teams categories. Upon submission, a panel at conference headquarters then chose and announced the three players to be honored.

Without a conference a different process needed to occur. After speaking with Army, Navy and Notre Dame, it was decided that each school would recommend four media members to be part of a voting panel that would add two national writers who would vote on the three awards.

In the first four weeks of the award, all four schools have had at least one honoree, with Notre Dame leading the way with five awards. Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd has claimed the offensive award twice, helping the Irish take offensive honors three of the first four weeks.

BYU has thus far earned four recognitions, including two by sophomore linebacker Kyle Van Noy for his play against Ole Miss and UCF, respectively. The Cougars' other two honors have both come on special teams - kicker Justin Sorensen in week two for going 3 of 3 on field goals at Texas and kick returner Cody Hoffman in week four for his 129 return yards including a 93-yard return for a touchdown against UCF.

Last season, BYU had six MWC Players of the Week, including Riley Stephenson twice during the season, linebacker Brandon Ogletree midway through the season and Luke Ashworth, Andrew Rich and Mitch Payne each recognized after the Cougars' win at Colorado State.

Up Close: Hebron Fangupo

Sep 26, 2011 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 2:35 pm | Updated: September 26, 2011 2:37 pm | Permalink

Take a closer look at senior defensive lineman Hebron Fangupo, as published in BYU-Central Florida game program:

Nickname: Loni
Favorite cold cereal: Free cereal
Favorite Bronco Mendenhall Quote: “What if”
Why did I choose to play football over other sports: they have clothes and shoes my size.
Before a football game, I: get ready.
How did I spend my off-season: with my wife.
Who is the best player I’ve ever faced: Kristoffer O’Dowd (USC Center).
What would I like to do sometime in my life is: visit every temple with my wife.
If I could play another position, what would it be:  Quarterback, because you can sneak it every play.
How did I select my jersey number: only one available.
What is my favorite hobby or activity away from football: read with my wife.
What is the best book I’ve ever read: Missionary Handbook
People say I look like:  Hebron Fangupo
My favorite professor or most interesting class I’ve taken at BYU:  Book of Mormon class
My favorite scripture: John 15:13
My favorite website: www.google.com
My advice to youngsters: Serve a mission.
If I were hosting you on a recruiting visit to Provo, the most impressive thing I’d have to show you is: the Temple.
One rule I’d change in college football is: off sides
If I could invite any people to dinner, who would they be: my beautiful wife Rebekah Lee Fangupo.

Legends on BYUtv

Sep 22, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:23 pm | Permalink

Legends, a show featuring the best of the best that competed at BYU, will be on BYUtv this fall. Get a sneak peak with Shawn Bradley.