BYU Athletics Blog | November 2011

Up Close: Jadon Wagner

Nov 14, 2011 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 2:50 pm | Updated: November 14, 2011 2:56 pm | Permalink

Take a closer look at BYU senior linebacker Jadon Wagner.

Nickname: JD, DD, double, Wags, J-Swag, Jody
Favorite cold cereal: Raisin Bran
Why did I choose to play football over other sports: I like contact and Mum wouldn’t let me play hockey.
Before a football game, I: Clear my mind and have fun.
How did I spend my off-season: Golfing and training.
What I want to be doing 20 years from now:  Playing Golf !
If I could play another position, what would it be:  Safety.
One place I would like to visit:  Travel Europe.
Who has had the greatest influence on my football career and why:  Those who doubted.
How did I select my jersey number: It was mostly random.
What is my favorite hobby or activity away from football: Golf.
If I had to give up all my possessions except one, what would be the one thing I kept and why: My iPhone.
If I were on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” the person I’d call for my lifeline is:  My Bro. in Law Nate Watson.
People say I look like: Liev Schreiber (sabertooth X-men).
My favorite professor or most interesting class I’ve taken at BYU:  Dr. Robinson (advertising).
My favorite scripture: Enos, verse 27
What is the best book I’ve ever read:  Standing for Something
On game day my friends and relatives: are living their lives.
My advice to youngsters: Think Big.
One rule I’d change in college football is: No roughing the passer.
If I could invite any people to dinner, who would they be: Cousin Rob, Uncle Bob, my brother Aaron.

Football Team Salutes Servicemen, Servicewomen and Veterans

Nov 12, 2011 - Posted by at 8:55 pm | Updated: November 14, 2011 11:50 am | Permalink

The BYU football team honored Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, with a patriotic program called "Salute to Servicemen, Servicewomen and Veterans." 

The program took place in the Smith Fieldhouse and featured patriotic songs as well as addresses by BYU players Matt Reynolds and Romney Fuga, head coach Bronco Mendenhall, and former Cougar and NFL All-Pro tight end Chad Lewis. Several members of the football team also sang a musical number. Assistant coach Joe DuPaix, who previously worked at the U.S. Naval Academy, conducted the special fireside.

Reynolds, a preseason All-America offensive tackle, stressed the importance of doing our best, while Fuga, BYU’s starting defensive tackle, told how he came to BYU and talked about service and coming unto Christ. Coach Mendenhall praised our nation’s military and talked about standing for right.

Lewis, now an Assistant Athletics Director at BYU, spoke about his Wounded Warriors experience climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with four wounded war veterans along other NFL representatives Tedy Bruschi and Jeff Fisher. A 10-minute video featuring the trip experience was shown as part of his comments. 

During the event the veterans and servicemen and servicewomen in attendance were recognized while hymns of the Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy were played.

The event was broadcast nationally on BYUtv.

Maverik to give away Lamborghini at Idaho game

Nov 11, 2011 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 5:05 pm | Updated: November 14, 2011 11:50 am | Permalink

Maverik, Inc., in conjunction with teamgive (www.teamgive.org), will give away a Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster LP640 during halftime of Saturday’s BYU vs. Idaho game. The giveaway is part of the ‘Joe Schmo to Lambo’ contest that raised money and awareness for the treatment and cure of rare neurological diseases. One of the contest’s ten finalists will be randomly selected to win the car, valued near $348,000, as well as driving lessons from Miller Motorsports Park (MMP). The other nine finalists will also win race-inspired packages from MMP.

BYU vs. Utah State on KSL

Nov 11, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:00 am | Updated: November 23, 2011 11:02 pm | Permalink

Use the links below to listen to Greg Wrubell and Mark Durrant call the Utah State game on KSL.

Pregame Show

1st Half

Halftime Show

2nd Half

Postgame

Brandon Davies Meets with Media

Nov 09, 2011 - Posted by Taylor Wilson at 8:24 pm | Permalink

For the first time since playing his final game of the 2010-11 season, a February 26 win at San Diego State, Brandon Davies met with the media on Tuesday to discuss last season, this season and his decision to continue his career at Brigham Young University. 

On his trials at the end of the 2010-11 season: "It's definitely been hard. It's been hard on a lot of people, not just myself. I'm just lucky to be surrounded with people that love me, a great team, great family members and friends." 

On missing the end of the 2010-11 season: "It hurt. Not just me, but everyone around me. Its definitely something I'll never forget about and something that I never want to do again, so I just use that to drive me in all that I do today." 

On his treatment by BYU: "I was definitely treated more than fair. Just to be able to make it back here and be able to be a part of this team again is a blessing to me." 

On if he has changed since last season: "Honestly, I think I'm a totally different person, but that's up to other people to decide. I can't really tell someone that I've changed; it's up to me to show that. Hopefully I'm headed in the right direction and am doing the best I can." 

On how last season affected his relationship with the team: "It's definitely strengthened us; it's a bad thing, a terrible thing that we all had to go through, and they were all willing to go through it with me and pull through together. I think that says a lot about their character and the way we are as a team." 

On the 2011-12 opener at Utah State: "They have a great program. They came in, they fought hard all game here and it's going to be even more of a battle at their place where they're more comfortable. It's up to us to go in there and break them the best we can and play our best game." 

Getting to Know Jessica Jardine

Nov 07, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 12:01 pm | Permalink

Position: Outside hitter

Year: Sophomore

Height: 6-1

Academic major: Public health


Favorite color: Green


Favorite movie: The Count of Monte Cristo


Favorite place to eat: Zupa’s


Favorite musical: Grease


Someone you look up to: My parents


Favorite actor: Morgan Freeman and Johnny Depp


Favorite place to travel: Anywhere


Something few people know about you: I have the same birthday as Jimmer.


Top three things you did this summer: Played volleyball, went boating and ate shave ice.


Favorite quote/motto: “Dance as if no one was watching, sing as if no one was listening, live every day like it was your last.”


Why did you decide to come to BYU? To have a good college experience and be a part of BYU volleyball.

Getting to Know Katie Vaughn

Nov 07, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 11:55 am | Permalink

Position: Outside hitter

Year: Freshman

Height: 6-2

Academic major: Graphic design


Favorite color: Purple


Athlete crush: Bolt. He is the fastest runner in the world.


Favorite movie: John Tucker Must Die


Favorite place to eat: Ettore’s Bakery or any bakery.


Someone you look up to: My sisters, Allie and Sarah


Favorite actor: Ryan Gosling. I love him.


Favorite place to travel: Lake Tahoe or Santa Cruz


If you were queen for a day, you would: Buy the nicest car ever


Favorite quote: “Do or do not, there is no try.” - Yoda


Why did you decide to come to BYU? I love the atmosphere on the BYU campus, a great education and an awesome team!

Mr. October

Nov 04, 2011 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 2:09 pm | Updated: November 4, 2011 2:15 pm | Permalink

Quarterback Riley Nelson has been a spark and a star for BYU throughout the last month. Between his play on the field, his viral videos on YouTube.com featuring his hair or high-fiving antics, Nelson has been at the forefront of the BYU football team and provided a boost in the last month or so.

Nelson has led the Cougars to a 3-1 record since starting the last four games. The Logan, Utah native has helped an offense once ranked 103rd in total offense per game (323.2) after five games to 21st in the last four games (467.0) and 66th overall now (387.1). With the help of Nelson's legs, BYU's running game has drastically turned around as well. In the first five games the Cougars averaged just 94.4 yards per game and was 102nd in the country. In the last four games, BYU has averaged 233.75 yards per game, the 14th-ranked rushing offense over that span. The rushing attack has jumped nearly 40 spots to No. 63 with an average of 156.33 yards per game overall.

In his four starts during the month of October, the junior has put up some staggering numbers. Here is a breakdown of what Nelson accomplished last month, including his national ranking compared to others in the same month, playing the same amount of games.

Statistic National Ranking Actual Notable Players (ranked same or lower) Actual
QB Rating 18 157.47 Matt Barkley, USC              153.86
      Geno Smith, WV                 153.60
      Brandon Weeden, Ok St.    152.92
TD Passes 16 10 Robert Griffin III, Baylor       10
      Nick Foles, Ariz.                   10
      Russell Wilson, Wisc.          9
Yds/Att 14 8.9 yds Landry Jones, Okla.            8.9 yds
      AJ McCarron, Ala.                8.4 yds
      Kellen Moore, Boise St.       8.3 yds
QB Rush-Tot. yds 6 298 yds David Sims, Ga. Tech          288 yds
      Denard Robinson, Mich.      273 yds
QB Rush-Avg/Att 6 5.84 yds Jeff Godfrey, UCF                        5.70 yds
      Ryan Tannehill, Tex. A&M   5.59 yds

Di Luigi Does It All

Nov 02, 2011 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 3:26 pm | Updated: November 2, 2011 3:41 pm | Permalink

Senior running back JJ Di Luigi has been an incredibly versatile player for BYU throughout his career. At 5-foot-9, 185 pounds, Di Luigi has just the right size, speed and shiftiness to make him a weapon with the ball in his hands. For the 2011 season, the Canyon Country, Calif. product leads the Cougars in rushing with 81 carries for 415 yards and three touchdowns. He is also fourth on the team in receiving with 18 catches for 204 yards, including a team-best 57 yard reception.

In 2010, Di Luigi's 1,422 all-purpose yards were the 16th-best in BYU history. For his career, Di Luigi has 1,628 rushing yards, 920 receiving yards and 326 kickoff return yards, good for a total of 2,874 all-purpose yards.

Di Luigi is 19th all-time at BYU in all-purpose yards and is 12th in career rushing yards. He is in 64th in career-receiving yards. If Di Luigi can roll up 80 more receiving yards in his final year, he will be just the 10th player in BYU history with at least 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards for a career.

Not only does Di Luigi impress on the field, but CLICK HERE and check out his reporting skills in this clip from media day earlier in the year.

Here is how Di Luigi looks on the all-time lists and who he might pass in the coming weeks:

BYU Career All-Purpose Yards
1.   Brown, Curtis (2002-06)      4,996 yards
17. Hooks, Margin (1997-00)    2,929 yards
18. Pitta, Dennis (2004-09)       2,908 yards
19. Di Luigi, JJ (2008-)            2,874 yards

BYU Career Rushing Yards
1.   Unga, Harvey (2006-09)        3,455 yards
10. McKenzie, Brian (1996-97)    1,954 yards
11. Fortie, Eldon (1962-64)          1,666 yards
12. Di Luigi, JJ (2008-)               1,628 yards

BYU Career Receiving Yards
1. Collie, Austin (2004,07-08)      3,255 yards
61. Coats, Daniel (2003-06)        966 yards
62. Tuipulotu, Peter (1987-91)    965 yards
63. Davis, Bill (1978-80)             938 yards
64. Di Luigi, JJ (2008-)              920 yards