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Media Day 2011: Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 2:13 pm | Updated: July 12, 2011 4:32 pm | Permalink

Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer took a minute to talk with Athletic Communications between Football Media Day sessions.

Detmer, who played for the Cougars from 1987-1991, said he enjoys coming back to BYU.

“I always enjoy coming back and getting to see old friends and friendly faces,” Detmer said. “The facilities just keep getting better and better. The broadcast building is great. It’s really impressive what’s going on here. I think everyone is real excited about the future.”

Detmer shared his thoughts on what independence will bring for BYU.

“For exposure, you can’t beat it,” Detmer said. “You have the contract with ESPN. You have national media coming in for this event. You’re going to play a lot of high profile games that people are going to tune in to. Hopefully we’re putting on a good show and people are getting excited about. “

Personally, Detmer is most excited for the Cougars to come to Texas.

“BYU plays UT and I’m living in Austin and so I’ll be able to be at that game,” Detmer said. “Everyone, including myself, is just excited about the future and upcoming teams. There is the possibility of playing anybody. We’re free to schedule any team any time anywhere and that’s exciting for all of us.”

As an independent team, BYU will gain national exposure, which Detmer believes will ignite an excitement among Cougar Nation.

“Most of the games BYU has played on ESPN have been pretty exciting games,” Detmer said. “People have always enjoyed watching BYU and the style of play they have. Even when I was playing here we had fans at every location. No matter where we played, there's always a fan base. That’s going to create more excited in the fan base. People in Mississippi are going to get the Cougars right there in their backyard. People in Texas, we have them coming in twice. All across the country, BYU fans will get the chance to see BYU play in person. “

Detmer said BYU, who no longer is affiliated with a football conference, will miss some of the old rivalries and being able to win a conference title. However, he said players have a big reason to be excited.

“As a player you’re excited because you’re going to get more exposure,” Detmer said. “If you do well, everyone in the country will get to see it. As a player today, those guys have to be excited to jump out there and show people what they can do.”

To sum it up, Detmer said being independent allows BYU an opportunity they otherwise wouldn’t have.

“We want to be respected and show we have a top program here in Provo and we’re getting the opportunity to do that,” Detmer said.

Media Day 2011: Interview with Lane Olson

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 1:46 pm | Permalink

 cameras caught up with Lane Olson, Football Video Coordinator, to talk about Media Day.

Media Day 2011: Romney Fuga

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Taylor Wilson at 1:39 pm | Permalink

Romney Fuga, a senior defensive lineman for BYU, has never experienced the organized chaos of media day. Fuga is excited about the prospect of media day and independence bringing more national attention to the Cougars. 

"This is my first ever media day experience," Fuga said. "I'm excited about this because it will get more people aware of the BYU football program and our independence. I'm hoping that today will get some fans around the country excited about what we can accomplish in the upcoming season. There are a lot of TV stations and reporters here and it feels like a pretty big deal." 

Making the transition from a member of the Mountain West Conference to independent changes a lot about the BYU football program. It also alters the mindset of the players as they head into their first season without the goal of winning a conference championship. 

"I would say we as a team are more committed than ever before to perform on the field," Fuga said. "We aren't focused on a conference schedule or a conference championship because its more about the national scene. We set the expectations for ourselves and we set them higher than anyone taht watches or follows us. We expect to win and dominate every game and I think we are capable of that."

Fuga, a native of Huntington Beach, California, is excited about the prospect to head to Hawaii to take on the Warriors in the final game of the 2011 season.

"I am looking forward to playing Hawaii because I am polynesian, so it's like playing against your brothers when you play there," Fuga said. "I am also looking forward to traveling to Texas to play the Longhorns. They are one of the biggest teams we play and they have such a great tradition. It will be an exciting game." 

Media Day 2011: Tom Holmoe on Media Day

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 1:34 pm | Permalink


In between sessions, BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe gave Athletic Communications an inside view of his thoughts on media day.

“Media day is going great,” Holmoe said. “This is something we’ve never done before so it’s uncharted waters. For a guy like me, I just got to show up and talk. But for BYUtv and Athletic Communications this has been a lot of work and so far things are going really well.”

The 2011 Football Media Day has been in the works since independence was announced last September and Holmoe is happy to see how it has all come together.

“To see the activity with our players, coaches and the media is just like we planned,” Holmoe said. “The show [State of the Program] was great. We’ve never had a live media day where it’s broadcast live. They started doing that on the Mountain a couple years ago but this was one team, all the attention, fantastic.”

Being an independent team has opened up BYU’s football schedule. This season already boosts an impressive schedule with the first four games against Ole Miss, Texas, Utah and Central Florida. Holmoe said future contracts are also in the works.

“We have a great schedule with Notre Dame where we’re going to play them six times over the next ten years,” Holmoe said. “Our fans will love that. We’ll play anybody in the country that’s really good. We’re in the discussions with a couple teams putting together some contracts that we’ll be announcing in the not-so-distant future.”

Holmoe shared what he hopes fans and the country will take away from the 2011 BYU Football Media Day.

“We want to explain what we’re doing,” Holmoe said. “We’re on ESPN, a lot. When we’re not on ESPN, we’re on BYUtv. There will be rebroadcasts of games on BYUtv if you missed it. In addition to football, there will be a lot of other sports that will be broadcast. Basketball will be on, with our West Coast Conference contract, more than we’ve been on national TV in the past. If it’s a home game, and it’s not on ESPN, it’ll be live on BYUtv. We want to say that we have BYU radio on Sirius XM 143 now. All of our sporting events that we do on the radio will be on Sirius XM BYU radio.”

In the end, media day comes down to football, according to Holmoe.

“It is football season and media day is to show off our players and coaches, who we think will be our playmakers this year and give the media the opportunity to interview them and see what they’ve been up to,” Holmoe said.

Media Day 2011: Jordan Pendleton

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Taylor Wilson at 1:24 pm | Permalink

BYU senior linebacker Jordan Pendleton allowed the BYU Athletic Communications staff sit down with him during a morning breakout session at the 2011 BYU football media day. Pendleton looks forward to the exposure BYU will get during the 2011 season. 

"I think going independent will help the BYU program get its name out there because I feel like we are often overlooked," Pendleton said. "This exposure will give us an opportunity to show the nation what we can do as a team and as a university. People around the country don't know what we are capable of and being on ESPN and BYUtv will be beneficial." 

The 2010 season was a tough year for Pendleton and the Cougars. BYU opened the season 1-4 and lost to both in-state rivals, Utah and Utah State. 

"It's huge for us to beat Utah State and Utah this season," Pendleton said. "We take pride in winning the in-state rivalry because we always want to be the best team in the state. To lose to both teams last year really fuels our fire for this season. We hadn't lost to Utah State in years before last year and they just came out and played better than us. We never want to lose to any team, but especially not to our in-state rivals." 

BYU finished the 2010 season with a 7-6 record and with a New Mexico Bowl victory over the UTEP Miners. Pendleton hopes to carry the momentum from the end of last season into the 2011 season. 

"The beginning of last season was a definite disappointment," Pendleton said. "We want to come out this year and finish what we started at the end of last year. We want to go out and win some of these big games with a national audience. Our goal isn't to just play these big programs on national TV but to beat them on national TV." 

The Cougars will face off against Ole Miss in Mississippi to open the 2011 season. 

"I'm completely focused on the Ole Miss game. It's the only game I am worried about right now. Our team is excited to go down and play them. They're an SEC team and we know they will have a ton of athletes that are ready to play. We are ready to get the season going and we are all looking forward to playing Ole Miss in that first game." 

MediaDay 2011: Interview with Bronco's Secretary, Carey Hoki

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 1:17 pm | Permalink

BYU cameras caught up with Carey Hoki, Bronco Mendenhall's personal assistant, to talk about BYU Football and Media Day

Media Day 2011: Holmoe on Mendenhall's Contract Extension

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Steven McCall at 1:08 pm | Updated: July 12, 2011 3:49 pm | Permalink

Bronco Mendenhall announced during the live State of the Program show on BYUtv that he has signed a three-year contract extension. Here is what BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe had to say about extending Mendenhall's deal.

“Bronco is an incredible leader and one of the best coaches in the country," said BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe. "He is committed to the program and we are committed to him as the leader of our football team. Bronco is loyal to this team and the university and does things the right way, on and off the field. We are excited for the future as we begin our journey as an independent.”

In six seasons as BYU's head coach, Mendenhall has a 56-21 record (.727) and has led the Cougars to six-straight bowl appearances. BYU is 4-2 in bowl games under Mendenhall, including a 52-24 victory over UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl last season. 

Media Day 2011: Matt Reynolds

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Taylor Wilson at 1:07 pm | Permalink

During the first print breakout session at the 2011 BYU football media day, BYU Athletic Communications had a few minutes to sit down and talk with senior offensive lineman Matt Reynolds. Reynolds has been part of the BYU program for four years and is intrigued by the changes that independence is bringing to the program. 

"I am really looking forward to the season because I want to find out what is different about being an independent," Reynolds said. "We have talked about what we think will be different but I'm not sure how it will actually feel to not be a a part of a conference. I have been here a long time and it will be fun to see how the program changes over the course of the season." 

Reynolds participated in the Mountain West Conference media day before the 2010 season. At that media day, Reynolds and former Cougar Andrew Rich were the only two BYU athletes in attendance. 

"Its nice to have a media day in Provo so we can bring in more players to interact with the media," Reynolds said. "This year we have a wide variety of players and I think that gives the public a more well-rounded focus of how the team is feeling heading into the season. It's also nice to have all the focus on BYU and not on a conference or any other team." 

The 2011 season features BCS conference opponents from several conferences. The Cougars open up playing at Mississippi followed by a game at Texas. 

"I am just looking forward to the Ole Miss game right now," Reynolds said. "It's a big game to star the season ands it's a tough place to play. It will be a good test for our team. I am completely focused on that game right now but am looking forward to the entire season." 

Media Day 2011: Fun with Trevor Matich

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 12:55 pm | Permalink

BYU Marketing goes behind the scenes with Trevor Matich


Media Day 2011: Ty Detmer Live Chat

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Steven McCall at 12:50 pm | Permalink

Jarom Jordan or BYUtv hsa conducted live chats with several athletes, coaches and legends during Media Day. The chats can be viewed live online at Here is a clip from Jarom's interview with Ty Detmer, BYU's Heisman Trophy winner.