BYU Athletics Blog | 2011

Day One in Laie, Hawaii

Nov 27, 2011 - Posted by Norma Collett at 12:00 am | Updated: November 29, 2011 12:39 pm | Permalink

Day One (Sunday, Nov. 27) - Laie, Hawaii

After a six and a half hour plane flight from Salt Lake City to Honolulu, the BYU women’s basketball team head to the north shore of Oahu to present a fireside for the youth of the Laie Hawaii Stake and Laie Hawaii North Stake.

Speakers included team captains Kristen Riley, of San Clemente, Calif., and Haley Hall Steed of Syracuse, Utah, as well as head coach Jeff Judkins and BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson.  Freshman Lexi Eaton of Mapleton, Utah, played a piano medley of hymns.  Several hundred youth and their parents, who completely filled the chapel and part of the cultural hall, attended the fireside.

BYU vs. Wisconsin and Opportunities

Nov 26, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 2:55 pm | Permalink

First off, for those hoping to watch the game (BYU vs. Wisconsin) tonight, it is on the Big Ten Network. If you're trying to find the Big Ten Network, use its ChannelFinder or visit http://btn.com/about/btn-channelfinder/

You can also listen to Greg Wrubell and Mark Durrant call the action on KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM or on KSL.com. For a list of all the options to follow the game, visit the GameDay page. Tipoff is at 7 pm CST.

While it's early in the 2011-12 college basketball season, the early part of BYU's season has been defined by the word opportunity. Coming off a 2010-11 season in which the Cougars set numerous program records, advanced to the Sweet 16 and saw an all-time great lead the nation in scoring and be named National Player of the Year (I'm talking about Jimmer Fredette in case you were wondering), there were a lot of questions among fans and the media about this team.

Who would pick up the scoring slack? Who would run the point? Where would the leadership come from? Several Cougars have taken advantage of the opportunity of increased playing time and leadership roles and have begun to answer some of those questions.

Noah Hartsock has taken the opportunity to prove that he can be a consistent scorer as he's scored in double figures every game, hit shots inside, midrange and from deep, and leads the team at 16.6 points per game. Charles Abouo is proving that he can fill the role of an all-around player, averaging 14.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals while shooting a blistering 68.8 percent from three. Brandon Davies has taken the opportunity to prove he can be an even bigger lowpost threat than last season (12.6 points per game) while also being a facilitator (3.0 assist per game).

Maybe more than anyone else, Anson Winder has taken advantage of an opportunity given him by the coaching staff and flourished. After not playing at Utah State, and playing only two minutes against BYU-Hawaii, Dave Rose inserted the redshirt freshman at point guard against Longwood and Prairie View A&M and he proceeded to score 19 points and dish out nine assists in 46 minutes. He got his first start vs. Nevada at the Chicago Invitational and played 38 minutes, scored nine points and totaled four boards, four assists and four steals. Aside from the stats, Anson created numerous transition opportunities, broke the Nevada press and defended well against the Wolfpack guards.

Tonight will be another opportunity for the Cougars as they take on preseason All-America point guard Jordan Taylor and No. 11 Wisconsin in the Chicago Invitational Challenge Championship game at 7 p.m. CST at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. The game will be a great opportunity for BYU to play against one of the best teams and players in the country and for several players to further emerge in the new roles they've been given and claimed in this young season.

BYU vs. Wisconsin on KSL

Nov 26, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:00 am | Updated: November 30, 2011 2:05 pm | Permalink

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

Pregame Show

1st Half

Halftime Show

2nd Half

Postgame

Day 6: Royals/Beach

Nov 25, 2011 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 8:04 pm | Updated: November 25, 2011 8:37 pm | Permalink

Today was our last game of the series in the D.R. We left the hotel at 8:00 a.m., for the Royals' compound. However, we weren't expecting the delay we encountered. We were on two buses, the first carrying a trailer full of the baseball equipment. The road we were traveling on was a dirt/clay road and with all the rain they've been getting, it was extremely muddy. Needless to say, the road won. The team had to unhook the trailer and push the bus back onto the road. Then they had to drag the trailer back to meet the bus. We all ended up having to walk down the road for quite a while until it was dry enough to get back in the bus. At least the players got a good warm-up in before the game!

Since we were late to the game, we only had about an hour to do stretching and BP. The guys took advantage of what time they had and made the most of it. We won the game 4-3. It was the toughest game we played in the series, but our guys battled through it and came out on top. Cameron Keysor got the win and Marc Oslund secured it with a save.

After the game we were able to go to a beautiful private beach in San Pedro. There were only a few street sellers there to try and barter with us, but for the most part we just got to enjoy the warm ocean water and white sand. The guys didn't waste any time jumping into the water right when we got there. Some played football in the water and others had a pick-up volleyball game going on the side. It was a welcome relaxing time after a week of baseball games and lots of service activities.

When we got back to the hotel we had a very nice Italian dinner planned out for us on the beach. Since tonight is our last night, the guys have the rest of the night as free time to visit local shops next to the hotel and watch some softball going on nearby, too.

The guys did a phenomenal job here in the D.R. They played great baseball and the locals have loved having them here. Tomorrow is our last day here. We'll head over to the field behind our hotel to conduct a clinic in the morning. Then we'll pack up and head to the airport.

--Jen

Game 4 Line Score

Nov 25, 2011 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 12:48 pm | Updated: November 26, 2011 6:39 pm | Permalink

BYU 4, D.R. Royals 3
BYU   000   200   020--4  8  0
DRR   020   000   001--3  5  1
Miller, Milke (3), Keysor (7), Hutchings (9), Oslund (9) and Guenther.
Rosario, Brazoban (4), Fernandez (8), Polanco (9) and P. Gonzales.
WP-Keysor
LP-Fernandez
Save-Oslund
2B-Belter (DRR), Bueno (DRR)

Click here for game story now posted.

BYU vs. Nevada on KSL

Nov 25, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 9:48 am | Updated: December 1, 2011 2:26 pm | Permalink

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

Pregame Show

1st Half

Halftime Show

2nd Half

Postgame

Day 5: Red Sox/Thanksgiving

Nov 24, 2011 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 8:47 pm | Updated: November 24, 2011 9:20 pm | Permalink

We got on the bus at 8:00 a.m., and drove for about 40 minutes to the DR Red Sox complex. They have nice facilities with a couple of fields and dormitories for the players. Today felt like the hottest day so far that we've had since being here. We aren't quite sure what the temp was, but it had to be in the 90s at least. Coupled with the humidity, the players were drenched in sweat within minutes. Hot day, but a great one because we won, 16-2. Lots of guys were able to contribute with runs and hits. The DR's first pitcher was throwing mid to upper 90s and our guys got seven runs off of him. They did a fantastic job. This team is going to be doing great things this year, that's for sure.

After the game, we were treated to Thanksgiving dinner by the Red Sox which was really great. We missed out on the standard stuffing and yams, but we got rice and beans, so it was nice!

The rest of the day was filled with free time. Some players went to the beach, swam out 400 yards to a private island of trees, some tried to conquer the ride on a banana boat, and some simply slept. Every night there are a bunch of locals that get together at the field behind the hotel to play softball. So right now there's a group of Cougars out watching them play. It's nice to have a little free time to relax.

Tomorrow we are off to play the last game of our four game series in the DR. The DR Kansas City Royals will meet the Cougars tomorrow and then we'll be stopping by a nice beach.

--Jen

Game 3 Line Score

Nov 24, 2011 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 6:10 pm | Updated: November 24, 2011 8:01 pm | Permalink

BYU 16, DR Red Sox 2
BYU   250   016   011—16  22  0
DRR   001   000  100 — 2  10  3

Poulson, Coombs (6), Welch (7), Parry (8) and Guenther, Hernandez (6).
Montas, Torrealba (2), Perez (4), Garcia (6), Abreu (6) and Suarez.
WP-Poulson
LP-Montas
2B-Guenther (BYU), Caldwell 2 (BYU), Hall (BYU, Garcia (RS), Margot (RS)
3B-Brugman (BYU), Lopez (BYU)
HR-Estrella

Click here to read a more detailed game story.

Day 4: Service

Nov 24, 2011 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 5:28 pm | Permalink

Today (Wednesday) was full of service opportunities for the baseball team.  Five Star Legacy Foundation organized the entire day for us to provide things to those in need throughout the day.  It was a long and busy day, but we got so much accomplished.

We got on the bus at 8:15 a.m. and drove  about two hours to Higüey.  Our first stop was an inner city school in a dangerous part of town with children in 1st-8th grades.  The players split into groups and spent time with each classroom.  The students had prepared letters for pen pals at a school in Utah and they were able to give those to the team to take back with them.  The players spoke with the children about the importance of school and staying away from violence.  Some players even sang and danced with their classroom of children.  It was a mob scene as we were leaving the school because the children didn’t want us to go.  It’s so hard to leave the people we go to visit. We’d always like to stay longer but we know there’s more service to be done.

Next, we got back on the bus and headed out into the middle of the sugar cane fields.  There are several villages of people that live in small communities within the sugar cane fields. They all work in the fields and there is extreme poverty among them. Most of these people will never leave their villages in their lifetime, as it is far from town and they have no means.  The village we visited was called Los Tocones.  The people had been told the night before that we would be coming to deliver bags of food and hygiene kits.  Because these people were in great need, they were so excited to have us come and were waiting to greet us as we arrived.  All were patient as we quickly sorted out the items.  We then split into groups and delivered one bag of food which will last 2-3 weeks and 6 hygiene kits to each dwelling. There were 128 dwellings in all.  It was such an amazing and humbling experience to provide basic essentials to people who have such need, something we know we’ll never forget.

After finishing at the village, we returned back to Higüey where the players conducted a baseball clinic for over 200 local kids.  The children were so excited to meet the baseball team and learn from them.  BYU infielder Bret Lopez said about the clinic:

“They have a lot of raw talent, but leave out a lot of the fundamentals. So we are here today to hopefully teach them some discipline and fundamentals of baseball that will take them to the next level.”  They were able to split the kids up into position groups and run through drills. It was a fun couple of hours with the kids that ended in providing bags of gear to 24 different youth baseball teams in the area.

Following the clinic we headed down the street and made a stop to eat some “street burgers”, and then conducted a brief fireside at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Higüey.  Speakers included Coach Vance Law, Alex Wolfe and Austin Hall. It was a great way to end the day.

On the way back to Boca Chica, we were almost to the hotel when a tire blew out on the bus.  The driver did a great job of maneuvering the situation, although anyone who was sleeping definitely awoke with concern.  Since we were so close to the hotel, we just kept driving.  Never a dull moment in the DR!

Now it’s time for bed so we can prepare for another ball game tomorrow. We play the DR Red Sox at about 11:00 a.m. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Hoffman catch featured as part of CBS college football special airing Friday

Nov 23, 2011 - Posted by at 6:32 pm | Updated: November 23, 2011 6:35 pm | Permalink

GEICO Best of College Football 2011 will air this Friday, the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 25), on CBS at 1:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. MT.

Cody Hoffman’s incredible catch against Oregon State will be featured on the hour-long program as one of the finalists for the 2011 GEICO Play of the Year. The program features a countdown of the season’s top plays, as voted on by fans and ranked by CBS Sports’ college football experts.

Viewers will also be given an in-depth look at some of college football’s most intriguing topics from the 2011 season, including conference realignment, uniform trends and the issue of concussions in football. In addition, three unique and heart-warming stories from the past year will be highlighted.

“GEICO Presents Best of College Football 2011” is a special hosted by Tracy Wolfson. For a preview of the program on CBS Sports, check out the official trailer: http://bit.ly/sNDHK5

The show will feature Rutgers’ Eric LeGrand, who was paralyzed from the neck down making a routine tackle during a kickoff against Army on October 16, 2010. Just one year after the hit that changed his life, LeGrand, whom doctors said would not be able to breath without a ventilator, can now stand for 40 minutes at a time during rehabilitation and has aspirations of walking again.

Also, follow the improbable journey of Faulkner University’s 61-year-old place kicker Alan Moore. Serving in the Vietnam War brought Moore’s collegiate career to an abrupt end in 1968. Forty-three years later, Moore decided to “finish what he started.” He became the oldest player to compete in a college football game earlier this season, when he kicked an extra-point in Faulkner’s season opener against Ave Maria.

Lastly, meet an athlete who turned down full-ride wrestling scholarship offers so he could play football. Nate Eachus was a heralded wrestling champion coming out of high school, which earned him scholarship offers from Michigan, North Carolina and Virginia. Accepting any of the Division I offers meant Eachus would not be able to play the sport he loved most: football. Instead, Eachus enrolled at Colgate, a non-scholarship school, to focus solely on football. Eachus was named Patriot League Rookie of the Year in 2008 and in 2010, he was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, All-Patriot League First Team, a Walter Camp AP All-American and a Walter Payton Award Finalist.

To view the top plays of the season and learn more about the show, visit www.facebook.com/bestofcollegefootball.

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Programming note: “GEICO Presents Best of College Football 2011” will air on CBS Sports at 12:30 p.m. ET in Little Rock, Ark; at 3 a.m. ET in Springfield, Mo.; and at 1:30 a.m. ET in Ft. Myers, Fla.There will be multiple encore airings on CBS Sports Network.