BYU Athletics Blog | February 2012

Reynolds, Fangupo invited to NFL Scouting Combine

Feb 09, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 1:38 pm | Permalink

Offensive lineman Matt Reynolds and defensive lineman Hebron Fangupo have been invited to the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine held Feb. 22-28 in Indianapolis.

Over 300 players were invited to the combine and all 32 NFL teams will be represented by coaches and scouts to evaluate potential draft picks. In 2011, BYU did not have any players invited to the combine but had three in both 2010 and 2009.

Reynolds, a 6-foot-6, 305-pounder played and started all 52 games of his BYU career. After deciding to return for his senior season, Reynolds was named team captain for a second time and was awarded numerous preseason honors (Outland Trophy Watch List, Lombardi Award Candidate, Lowe's Senior Class Award Nominee). Reynolds finished the season on the Phil Steele All-Independent First Team, Yahoo! Sports All-Independent Team, FBS All-Independent Team and was invited to East-West Shrine Game.

Fans will remember one of Reynolds most recent plays from the 2011 Armed Forces Bowl. After losing his helmet blocking earlier in the play, an unprotected Reynolds ran after a Tulsa defensive lineman chasing quarterback Riley Nelson, pancaking him to the ground, springing Nelson to make a touchdown throw across the field to Cody Hoffman, helping BYU to a 24-21 victory.

The Provo native was also named a freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, Rivals.com, College Football News.com and Sports News. As a sophomore he was part of the College Football News All-Sophomore First Team and as a junior was named Phil Steele All-MWC First Team.

Fangupo, a 6-foot-1, 331-pound transfer from USC helped BYU to another 10-win season and was part of a No. 14 overall defense (312.9 yards allowed per game) and No. 19 in rushing yards allowed (112.08) ypg). Fangupo spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons with the Trojans before deciding to come to BYU for his senior year where he made an immediate impact, playing in all 13 games and starting 10.

Known as the strongest player on the squad, Fangupo is also versitale enough to play both nose tackle and defensive end, where he spent most of the 2011 season. He totaled 26 tackles, including six tackles for loss, good for third-best on the team.

Fangupo was named to the Phil Steele All-Independent Second Team and was an FBS All-Independent Honorable Mention.

To see the full list of invitees for the 2012 Combine CLICK HERE.

Hoffman named potential breakout player by ESPN.com

Feb 09, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 12:56 pm | Permalink

After putting together an impressive sophomore campaign, wide receiver Cody Hoffman was recently recognized as No. 2 on ESPN.com's list of top five potential breakout players at the wide receiver position for the 2012 season.

The Crescent City, Calif. product finished the 2011 season with 61 receptions for 943 yards and 10 touchdowns to lead the team in all major receiving categories. The ESPN.com article focuses on Hoffman's big-play ability, noting that in 2011 he had high marks in yards per reception (15.2), receptions per game (5.0), yards per attempt (10.1), vertical yards per attempt (12.1), which is productivity on passes thrown 11 or more yards downfield.

Hoffman recorded five games of 100 yards or more and caught multiple touchdowns in three games. He also set BYU single-season records in the return game, returning 36 kicks for 879 yards, including a 93-yard return for a touchdown.

To read more of ESPN.com's article featuring Hoffman and other standout wide receivers CLICK HERE.

BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose on KSL Newsradio - 2/7/12

Feb 08, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 9:17 am | Permalink

Listen to the ninth episode of 'BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose' on KSL Newsradio. Assistant coach Mark Pope filled in for Coach Rose for episode nine.

Pope and Greg Wrubell discussed how Pope ended up at BYU, last week's games and the week ahead. Redshirt Ian Harward was this week's guest and Pope also answered questions from the fans.

Click here to listen to the show.

BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose on KSL 5 TV - 2/5/12

Feb 07, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:00 am | Updated: February 16, 2012 10:25 am | Permalink

Episdoe 8 of 'BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose' aired on KSL 5 TV on Sunday, Feb. 5. Watch the episode below or click here to watch on KSL.com.

Signing Day Recap

Feb 01, 2012 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 8:13 pm | Updated: February 2, 2012 4:28 pm | Permalink

BYU football and head coach Bronco Mendenhall finished a celebratory day today after welcoming 17 recruits to the Cougar program.

Coaches began the morning excited as fax after fax came in with each member of the 2012 class. As each recruit came in, Joe DuPaix, recruiting coordinator and running backs coach, taped the player's picture on the wall of the football offices as Mendenhall offered each a congratulatory phone call.

Later, Cougar Club members met in the Cougar Room at Edwards Stadium and via online video as Mendenhall reviewed the football program's accomplishments, then spoke on each recruit and missionaries returning to the team this season. DuPaix then expounded on each recruit before taking questions from the audience.

Meanwhile, Mendenhall next participated in a press conference with members of the media at the BYU Broadcast Building which was streamed live (and is available for on demand viewing) at byutvsports.com.

Ending the day, coaches Mendenhall and DuPaix, director of athletics Tom Holmoe, current players Riley Nelson and Brett Thompson and former Cougars and NFL players Chris Hoke (via phone), Bryan Kehl and David Nixon all gathered at the Broadcast Building to record interviews for a BYUtv Signing Day special.

Mendenhall and DuPaix described each player in detail, with a few personal insights such as Matt Hadley's mother serving great meals and Micah Hannemann's surfing expertise.

"It's a great day to celebrate this class and we're really excited about it," DuPaix said.

Coming on the show with a shorter head of hair ("I'm not a one-trick pony," Nelson said), the senior quarterback talked about the 2011 season and what it was like returning back to football from a mission, something Thompson is attempting to do after returning from the Kentucky Louisville Mission one month ago. Thompson last played in 2009 when he caught six receptions for 95 yards in 12 games.

Click here to watch a replay of the Signing Day Special.

Players will continue to lifting and conditioning with spring practice beginning March 5.   

BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose on KSL Newsradio - 1/31/12

Feb 01, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:00 am | Updated: February 3, 2012 8:06 pm | Permalink

Listen to the eighth episode of 'BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose' on KSL Newsradio.

Rose and Greg Wrubell discussed last week's games and the upcoming conference battles with No. 24 Gonzaga and Portland. Assistant coach Tim LaComb was this week's guest and Rose also answered questions from the fans.

Click here to listen to the show.