BYU Athletics Blog | April 2012

BYU's McKay Jacobson Becomes Fourth Cougar to Ink NFL Free Agent Deal

Apr 29, 2012 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 6:09 pm | Permalink

BYU wide receiver McKay Jacobson signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Four BYU football players from the 2011 team have signed free-agent contracts with NFL teams since the league’s annual draft concluded Saturday night. 

A 5-foot-11, 193-pound wide receiver, Jacobson was a four-year standout for the Cougars while making 113 catches for 1,836 yards and nine touchdowns. The Southlake, Texas, native averaged 16.2 yards per catch while also averaging 18.6 yards as a kick returner and 13.7 yards as a punt returner during his BYU career. 

Saturday night, offensive tackle Matt Reynolds signed with the Carolina Panthers, while fellow offensive linemanTerence Brown inked a deal with the Miami Dolphins and defensive lineman Hebron Fangupo signed with the Houston Texans.

A 6-foot-5, 305-pound offensive tackle, Reynolds is a two-time team captain who started all 52 games of his BYU career. As a senior, the Provo, Utah, native was an Outland Trophy Watch List honoree, Lombardi Award Candidate and Lowe’s Senior Class Award Nominee, ESPN.com All-Bowl Team and was invited to the East-West Shrine Game. He was named to the FBS All-Independent Team, Yahoo! Sports All-Independent Team and Phil Steele All-Independent First Team.

A 6-foot-4, 305-pound center/guard, Brown was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter for the Cougars playing both guard and center. The Summerville, S.C., native was on the Rimington Trophy Watch List as a senior while helping BYU to a 10-3 season and No. 25 final national ranking. The Cougars won bowl games each of Brown’s three years as a starter.

A 6-foot-1, 323-pound defensive lineman, Fangupo became a force on the BYU defensive unit that finished the 2011 season ranked No. 13 in total defense. From Santa Ana, Calif., Fangupo was named to the Phil Steele All-Independent Second Team and was an FBS All-Independent team honorable mention. A transfer from USC, Fangupo totaled 26 tackles with six tackles for loss, three quarterback hurries and two pass breakups in his one season at BYU.

Having signed as free agents, the players will take part in the upcoming team mini-camps and also participate in summer camps, looking to make their respective team's final roster. Additional signings could still be announced.

California Trip IV

Apr 23, 2012 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 2:53 pm | Updated: April 23, 2012 5:53 pm | Permalink

On Mason Marshall

Mason Marshall will be featured tonight on True Blue on BYUtv, airing at 6 p.m., with replays at 9 p.m. and on Tuesday., Apr. 24 at 12 a.m., 5:30 p.m. MDT.  Marshall told True Blue reporter Robbie Bullough, who stands 5-foot-5, that he stands 5-foot-9.  We list Marshall at 5-foot-8, even though he reported on his information sheet as 5-foot-10.

Marshall’s grandfather Jerry McCleary, who is 6-foot-2, played basketball for the University of Utah (1956-57). Marshall had an uncle who played baseball for the University of Utah. Marshall’s father, Rob, who is 6-foot-1, and Uncle Ron played football for Snow College.

Graduation Activities

Among the visitors watching last Friday’s intersquad scrimmage was former Cougar baseball player Craig Angelos (1985-86), currently the director of athletics at Florida Atlantic University.  Angelos was in town for the graduation of his daughter from BYU.

BYU took a team photo prior to last Friday’s scrimmage. Among those missing from that photo were catcher Wes Guenther who was walking through the graduation ceremonies with his wife, Christen, a pole-vaulter on BYU’s team.

At Stanford

Former BYU baseball third baseman Kevin Bills is the director of baseball operations at Stanford University.  His father Jeff, who was a catcher at BYU, may be down on the Cardinal bench when he is not on the air as an analyst with play-by-play announcer Brent Norton.

Jeff Bills (1973-75) may also be part of a mini-reunion of former BYU baseball players who were under the tutelage of former BYU baseball coach and director of athletics, Glen Tuckett.  Other’s who may join Tuckett at the Stanford game and visiting other places in the Bay area include Tom Fife (1962-67), Mike Staffieri (1970-72) and former BYU baseball second baseman and coach Gary Pullins (1968-69, 1977-1999).

At San Francisco

Pitcher Marc Oslund will be facing his former West Torrance High School catcher Mason Morioka, who is a senior at the University of San Francisco.  Oslund’s father is making the trip to San Francisco.

Seattle Baseball Trip

Apr 11, 2012 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 5:16 pm | Updated: April 12, 2012 4:22 pm | Permalink

On Friday, April 13, BYU will be playing at 6 p.m. (PDT) at Cheney Stadium where Coach Vance Law played as a pro. Coach Law played one month in 1991 for the Tacoma A's while he was under contract with the Oakland A's and in 1979-80 he played a couple times in that stadium while playing for the AAA Portland Beavers.

Depending on the weather, there may be live video streams of all four BYU games against Seattle University. Check the links at www.byucougars.com to see if the video stream is working.

Yesterday, five BYU baseball players did a 12-minute presentation for MComm 320 in the Tanner Building.  Adam Miller, Brock Whitney, Daniel Welch, Jaycob Brugman (in a tux for the Y Awards) and Adam Law dressed in suits and ties, see picture below, with a broken metal bat. Their presentation was on the disadvantages of the new bats which were mandated by the NCAA last year compared to wood bats. To date, this season there have been 14 broken bats of the new model which costs three to four times more than wood bats.

Speaking of Adam Law, he has a great lid collection of 60 caps. He built a hat rack with 30 hooks in high school wood shop, so that makes about two lids per hook.

At last night's Y Awards, there were four nominees from baseball. The unassisted triple play by Andrew Law in last year’s 8-2 BYU victory at host San Diego State in the Mountain West Conference Tournament was a nominee for play of the Year; Jaycob Brugman for Rookie of the Year; and former Cougar Dane Nielsen for the Dale McCann Spirit of Sport and Ed Stein Awards.

Next week co-captain Wes Guenther and his wife will walk through the BYU graduation ceremonies, getting their degrees in exercise science.  At the end of last month, Christen Guenther tied a BYU school record in the pole vaul at the Texas Relays at 4.25m (13-11.25), which was the sixth best leap in the nation. Also graduating next week is co-captain Alex Wolfe, who will be featured in Daily Herald in a story written by Neil Warner that is scheduled to be published this Sunday or Monday.

On our last blog for the Nevada trip, we mentioned Chris Capper's mustache, which was one of about 20 on the team for Mustache March.  Capper kept his mustache after winning at Nevada. Now Capper and Chris Howard, who won last week at Utah, are the only two sporting mustaches on the baseball team, and yes, they dye them.

Game Date Announced for 2012 Poinsettia Bowl

Apr 11, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 12:59 pm | Updated: April 11, 2012 1:08 pm | Permalink

For Cougar fans planning ahead for the 2012 bowl season, here is a release from the folks at the Poinsettia Bowl, detailing game dates and kickoff times:

San Diego Bowl Game Association officials announced today the 2012 kickoff dates and times for the local bowl games - the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl and Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl.
 
Bowl season gets underway in San Diego on Thursday, December 20th at 5 p.m. PT with the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.  The 8th annual contest will match a team from the Mountain West against a bowl-eligible Brigham Young University.
 
One week later the 35th annual Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl will kick off at 6:45 p.m. PT on Thursday, December 27th.  Teams from the Pac-12 and Big 12 will square off for the 14th consecutive year.
 
Both games will be played at Qualcomm Stadium and be televised nationally on ESPN.
 
“We look forward to bringing thousands of football fans to town yet again and filling hotel rooms during San Diego’s two slowest tourism weeks of the year,” said John Wertz, president of the 2012 non-profit bowl games association.  “We are proud of the considerable benefit we provide our community year after year.”
 
The mission of the two bowl games is to generate tourism, exposure, economic benefit and civic pride for San Diego and its citizens by producing the nation’s most exciting bowl games and festivals of events.
 
For more information, visit www.BridgepointEducationHolidayBowl.com and www.PoinsettiaBowl.com