BYU Athletics Blog | December 2012

BYU vs. Utah preview

Dec 07, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 4:28 pm | Permalink

The BYU men’s basketball team (5-3) will host instate rival Utah tomorrow night at 7 p.m. MST in the Marriott Center as part of the Deseret First Duel.

BYU is coming off a 62-83 loss on the road to Iowa State a week ago.

Against the Cyclones, Brandon Davies led all players with 20 points and six rebounds. Matt Carlino also scored in double-figure points with a season high of 12.

The Utes come to Provo with a 6-2 overall record, winning five of their last six games. In its most recent game, Utah defeated Boise State 76-55 behind a game-high 18 points from Jarred Dubois.

Utah went 6-25 last season, finishing the year with a 53-41 loss to UCLA in the Pac-12 Tournament and a 1-11 record through its last 12 games. They return three starters this season in David Foster, Cedric Martin and Jason Washburn. 

Three former Cougars on NFL Pro Bowl Ballot

Dec 07, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 3:22 pm | Permalink

In case you hadn't heard yet, BYU has three former Cougars on the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl Ballot, tight end Dennis Pitta, center Dallas Reynolds and defensive end Brett Keisel.

Fans can vote for their favorite players at NFL.com. There is no limit to the number of times you vote. Voting closes on Dec. 17. The teams will be announced Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 7 p.m. ET on NFL Network's "Total Access." The annual contest of the AFC and NFC's best will take place at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawai'i and will be televised live on NBC.

Pitta, in his third year with the Baltimore Ravens, has 45 receptions for 442 yards and four touchdowns. Pitta has become one of the premier tight ends in the league and is one of quarterback Joe Flacco's favorite red zone targets with the second-most receiving touchdowns on the AFC North Division leaders.

Reynolds has started 10 of 12 games for the Philadelphia Eagles in his first season as a starter. The Eagles' offensive line has provided push for a ground game averaging 133.6 yards per game, good for No. 9 in the league.

Keisel, an 11-year veteran with the Pittsburgh Steelers, has totaled 38 combined tackles in 2012 and 3.0 sacks. The Steelers are currently in second place of the AFC North and have the NFL's top-rated defense, allowing just 259.8 yards per game.

Q&A with Cory Calvert

Dec 07, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 3:06 pm | Updated: December 7, 2012 3:07 pm | Permalink

Why did you choose to come to BYU?

I love the school and the tradition it has. The basketball program is great, so it was kind of an easy choice.

If you could do one thing extremely well, besides basketball, what would that be?

Probably golf, which I’m really bad at.

When did you start playing basketball?

At three or four years old I started shooting hoops, so I’ve pretty much always played. My dad loves basketball so he kind of got me into it.

If you could play any position in any other sport, what would you play?

Quarterback.

Who’s been the most influential person in your life?

My parents have been awesome. They’ve been great examples of how to live your life.

Who’s the funniest person on the team?

I actually think Agui (Agustin Ambrosino) is pretty funny. He’s got kind of a dry sense of humor but I think he’s pretty funny. Plus his accent is fun.

What’s something unique about you that most people don’t know?

My dad’s name is Cory also, so I’m a Jr.

What’s your favorite meal?

Steak and mashed potatoes.

Who’s your favorite athlete?

Probably Ty Lawson because he plays on my favorite team, the Nuggets, and he’s a lot of fun to watch.

Omaha Day 2

Dec 06, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 9:43 pm | Updated: December 7, 2012 10:23 am | Permalink

Following prepping for finals and film, the team headed to the CenturyLink Center for the prematch press conference and practice. After Shawn Olmstead, Heather Hannemann and Jennifer Hamson addressed the media, the Cougars got their first look at the volleyball court.

After practice, the team went to the Winter Quarters Visitors Center to see the pioneer museum and the gingerbread house display. Families and groups from the area created the gingerbread houses for the display.

The team then walked around the temple grounds, the pioneer cemetery and monuments.

Q&A with Nate Austin

Dec 06, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 12:08 pm | Permalink

Why did you choose to come to BYU?

It was a dream come true to play here, more than anything. I grew up going to all the football games. Before I committed here I was probably a bigger BYU football fan than I was a BYU basketball fan. It’s still probably pretty close. It’s always been a dream of mine, so when BYU offered, it was a done deal.

What’s the best thing about Coach Rose?

He’s very passionate about the game. Big competitor. He’ll do whatever it takes to win. He and the other coaches obviously spend tons of time making the scouting reports. He’s just really passionate and wants to win.

If you could do one thing extremely well, besides basketball, what would that be?

I think it would be cool to do the eating contests, like the Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contests. I don’t know how those guys just pound it down, but I think that would be fun to do.

When did you start playing basketball?

I’ve played basically all my life. I had a Little Tikes hoop when I was about three or four years old and I would shoot around with my little brother. I guess as I grew up, like literally, as I got taller I thought this must be the sport for me. I’ve always loved playing football, but my body was built to play basketball and that’s fine with me. I love this sport.

If you had to play a different position, what would you play?

I like where I play. I like playing power forward more, being able to play with your back to the basket or stepping outside and shooting. I think that’s perfect for me. I’m not a typical center where you just play back-to-the-basket the whole time. I like to take the outside shot sometimes, too.

Who’s been the most influential person in your life?

My parents. They’ve always been there for me, always given me advice and I can talk to them about anything.

What’s something unique about you that people don’t know?

I love the series 24. This offseason, with my shoulder recovering, I watched 6 seasons of the show and just finished the eighth season a couple weeks ago. Once I finished it was like a piece of me was gone. I don’t have anything to watch on Netflix anymore.

If you could meet anybody from history, who would it be?

Probably Kevin Garnett. He’s my favorite basketball player. I love his game, I love how hard he plays. He works hard on both sides of the floor, so I try to shape my game after his a little bit.

Omaha Day 1

Dec 06, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 11:12 am | Updated: December 6, 2012 11:14 am | Permalink

After an evening of travel with lots of airplane turbulence, the BYU women's volleyball team landed safely in Omaha, Neb. They checked into their hotel, right by the CenturyLink Center, where they will play against Oregon Friday at 4 p.m. CST. 

Tyler Haws on Mormon Times

Dec 05, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:22 pm | Permalink

BYU sophomore guard Tyler Haws was recently featured on Mormon Times. Haws talks about his decision a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, what he learned from his experience and the current BYU basketball team. Mormon Times also included some interview extras.

The feature is a follow up of sorts to 'A Work in Progress,' a feature produced by the Church that focused on Haws's preparation to serve a mission.

BYUtv to rebroadcast last night's women's basketball game between BYU and Utah State at 7 p.m.

Dec 05, 2012 - Posted by Norma Collett at 12:51 pm | Updated: December 5, 2012 1:11 pm | Permalink

BYUtv will air a special encore of the USU vs. BYU women’s basketball played in Provo Tuesday night at 7 p.m., tonight. 

The rebroadcast will replace BYUtv's scheduled live men's basketball game between BYU and the Aggies that was supposed to be played tonight at the Marriott Center.

Athletics officials from BYU and Utah State determined that tonight's men's basketball game between the two universities will be postponed due to the serious medical condition of USU student-athlete Danny Berger that occurred during practice on Tuesday.

The game will be preceded at the top and again at halftime by a short introduction featuring Dave McCann explaining the game postponement circumstances and extending well-wishes to Danny, his family, teammates, and USU fans.

BYU Coach's Show: Tuesday 12/4

Dec 05, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 9:52 am | Permalink

BYU head coach Dave Rose and player Cory Calvert were live at Legends Grille Tuesday night on the weekly KSL Radio Coach's Show. 

Rose began the show previewing the upcoming week with two instate rivals and offering his sympathy for Utah State's Danny Berger who collapsed at practice on Tuesday afternoon.

"It's really sad when you hear about something like this happening to someone so young. I can't imagine. I feel for the staff, the players and Danny's family. All we can do now is just wait to see what happens and hope for the best.

"It seems sort of trivial to be talking about playing a game under the circumstances but this is a growing time for our team and a time for us to get better. We're still looking to make progress this season. Our guys have a lot of will to prove and practice the last few days have shown that. They've worked hard."

A continuing series with Utah and Utah State was talked about and also the challenges BYU has faced playing on the road this season. 

"We need to become more diverse as a team so we can attack the issues we're having and become more consistent. I thought, of those tough road games we've had, we actually competed well against Notre Dame and had a good chance to win, but those other two just got away from us."

When freshman Calvert joined the show, Rose talked about the first time he met Calvert play and how he came to play at BYU. 

"It was such a great honor to get invited to play here," Calvert said. "When I got the offer I accepted right away."

The show finished up with a short Q&A session from fan questions with Rose.

Listen to the full audio on KLS.com and don't miss Coach Rose at Legends Grille next Tuesday night at 7 p.m. MST.

Q&A with Ian Harward

Dec 04, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 3:46 pm | Permalink
What’s your favorite thing about BYU and why did you come here?
I love the environment and I love the feeling here. I love all the focus on religion and things that are spiritual. 
 
What’s the best thing about Coach Rose?
His overall desire to win. It shows from when he is talking to us as a team and when he is coaching us. He is very passionate about us doing the things that he and the other coaches have set up for us to do. 
 
What’s something fans may not know about you?
I play the piano and have been playing for about eight years now. One little known fact is that I enjoy singing and I sang choir throughout high school.
 
When did you start playing basketball?
I started playing basketball probably when I was in third or fourth grade because I was always taller than everyone else. 
 
If you could play a different position, what would you play?
I would be a shooting guard; they just run around off screens and just throw shots up.
 
Who’s been the most influential person in your life?
My parents. They helped me and lead me and guided me into person that I am today; specifically those careful nudges that they gave me growing up.
 
Who’s the funniest person on the team?
Brandon is a goofball; he is just the funniest kid. When he gets on a rant and when he is laughing, he is a funny kid. 
 
If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
I would really like to meet my ancestors to see what led them to make the decisions they made to put me where I am at today. 
 
What’s your favorite movie?
My family and I are big Lord of the Rings fans and we love those movies and are excited for The Hobbit to come out.