BYU Athletics Blog | 2012

More on ESPN.com's 50 in 50

Aug 21, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:37 pm | Permalink

Earlier today ESPN.com started its 50 in 50 series in which it is ranking the top 50 men’s basketball programs from the last 50 years (starting with the 1962-63 season to now). BYU was ranked No. 36.

In the breakdown ESPN.com includes the rank by decade, including how many points the program accumulated each decade and where that point total ranks. See below.

Rank by the decade

  • 1962-69: 28 (39th)
  • 1970-79: 23 (T-67th)
  • 1980-89: 50 (T-43rd)
  • 1990-99: 36 (60th)
  • 2000-present: 81 (29th)

Interestingly, BYU’s highest point total by far came from 2000 to now. Granted, that is a little more than a decade, but it is a testament to the job Coach Dave Rose has done in the last seven seasons.

With four conference titles, winning percentages of .690 or above every year (including two .800 seasons), six NCAA Tournament teams (including the Sweet 16 in 2011), a first-team All-American and a top 10 draft pick (anyone heard of Jimmer?), Rose has accumulated 58 points in his seven years, more than any other decade based on ESPN.com’s point system.

Meet No. 3

Aug 21, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 4:57 pm | Updated: August 21, 2012 11:11 pm | Permalink

We’re moving down the roster with our Q&A’s with players on the team.  

No. 3 Kyle Van Noy, Jr., LB, Reno, NV

Q: If you could play any other position, what would it be?
A: If I could play another position, I would play wide receiver because you get to catch the ball and make big plays.

Q: What sport would you play besides football?
A: If I could play another sport, I would play basketball because they get all the girls and because their faces are all over TV.

Q: What's one of your favorite things about coach Mendenhall?
A: I'm grateful that coach Mendenhall let me play here and gave me a second chance. 

Q: What is something you love about your hometown?
A: I am from Reno, Nev., and the part that I love most about it is that everyone is up 24/7.

Q: What have you learned from your position coach?
A: I’ve learned how to play outside linebacker from my position coach. When i got here, I didn’t know how to play it and now I’m pretty good at it. 

Three recruits win bronze medal with Jr. National

Aug 17, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 2:31 pm | Updated: August 17, 2012 2:36 pm | Permalink

Three 2013 BYU men’s volleyball recruits won a bronze medal at the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships in Dallas earlier this month. 

The team won nine of its 11 matches, all by 2-0 scores, to earn a bronze medal out of the 33 teams in its pool. The team finished winning a total of 20 sets and only dropping four. Only one team finished with fewer sets lost. The gold medal team finished winning 21 sets and falling in seven while the second place finishers won 21 sets and lost six. 

Outside/opposite hitter Benjamin Patch, a native of Provo, libero Evan Chang and middle blocker Joseph Grosh were members of the 13-player open team and will join the Cougars this fall, adding national experience to the 2013 roster. 

Meet the No. 2's

Aug 17, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 1:43 pm | Updated: August 17, 2012 1:45 pm | Permalink

Here’s the second installment of Q&A’s with players on the team. We’ll continue working our way down the roster throughout the season.

No. 2 Spencer Hadley, Jr., LB, Connell, WA

Q: What is the most interesting thing about you?
A: My mustache and my nunchucks. The two of them together is equivalent to Chuck Norris.

Q: What’s your favorite road trip that you’ve been on with the team?
A: Hawaii.

Q: When did you start playing football and why?
A: I started playing football in the fifth grade because I was afraid as a child that I would die before I’d ever get to play in my first football game. I’ve always loved football and I’ve always wanted to play and I literally, when I was little, I was scared that I would die before I ever got to play.

Q: What does it mean to you to be playing for a college football team?
A: Especially to play here, it’s really meant a lot. Ever since I was little, I’ve wanted to play football but I also wanted to play at BYU. When I was five years old I got one of those plastic shoulder pad and helmet sets with the jersey. I got a BYU football pad set and literally wore that thing everywhere. I’ve always wanted to play here so it’s been a pretty neat experience and a good blessing in my life.

Q: If you could have any talent, what would it be?
A: I would sing my little heart out like Josh Groban. He’s my favorite. I’m not good at singing but I wish I was. I only sing to myself and to my steering wheel.


No. 2 Cody Hoffman, Jr., WR, Crescent City, CA

Q: What is one of your favorite things about coach Mendenhall?
A: I love his competitive nature.

Q: What is something you like about BYU?
A: I enjoy the people here, because there is such a variety.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your hometown?
A: My favorite part is no one knows about it.

Q: What is one of your favorite things about your position coach?
A: It’s cool that coach Cahoon has a great professional background with playing football.

Q: If you had to play a different position, what would it be?
A: Safety. I like to hit people.

Jennifer Rockwood Featured on BYUtv's "Legends"

Aug 16, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 9:09 am | Updated: August 16, 2012 9:19 am | Permalink

BYU women's soccer head coach Jennifer Rockwood is the subject of the BYUtv series "Legends" in their upcoming episode to air on Monday, August 20, at 6 p.m. MT. 

The show highlights Rockwood's career as a player for BYU and her 17 years as its head coach. The episode can be viewed live on BYUtv or online live at byutv.org.

In her years as head coach for the BYU women's soccer team Rockwood has amassed a 274-85-31 all-time record, making her the 6th winningest active head coach in the NCAA and 7th all-time. Rockwood has coached 35+ All-American awards, won eight conference titles, made 13 NCAA tournament appearances and seen the program through three conference changes. 

"Legends" also did an episode dedicated to BYU assistant coach Aleisha Rose and it can be watched online

Dave Rose reflects and looks forward

Aug 15, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:35 pm | Updated: August 15, 2012 4:36 pm | Permalink

The WCC recently posted a video interview with BYU basketball coach Dave Rose. He took the time to reflect on last season, the quality of WCC basketball and his excitement for the future.

Photo album from Relay for Life

Aug 15, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 9:47 am | Permalink

The BYU basketball coaching staff participated in Relay for Life 2012 at Provo High School last week. Relay for Life is the biggest fundraising event for the American Cancer Society and is held in cities throughout the world. BYU Photo was there to capture some of the action. Check out the album on BYU basketball's facebook page.

College Sports Maddness - Preseason All-America List

Aug 15, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 8:58 am | Permalink

College Sports Madness (CSM), an online sports destination that recently added women's soccer to its repertoire, has released its 2012 Preseason All-Americans and included BYU senior Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall to its First Team. Cutshall was also added to CSM's Preseason All-West Coast Conference Team earlier this month. 

Ctushall netted four goals and took 20 shots last season while anchoring a BYU women's soccer defense that allowed just 16 goals all season.

Below is a full list of CSM's Preseason All-American winners. 

First Team Second Team
Christine Exeter, Louisville Becca Wann, Richmond
Maya Hayes, Penn State Colleen Williams, Dayton
Chioma Ubogagu, Stanford Nadia Link, Long Beach St.
Katie Stengel, Wake Forest Tiffany McCarty, Florida St.
Amber Brooks, North Carolina Morgan Brian, Virginia
Julie Johnston, Santa Clara Mallory Schaffer, William & Mary
Kristen Mewis, Boston College Christabel Oduro, Memphis
Kaitlyn Kerr, Duke Erika Tymrak, Florida
Alina Garciamendez, Stanford Michelle Pao, Pepperdine
Natasha Ansai, Duke Kassey Kallman, Florida State
Crystal Dunn, North Carolina Ines Jaurena, Florida State
Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall, BYU Abby Dahlkemper, UCLA
Adrianna Franch, Oklahoma State Aubrey Bledsoe, Wake Forest
Third Team Fourth Team
Micaela Capelle, Portland Kelly Cobb, Duke
Caroline Miller, Virginia Natalia Ledezma, UC Irvine
Kelsey Haycock, La Salle Kate Schwindel, West Virginia
Tishia Jewell, UCF Kate Howart, Miami (FL)
Samantha Mewis, UCLA Domenica Hodak, Maryland
Christine Narin, Penn State Renee Washington, La Salle
Vanessa DiBernardo, Illinois Caitlin Alves, Hartford
Mandy Laddish, Notre Dame Jenna Richmond, UCLA
Cassie Dickerson, Kansas Bry McCarthy, West Virginia
Carson Michalowski, Oklahoma St. Marissa Diggs, UCF
Kathryn Williamson, Florida Alex Balcer, Long Beach State
Ally Miller, Marquette Rachel lenz, Texas A&M
Erin Quinlan, Hartford Emily Oliver, Stanford

Meet the No. 1's

Aug 14, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 1:49 pm | Updated: August 14, 2012 2:20 pm | Permalink

Here's the start of a series of Q&A's with players on the team. We'll start with the No. 1's and work our way down the roster throughout the season. 

No. 1 Joe Sampson, Sr., DB, Oakland, CA

Q: Why did you pick to come to BYU?
A: The environment, the fans, the people. It’s a great place.

Q: If you could have one talent what would it be?
A: Golf. Golfers make a lot of money. I’ve only golfed one time. My favorite golfer is Tiger Woods.

Q: Who’s the funniest guy on the team?
A: Kyle Van Noy is probably the funniest guy on the team. He’s the funniest talking, anyway. Just listening to him talk makes everybody laugh.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about your position?
A: Knowing that I have control over the whole defense. Basically, I’m the quarterback on defense.

Q: If you had to play a different position, what would it be?
A: I’d play running back. That’s what I use to play in high school. They won’t let me go both ways now, but I’m still trying to get my carries.


No. 1 Ross Apo, So., WR, Arlington, TX

Q: One thing about coach Mendenhall that has influenced you?
A: The one thing about coach that has influenced me is how humble he is.

Q: What’s the most interest thing about yourself?
A: I’m super clean and neat.

Q: If you had to play a different position, what would it be?
A: I would play quarterback because they touch the ball on every play.

Q: What Olympic sport would you be good at and why?
A: I would do the long jump because I can jump pretty far and high.

Q: What’s your favorite part of your hometown?
A: My favorite part of Dallas is the food, specifically anything fried.

2012 BYU Football Almanac now online

Aug 13, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 5:05 pm | Permalink

Cougar fans can now check out the online version of the 2012 BYU Football Almanac. The online version features an index to pages with the most up to date information about the 2012 squad including bios on coaches and players, team facts and other interesting information on BYU football. Look for it on the BYU football page on byucougars.com under Football Quick Links, or under the Info tab on the menu at the top of the football home page.

Also available for download is the PDF version of the 2012 Football Almanac printed for BYU Football Media Day on June 27. Download the PDF here. You can also find the PDF version under the Info tab at the top of the football home page.

For the must up to date information on the 2012 team, visit the 2012 online BYU Football Almanac.