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Chris Miles Highlights

Mar 15, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:40 am | Permalink

In honor of a guy who helped BYU defeat Florida in double-overtime in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament, ending BYU's 17-year drought of winning a tournament game, here are highlights of Chris Miles playing in Germany. Miles is in his second season with the Hanau White Wings and is averaging 12.6 points and 7.7 rebounds. Enjoy.

Nebraska Baseball Trip

Mar 11, 2012 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 11:05 am | Updated: March 11, 2012 9:57 pm | Permalink

Update as of Sunday night, Coach Vance Law reports the team's flight is delayed until midnight out of Denver.

TD Ameritrade Park Omaha is the site of this year's College World Series (June 15-25/26) after years competing at Rosenblatt Stadium (where BYU played in the 1968 and 1971 College World Series; the Cougars had qualified to play in 1958 and 1961 but declined because of Sunday play). 

BYU gets its first game at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on Tuesday against Creighton.

One of the new features on our website is that you can follow the link on our schedule page to get a map of how to find the ballpark and if you pursue that link, you can even find out what BYU's record is at the respective ballpark in past seasons

Ironically, BYU plays Nebraska-Omaha on Monday at Creighton's CU Sports Complex, where BYU split a pair of games last year with Creighton.

This is BYU's first meeting with Nebraska-Omaha, who moved up from Division II to Division I this season.  The Cougar pitching rotation will be senior David Parry vs. Nebraska-Omaha on Monday and sophomore Desmond Poulson vs. Creighton on Tuesday.

The Cougars flew to Omaha, arriving late in the day,  after attending church services on Sunday after the weekend's three-game series at UC Irvine.

In Saturday's game at UC Irvine, BYU right fielder Jaycob Brugman picked up his first assist of the season.  Last year BYU's outfielders were among the nation's leaders in assists for outfielders.  Brugman even turned a doubleplay from the outfield last season and nearly got another on Saturday against the Anteaters.

The Nebraska trip concludes a 13-game span on the road as BYU readies to begin the home season this Saturday in a doubleheader against Seattle University starting at 1 p.m.  Both of the Seattle games in Provo will be televised live by BYUtv, part of the 14 BYU baseball games BYUtv will be televising this season.  The first game with Seattle will also be broadcast live on BYU Radio 960 AM with Brent Norton returns to calling the action again.

Norton reports he picked up a technology tip from the parents of Chase Frampton who taught him how to download the application "Tuneinradio" to his phone to listen to college radio broadcasts if they are on satellite.  Norton listened to game two at Arkansas on his cell phone.

BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose on KSL 5 TV - 3/4/12

Mar 05, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:22 pm | Permalink

Episdoe 12 of 'BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose' aired on KSL 5 TV on Sunday, March 4. Watch the episode below or click here to watch on

Recap of Fangupo, Reynolds at the NFL Scouting Combine

Feb 29, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 12:47 pm | Permalink

BYU had two players invited to the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine which wrapped up this week, defensive lineman Hebron Fangupo and offensive lineman Matt Reynolds.

Over 300 participants worked out for scouts and coaches in preparation for the 2012 NFL Draft in hopes to improve their draft stock and impress different teams. Players were also measured, timed and tested in various aspects of the game.

Fangupo measured in at an official 6-foot-1 and 323 pounds. Listed as a defensive tackle, draft evaluators mentioned Fangupo lacked some athleticism and footwork but marveled at his strength, going on to say "his strength is evident, as it looks like he is able to occupy two blockers with absolute ease at times. Strength is his whole game and will define his value and effectiveness at the next level."

The California native put up impressive numbers in the 225-pound bench press with 36 reps, second among all defensive lineman  and third overall. He had a verticlal jump of 31.5'', good for seventh among all the defensive tackles. Fangupo turned in a 40-yard dash time of 5.18 seconds, broad jump of 8'3'', 20-yard shuttle time of 4.62 seconds and 3-cone drill time of 7.94 seconds.

Reynolds only participated in two drills at the combine, the 40-yard dash and the bench press and will show off more skills at Pro Day coming up soon. He measured in at 6-foot-5 and 302 pounds and was praised for his run blocking skills by evaluators. Combine experts said this about Reynolds, "shows power when run-blocking and is able to snap off the line of scrimmage into his man quickly and leg drive sufficiently to keep his man occupied. He has decent athletic ability but is able to get up field nicely and position on linebackers."

A four-year starter at BYU, Reynolds ran the 40 in a time of 5.37 seconds and put up 25 reps on the bench. His 40 time puts him at 26th among offensive lineman and 24th in the bench press. Reynolds overall grade of 64.0 ranks him at No. 24 among 54 offensive lineman participating at the combine.

Several of BYU's graduating seniors will showcase their talents for NFL scouts and experts at BYU's Pro Day coming up in March.


The Blaineys - Basketball Awards

Feb 28, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:06 pm | Permalink

BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose on KSL 5 TV - 2/26/12

Feb 27, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:33 pm | Permalink

Episdoe 11 of 'BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose' aired on KSL 5 TV on Sunday, Feb. 26. Watch the episode below or click here to watch on

League Debut in St. Mary's series

Feb 23, 2012 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 5:39 pm | Permalink

BYU's baseball team made its debut in the West Coach Conference.  Going into the game first-year pitching Coach Wally Ritchie said the feelings are different for him compared to when he was a Major League pitcher because, "I can't get in there and compete myself," saying he now depends on players following his tutelage.

In game one at St. Mary's College, sophomore Kelton Caldwell left his jersey No. 12 at the hotel, so had to borrow jersey No. 23 from pitcher Mark Anderson, who is scheduled to start on the mound on Friday.  Not making the trip to California was sophomore righthander Tyler Westensee so he can be rested for BYU's starting pitcher on Tuesday at No. 4 Arkansas.

In addition to following the games live on AM Radio 960 and live audiocasts, fans can follow the team on Facebook.

On Saturday, BYU's baseball team will stay in California to participate in a fireside at the San Ramon Chapel at 6:15 p.m.  Speakers at that fireside from the team will be Austin Hall, Marc Oslund, Adam Miller and Adam Law.

'The Road to Las Vegas'

Feb 22, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:05 pm | Permalink

Check out Noah Hartsock and Brandon Davies on the WCC's weekly show 'The Road to Las Vegas.'

BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose on KSL Newsradio - 2/21/12

Feb 22, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:00 am | Updated: February 27, 2012 11:45 pm | Permalink

Listen to the 11th episode of 'BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose' on KSL Newsradio.

Rose and Greg Wrubell discussed last week's wins in the Bay Area and the upcoming conference battles with Gonzaga and Portland. Matt Carlino was this week's guest and Rose also answered questions from the fans.

Listen to the show.

No Stars, No Problem

Feb 21, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 4:58 pm | Updated: February 22, 2012 10:53 am | Permalink

Inspired by's recent article on "two-star" players that are making noise in college football, we'll take a look at BYU's history with two-star or fewer athletes.

The article gave the nod to Riley Nelson and Cody Hoffman as two of the best two-star players heading into 2012. These are some other Cougar greats over the last 10 years who were two stars or fewer and ended up being better than their star-rating led on.

Max Hall
Hall led BYU to a 32-7 record, becoming BYU's winningest quarterback of all time. Hall transferred from Arizona State and racked up three consecutive 3,500-yard seasons, finishing his career with more completions (903), passing yards (11,365) and touchdowns (94) than any other Cougar signal caller not named Ty Detmer.

Dennis Pitta
Pitta wasn't even given a star-rating and walked on at BYU. The once lanky receiver bulked up and transformed himself into arguably one of the best pass-catching tight ends in NCAA history. Growing into a 6-foot-5, 247-pound consensus All-American, Pitta left BYU as the career leader in receptions (221) and third in receiving yards (2,901). He holds the NCAA record for most yards gained by a tight end.

Andrew George
The other half of what might be thought of as the best tight-end tandem in BYU history and one of the best in the NCAA is George. While his numbers weren't as prolific as Pitta, the near-identical 6-foot-5, 251-pound George was every bit as capable and will long be remembered for catching the game-winning touchdown in overtime against Utah in 2009.

Jordan Pendleton
Though often injury riddled, Pendleton was one of BYU's most ferocious defenders in recent memory. Originally coming in as a hard hitting safety, Pendleton grew into a fearsome outside linebacker and at 6-foot-3 and 238 pounds had a rare combination of size and speed. He burst onto the scene in BYU's 14-13 win over No. 3 Oklahoma in 2009 and had his best season as a sophomore.

Harvey Unga
In just three years, Unga became BYU's career leader in rushing yards with 3,455 on 696 attempts. As a freshman, Unga tallied 1,227 yards, a freshman record. Unga had three-straight 1,000 yard seasons and is one of only nine players to rush for at least 1,000 yards and have 1,000 yards receiving for a career.

Jan Jorgensen
Jorgensen played four-straight years for BYU and started all 52 games of his career, tied for a school record, helping the Cougars to a 43-9 record over that span. He set the Mountain West Conference record for career sacks and is second in school history.

Bryan Kehl
Currently an NFL player, Kehl was one of the most athletic Cougars to date. Kehl made plays all over the field for BYU and was an all-conference player in 2006 and 2007. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.

Curtis Brown
Brown is currently BYU's career leader in all-purpose yards (4,996) and was the first Cougar to put together back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons on the ground. Brown became the school's career leader in rushing yards before Unga broke the record a few years later.

Jonny Harline
A first-team All-American by The Sporting News, ESPN, College Football News, CBSSportline and, Harline came from Ricks College and in two years caught 121 passes for 1,742 yards and 17 touchdowns. He is 20th on BYU's career receiving yards list and has a place in Cougar history for catching the game-winning touchdown from his knees to beat Utah in 2006.

*ratings based off of both and