BYU Athletics Blog | April 2013

Post-spring depth chart released

Apr 10, 2013 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 5:30 pm | Updated: April 11, 2013 2:31 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall and his staff have released the team's depth chart following five weeks of spring practices which just concluded on Friday. The team wrapped up spring with a nearly 70-play scrimmage at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Alumni Day, giving many younger players a chance to shine and establish more depth while several of the expected starters were held out of action.

Among those listed on the top of the depth chart following spring practices is sophomore quarterback Taysom Hill, who shared the majority of the snaps with fellow sophomore Ammon Olsen. Both quarterbacks had productive results during spring practices.

"We have named Taysom the starter because of his game experience in 2012, strong leadership qualities and his breakaway speed and athleticism," Mendenhall said. "Ammon also had a phenomenal spring. I am confident in his ability. We have two very capable quarterbacks."

The post-spring depth chart does not include newcomers joining the team in fall camp. Many will come in expecting to compete for playing time. You can see the post-spring depth chart by going to pages 21-22 of the 2013 Spring Prospectus.

UP CLOSE with Lindsey Sowards Nielson

Apr 09, 2013 - Posted by Steven Tew at 4:16 pm | Updated: April 9, 2013 4:46 pm | Permalink

If anything else, distance runner Lindsey Sowards Nielson is a lover of all things Spanish. She's a Spanish major, her favorite movie is Nacho Libre, she would love to visit Peru and loves the Twilight series...but in Spanish.

The most unique aspect of her UP CLOSE story is she raised chickens like most people raise dogs...as pets. The chickens would even come to her and sit in her lap when she called to them. 

Height- 5-3

Major- I'm a Spanish teaching major with a TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) minor.

Hometown- Alamosa, Colorado

Track and field events- 5K

Reason for attending BYU...

"The reason I came to BYU is, of course, to study Spanish and to run track collegiately."

Favorite movie...

"My favorite movie is Nacho Libre."

Best place to eat in Provo...

"My favorite places to eat in Provo are India Palace and Pizza Pie Café."

Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight...

"Hunger Games, but that's really unfair. I love the Twilight books in Spanish, and Harry Potter is my childhood!"

If you could be doing anything in 10 years it would be...

"I would like to have at least four kids with my hubby."

Funniest member of the BYU track team and why...

"Sarah Darby is by far the funniest girl on our team. I love her so much and she always can make me laugh!"

Best catchphrase or line from a book, movie or TV show...

"I am unfortunately The Hero of Ages." -The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

Hidden Talent...

"I raised chickens as my pets when I lived at home during high school. They would seriously come to me and sit on my lap when I called for them."

Favorite pro sports team...

"The Broncos with Tim Tebow."

If you had a time machine, when/where would you go and why...

"I would go to Peru and live with the Incas."

Best athlete in any sport at BYU...

"Jimmer, hands down."

If you could add one thing to the BYU campus, what would it be...

"Mountain Dew."

Favorite musical artist/band...

Moydie Nielson, a guitarist."

Most embarrassing moment...

"I really can't think of an embarrassing moment..."

Favorite inspirational quote...

"Champions are made when no one is watching." -Author Unknown

NFL Draft attendees to be announced on NFL Network at 6 p.m. ET Wednesday

Apr 09, 2013 - Posted by at 2:14 pm | Updated: April 9, 2013 2:22 pm | Permalink
List of Prospects Attending the 2013 Draft in New York City Revealed on ‘Path to the Draft’
 

The list of NFL prospects attending the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City will be revealed on NFL Network’s Path to the Draft Wednesday, April 10 at 6:00 PM ET. Host Paul Burmeisteralong with analysts Charles Davis, Charley Casserly and Ted Sundquist will make the announcement.

NFL Network provides approximately 70 hours of live “Draft Week” programming, including a record 47 live hours of coverage of the three-day event. Live coverage of the 2013 NFL Draft kicks off with the first round Thursday, April 25 at 8:00 PM ET, followed by Rounds 2-3 Friday, April 26 at 6:30 PM ET and Rounds 4-7 Saturday, April 27 at 12 Noon ET.

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Cougars featured in TV specials

Apr 06, 2013 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 5:15 pm | Updated: April 8, 2013 3:36 pm | Permalink

BYU's spring football practices came to a close on Friday with the team's annual Alumni Day. Nearly 1,000 people participated as former players and their family members came back to campus to spend time with the current team.

While practices are finished for now there are several opportunities coming up over the next couple days to learn more about both current and former Cougars and the 2013 team as a whole. Check out the following TV specials that will feature BYU football.

On Sunday, April 7, Ziggy Ansah and Kyle Van Noy will be featured on the program Mormon Times airing on KSL-TV, Channel 5, in Salt Lake City. The program begins at 4:30 p.m. MT, 30 minutes after the final session of General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (NOTE: if you missed it, here's a link to the story on KSL.com).

Then on Monday, April 8, an hour-long BYUtv Sports special entitled "True Blue: Spring Football" will be broadcast nationally at 6 p.m. MT/8 p.m. ET. Originating from LaVell Edwards Stadium, the special program will feature interviews with head coach Bronco Mendenhall and offensive coordinator Robert Anae as well as players Kyle Van Noy, Cody Hoffman, Daniel Sorensen and Taysom Hill.  Former Cougars Chris Smith and Brett Denney also drop by the set to share their insights. The 60-minute program will look back at spring practices and look ahead to the 2013 season with position-group previews and analysis from former BYU quarterback and TV analyst Blaine Fowler. 

Over the next few weeks members of the team will be working hard on their school work to finish the winter semester before offseason workouts begin. It won't be long before Football Media Day arrives in late June with the team once again taking center stage to talk about preparations for fall camp and the 2013 season.  

UP CLOSE with Deezbaa Whaley

Apr 04, 2013 - Posted by Steven Tew at 4:16 pm | Updated: April 5, 2013 3:13 pm | Permalink

For Deezbaa Whaley, family is quite important. There is not anything she would rather do than be with family. Even coming to BYU is part of a long standing family tradition.

One thing you most likely do not know about her is her hidden talent as a Navajo Frybread maker. She also grew up on a Navajo reservation in Arizona. If your curiosity is peaked, keep on reading...

Height- 5-7

Major- Physical Education      

Hometown- Kayenta, Arizona

Track and field events- Hammer, discusand weight throw

Reason for attending BYU...

"Going to BYU is a family tradition, and it has always been my dream."

Best place to eat in Provo...

"My sister's houses."

If you could be doing anything in 10 years it would be...

"Having a family reunion with everyone in my family, going to my dad's weightroom, and playing volleyball."

Funniest member of the BYU track team and why...

"Sharisa Thayer. She is a jokster. She always brings a laugh and a smile to my face."

Best catchphrase or line from a book, movie or TV show...

"It’s not over till it’s over." -Rocky

Hidden Talent...

"I am a navajo frybread maker."

Favorite pro sports team...

Steelers

If you had a time machine, when/where would you go and why...

"I would go to Australia to site see because it has always been on my list of places to visit."

Best athlete in any sport at BYU...

Haley Steed

Most embarrassing moment...

"Crashing my bike while on my mission."

Something most people do not know about you...

"I grew up on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona."

Favorite inspirational quote...

“Find joy in the journey.” -Thomas S. Monson

More on BYU Pro Day

Apr 02, 2013 - Posted by at 3:44 pm | Updated: April 2, 2013 4:36 pm | Permalink

If you want to see a little more on BYU's successful Pro Day last week check out this Y Productions video, which provides the insights of New Orleans Saints Director of College Scouting Rick Reiprish. He talks about Ziggy Ansah's potential as a top pick, the evaluation process of players and the quality manner in which BYU helps out NFL scouts and personnel.

Video: A Pro Scout's Opinion

April baseball blog

Apr 02, 2013 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 3:28 pm | Updated: April 3, 2013 8:49 am | Permalink

MISSIONS, MISSIONS: There are 21 Catholic missions that were originally established in California. The West Coast Conference has schools in two of those cities Santa Clara (1777) and San Diego (1769).  While San Bernardino isn’t among those 21 missions, it is the headquarters where BYU freshman catcher Collin Braithwaite received his call last month to serve a mission starting this summer for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

MORE ON MISSIONS: This month walk-on Morgan Flinders will be leaving the squad to serve his mission to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

REUNION:  This week provides a reunion opportunity for former BYU baseball coach Glen Tuckett and three of his players who will rendezvous around the Bay Area.  Former BYU coach Gary Pullins (now living in Port Orford, Oregon), Dr. Tom Fife (now living in Merced, Calif.) and Jeff Bills, all of whom played for him, will join Tuckett.  The foursome will walk down memory lane, taking in a San Francisco Giants-Cardinals game and the three-game BYU-Santa Clara series.  Bills and Pullins have been color analysts for BYU play-by-play announcer Brent Norton.

MARRIAGE: On April 17, BYU reliever Derek Speigner plans to become the 10th player on the roster to get married.  Only three of these married players are not pitchers, so if Jaycob Brugman, Jarrett Jarvis and Brock Whitney were the only Cougars to score in a game, the Kansas radio announcer joked last month he could say, “Not a single BYU player scored in the game.”

GRADUATION: BYU graduation ceremonies are on April 25 when the Cougars play at Gonzaga. Cougar baseball players who could graduate this month are pitcher Matt Milke and Christian Mua, both of whom transferred to BYU from Southwest Community College last season and both of whom majored in global studies.  Also graduating will be Austin Hall (in exercise science) from last year’s baseball squad.

CALI-FOUR-NIA:  If it goes well for BYU this season, it could be one of four teams in the first West Coast Conference post-season tournament, May 23-25, in Stockton, Calif.  Earlier this season, the Cougars played at league favorite San Diego. This week’s Santa Clara series is the second visit to the Golden State. And a third trip to California is next month at Loyola Marymount.

TRIPLICATE: There were 11 triples belted by BYU baseball players last month, mostly from the team's "big 3" of Brugman (three), Jacob Hannemann (four) and Adam Law (three).  Hannemann (vs. UC Irvine) and Law (at Utah) tied the school record last month with two triples in one game. The other triple last month came from Braithwaite in his first college at bat.  There were two triples hit in February by the Cougars, can you name them?  Answer: Brugman and Brennon Anderson.

HOME RUN TROT: Last year BYU had not hit one home run until the last month of the season, ending the year with nine. Thus far this season, BYU has 10 dingers on record, led by Brugman’s three.

ON RADIO FROM SAN DIEGO: Last month BYU coach Mike Littlewood did another interview with KOVORadio on the road while in San Diego. Here are some excerpts from that interview:

"From day one we knew we were going to be a thin team. We have nine positions, but a couple guys are not swinging it too well right now. We're playing great defense and I love how we are competing. Every time we walk on the field we believe we can win.

"Jacob Hannemann is swinging the bat well. We like to see him drive the ball up the middle with his swing. He is getting better and better every game. We're going to ride him as long as we can. We talk about quick, fast-twitch muscle fiber, with his elbows, wrists and hands; he is so quick he can wait longer than the normal guy on pitches.  It's pretty incredible when you consider what he's doing.

"This morning I took (Desmond) Poulson, Braithwaite, Law and Coach (Brent) Haring to a morning side with a 5:15 wakeup call to speak to a Seminary group. This is what BYU is all about, communicating with young people. We had about 250 attend our fireside in Louisiana.

"The WCC is a great baseball conference. Every single night is a dog-fight."

Day one in New York

Apr 01, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 8:20 pm | Permalink

These photos are a day late but not a dollar short. Check out some of the action from BYU's travel day on Easter Sunday to New York for the 2013 National Invitational Tournament semifinals. These great photos were taken by Jaren Wilkey of BYU Photo.

BYU basketball in the media before Tuesday

Apr 01, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 2:08 pm | Updated: April 1, 2013 2:11 pm | Permalink

The BYU basketball team is all set to play Baylor in the semifinals of the 2013 National Invitational Tournament in Madison Square Garden on Tuesday at 7 p.m. EDT live on ESPN2.

Fans can tune into BYUtv at 6 p.m. EDT on Tuesday before the game to catch a special edition of "Countdown to Tip-off" with live coverage from Madison Square Garden.

Read up on what the Cougars have been doing in New York before the game in the local media, and see what the coaches and players are saying about the matchup.

Deseret News:
Cougars thrilled to be playing in NIT semifinals
C
ougars have impressive history with NIT
Cougars have found new life in NIT experience
BYU getting taste of the Big Apple

Salt Lake Tribune:
Video: BYU captains get a look at Times Square
Basketball season can be called success, players say
BYU deserves credit for motivated NIT play
Cougars stoked for return to NYC

Daily Herald:
BYU's Rose on late-season perspective

KSL.com:
No April Fool's joke, BYU still playing basketball
Cougars take Manhattan