BYU Athletics Blog | 2013

Kyle Van Noy picks up another preseason honor

Aug 26, 2013 - Posted by Jared Houghton at 4:01 pm | Updated: August 26, 2013 4:16 pm | Permalink

Kyle Van Noy was named to USA TODAY Sports Preseason All-America team by Paul Myerberg, his fourth preseason All-America nomination to date.

The 6-foot-3 senior has been named a Preseason All-American by Phil Steele, SI.com, USA TODAY and Sporting News. Coming off an All-America season in 2012, Van Noy is the only player to register a stat in every major defensive category the past two seasons. Last season the 245-pound linebacker finished the season ranked No. 2 in the nation in sacks (13) and forced fumbles (six) and No. 4 in tackles for loss (22). Van Noy is the current active FBS leader in sacks with 22 for his career and has been named to the following watch lists for 2013:

  • Lott Trophy  
  • Bednarik Award 
  • Walter Camp 
  • Bronko Nagurski Trophy  
  • Rotary Lombardi  
  • Butkus Award 

Four different conferences featured multiple players named to the USA TODAY All-America list with the Pac-12 having the most nominations with seven players chosen. The SEC had six players and the Big-12 and Big Ten each had four players named to the list. The ACC, the MAC and Conference USA had one player nominated. Alabama, USC, Stanford, Ohio State and Kansas State each had two players nominated.

Cougars receive national attention in preseason

Aug 23, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 4:18 pm | Permalink

The BYU women's soccer team collected a lot of national attention in preseason rankings before the 2013 season began. Reaching the Elite Eight for the second time in program history and taking eventual national champion North Carolina to two overtimes in 2012 helped boost the Cougars into the top 10 of  most rankings this preseason.

In the national rankings, BYU was voted sixth in the country by the NSCAA coaches poll. They also finished eighth, ninth, 11th, 12th and 20th in several other rankings. A composite ranking done by CollegeSoccer360.com using nine different polls or metrics put the Cougars 11th in the country. The rankings included two computer systems and a strength of schedule component in addition to polls. The Cougars were picked to finish in third place in the West Coast Conference by the coaches. 

Individual players also received preseason recognition thanks to their success in 2012. Senior midfielder Cloee Colohan received five different honors including being named to the Preseason All-WCC team and the CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason WCC First Team. Colohan was also named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Best XI Second Team and to the CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason All-America Fourth Team. She was also put on the AllWhiteKit.com Midfielder of the Year Shortlist.

Senior goalkeeper Erica Owens made the preseason all-conference team and was named to the AllWhiteKit.com Golden Glove Shortlist and the CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason WCC Team.

Senior midfielder Rachel Manning was named to the Preseason All-WCC Team and the CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason WCC Second Team.

Sophomore midfielder Michele Murphy was named to the Preseason All-WCC Team, while fellow sophomore central defender Paige Hunt was named to the CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason WCC First Team.

Ross Apo named to The Earl Campbell Watch List

Aug 23, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 2:13 pm | Updated: August 23, 2013 2:16 pm | Permalink

The first annual Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List was announced and BYU wide receiver Ross Apo was included among the 35 honorees.

Apo, a junior from Arlington, Texas, was on the 2012 Phil Steele All-Independent Second Team. He started all 12 games he played in 2012 and caught 31 passes for 311 yards and one touchdown. Standing at 6-foot-3, Apo recorded two of the three longest receptions on the team in 2012 (43, 53 yards).

The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, announced in 2012 by the Tyler Chamber and SPORTyler, recognizes the top offensive player in Division 1 football who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity; specifically tenacity to persist and determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals. In addition, the nominee must meet one or more of the following criteria: born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas High School and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four year college. 

The Watch List will be narrowed to 16 semi-finalists in November and then to four finalists in December. They will be selected by broadcasters, commentators, journalists, fans and (in the future) former winners. The finalists will be brought to Tyler for The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Awards Banquet scheduled for January 10, 2014.

“We are fortunate to have a celebrity who exhibits the impeccable virtues that define this award. In addition to being a well known sports figure, Earl also earned a college degree, married his high school sweetheart, raised two successful sons and still supports the community where he grew up,” said Cindy Smoak, Vice President, SPORTyler.

Earl Campbell graduated from John Tyler High School in Tyler before joining the Texas Longhorns under legendary Coach Darrell K. Royal. In his senior year, he led the nation with 1,744 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns, going on to win the Longhorns’ first Heisman Trophy. He was subsequently drafted by the Houston Oilers where he won Rookie of the Year honors in 1978 and went on to lead the NFL in rushing 3 times. Campbell earned NFL MVP in 1979 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991. He now resides in Austin, Texas.

“All my life, all I wanted to do was be an athlete. I kept God in my life and surrounded myself with good people. I am humbled by this award named in my honor,” said Campbell.

For more information about The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award go to www.earlcampbellaward.com.

U.S. Men's Junior National Team opens play

Aug 22, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 1:43 pm | Permalink

The U.S. Men's Junior National Team (MJNT) opened play at the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship with a 3-1 (25-11, 25-18, 27-29, 25-14) win over Rwanda in Pool C, on Thursday in Izmir, Turkey.

BYU opposite Ben Patch scored 15 points on 12 kills, one block and two aces.

The United States (1-0) will play Serbia on Friday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m. EDT.

The MJNT converted 63.41 percent of its attacks for points while limiting Rwanda to only 39.08 percent. Though Rwanda had 29 errors to the United States' 30, the U.S. had the advantage in kills (52-34), blocks (10-4) and aces (10-5).

"I want to congratulate Rwanda for their good game,” MJNT Head Coach Pete Hanson said in an FIVB press conference. “We were very emotional and had ups and downs during the game. I believe that we played good volleyball, but we have a lack of training. That’s why we made some mistakes. We will improve as the tournament progresses."

For more information about the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship, click here.

 

2013 U.S. Men’s Junior National Volleyball Team Name (Position, Hometown, School, USAV Region)
2 - Taylor Gregory (MB, Saugus, Calif., Long Beach State University, SCVA)
4 - Tony Ensbury (L, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Princeton University, SCVA)
5 - Driss Guessous (MB, Pasadena, Calif., Ohio State University, SCVA)
6 - Michael Henchy (OH, Ventura, Calif., Ohio State University, SCVA)
8 - Nicholas Olson (MB, New Berlin, Wis., Loyola University, Chicago, Badger)
9 - Ben Patch (Opp, Provo, Utah, Brigham Young University, Intermountain)
12 - Aaron Russell (OH, Ellicott City, Md., Penn State University, Chesapeake)
14 - James Shaw (S, Woodside, Calif., Stanford University, NCVA)
15 - Kyle Russell (OH, Loomis, Calif., UC Irvine, NCVA)
16 - Tom Jaeschke (OH, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola University, Chicago, Great Lakes)
17 - Matt West (S, Seattle, Wash., Pepperdine University, Puget Sound)
18 - D.J. White (OH, Hermosa Beach, Calif., Harvard University, SCVA)

Pool C (at Izmir, Turkey – Ataturk Sports Hall)
Aug. 22: United States def. Rwanda, 3-1
Aug. 22: Canada def. Tunisia, 3-1
Aug. 23: Rwanda vs. Tunisia
Aug. 23: Serbia vs. United States
Aug. 24: Tunisia vs. Serbia
Aug. 24: Canada vs. Rwanda
Aug. 25: Serbia vs. Canada
Aug. 25: United States vs. Tunisia
Aug. 26: Canada vs. United States
Aug. 26: Rwanda vs. Serbia

Round Robin 17th-20th (Aug. 29-31)
The fifth-ranked teams after the first round will play a round robin to determine the classification 17th-20th.
 
Semifinals and Playoffs (Aug. 30-31)
The semifinals and playoffs rounds consist of a total of eight matches: two semifinal matches for the rankings 1-4, two matches for the classification 5-8, two matches for the classification 9-12 and two matches for the classification 13-16.
 
Finals and Playoffs (Sept. 1)
The finals and playoffs consist of a total of eight matches: the winners of the semifinals will play the final, 1st-2nd position. The losers of the semifinals will play for the 3rd and 4th rank position. The winners of the playoff 5-8 will play for the 5th-6th position and the losers of the playoff 5-8 will play for the 7th-8th position. The winners of the playoff 9-12 will play for the 9th-10th position and the losers of the playoff 9-12 will play for the 11th-12th position. The winners of the playoff 13-16 will play for the 13th-14th position and the losers of the playoff 13-16 will play for the 15th-16th position.

Cougars make a wish come true

Aug 22, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 1:03 pm | Permalink

By Justin Green

The BYU women’s soccer team did its part to help fulfill the wishes of Amber Rasmussen, a 13-year-old from Draper, Utah, who is recovering from a liver transplant. Amber and her family visited the team at the fall sports Cougar Kick-off on Wednesday night.

“We feel honored to be a part of this for Amber,” head women’s soccer coach Jennifer Rockwood said.  “We're excited that she's making a full recovery and that we get to be a part of that.”

As Amber arrived, she was greeted by the entire team and was presented a signed ball, a team jersey, season passes for her and her family as well as a bag full of team gear. She spent much of her time at the Cougar Kick-off talking to Coach Rockwood and mingling with the players.

“They really showered her with gifts and treated her really well,” said John Rasmussen, Amber’s dad. “I couldn’t believe it.”

Though she has never been to a game, Amber has watched the team play on television and is an avid fan. Amber also loves to play soccer.

“My sister went to BYU so I have been here before,” Amber said. “I love the environment and campus and everything. I just started watching the team and really loved them.”

The BYU players loved getting to know Amber and hear her story. Senior forward Niki Fernandes was among many of the players who took the opportunity to talk to Amber and her parents.

“It’s been an amazing experience,” Fernandes said. “Just being able to spend time with her and even just make her day, it’s been awesome. It’s been amazing just to make her smile.”

During the event the Rasmussen family joined BYU marketing representative Weston Wride on stage to receive another special announcement. Amber and her family received a cruise to the Bahamas from the Make-A-Wish foundation. The Make-A-Wish foundation has granted 140 wishes in Utah so far this year after granting 161 last year.

“I’m just way excited,” Amber said. “I’m shocked.”

Amber was born with a liver disease that she has lived with for the last 13 years. She spent five months on the waiting list for a donor. The transplant went smoothly and her recovery has been perfect thus far.

“It was scary as a family to go through, but she was only in the hospital for a week, the quickest they had ever had,” said Ann Rasmussen, Amber’s mom. “They attributed it to soccer. We just feel really lucky and so blessed.”

The Cougars women’s soccer team open the 2013 campaign at home this Friday night against Cal State Fullerton at 7 p.m., a game that Amber and her family plan on attending.

BYU voted 12th in Soccer America Preseason poll

Aug 21, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 10:55 am | Updated: August 21, 2013 11:49 am | Permalink

The BYU women's soccer team was voted 12th in the nation in the Soccer America Women's Preseason Poll. The Cougars have been ranked as high as 6th this preseason in four polls. The Cougars were voted sixth in the NSCAA poll, ninth in the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll and 20th in the Bennett Rankings. For the Soccer America poll, click here.

AllWhiteKit.com projected BYU as the third-place finisher in the West Coast Conference. Portland was chosen as the conference champion and Santa Clara was a close second. For the projections for the WCC and several other conferences, click here.

2013 football fireside schedule

Aug 20, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 2:50 pm | Updated: October 1, 2013 9:49 am | Permalink

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall and members of the BYU football team will participate in an hour-long devotional prior to each out-of-state road game as well as some home games during the 2013 season. 

Referred to as "firesides," the devotionals will be conducted the evening prior to road games as well as the home game against Georgia Tech. The team will also conduct a special fireside at the State Prison prior to the Utah game.

With both players and coaches involved, speakers at the firesides talk about the meaning of discipleship. Special musical numbers are performed by players as well. Messages will focus on how we should seek to follow the Savior's example in all aspects of our life, and as we do so, we can come to a clear understanding of our purpose here on earth.

"The firesides have been a way for us to make a very clear statement of what our priorities are, or should be," Mendenhall says. "Football is simply the vehicle we use to help others come to a knowledge of what really brings joy and happiness to our lives. These firesides are a way for all of us to help consider our priorities through understanding the purpose of life."

The BYU football team has been holding regular firesides throughout the football season since the Cougars' trip to New Mexico during the 2005 season.

Following is a list of fireside dates and the locations for each fireside during the 2013 season. All firesides are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. local time. 

2013 Fireside Schedule

Friday, Aug. 30 (Virginia)
Charlottesville Ward Meetinghouse (Airport Building)
1275 Timberwood Boulevard
Charlottesville, VA 22911

Friday, Oct. 11 (Georgia Tech)
Provo Utah Wasatch (Tongan) Stake Center
1625 South Slate Canyon Drive
Provo, UT 84601

Friday, Oct. 18 (Houston)
Houston Texas Stake Center
1101 Bering Drive
Houston, TX 77057

Friday, Nov. 8 (Wisconsin)
Madison Wisconsin Stake Center
701 Bear Claw Way
Madison, WI 53717

Friday, Nov. 22 (Notre Dame)
South Bend Indiana Stake Center
930 Park Place
Mishawaka, IN 46545

Friday, Nov. 29 (Nevada)
Reno Nevada Stake Center
1095 Golconda Drive
Reno, NV 89509

Jepson Smith participates in Google+ Hangout

Aug 20, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 1:26 pm | Updated: August 20, 2013 2:55 pm | Permalink

BYU's senior forward/midfielder Colette Jepson Smith was part of a West Coast Conference women's soccer Google+ Hangout on Tuesday previewing the season. Watch it below.

Sander leads Team USA to win over Dominican Republic

Aug 20, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 11:33 am | Permalink

Senior BYU sensation Taylor Sander led the United States as it held off the Dominican Republic to win its first pool play match of the men's Pan American Cup, 26-24, 25-14, 22-25, 21-25, 15-7 on Monday in Mexico City.

Sander, an outside hitter from Huntington Beach, Calif., led the United States' effort with 19 points on 15 kills, three blocks and one ace. Middle blocker Jacek Ratajczak (Warsaw, Poland) added 14 points on eight kills, three blocks and a match-high three aces.

After the United States won the first two sets, the Dominican Republic came back to win the next two thanks to Elvis Contreras, who led all scorers with 22 points.
 
“It was a good match for both teams,” U.S. head coach, and former BYU coach, Shawn Patchell said. “We felt nervous in the beginning, had some trouble in the third and fourth sets. We could not stop [Jose Miguel] Caceres, but pulled out and improved our service. I am happy for this win.”

Former Cougar Russ Lavaja scored one point on one kill as a substitue at middle blocker.

The United States is 1-0 in Pool B and will play Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday and host Mexico on Wednesday.

For the full release, visit teamusa.org.