BYU Athletics Blog | 2013

Former BYU volleyball player competes internationally

Aug 20, 2013 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 9:57 am | Updated: August 20, 2013 10:18 am | Permalink

Former BYU women’s volleyball player Nicole Warner is in France to compete in a national league called Ligue Nationale de Volley for eight months. Warner will compete on the Quimper Elite 29 squad with teammates from France, Spain, Croatia, Slovenia, Africa and other countries.

Practice began on Friday, with the teams’ first match taking place on Sep. 27.

To find out more about the league, visit their official website, and read Warner's blog as she documents her experience.

Warner played middle blocker at BYU from 2008-2012 and helped the Cougars advance to the region semifinals in the NCAA tournament last year.

BYU football celebrates at Thursday's Hero reunion

Aug 19, 2013 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 3:19 pm | Updated: August 19, 2013 4:07 pm | Permalink

BYU football welcomed Thursday’s Heroes to campus for food and entertainment at the Smith Fieldhouse Saturday. Athletes and coaches spent time talking, taking pictures and signing autographs with the families.

Among the Thursday’s Heroes who attended was Drae Endicott, who was first named a Thursday’s Hero in 2009.

“This has just been a really fun thing for him,” said his mother, Beverly Endicott. “We love BYU and we love that he can be a part of this. He loves talking to players and having access to them. It makes his day.”

Every week during the football season, an individual or a family with special needs is identified and invited to attend a team practice. At the conclusion of the practice, “Thursday’s Hero” is introduced to Bronco Mendenhall and recognized by the team members in an informal ceremony.

“I think it’s such a great program,” senior linebacker Tyler Beck said. “It helps keep us grounded, and it is able to help give other people hope as well as give us hope that we can overcome anything.”

2013 Hero Ride benefits Thursday's Heroes program

Aug 19, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 3:10 pm | Updated: August 19, 2013 3:13 pm | Permalink

The 2013 Hero Ride, organized by The Holly & Bronco Mendenhall Foundation, to benefit the BYU Football Team’s Thursday’s Heroes Program will begin at LaVell Edwards Stadium at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013.

Last year’s inaugural Hero Ride took cyclists on a journey from Provo, Utah to Boise, Idaho; a distance of over 450 miles.  With increased interest from the community, The Holly & Bronco Mendenhall Foundation decided to organize an event to take place on a single day in which everyone could participate. 

As was the case last year, this year’s ride will start with a “Victory Lap” where cyclists will get to ride alongside those children and families the Thursday’s Heroes Program benefits.  It is truly a unique experience.  Once the Victory Lap is completed, registered riders will head out onto the course for up to 104 miles of cycling.

To cap off the day, registered riders will be able to attend the Ruby River Celebration Dinner held in the Cougar Club Room at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.  At the dinner, The Holly & Bronco Mendenhall Foundation will be awarding a grant to a Thursday’s Heroes family. 

Proceeds from the event will benefit Thursday’s Heroes and their families by providing them with the funds to make necessary adaptations to their homes and/or vehicles which will allow for improved daily living.  In addition families are able to apply for grants to assist in the costs of medical and therapy treatments. 

The Holly & Bronco Mendenhall Foundation began in 2006 with a focus on providing assistance to children and families facing significant life challenges.  By supporting the BYU Football’s Thursday’s Heroes program, the Foundation has affected the lives of over 100 individual families across the intermountain-west. 

For more information on the 2013 Hero Ride, visit the Hero Ride website

Rockwood and Owens on True Blue

Aug 19, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 11:37 am | Updated: August 20, 2013 1:24 pm | Permalink

BYU women's soccer head coach Jennifer Rockwood and senior goalkeeper Erica Owens were guests on BYUtv's True Blue on Monday night. Check out their interview with Dave McCann below.

 

 

Football continues second week of camp

Aug 14, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 2:09 pm | Permalink

The Cougars continued fall camp today with a morning practice focused on position drills. 

"We're facing injuries, fatigue and I thought we started to lose some momentum in camp, so working on individual assignements was the main focus for today," head coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "Today we wanted to recover physically and focus on treatment then we will look to gear it up again with a slight break today."

As previously reported, defensive back Jordan Johnson will miss the 2013 season with an ACL tear while defensive lineman Tuni Kanuch also suffered a season-ending injury with a pectoral tear. Both injuries will require surgery.

"Kanuch, two or three days ago in a drill, we saw him hold his shoulder, then we found out his pec was torn from the bone," Mendenhall said. "So his pain threshold is high but the strength never came back."

Freshman defensive back Dallin Leavitt is listed as day-to-day after suffering a hip flexor strain on Tuesday. Sophomore Eric Thornton, who was playing wide receiver, has moved to defensive back. 

 

More national honors for Kyle Van Noy

Aug 09, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 4:58 pm | Permalink

BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy recently picked up two additional national accolades as the 6-foot-3 senior earned SI.com and Sporting News preseason All-America First Team honors.

Coming off an All-America season in 2012, the 245-pound outside linebacker finished tied for second nationally with 13 sacks and six forced fumbles and ranked No. 4 in the nation with 22 tackles for loss. From Reno, Nev., he is the only FBS player in each of the past two seasons to record a stat in every major defensive category and has helped BYU achieve bowl wins each of his three seasons in Provo.

Earlier this year, Van Noy was named to the Phil Steele preseason All-America team and six award watch lists, including the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. On Thursday, USA Today's Paul Myerberg called Van Noy not just one of the best linebackers in the country but one of the best all-around players in the FBS. In his article, Myerberg previewed the 2013 season for BYU and ranked them as the No. 32 program in the nation, identifying the Cougars' defense as one of the top units in college football.

Head coach Jennifer Rockwood talks with Alema Harrington

Aug 09, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 8:44 am | Permalink

On Thursday, women's soccer head coach Jennifer Rockwood was on Cougar Sports with Alema Harrington to discuss the upcoming season. Check out the audio at the site here.

 

Cougars ranked #20 in nation

Aug 07, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 10:56 am | Permalink

Bennett Rank released its preseason rankings which placed the BYU Cougars at No. 20 in the country heading into the 2013 season. The preseason ranking also has the Cougars as the No. 1 team in the West Coast Conference and the No. 1 team in the region, which includes teams from the WCC, Mountain West, Big West, Summit League, Conference USA, Great West and the Sun Belt.

BYU opponents were also highly ranked. Baylor is 14th in the ranking, LSU is 22nd, and conference foe Portland is 23rd and Santa Clara 26th.

Bennett Rank takes an analytic approach to ranking teams. Check out the rankings and methodology at bennettranking.com.

Mike Wall named U.S. Men's Assistant Coach

Jul 31, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 5:22 pm | Permalink

USA Volleyball annonced the hire of former Cougar Mike Wall as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team.

Wall played college volleyball at BYU where he was an opposite from 1997-2002 and led the Cougars to two NCAA National Championship squads. In 2001 and 2002, Wall was named an AVCA First Team All-American. After beating UCLA in three sets to take the 2002 NCAA championship, Wall was named the Final Four MVP and BYU's Most Competitive Athlete.

“Mike has high-level experience both in volleyball and in business,” U.S. head coach John Speraw (Los Angeles) said. “His talents will be invaluable to us both on the court and in the office as we work to build the U.S. Men’s National Team program.”

Wall has already worked with the team during its 2013 FIVB World League matches.

“I’m honored and excited to be joining John, Matt Fuerbringer and the USA men’s volleyball program for the next three years,” Wall said. “Our staff is committed to working hard for this group of athletes. I’m looking forward to the challenge."

For the full release and more information on Wall, visit teamusa.org.

Former Cougar wins World Series of Beach Volleyball

Jul 29, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 1:15 pm | Permalink

Former BYU volleyball player Casey Patterson and teammate Jake Gibb turned heads in the World Series of Beach Volleyball championship match in Long Beach, Calif., Sunday, coming away with a 22-20, 21-11 victory over Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins of Latvia.

The duos previously faced each other in the FIVB final in May in Argentina where the Latvians swept Patterson and Gibb, but the former Cougar and his partner most recently topped their opponent in straight sets earlier this month in Switzerland.

For the full article read here.

Patterson played at BYU from 2002-2005 and helped the Cougars to their most recent National Championship in 2004.