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Mitchell Juergens named a Wuerffel Trophy nominee

Oct 20, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 7:51 pm | Updated: October 21, 2016 12:56 pm | Permalink

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Senior wide receiver Mitchell Juergens was named a nominee for the Wuerffel Trophy on Thursday, representing BYU football for the prestigious award.

The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” is presented annually by the All Sports Association in Fort Walton Beach. Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel, from the University of Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the FBS player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. 

Juergens, a former walk-on, had a breakout year in 2015. He was one of five BYU receivers with 35+ receptions and 450+ yards. He finished the year with 471 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 37 catches. This year he has 20 receptions for 193 yards and one touchdown. Over his career, Juergens has 1,088 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He is one of 94 players considered for college football’s top community service award.

The Southeastern Conference led all conferences nominating 14 players. The ACC followed with 12, while the Big 10 and Conference USA submitted 10 each. Along with the Big 12, the Mountain West had a record nine nominations, the American Athletic submitted 8, the PAC 12 had seven while the Sun Belt and MAC had six nominees each. In addition, all three Independent universities submitted nominations. All FBS conferences are represented on the 2016 Wuerffel Trophy nominee list.

Nominations for the Wuerffel Trophy are made by the respective university sports information departments and closed on Oct. 14, 2016. Semifinalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 3, 2016, and finalists announced on Nov. 23, 2016. The formal announcement of the 2016 Wuerffel Trophy recipient will be on Dec. 6, 2016, at the National Football Foundation’s press conference in New York City.

The 2016 Wuerffel Trophy winner will be interviewed at “The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show” on ESPNU and ESPN3 on Dec. 8, 2016, airing at 6 p.m. EST/5 p.m. CST, featuring interviews with award winners and finalists as they approach The Home Depot College Football Awards Show, the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The presentation of the 2016 Wuerffel Trophy will occur at the 48th Annual All Sports Association Awards Banquet on Feb. 10, 2017, in Fort Walton Beach.

Viewing Options: BYU at No. 14 Boise State

Oct 20, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 11:29 am | Updated: October 20, 2016 4:31 pm | Permalink

BYU is back on the road to face No. 14 Boise State at Albertsons Stadium tonight at 8:15 p.m. MDT.

The game will be televised live nationally on ESPN. It will also be streamed online on or with the WatchESPN app.

Additionally, live television coverage on BYUtv will begin at 7 p.m. MDT with the one-hour pregame show, Countdown to Kickoff. Live postgame coverage on BYUtv will follow after the game.

Radio coverage of the game can be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network with the Voice of the Cougars Greg Wrubell. The broadcast begins with the pregame show at 6:15 p.m. MDT on KSL 1160 AM and 102.7 FM. It can also be found online at

Visit the gameday page for additional information on the matchup against Boise State.

Williams named to SI's 2016 Midseason All-America Second Team

Oct 19, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 11:49 am | Updated: October 19, 2016 11:57 am | Permalink

At the midpoint of the 2016 season, Sports Illustrated named senior running back Jamaal Williams its 2016 Midseason All-America Second Team.

Williams has had a dominant season so far with 942 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. Nobody else on the team has more than four touchdowns. He leads the team in all-purpose yards with 1,022, averaging 146 yards per game.

Williams has rushed for more than 100 yards four times this season. Against Toledo, he notched a single-game BYU record 286 rushing yards along with tying the single-game rushing touchdown record of five. He averaged 9.5 yards per carry in the win over the Rockets.

In BYU’s last game against Mississippi State, Williams became the career leader in rushing yards with 3,468, surpassing Harvey Unga.

Williams and the Cougars are back in action on Thursday at No. 14 Boise State. The game kicks off at 8:15 p.m. MDT on ESPN.

Check out SI's entire 2016 Midseason All-America Team here.

Getting to Know: Hunter Marshall and Corbin Kaufusi

Oct 19, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 10:45 am | Updated: October 19, 2016 10:52 am | Permalink

Hunter Marshall
Sophomore tight end

Hobby outside of football
Snowboard, draw, anything outdoors—fly fish and things like that. Utah’s a great place for outdoor stuff. It’s been really cool living out here, being able to some of that stuff. 

Favorite ski resort
Sundance because it’s pretty affordable. Park City sometimes too, especially since it’s gotten bigger. 

Favorite football memory
The first game I started in high school, I was playing receiver. I had the game-winning touchdown with a minute left. That was my first game, my first experience starting on varsity team as a sophomore. That’s one of my favorite memories.

And at BYU?
I just got started, but when I first started summer workouts, all of the new guys were doing their own separate thing. But I was working the camp side, so I had to come in early. It was me working out by myself with one of the trainers. It was a little date time between us. 

The place he’d most like to travel to
New Zealand. There’s a lot to do there. ‘Lord of the Rings’ was filmed there, you can go snowboarding, but also surfing. There are so many things you can do all in one day. It seems like a cool place to go visit. Everyone I’ve met from New Zealand has been way great. 

Something most people don’t know about you
I was born in Mexico City. I have dual citizenship, but I don’t use it. My parents were living there when I was born. 

Thoughts on coaching staff
It’s a coaching staff that cares about its players. Players see and understand that, so we respond really well and can follow that. I think that’s a big thing that’s really helped the team come together.

Favorite ice cream flavor
Oreo ice cream. Cookies and cream or cookie dough.

Corbin Kaufusi
Sophomore defensive lineman

Statistics, I want to go into the big data analysis part of stats. It’s interesting and I like it.

Where did your name come from?
My family is named in the ABC’s, and I’m the third one so Corbin just happened to be the one.

Bronson or Nick Kurtz because some people get us all mixed up.

One thing people don’t know about you
I love ceramics. My brother took a class in high school as a filler class and he loved it. He convinced me to take it and we loved it. Sculpting and throwing pots, that’s our thing. I’ve been looking for a good place to do it at, but I try to find a wheel every now and again. We do have our claim to fame collection. It’s all crappy stuff but my mom likes it.

Favorite football memory
I love John Beck to Jonny Harline because I was at the game and it was just crazy. I remember I was depressed because I was a little kid and I was just like, "Oh I can’t believe we just lost," and then when that happened it was like, "Oh my gosh." I just sat in shock with my family. It was awesome.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would like to go back to Korea. That’s where I served my mission so there or back to the islands, Tonga.

What sport would you do in the Olympics?
I wish I were really good at being a gymnast because those guys are ripped and do some crazy stuff.

Something outside of football you’re looking forward to?
The obvious answer would probably be basketball, but the less obvious answer is waiting for my brother to have a kid. I keep putting pressure on him.

Bernard named Madness Indepedent Defensive Player of the Week

Oct 17, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 10:08 am | Updated: October 17, 2016 10:45 am | Permalink

After his career performance in the double overtime win over Mississippi State, sophomore linebacker Francis Bernard was named Madness Independent Defensive Player of the Week.

Bernard notched a career-high 16 tackles, 13 of which were solo stops. This is the second-highest total by a single player this season for the Cougars, the first being the 19-tackle performance by Butch Pau’u against UCLA. It is the most solo tackles by a BYU defender in a game this season. Bernard also had 1.0 TFL for a 6-yard loss.

This is the second defensive player of the week award for the Cougars since Pau'u earned the first one back after the first week of the season.

Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw was the Madness Independent Offensive Player of the Week. On the national level, Louisiana Tech wide receiver Carlos Henderson and Vanderbilt linebacker Zach Cunningham were named National Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively.

BYU is on the road this week at No. 14 Boise State on Thursday. The game will kickoff at 8:15 p.m. MDT on ESPN.

BYU defeats Mississippi State 28-21 in second overtime

Oct 15, 2016 - Posted by Sydney Jorgensen at 12:21 am | Updated: October 15, 2016 12:23 am | Permalink

The Bulldogs scored a 2-yard touchdown to increase their lead 21-14. The Cougars answered with a Taysom Hill touchdown and an Andrew Mikkelsen PAT to send the game into second overtime.

Tanner Balderree caught a 25-yard touchdown pass to immediately put BYU up 28-21 in second overtime. The Cougars’ defense held Mississippi State to win the game 28-21. 

BYU fourth quarter touchdown sends game into overtime

Oct 14, 2016 - Posted by Sydney Jorgensen at 11:40 pm | Permalink

The Cougars opened the fourth quarter with energy as Taysom Hill’s 15-yard pass found Moroni Laulu-Pututau in the end zone. Laulu-Pututau’s second touchdown of the season tied the game 14-14. Andrew Mikkelsen, BYU’s third kicker of the season, was credited with the PAT.

Kai Nacua picked off Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald with 7:58 on the clock but BYU was unable to score again. It was Nacua’s 13th career interception and fifth of the season.

With no scoring on its final possession, BYU sent the game into overtime. 

Cougars continue to trail 14-7 after scoreless third quarter

Oct 14, 2016 - Posted by Sydney Jorgensen at 10:57 pm | Updated: October 14, 2016 11:04 pm | Permalink

The Bulldogs maintained their seven-point lead throughout the third quarter as neither team scored. BYU made it to the 1-yard line on the final possession before Mississippi State defense forced a rush for loss of seven yards on Taysom Hill.

BYU topped Mississippi State in rushing yards to this point but the Bulldogs have tallied 173 passing yards while holding the Cougars to 103 yards. 

Bulldogs lead 14-7 at the half

Oct 14, 2016 - Posted by Sydney Jorgensen at 10:08 pm | Permalink

BYU ended the first half trailing 14-7. 

Early in the second quarter Micah Hannemann notched the Cougars’ first interception of the night. It was the third pick of his career and BYU’s 11th of the season. The Cougars advanced 44 yards before Rhett Almond missed 42-yard field goal attempt with 9:38 left.

With 3:54 left in the first half, the Bulldogs put another touchdown on the board to extend their lead 14-7.

Mississippi State picked off Taysom Hill with 32 seconds left but was unable to score again before the clock ran out. 

BYU and Mississippi State tied after first quarter

Oct 14, 2016 - Posted by Sydney Jorgensen at 9:50 pm | Permalink

BYU and Mississippi State finished the first quarter tied 7-7 Saturday night in Provo.

Mississippi State scored the first touchdown of the night off a 44-yard pass from Nick Fitzgerald to Keith Mixon with 9:13 remaining on the clock.

BYU converted on the fourth down for the fifth time this year and this time, for a touchdown. Quarterback Taysom Hill capped off an eight-minute, 15-play scoring drive with a 1-yard touchdown caught by Hunter Marshall with 48 seconds left. Rhett Almond followed up with a successful PAT.

Hill led the team with 27 rushing yards while Jamaal Williams had 19. He is 44 yards away from becoming BYU’s career rushing leader.

Francis Bernard led the defense with four of the Cougars’ 12 tackles.