Men's Football Blog

Seven Cougars named to 2016-17 Reese's Senior Bowl Watch List

Aug 23, 2016 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 2:58 pm | Updated: August 23, 2016 3:02 pm | Permalink

MOBILE, Ala. - Seven BYU football players were named to the 2016-17 Reese's Senior Bowl Watch List announced Tuesday afternoon. Quarterback Taysom Hill, running back Jamaal Williams, linebacker/defensive lineman Harvey Langi, defensive lineman Travis Tuiloma, linebacker/defensive lineman Sae Tautu and defensive backs Michael Davis and Kai Nacua were all selected. 

“The release of our watch list signifies the opening kickoff for the Reese’s Senior Bowl,” said Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage. “We are looking forward to evaluating these prospects over the next several months in trying to find the best 110 players in America.”

This year's group includes 209 defensive players and 191 offensive players. Specialists were not included in this year's watch list and will form their own list later this season.

The 2017 Reese's Senior Bowl week officially begins on Tuesday, January 24 and concludes with the 68th game on January 28 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile. Ala. The practices are televised live by ESPN and the game is broadcast live on NFL Network at 2:30pm ET. Read more about the Reese's Senior Bowl Watch List.

Mitchell Juergens named to 2016 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List

Aug 16, 2016 - Posted by at 12:34 pm | Updated: August 16, 2016 12:51 pm | Permalink

TYLER, TEXAS – BYU senior wide receiver Mitchell Juergens was named to the fourth annual Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List announced today at the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce East Texas Kick-off Luncheon.

The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award recognizes the top offensive player in Division I 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. 

Juergens, a former walk-on, earned a scholarship prior to the 2015 season. Last year he caught 37 balls for 471 yards and two touchdowns. Juergens has 65 career receptions for 895 yards and six touchdowns. 

The Watch List announced today will be narrowed to up to 16 semifinalists in November and then up to five finalists in December. They will be selected by broadcasters, commentators, journalists, fans and the previous winner. The finalists will be brought to Tyler for The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Banquet scheduled January 11, 2017.

A player does not have to appear on the initial Watch List to be eligible to win the award. The Watch List is made up of players nominated from their respective schools.

The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award was announced in 2012 by the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce and SPORTyler. “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 1744 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.

“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 or contact Cindy Smoak, SPORTyler, Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce: csmoak@tylertexas.com or 903-592-1661, extension 237. 

BYU football photo day

Aug 09, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 6:10 pm | Updated: August 9, 2016 6:15 pm | Permalink

After practice on Tuesday, the team made its way to the Indoor Practice Facility for the team's annual photo day. The players were dressed in their gameday uniforms. The photos and videos will be used for television broadcasts, on the video boards at LaVell Edwards Stadium this season and for other promotional purposes.

Check out the photos below for behind the scenes looks from the afternoon.

Taysom Hill one of 32 players on 2016 CFPA Performer of the Year preseason watch list

Jul 28, 2016 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 7:35 pm | Updated: July 28, 2016 7:47 pm | Permalink

Senior quarterback Taysom Hill was one of 32 players named to the 2016 National Performer of the Year preseason watch list by the College Football Performance Awards on Wednesday.

The list features 22 FBS quarterbacks and 10 running backs, honoring the nation's best collegiate performer.

In the 2015 season opener against Nebraska, Hill accounted for three touchdowns with two coming on the ground and another through the air. He had 268 passing yards and 72 rushing in the game before leaving with injury. Hill is the school's leader in quarterback rushing yards (2,212) and is No. 13 in career passing yards (4,606).

The CFPA National Performer of the Year Trophy will be announced on January 11, 2017.

College Sports Madness puts 19 players on Preseason All-Independent Teams

Jul 22, 2016 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 2:18 pm | Permalink

The staff at College Sports Madness has picked the top players in college football for the 2016 team. Headlining the 2016 Preseason All-Independent Teams are 19 players from BYU's squad.

Senior defensive back Kai Nacua was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year on the preseason list. Nacua grabbed six interceptions last year, tying a program record and finished tied for No. 7 nationally. He also returned two picks for touchdowns. 

Including Nacua, nine players made the first team. Fellow defensive back Michael Davis, linebackers Harvey Langi and Fred Warner along with defensive lineman Sae Tautu all earned spots on the first team defense.

On offense, running back Jamaal Williams, offensive linemen Brad Wilcox and Tejan Koroma and wide receiver Nick Kurtz were recognized as first teamers.

The second team defense included defensive linemen Logan Taele and Travis Tuiloma. The second team offense highlighted quarterback Taysom Hill, running back Algernon Brown, wide receiver Mitchell Juergens, tight end Tanner Balderree and offensive linemen Ului Lapuaho and Tuni Kanuch.

Special teamers Jonny Linehan (punter) and returner Riley Burt also made the second team.

Click see the entire College Sports Madness Football Preseason All-Conference Teams. 

New book by former Cougar Brock Richardson

Apr 15, 2016 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 9:06 am | Updated: April 15, 2016 9:09 am | Permalink

Former BYU defensive lineman Brock Richardson (2007-08) recently published a book entitled Latter-day Warriors — Stepping Into Your Spiritual Strength. Currently a seminary teacher for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Richardson interviewed several formal BYU football players and their wives to learn what it takes to become physically and spiritually strong.

Using examples from on and off the football field, each shares personal thoughts on physical and spiritual strength. Perfect for youth and young adults, Latter-day Warriors isn’t so much about football as it is about life choices, setting goals, overcoming adversity, growing, changing and becoming a better person.  

The book is entertaining and spiritually uplifting. It is currently available through Deseret Book.

Brock Lance Richardson was raised in Idaho Falls. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Montevideo, Uruguay. He later played football at Snow College and BYU. Richardson is currently a Seminary teacher and is part of a non-profit organization called “Marked Generation,” organizing events and seminars for children that have lost parents.

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Sitake commended by the Utah Attorney General's Office

Mar 03, 2016 - Posted by McKay Perry at 3:59 pm | Updated: March 3, 2016 5:09 pm | Permalink

BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake traveled up to the Utah State Capitol building Thursday after practice to accept a Certificate of Commendation from the Utah Attorney General's Office for his contribution to education and athletics and for being an ambassador for the State of Utah.

Attorney General Sean Reyes and Governor Gary Herbert posed for pitcures and congratulated Sitake along with Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham, who also received the honor. 

Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham, Utah Governor Gary Herbert, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake.

Attorney General Sean Reyes (center) pictured from left to right with BYU director of football athlete relations Jasen Ah You, head coach Kalani Sitake and Assistant to the Athletic Director for Student Services Fui Vakapuna.

Kyle Whittingham and Kalani Sitake were honored on the floor of the House Chamber of the Utah State Capitol.

Attorney General Sean Reyes along with his Chief Communications Officer, Missy Larsen, presented the certificates.

Kyle Whittingham, Governor Gary Herbert and Kalani Sitake posed for a photo.

Kaufusi turning heads at NFL Combine

Feb 28, 2016 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 3:31 pm | Updated: February 28, 2016 5:38 pm | Permalink

INDIANAPOLIS - Defensive lineman Bronson Kaufusi worked out for NFL scouts and officials at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday as he prepares for the 2016 NFL Draft.

Kaufusi measured in at over 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds earlier at the Combine. He clocked a 4.87 in the premier event at the combine, the 40-yard dash. His 40 time was just one-one hundredth slower than All-American Joey Bosa from Ohio State with a 4.86. Kaufusi's mark was also tied for No. 17 among 57 particpants in the event. He tied Ole Miss defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche and was a few ticks quicker than Utah's Jason Fanaika (4.92) and Baylor's Shawn Oakman (4.96).

Kaufusi was a top performer at the combine among defensive linemen in the 3-cone drill and the 20-yard shuttle. He had the No. 5 time in the 3-cone drill with a 7.03 and tied for fourth in the 20-yard shuttle with a 4.25. The 7.03 time in the 3-cone drill topped All-American Shaq Lawson (7.16) from Clemson and Oklahoma State's Emmanuel Ogbah's 7.26. Kaufusi's 4.25 mark in the 20-yard shuttle tied Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun and bested the nation's sack leader in All-American Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib (4.37).

He posted 25 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, tied for No. 20 among 51 defensive line particpants. His 25 tied Maelik Collins, defensive tackle from Nebraska, and topped Ohio State's Bosa (24) and Alabama's A'Shawn Robinson (22).

In the jumps, Kaufusi notched a 30.0 inch vertical leap and a 111.0 inch broad jump. His 30.0 was higher than Nassib from Penn State and broad jump mark was better than Boise State's Kamalei Correa and Alabama defensive end D.J. Pettway (108.0).

Kaufusi led BYU in sacks and tackles for loss in 2015 with 11.0 sacks and 20.0 TFL. He helped the Cougars to a 9-4 record and led a defense that recorded 40 sacks, tied for No. 5 in the nation in total team sacks.

The 2016 NFL Draft will take place April 28-30. Follow the link for more results from the NFL Combine.

Following the Game: BYU vs. Utah State

Nov 28, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 10:37 am | Permalink

BYU football faces Utah State at Maverik Stadium in Logan, Utah with kickoff at 1:30 MST.

The game will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network. Live coverage will begin at 12:30 p.m. MST with BYUtv's 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 11:30 a.m. MST on KSL 1160 AM and 102.7 FM out of Salt Lake City and online at BYUcougars.com. The game will also be available on BYU Radio through Sirius XM 143 and online.

Visit the gameday page for more information on the matchup.

Cougars beat Bulldogs 52-10 on Senior Day

Nov 21, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 4:50 pm | Permalink

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Tanner Mangum pitched the ball to tight end Remington Peck, who threw the ball to Terenn Houk for a 15-yard touchdown pass to give the Cougars 45-3 lead.

Kai Nacua intercepted the ball for 29 yards on the next drive for Fresno State. Quarterback Beau Hoge came into the game and led a 4-play, 23-yard drive that was capped off by a 5-yard rushing touchdown by senior Nate Carter. The Cougars would take the lead 52-3 with 12:22 to play in the game. 

Fresno State quarterback Kilton Anderson capped off a 7-play, 77-yard drive with a 29-yard touchdown run, narrowing BYU's lead to 42 with 8:42 to play.

BYU's next drive ended with a fumble from Riley Burt, giving the Bulldogs the ball on BYU's 31-yard-line. Fresno State was forced to a fourth down when Anderson's conversion attempt was incomplete. The Cougars got the ball back on the 32-yard line with 5:36 to go. They would punt the ball to the Bulldog's 11-yard line after running three-and-a-half minutes off the clock. Fresno State's last drive was stopped as time expired, ending their 45-yard drive.

Mangum ended the game 24 of 37 with 336 yards and a touchdown, and Hoge completed his single pass of the game for 11 yards. Algernon Brown led all rushers with 11 rushes for 97 yards and a touchdown. Moroni Laulu-Pututau led all receivers with three receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown. Bronson Kaufusi was a star on the defense, with five solo tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks and a forced fumble.