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BYU football’s State of the Program kicks off Media Day on BYUtv

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 11:14 am | Updated: June 26, 2013 11:56 am | Permalink
Head football coach Bronco Mendenhall, BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe, ESPN analyst and former BYU football player Trevor Matich and managing director of broadcasting Derek Marquis joined studio host Dave McCann to assess the upcoming season.  BYU’s offensive and defensive coaching staff also took part in the broadcast.
 
Mendenhall and Holmoe talked with McCann to start the show and made three big BYU football announcements including the addition of a new opponent series against USC, outlooks for a future bowl game and an extension of Mendenhall’s coaching contract.
 
The new series against USC will start in 2019 with a home game against the Trojans, followed by two games at USC in 2021 and 2023. BYU is in negotiation with the Mountain West Conference to play in the 2015 Poinsettia Bowl, with Mendenhall guaranteed to be at the helm after receiving a renewal of his contract through 2016.
 
Mendenhall joined McCann one on one after the commercial break and discussed spring practices, player statuses, a new offensive coaching staff and BYU’s defensive prospects for the year.
 
BYU’s defensive staff next came out to talk with Mendenhall and McCann and discussed how they will replace former players such as Ziggy Ansah and Brandon Ogletree and look to current players to fill those spots. Answers for the kicking game are on the way, while the staff hopes as a whole to produce more turnovers this upcoming season.
 
The new offensive staff was on tap next and each agreed that spring camp was a success and that the offensive players are starting to understand and adapt to the new coaching styles.
 
Matich and Marquis joined McCann to wrap up the show. Marquis announced the launch of a BYUtv Xbox 360 app as well as an Android app, and cited some progress in spreading BYUtv in HD to Dish and cable networks. The athletic department will also launch a daily national radio show dedicated to BYU sports on BYU Radio Sirius XM 143 starting in the fall.
 
The next broadcast will feature Coach LaVell Edwards and the BYU quarterback factory. Former BYU quarterbacks such as Ty Detmer, Robbie Bosco and Steve Young will join Edwards at 5 p.m. EDT on BYUtv.
 
For more information on broadcasts throughout the day, check out the schedule of events on the Media Day Central page.

Van Noy named to 2013 Athlon Sports' Preseason All-America First Team

Jun 25, 2013 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 9:22 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah (June 25, 2013) – BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy was named to the 2013 Athlon Sports’ Preseason All-America First Team on Tuesday.

A Lott Impact Trophy Watch List honoree, Van Noy also earned preseason honors on the Phil Steele All-America First Team.

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound senior led BYU's No. 3 ranked defense with 13 sacks (tied for No. 2 nationally) and 22 tackles for loss (No. 4 nationally) in 2012. Van Noy also set the school record with six forced fumbles during the season (tied for No. 2 nationally).

He added 53 tackles, eight quarterback hurries, five pass breakups, two interceptions, two blocked kicks, one fumble recovery and scored two touchdowns on defense. Van Noy was the only player to record a statistic in every major defensive category for the second consecutive year.

Van Noy named to 2013 CFPA Defensive Awards Watch List

Jun 17, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 4:00 pm | Permalink

College Football Performance Awards announced BYU senior Kyle Van Noy as a member of its 2013 CFPA Defensive Awards Watch List this week.

Van Noy was the 2012 CFPA Linebacker Trophy winner and 2012 CFPA National Defensive Performer of the Year.

“Congratulations to CFPA winner Kyle Van Noy on earning a spot on the 2013 CFPA Defensive Awards Watch List,” said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. “Van Noy will play an important role for BYU in 2013.”

Van Noy is one of six featured CFPA winners on the cover of the 2013 CFPA Watch List along with Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina), AJ McCarron (Alabama), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), Marqise Lee (USC) and Braxton Miller (Ohio State).

Two BYU Cougars have earned CFPA honors: Van Noy (LB) and current Baltimore Ravens star Dennis Pitta (TE), who won the 2009 CFPA Elite Tight End Trophy.

BYU's Cody Hoffman and Kaneakua Friel were previously named to the 2013 CFPA Offensive Awards Watch List.

All CFPA recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration. More than 130 CFPA recipients have signed professional contracts, and twenty-one have been first-round NFL Draft selections.

For more information on CFPA, visit the Official CFPA Website.

Hoffman and Friel earn spots on 2013 CFPA Offensive Awards Watch List

Jun 12, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 3:40 pm | Permalink

College Football Performance Awards announced Cody Hoffman and Kaneakua Friel as members of its 2013 CFPA Offensive Awards Watch List this week. Hoffman earned a spot on the 2013 CFPA Wide Receiver Trophy Watch list while Friel earned a spot on the 2013 CFPA Tight End Trophy Watch List.

“Congratulations to wide receiver Cody Hoffman and tight end Kaneakua Friel on earning spots on the 2013 CFPA Offensive Awards Watch List,” said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. “Hoffman and Friel give head coach Bronco Mendenhall’s passing offense strength for 2013.”

Hoffman, a Phil Steele Preseason All-American for 2013, was an SI.com All-America honorable mention last season. The senior led BYU in all receiving categories with 100 receptions, 1,248 yards and 11 touchdowns. His 100 receptions and 1,248 yards are both second most in a single season in school history.

Friel started all 13 games of 2012 and finished second on the team with five touchdown receptions. The senior was named the FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week and CFPA National Tight End of the Week for the week of Sept. 3.

Last season, BYU star Kyle Van Noy earned the 2012 CFPA Linebacker Trophy and 2012 CFPA National Defensive Performer of the Year Trophy. Former BYU tight end Dennis Pitta earned the 2009 CFPA Elite Tight End Trophy.

Returning linebacker Van Noy joins fellow CFPA winners Jadeveon Clowney, AJ McCarron, Johnny Manziel, Marqise Lee and Braxton Miller as one of six featured players on the cover of the 2013 CFPA Watch List.

All CFPA recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration. More than 130 CFPA recipients have signed professional contracts, and twenty-one have been first-round NFL Draft selections.

For more information on CFPA, visit the Official CFPA Website.

Two Cougar Fan Fests scheduled for this week

May 21, 2013 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 12:45 pm | Updated: May 21, 2013 1:08 pm | Permalink

Athletes and coaches from BYU Athletics descended on St. George, Utah, Saturday for the first-ever Cougar Fan Fest. Two more Cougar Fan Fest events will be held in northern Utah tonight and tomorrow. The event in Spanish Fork begins at 6 p.m. MDT Tuesday at the Spanish Fork Sports Complex, and the event in Sandy begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Amphitheater Park.

Football players and coaches—including Kyle Van Noy, Taysom Hill, Mark Atuaia and Robert Anae—were in attendance on Saturday, signing autographs and taking photos with fans. The football team was joined by representatives from the men’s basketball team, women’s basketball team, women’s soccer team, men’s and women’s volleyball teams and cheer squad. Cosmo also made an appearance.

Fans gathered for pictures in BYU football helmets, pads and jerseys. The event also included bounce houses and athletic activities for kids.

For more information, check out the official release.

All-American Attracts Attention Across The Pond

May 20, 2013 - Posted by at 5:15 pm | Updated: May 20, 2013 5:17 pm | Permalink

BYU All-American linebacker Kyle Van Noy is garnering attention not only locally and nationally but also on the other side of the Atlantic. Having caught the eyes of TV viewers in the UK with his performance in the 2012 Poinsettia Bowl, Van Noy is featured this week in a sports podcast based out of Scotland. 

Van Noy joins hosts Colan Lamont and Jonathon Moar in a nearly 30-minute podcast with the v2Journal, discussing a wide range of topics from independence to his development as a player under Bronco Mendenhall to his thoughts on playing in intimidating road environments.  He discusses last year's BYU season, the NFL Draft, and what he is doing to get ready for his senior year. He talks about his friend, Ziggy Ansah, and what he's like away from the football field, and gives his thoughts on how successful he will be with the Detroit Lions.

Select the following link to listen to the v2Journal podcast with KVN.

Coach Mendenhall's take on NFL Draft experience, more videos

May 09, 2013 - Posted by at 5:32 pm | Updated: May 9, 2013 10:38 pm | Permalink

Over the past two weeks since Ziggy Ansah was picked in the first round of the NFL Draft, a sampling of links to articles, interviews, videos and photos have been posted on this blog about Ziggy's draft experience. Here are links to go back and see more on The Buzz on Ziggy and More Ziggy!

Also, check out the BYU Cougars YouTube page to see many other BYU videos, including this one offering Coach Mendenhall's take on the NFL Draft experience from an exclusive interview in New York the morning after the first round.  

"It was an amazing experience," BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "...To see him stand on the stage in front of the world and be one of the top selected football players in this year's draft...if the story ended there it would be a great story, but I think there's going to be maybe an even more compelling one that happens from here on out."

More Ziggy!

May 02, 2013 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 5:05 pm | Updated: May 3, 2013 11:47 am | Permalink

A lot happened last week for BYU's Ziggy Ansah, graduating from BYU and being selected with the No. 5 overall pick in the NFL Draft. ESPN's Todd McShay said "five years ago, Ezekiel Ansah had never even seen a football game, now he's the 5th pick. Best story of the draft."  

Ziggy is certainly a big story. Ziggy and BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall did many interviews in New York, and Ziggy continuted to be the center of attention meeting with media and fans in Detroit as the top pick of the Lions. We already shared some of the buzz on Ziggy in a previous blog post, but here are a few more photos, stories, videos and interviews worth checking out:

Ziggy's Draft Week in :60

Yahoo! Sports NFL This Week: NFL Draftee's historic day

Coach Mendenhall talks Ziggy on The Huge Show

Coach Mendenhall on KSL Radio's Cougar Sports Saturday on Ziggy and the NFL Draft

Jeff Call of the Deseret News talks about being in New York covering Ziggy and the NFL Draft

True Blue: NFL Draft Recap

Ziggy Ansah’s mom was hoping a team in Utah would draft him

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Detriot Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah has gone from hoop dreams to football gridiron
 
 

Ziggy Ansah, the newest Detroit Lion

Apr 25, 2013 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 8:35 pm | Updated: April 26, 2013 7:24 am | Permalink

On Thursday, former BYU defensive end Ziggy Ansah's journey from Ghana to the NFL became a reality when he was selected as the fifth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.

Leading up to the draft on Thursday, Ansah and other top NFL Draft prospects visited children at the Kravis Children's Hospital at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. Afterward, Ansah spent time with family and did some interviews until it was time to get ready for his appearance on the Red Carpet at Radio City Music Hall. 

Another special part of Ansah's day was joining many other BYU students who graduated on Thursday. Ansah doned a cap and gown to take some photos with his Mom, Elizabeth, and other family and friends in celebration of his achievement. Not a bad day—graduate from college, get a job playing football in the NFL as the No. 5 overall pick in the NFL Draft. 

Here's a bit more on his selection:

Lions front office on Ziggy

http://www.detroitlions.com/media-center/videos/Martin-Mayhew-and-Jim-Sc...

Lions draft Ziggy

http://www.detroitlions.com/media-center/videos/Lions_draft_Ezekiel_Ansa...

CBSSports.com blog on Ziggy to Lions

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/22139679/nfl-draft-lio...

Bronco Mendenhall
I think this is fantastic for Ziggy and our program. Our program wins a lot of games and plays at a high level. Our defense was No. 3 in the nation and Ziggy was a big part of that.

It was a real honor for me to be part of this experience for Ziggy at the draft and over the past three years. To go from not playing football to a top-5 pick in three years is a tribute to Ziggy and his willingness to work hard and also to our program.

Ziggy is a phenomenal person, and I think the Detroit fans will love him. They will see a very unique personality. He is a very kind, gentle and obedient person off the field, but when he plays he is ferocious and plays very, very hard.

Ezekiel Ansah
I’m just happy I’ve come this far. This journey has just begun. I’m excited—I give credit to everybody. I give credit to Bronco Mendenhall for pushing me during practice and teaching me how to be a football player. I give credit to my fans back at BYU and to my teammates.