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Q&A with Jordan Johnson

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by McKay Perry at 4:54 pm | Updated: July 13, 2013 1:03 pm | Permalink
Are you the fastest guy on the team?
I’m one of them.  I can tell you that.
Who’s the funniest guy on the team?
Trent Trammel.  He’s like a jokester.  He’s always getting after guys.  Hands down, the funniest guy.
What are you most excited about in this upcoming season?
I have another year to help my team win and do as well as we can.  We get to go back to Texas.  My mother lives out there in Houston and we play [against] Houston.  We have a lot of new guys.  Starting new relationships, building that camaraderie is going to be fun. 
Are there any opponents on your schedule that you definitely want to avenge from last year?
Boise State and Notre Dame.  I have respect for both of those programs, but when we play them again it’s going to be a different story. 
Are there any particular stadiums that you like playing in besides here at home?
Two years ago was Cowboy Stadium and last season was Notre Dame—just the history behind it and my father lives there too.

BYU Quarterback Factory quotes

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by at 4:41 pm | Updated: June 26, 2013 4:50 pm | Permalink

Ty Detmer

On why he picked BYU: "The stability of the program. I knew I could go there and Coach would be there the whole time. He's just a great man. He made the football office feel like home. We could go in and hang out and sit around and wait for class or wait for meetings, and we were always welcome in there." 

Robbie Bosco

"I wasn't sure how good we were going to be, because we had a lot of young players. We played University of Baylor at home... from that play on, I thought we were going to be pretty good. It was something that just looked really good, and people were doing everything we were supposed to do, and that's what our offense was supposed to look like. And from that time on, we just took off and played pretty good the rest of the way."

Gary Sheide

“When Coach Edwards and Robbie (Bosco) won the national championship, they had a little get together celebration down in southern California. I remember the old, old quarterbacks were back there and some of the players, and each one of them got up and talked about coach and said ‘You know, coach Edwards was like a father figure to us.’ Each one would get up and talk about something coach did and he said, ‘He was like a father figure to us.’ Then when coach Edwards got up he said, ‘I hope you treated your real fathers better than you treated us.’”

On greatest memory as BYU quarterback: “The memory that steps out in my mind was (when) we were getting ready to play Arizona State. Arizona and Arizona State pretty much dominated the conference back then, and we needed to win to win the Fiesta Bowl. We had a little rally at the school in the evening, and coach Edwards got up and he introduced every player, and he introduced every player’s mom and dad by name and where they were from. He knew everything about that. It was so impressive, and we loved to play for coach Edwards. When we won that first conference championship there was only about eight bowl games and to play in the Fiesta Bowl was a great honor.”

Gifford Nielsen

"Coach Edwards asked me if I wanted to change the course of college football. Everybody at that time was running the veer or running the wishbone, and he wanted to throw. I listened to him, he talked me into it and it just turned out beautiful."
"The philosophy on offense was that no matter what they did on defense, they were wrong. We got that confidence to have the ability to throw the ball, handle things properly, make good reads and do so quickly. Then we got to the point where we started to blossom. We got to the point where we had so much confidence we just didn't think we could lose."

Steve Sarikisian

"I'll never forget my home visit when coach Edwards was sitting in front of me and my parents. He said 'I'm not going to guarantee you anything, but the one thing I will guarantee is an opportunity to compete for the starting job.' I use that same line in every home I go into for recruiting."

LaVell Edwards

On Jim McMahon: “One of the great stories about Jim was in the Holiday Bowl. Somewhere in the fourth quarter with about seven minutes left, it’s fourth down and we’re behind 20 points and had no chance to win it, so I sent the punting team in. Jim was in the huddle and he looked up and saw the punting team coming in.  He stopped, stepped out of the huddle and motioned for them to get back. The team stopped, turned around and looked at us.  We were saying, 'Get in there. Get in.'  He didn’t want to, so finally we called a time out.  Jim came over to the sideline and in his own [special] way he said something like, ‘Golly gee guys’ or something like that. He made the point, ‘You coaches have quit.’  He really got into our faces, and we said relax, go back in.  We let him call the play on that fourth down. We went on down the field and scored.”

Marc Wilson

"On one moment of his career that stands out: "If I had to pick one play, it would be my senior year, when we played Utah… They radioed down to me and said I was six yards away from the NCAA single game passing record. They actually sent me back in the game to get six yards to get this record. We weren't trying to run up the score… It was third down. We called the play, and it turned out to be a touchdown. We broke the record and for 40 years Utah has been mad about it."

Steve Young

On coach Edwards' impact: “Without coach (Edwards) there is no way I would ever play quarterback. There is no way I would have ever played football. His vision for me gave me a chance, and I’ve said this to anyone whether it was Bill Walsh, Mike Shanahan, Mike Holmgren or Sid Gillman, ‘coach Edwards knew me better than I knew myself.’ That’s one of the best compliments I can ever give him.”

On having fun as a team: “One of my favorite memories is playing Wyoming, San Diego State or even Utah, and they couldn’t fathom that they were getting beat by this group of guys. They were like, ‘Who are these guys?’ We were just so cohesive and such good friends, and we played so well together that we couldn’t get beat. We made people really frustrated. ‘How can these guys be beating us and beating us pretty good too?’”
On Robbie Bosco: “My senior year I got knocked out of a game against Utah State, and Robbie Bosco went in there and I realized very quickly that I needed to get back in the game or I’d never get back in the game. I ran back on the field and Robbie was like, ‘Go rest, we’re fine.’ I was like, ‘No way buddy, I’m not giving you any luck. I love you, but you got to take your turn here.’”


BYU quarterback factory concludes Media Day broadcasts on BYUtv

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 4:18 pm | Permalink
Former BYU head coach LaVell Edwards and quarterbacks Gary Sheide, Gifford Nielsen, Marc Wilson, Robbie Bosco, and Steve Young joined Dave McCann in studio for a BYU quarterback special. Also joining via satellite were Ty Detmer and Steve Sarkisian. Jim McMahon joined in through prerecorded segments.
Six of BYU’s seven hall of fame quarterbacks were included in the broadcast.
Sheide, Nielsen, Wilson, and Bosco each came out with Edwards to start the show and reminisced about their experiences with coach Edwards.
Sheide went to visit BYU with an urging from his mom, who had never heard of BYU, but who loved LaVell Edwards. Bosco saw Edwards as a father figure and cited him for helping to make BYU a comfortable place for him.
Ty Detmer took part in the conversation from Austin, Texas, and said that Edwards provided a sense of stability and created such a tradition of good quarterbacks at BYU which helped influence his decision to attend BYU. Edwards joked that Detmer “kept him employed.”
Each quarterback was able to talk about their memories of each other and how each one influenced the other in coming to BYU or improving their game.
Steve Young joined the panel and said that coach Edwards saw something in himself that he didn’t see.
Steve Sarkisian joined the broadcast from Seattle and talked about how coach Edwards influenced his own coaching career at the University of Washington. Sarkisian also reminisced about his senior season where the team went 14-1.
The quarterbacks and coach Edwards were able to talk about Bosco and the 1984 undefeated season that led to BYU’s first and only national football championship. 
The quarterbacks closed the show with their favorite BYU football memory. Coach Edwards was also able to think about his many fond memories of BYU football and of course could not forget beating Utah during his first year at BYU.
BYUtv will rebroadcast all of the Media Day specials throughout the afternoon and evening. Check the BYU athletics website for blogs, videos and story recaps on the day.

Kyle Van Noy’s actions speak volumes

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 3:13 pm | Permalink

BYU’s linebacker Kyle Van Noy is going into his last season the same way he has entered every other year. Despite his shoulder injury last year, Van Noy is 100 percent right now and is working on getting in better shape, getting faster and getting stronger.

While some team leaders lead through words, Van Noy is known for showing his leadership through actions.

“I want to be able to change the momentum of games and help out the team as best as possible,” Van Noy said. “And if I do that, everything else will fall into place.”

He doesn’t pride himself in his experience at BYU, but wants to encourage and help his teammates to know that they have the potential to be great.

“I’m not the cheerleader type of guy, but I think my play and how I go into meetings and practice speaks volumes,” Van Noy said. “So I hope that they can follow in that matter.”

His passion is shown through his determination in keeping a strict diet of chicken, salad and rice, with an occasional ice cream, as well as his attitude.

“I’m too blessed to be stressed,” he said. “I’m going to keep saying it because it’s true.”

Van Noy didn’t need to answer which opponent he was looking forward to because everybody knew. However, he didn’t think of Utah as “unfinished business.” The only unfinished business he has is with himself.

Q&A with Taysom Hill

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 3:06 pm | Permalink
What other changes have you seen since Spring without the coaches?
“I think it’s forced us as players to take more ownership. Which I think has been really good. We’ve taken initiative. We’re having to call the play, we’re having to make audibles and checks and everything else. As a whole it has caused us to learn the offense really well, so we can go out and make calls and make plays.”
What are your expectations for the offense this year?
“I have really high expectations. We have the potential to (be great). We had some moments where we were really good this last spring, and we were playing a pretty good defense too. That’s the expectation, and I expect our offense to be back to where BYU usually is.”
How’s the offseason been different knowing that you’re the guy?
“It’s created some unique challenges and unique opportunities. It’s different going into a season named the starter. I have had the opportunity to take more of a leadership role as the quarterback and that’s been fun.”
How much has it been emphasized to you to stay injury free?
“It’s been emphasized daily. I had a conversation with coach Anae, I don’t know if he was joking, but I hope he was joking. He said, ‘If you don’t slide in a game I am going to pull you out.’ I think that’s one of the things that I’ve learned most from my injury is I need to play smarter in the shots that I take.”

Van Noy sees success of friend as “inspiring”

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by rwaite at 2:58 pm | Permalink
At BYU Football Media Day, you expect to hear athletes talking about bowl game aspirations and NFL dreams. But Kyle Van Noy was talking a completely different sport--basketball.
One of Van Noy’s best friends, Brandon Davies of the BYU men’s basketball team, is hoping to hear his name called Thursday night at the NBA draft.
“Brandon’s my guy,” Van Noy said. “It’s inspiring to see what he’s doing.”
Since being named the MVP of the Portsmouth Invitational, a postseason tournament for outgoing college seniors, Davies’ NBA draft stock has risen. He has worked out for multiple teams that have shown interest in his skill set.
Davies is projected as a potential second-round pick, but Van Noy thinks he’s nailed down which team will take his friend.
“I’m going to be watching it really closely,” Van Noy said. “I’m predicting he’ll go to the Spurs.”
Van Noy was predicted to become a professional athlete himself in the 2013 NFL draft, but came back to BYU for his senior season. Now he hopes that Davies can make the biggest stage in basketball, and he can make the biggest stage in football.
“I’m proud of Brandon,” Van Noy said. “I told him last night when he got home and I picked him up from the airport that he’s a good kid, that I love him and can’t wait to see his name called and celebrate with him.”

Q&A with JD Falslev

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by McKay Perry at 2:52 pm | Permalink
How’s your summer been?
It’s been good. Just going to Lake Powell.  Work and working out.  It’s a college kid thing, right? 
What do you think about the BYU Broadcasting facilities and Media Day?
It’s cool. I’ve been up here, but what they do up here is cool. We need it to get BYU football out there.  It’s kind of how BYU does things.  When we do things, we do it right.
Who is your biggest fan?
My number-one fan is my sister. No doubt.  She’s been there since I was a little kid. There were a lot of times where she could have said, ‘Why don’t I get any attention?’ She’s never done that. I mean she has Google alerts every time my name comes up, she gets an email.  So tell me another number-one fan that has that going on. 
What are you looking forward to most about the season?

We have one of the toughest schedules ever. As a player, you have to break it down game by game.  Right now my focus is on Virginia, where it should be.  I haven’t beaten Utah since I’ve been here.  I haven’t forgotten that.  There’s a chip on all of our shoulders, especially the seniors.

Q & A with Cody Hoffman

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 2:45 pm | Permalink
What football stadium are you most looking forward to playing in this season?
“I would have to say Wisconsin. I’ve seen videos of them doing their jump around thing, and I thought that was cool. I feel like they have a lot of history with the talent they have.”
What is your favorite football memory?
“That’s tough, but I’d probably say last year when I scored five touchdowns. It doesn’t happen every day that a receiver scores that many in a game, so I guess that one just sticks out in my head.”
Tell me about your family.
“I have a little brother who’s 18. I lived at home with my mom and dad in California. My brother doesn’t want to be a football player. He’s living the good life back at home with my family and going to college.”

Craig Bills and Daniel Sorensen on the 2013 and 2012 seasons

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by McKay Perry at 2:41 pm | Permalink
Bills and Sorensen on what they're looking forward to in 2013:
“Right now, probably Virginia,” Bills said. Sorensen agreed. 
As an independent, BYU has been fortunate to play in many venues across the nation. 
“I liked playing at Notre Dame,” Bills said.  “I think it’s just the tradition they have. When we came into the stadium, their band was playing some cool stuff.”
Sorensen added, “Notre Dame was a really fun game.  Some other ones that stick out are when we played at Texas two years ago. Wisconsin should be a fun stadium to play in.”
The BYU defense achieved new heights last year with a dominating defense, but the Cougars look to move forward and improve even more.
“I think that we just can’t be satisfied,” Bills said. “I think we need to avoid comparing ourselves to last season. There’s a lot of [roster] changes.”
But as serious as these players are, they like to have fun and enjoy a laugh once in a while.
“Are there any funny guys on the defense? Kyle’s pretty funny. Spencer’s pretty funny,” Bills and Sorensen said. “Most of the funny guys are the offensive lineman.”

Q & A with Bronson Kaufusi

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 1:56 pm | Permalink
Kaufusi talks about getting married.
“I’m marrying Hilary Smith. She’s a goalie on the BYU soccer team, and we’re getting married on July 6. We’re excited. She’s beautiful and wonderful. I’m a lucky guy.”
Why do you like basketball and football? How are they different?
“I love football. I love the camaraderie and physicality of it. I love the one-on-one situations and the challenges on each down.
“You have that one-on-one situation with basketball as well, but I just love how smooth basketball is. It’s different from football. I love the style of the game and the teammates. It’s a little bit different team setting. It’s a smaller team, and you know everyone’s names, whereas in football you have a bigger team and don’t know everyone. Sometimes you just see their number and helmet and that’s it.”
If there was one thing you could tell the fans that they don’t know about you, what would it be?
“I didn’t play in a football or basketball game for four years because I got hurt my senior year so I didn't get to play again until after my mission.”