Men's Football Blog

New Mexico Bowl - Day 1

Dec 15, 2010 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 8:57 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Dec. 15, 2010) – The BYU football team enjoyed its first day of New Mexico Bowl activities on Wednesday as the team arrived in Albuquerque, practiced, and joined UTEP for dinner and the announcement of the winner of the Chile Bowl cook-off.

After an initial delay on the tarmac in Salt Lake City waiting for the plane to be de-iced, the Cougars and company took off early this morning, landing in Albuquerque a little more than an hour later.

Upon arriving at the hotel, the party was greeted with an authentic mariachi band outside the front doors and the Cougar Fight Song proudly sounding down the halls inside, a welcome greeting provided by New Mexico Bowl representatives to the players, coaches, staff and their families.

The team had enough time to put down their bags and eat a quick lunch before getting back on the buses and traveling to nearby Manzano High School for practice. Despite warm temperatures just an hour before, a constant wind made things increasingly chilly during the approximately 80-minute run-through. Afterward, the team returned to the hotel to get ready for dinner at the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, which sits adjacent to the grounds used for the city’s annual hot air balloon fiesta, the largest hot air balloon festival in the world, drawing around 750 hot air balloons every October.

While both BYU and UTEP enjoyed dinner, the winner of the New Mexico Bowl’s annual El Pinto Chile Bowl was announced. A video was shown of each team preparing its own chili after which three local judges, including Miss New Mexico, were shown testing each team’s end result.

Provided with a recipe provided by strength and conditioning coach Jay Omer’s wife, BYU’s team of Brandon Bradley, Brandon Ogletree, Jason Speredon and Richard Wilson helped the Cougars take home the El Pinto Chile Bowl plate for the best chile. The four-man team cooked the chile a few days before in the kitchens of Ruby River Steakhouse, using a spicy combination to beat out the UTEP's entry. BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall accepted the award from Dave “The Pope of Peppers” DeWitt, the world’s foremost authority on chile peppers who has authored more than 30 books on the subject.

BYU was happy to win the friendly competition and hopes to change the fortunes of past Chile Bowl winners as none of the previous four victors went on to win the actual bowl game in the four-year history of the event.

To end the night, members of the team enjoyed the hospitality room by playing video games, eating, watching television and socializing.

Thursday's Hero - Devin Jensen

Dec 10, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 9:19 am | Permalink

Devin Jensen was killed in a car accident following the BYU-Utah game just two weeks ago. He and his sister were taking a friend home after watching the game at their house, when they lost control of the car.

The second oldest of six children, Devin was a junior at Bear River high School where he was a letter-winner on the football team. He was very involved in student government and earned his Eagle Scout award.

Devin and his family attended the New Mexico game earlier this season. He enjoyed standing in the tunnel pregame, watching the team run out onto the field.

To read more about Devin go to

Thursday's Hero - Trey Larson

Nov 24, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 10:59 am | Permalink

The third-oldest child in his family, Trey was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in January of this year. He was admitted to Primary Children’s Medical Center where he underwent surgeries for port placement in his chests, spinal taps, rounds of chemotherapy and blood transfusions.

To read more about Trey's visit and watch a video, go to

Thursday's Hero - Brigham Larkin

Nov 19, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 9:20 am | Permalink

Brigham was born with down syndrome and with a hole in his heart, keeping him in the hospital for the first three months of his life. Despite a difficult beginning, Brigham has fought his entire life to never let anything stand between him and his dreams.

To read more about Brigham's visit and watch a video, go to

Colorado State Pregame Fireside

Nov 15, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 11:28 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Thank you to everyone who came out to last week's pregame fireside at the Fort Collins Stake Center.

Sophomore inside linebacker Brandon Ogletree was the first speaker of the night. He shared an experience he had while serving in the Chile Concepcion South Mission.

To read the complete fireside recap, go to

Thursday's Hero - Sam Harrison

Nov 12, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 8:27 am | Permalink

Originally from Wisconsin, 27-year-old Sam Harrison is a huge BYU football fan. Married for five years, he and his wife have a two-and-a-half year-old son.

To read more about Sam's visit and watch a video, go to

UNLV Pregame Fireside

Nov 08, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 10:43 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

The traditional pregame fireside was a little different this week as the team visited the Slate Canyon Youth Detention Center. The format was the same, with talks by tight ends Mike Muehlmann and Marcus Mathews, and head coach Mendenhall.

To read the complete fireside recap, go to

Thursday's Hero - Mark Farnsworth

Nov 05, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 9:21 am | Permalink

Born in Emmett, Idaho, Mark has always been a very independent, strong-willed individual, evident as he learned to walk by 7-1/2 months. When he was five he began having seizures and was diagnosed with epilepsy.

To read more about Mark's visit and watch a video, go to

Trip to the Boys & Girls Club

Oct 25, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 10:05 am | Permalink

The team paid a visit to the Boys & Girls Club Friday night. To read more about the trip and watch a video, visit

Thursday's Hero - Davey Smith

Oct 22, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 8:46 am | Permalink

Davey was left paralyzed after a shotgun accident in December 1984. He spent three months in Primary Childrens’ Hospital in critical condition.

To read more about Davey and see a video of his visit with the team, visit