Men's Football Blog

Gridiron Rumble!

Jul 31, 2010 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 11:05 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall and members of the Cougar coaching staff participated in the Gridiron Rumble motorcycle ride on Saturday, July 31, to benefit people with special needs.

A good turnout of riders joined the Cougars coaches on the benefit ride that started at Timpanogos Harley-Davidson in Lindon. The riders made their way to Fairview Canyon, down Skyline Drive to Huntington and on to Price before returning to Timpanogos Harley-Davidson in Lindon for some games, giveaways and a complimentary lunch.

Cosmo was also be in attendance. Proceeds from the ride go to Thursday's Heroes, an initiative of the BYU football program for people with special needs and circumstances. The Gridiron Rumble was presented by Timpanogos Harley-Davidson and The Fully Invested Foundation.


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MWC Football Media Days Kickoff 2010 Season

Jul 28, 2010 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 12:20 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

DAY ONE

The 2010 Mountain West Conference Football Media Days began Monday, July 26, with a series of meetings for the conference media relations directors and later the nine head football coaches.

Held at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, the day concluded with the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Student-Athlete Bowling Challenge. BYU’s All-American candidate Matt Reynolds bowled a 159 to lead his team to a victory with fellow Cougar Andrew Rich adding a 137 to the team's winning effort. When asked about his winning strategy by a reporter from The MTN, Reynolds said, “bowl, just bowl, bowl, bowl.” He then added it might have something to do with the Cougar blue bowling ball he used.


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DAY TWO

Day two of the 2010 MWC Football Media Days is in the books. To say the day was a marathon would be an understatement. Tuesday began for Andrew Rich and Reynolds at 9 a.m., with television interviews on VERSUS and concluded at 5:15 p.m., with The MTN.

In between were countless print and television interviews, mixed in with several live radio shows. Add in a lunch break around 11:30 a.m., and it was a very long day. Both BYU student-athletes got word early Tuesday morning they had been selected to the 2010 Preseason All-MWC Team, as chosen by conference media members. Both were humbled when asked about being selected.

“It’s an honor to be named to the Preseason All-MWC Team. At the same time it is preseason,” said Rich from the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas. “The award is not about the individual, but the team. It’s my teammates and the coaches that really deserve the recognition.”

“It’s always an honor to be recognized for your efforts on the field,” said Reynolds. “My focus is to perform well and help our team be successful.”

Coach Bronco Mendenhall was also busy throughout the day. Beginning with a CBS College Sports interviews at 11:30 a.m. and concluding with an interview with James Bates of The MTN about 6 p.m. Along the way Mendenhall answered questions about the upcoming season, personnel issues, recruiting, conference expansion, the BCS, scheduling, and a myriad of other topics.

“I’m a big believer in the collective. While it’s a much more compelling story to talk about the individual, that’s really not the way I operate,” said Mendenhall during a print media session. “I’m completely confident the pieces will fall into place when they are supposed to ... we have good players and we have good people, we just try to find out who (will play which roles) as quickly as we can.”

DAY THREE

Wednesday’s activities began at 8 a.m., for Coach Mendenhall with some promos for The MTN. MWC Commissioner Craig Thompson addressed the media at 8:30 a.m., with his annual “state of the conference” address.

The rest of the morning Coach Mendenhall and the BYU student-athletes did one-on-one interviews with The MTN, CBS College Sports and TheMWC.com. A one-hour, one-on-one interview session with the print media concluded the week’s activities for Reynolds and Rich at 11:30 a.m.

Time to head back to Provo. Fall camp opens on Saturday, Aug. 7 — just 10 more days Cougar Nation. What happened to the summer?

CLICK HERE for more information about MWC Media Days

Unga Works Out for NFL Scouts

Jul 08, 2010 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 7:54 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink


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PROVO, Utah (July 8, 2010) - Former BYU running back Harvey Unga worked out for NFL scouts from 20 different teams on Thursday in preparation for the upcoming NFL Supplemental Draft.

Unga, BYU's all-time leading rusher in only three full years with the program, participated in regular combine drills during a personal workout for over two hours at the Student Athlete Building complex.

"I'm just looking for a shot or an open door," Unga said. "I felt good about everything and am just thankful for the guys that came out. I did all that I could."

After being measured and weighed, Unga bench pressed and tested his vertical and standing long jump. After going outside, Unga ran two 40-yard dashes, then participated in various drills testing his speed, feet and hands.

"There's been a lot of outside help. I've talked to [former Cougars] Fuhi [Vakapuna], Fahu [Tahi] and Manase [Tonga]," Unga said. "There's a lot of help especially from the Polynesian guys. We're a tight-knit group."

The NFL Supplemental Draft will be held July 15. After the order for the draft (roughly worst record first and then continuing on to the best record) is determined, each team submits to the league via email the name of the player(s) they are interested in, as well as the round of the supplemental draft they would like to choose them in. The team that submits the highest bid is awarded rights to the player. If more than one team bids a pick from the same round, the team with the highest pick in the round wins out.

If a team uses a pick in the Supplemental Draft, they must forfeit their choice in the corresponding round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Another Successful Chat

Jan 28, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 3:26 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Thanks to everyone who submitted questions for former Cougar David Nixon in today's player chat. There were some great questions for the Oakland Raider linebacker.

If you missed the chat check it out HERE.

Player Chat on Thursday

Jan 26, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 2:27 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Our first player chat of 2010 is coming up on Thursday! SUBMIT QUESTIONS now for former BYU linebacker David Nixon. David is back in Provo after spending this past season with the Oakland Raiders.

The chat will begin at 2 p.m. MT on Thursday. Don't miss it!

More Videos

Dec 22, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 4:36 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Yesterday All-American Dennis Pitta and Academic All-American Matt Bauman accompanied head coach Bronco Mendenhall in representing BYU at the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas press conference. Oregon State's head coach Mike Riley was present, along with quarterback Sean Canfield and linebacker Keaton Kristick.

Following the press conference both teams participated in the Kickoff Luncheon. ESPN's Rece Davis was the guest speaker.

Here are a couple videos from the press conference and luncheon.

Photos From Saturday

Dec 21, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 3:14 pm | Permalink

Here are some photos taken from Saturday's activities, including, practice, ESPN Zone and the Terry Fator Show.

Vegas: Day 2

Dec 20, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 11:49 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

This morning the team attended the sacrament meeting conducted by the Las Vegas 8th ward. The ward put on a great Christmas program.

After a few hours of free time, the team loaded up the busses and headed to Fremont Street for the Outback Buffet Bowl. While enjoying steak and grilled chicken from Outback, BYU and Oregon State watched highlight reels of the 2009 season.

Hopefully I'll be posting some pictures of the past couple days pretty soon. Keep an eye out for those! But while you wait for the pictures, check out this video of the dance-off competition yesterday. Watch the dance skills of our very own Lee Aguirre, O'Neill Chambers and Tui Crichton.

It's Bowl Week!

Dec 20, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 12:48 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Well, bowl week is officially upon us! Check back throughout the week as I'll be posting videos and photos of the weekly events. Thank you in advance to Mark Philbrick for all the photos.

The team arrived here in Las Vegas yesterday afternoon and enjoyed dinner at the Spice Market Buffet downstairs in the Planet Hollywood. It was a great meal with food from all over the world. I think the crab and shrimp at the seafood counter was definitely the most popular.

Today was busy from the start. The team practiced at Clark High School which is just a few minutes from our hotel.

Following practice the players had a few hours to themselves before loading back onto the busses and heading to the ESPN Zone located in the New York New York hotel. Once there, both BYU and Oregon State were welcomed by MAACO Bowl Las Vegas executive director Tina Kunzer-Murphy out on the bridge. BYU won the annual dance-off which featured Cougars Tui Crichton, Lee Aguirre and O'Neill Chambers. Then Corby Eason and Terence Brown notched another win for BYU as they defeated OSU in the "How Well Do You Know Your Teammate" contest.

Both teams headed indoors for food and unlimited games for about an hour and a half. BYU coaches and players gathered around TVs to watch fellow Mountain West Conference team Wyoming record a 38-28 double-overtime win over Fresno State in the New Mexico Bowl.

From ESPN Zone the teams headed straight to The Mirage to catch "A Very Terry Christmas" performed by Terry Fator. The show was really entertaining and included a guest appearance by BYU's own defensive lineman David Tuitupou. Check out the video for a glimpse of what happened. You won't want to miss it!

After the show players from both teams hung back to meet Terry and take a few photos. Riley Nelson, Harvey Unga, Matt Marshall, JJ Di Luigi, Russell Tialavea and Simote Vea were there representing BYU.

Utah Pregame Fireside

Nov 28, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 1:15 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Last night's fireside was more of a musical fireside, with numbers by both players and coaches on the team.

The first number was "I Heard Him Come," performed by McCall Clark, a friend of the team. Academic All-American and team captain Matt Bauman, along with defensive lineman Brett Denney were next. They played "Nearer My God to Thee" on their violins, with linebacker Grant Nelson accompanying them on the piano.

Manase Tonga, Spencer Hafoka, Travis Uale, Anthony Heimuli and Tevita Hola stood up next to sing a Tongan hymn. Offensive coordinator Robert Anae, his brother Alan and Mark Atuaia added two Hawaiian songs.

The final musical number featured the entire team as it stood to sing, "We'll Bring the World His Truth."