Men's Football Blog

Revving Up to Benefit Child Abuse Prevention

Aug 01, 2009 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 1:31 pm | Permalink

Saturday morning BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall and several members of his coaching staff participated in a fun event to benefit local child abuse prevention programs.

Coach Mendenhall led a large group of motorcycle riders on the benefit ride called the Black Leather and Cougar Blue Motorcycle Ride. The ride originated at Timpanogos Harley in Lindon and went up Provo Canyon and past Kamas before returning to Lindon.

Coach Mendenhall said he first started riding at the suggestion of his brother Mat, who was a standout defensive end for the Cougars in the late 70s before going on to play for the Washington Redskins in the NFL.

"I used to think my commute to work was too long, but now I wish the commute was longer," Coach Mendenhall explained about his enthusiasm for riding. "My youngest son Raeder loves riding. He demands to ride up front so he can feel the wind in his face."

Coach Mendenhall expressed his total willingness to lend his support to the cause of benefiting local child abuse prevention programs. "If as the BYU football coach I can help increase awareness for this cause I think that's great."

Offensive coordinator Robert Anae and defensive coordinator Jaime Hill joined Mendenhall on the benefit ride along with many Cougar fans, some former players and other members of the community.

Coach Mendenhall spent time talking to fans and the media during the morning while riders registered at Timpanogos Harley and enjoyed an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Riders paid $25 to participate on the ride with any passengers coming along for just $10. The cost included breakfast, lunch, a pin and a bandana.

The Exchange Club of Utah Valley, Salisbury Homes and Timpanogos Harley teamed to sponsor the event with proceeds benefiting the Family Support and Treatment Center and other local child abuse prevention programs. Many volunteers came out, including those representing the sponsoring entities, to help run the event. The event is one of several benefit rides sponsored by Timpanogos Harley, which also runs the Timpanogos Disability Support Center, a service that customizes wheelchairs for children.

In addition to the ride, the ride sponsors gave away a 2009 Harley-Davidson Street Bob.

Just prior to the event, Coach Mendenhall talked live with Mel Kiper of ESPN about the BYU team and the upcoming season. Fall Camp gets underway in less than a week now with the first practice scheduled for next Saturday, Aug. 8.

Open Practices During Fall Camp

Jul 31, 2009 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 6:40 pm | Permalink

Three practices will be open to the public during Fall Camp for Cougar fans interested in seeing the 2009 team as it prepares for the upcoming season.

Open practices are scheduled for the first day of two-a-days on Friday, Aug. 14, with both the 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. practices being open to the public. The 5 p.m. practice will be open to help those who may otherwise have difficulty attending during the day.

The team's practice on Tuesday, Aug. 18 will also be open to the public. The practice on the 18th begins at 10 a.m. and is the same day of the annual Cougar Kickoff event held to meet the team that evening at 6 p.m. Taking place during Education Week, the practice on the 18th also provides fans attending the annual campus event with an opportunity to see the team.

All practices will be held on the team practice field, which is located just north of the Student Athlete Building. Fans are reminded that the use of video or camera equipment, including cell phone cameras, is not permitted during practice sessions.

Fall Camp Open Practices

Friday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m. — Student Athlete Building Practice Field

Friday, Aug. 14, 5 p.m. — Student Athlete Building Practice Field

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m. — Student Athlete Building Practice Field

2009 MWC Media Days

Jul 22, 2009 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 2:33 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Coach Mendenhall, tight end Dennis Pitta and defensive back Andrew Rich just concluded their time in Las Vegas at the 2009 Mountain West Conference Media Days. Click the links below to read, watch and listen to some of what they had to say during the annual event.

Attending MWC Media Days

BYU Picked Second in Preseason MWC Media Poll

Hall Named Preseason MWC Offensive Player of the Year

The new online version of the media guide was also launched during the media days. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Watch Photo Shoot and Cowboys Stadium Tour

Jun 05, 2009 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 5:07 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

If you missed seeing the video of the football team's recent photo shoot at the Salt Flats or a tour of the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium, check them out by selecting the following links:


Click to watch the video.


Click to watch the video.

NFL Combine Update Part 2

Feb 23, 2009 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 6:18 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

The three BYU players who participated at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis Feb. 18-24 placed among the top performers in several of the workouts.

Travis Bright had the best vertical jump among the offensive linemen with a mark of 35.5 inches and also tied for eighth with a broad jump of 9-feet. As was mentioned in the first update, Bright had the second-most reps among offensive lineman in the 225-pound bench press with 34, while Ray Feinga totaled 30 reps to tie for 10th on the list.

Austin Collie rated in the top 10 in three different drills. He finished fourth in the 60-yard shuttle with a time of 11.42, tied for sixth in the 3-cone drill with a time of 6.78 and tied for seventh in the bench press with 17 reps.

For more news, photos and information from the Combine CLICK HERE.

NFL Combine Update

Feb 20, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 5:39 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Three Cougars were invited and are currently at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis this week--wide receiver Austin Collie and offensive linemen Travis Bright and Ray Feinga.

Both Bright and Feinga made the list of Top Performers in the bench press for offensive linemen, with Bright recording 34 reps, the second-highest of those in his position. Feinga tied with four other players with 30.

For complete results, news and photos from the Combine CLICK HERE.

"Wall to Wall" with the Brandons

Feb 03, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 2:28 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

This morning defensive backs Brandon Bradley and Brandon Howard took a trip around campus, quizzing BYU students and fans on their knowledge of BYU football. The interviews are for the pair's self-titled segment, "Wall to Wall With B-Squared" which will be posted here at byucougars.com periodically through the upcoming weeks.

Questions included:

- Which team will BYU face in its 2009 season opener?

- Name the BYU receiver who led the country in receiving yards this season and has declared himself eligible for the NFL Draft.

- What do you think the team's 2009 motto should be?

Bradley and Howard also carried with them several photos of current and past BYU players, asking people to identify them.

Check back and make sure you watch these interviews. You'll definitely be surprised at some of the responses the players received (or didn't receive). Very entertaining!

Successful Chat

Jan 30, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 11:19 am | Permalink

Thanks everyone for submitting questions and comments for our player chat with Bryan Kehl yesterday. It went really well and he enjoyed responding to all your questions. It's nice to have former players come back and interact with BYU fans. If you missed the chat you can go back and read it in our "Chat Archives" found HERE.

After the chat Bryan went upstairs to film a short interview with our own Cougar TV. Keep an eye on the website for that video.

Las Vegas: Day 4

Dec 19, 2008 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 11:23 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Today started off with the team walk-through at Bishop Gorman High School. It lasted for about half an hour. Afterwards, Duff Tittle, Mark Philbrick and I jumped in the van and waited for coach Mendenhall, Max Hall and David Nixon to change into their suits and ties before heading off to the Las Vegas Convention Center for the Las Vegas Bowl press conference. As soon as we reached the convention center we rushed upstairs to the press conference where the media was awaiting our arrival. Coach and the players were joined by Arizona head coach Bob Stoops, receiver Mike Thomas and linebacker Ronnie Palmer.

An hour later the rest of the team arrived for the traditional bowl luncheon. Holly Rowe hosted the event while former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann was the keynote speaker. Before the luncheon began, Duff and I were busy finding BYU players who speak foreign languages for ESPN who is putting together a short package for the bowl game about the 84 return missionaries on our team and the high number of them who speak other languages. The players were asked to share a holiday message in their chosen language. We had representatives who spoke Mandarin Chinese, Samoan, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Hawaiian.

Following the luncheon we all returned to the hotel to relax before the fireside at 7 p.m.

Walk-on defensive lineman Steven Fisher and running back Wayne Latu were the players who spoke at the fireside. Fisher started his talk by sharing the scripture Matthew 7:12, "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets."

"Christ always treated everyone with kindness," shared Fisher. "He spent his time seeking out the one and serving others despite being ridiculed and mocked by others. He truly was the perfect example of kindness."

He shared several examples of when others in his life showed kindness, including a friend he had in the fourth grade and his father.

"Because of my father's kindness I am a totally different man than I would have been otherwise," said Fisher.

Before he gave his talk, Latu joined Harvey Unga, Travis Uale and Michael Alisa to perform an a capella musical number, "Sweet Spirit".

Latu's message focused on the three ways we can become a living testimony of the Savior. First, we cannot represent Christ if we don't know him.

"We need to take an active part in making the Gospel a reality for us," he said.

Secondly, we must put the Lord first. Latu shared a recent personal experience when he and his wife had their second child back in August. Birth complications forced their daughter, Kina, to remain in the hospital for several weeks. Together with his wife, they spent many sleepless nights at their daughter's bedside.

"We love those of whom we serve, those we sacrifice for the most," said Latu. "That same principle is true with our relationship with the Lord. We love the Lord most when we put him first in our lives and sacrifice for him."

Lastly, Latu said we must forget ourselves and go forth and serve. After we apply these three principles, we can truly become living testimonies of the Savior.

Las Vegas: Day 3

Dec 19, 2008 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 12:32 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

It was another busy day for the Cougars here in Las Vegas, starting with an early morning visit to the local children's hospital. BYU's Nate Hartung, Dustin Graham, Victor Unga, Steve McFarland and Lawrence Pico joined several members of the Arizona team at the hospital, where they made the rounds and spread some holiday cheer with the young patients. Cosmo was also there and was a big hit with a lot of the children. One particular young boy entertained everyone in the hallway as he tossed his new BYU football around.

The team held its second practice at Bishop Gorman High School later in the morning.

Due to yesterday's snowy weather schools were canceled for the day, causing the team to cancel the previously planned service projects in the afternoon. Because of that, the players had several hours to spend on their own.

At 5:30 p.m. the team boarded the buses and headed to Fremont Street where Outback sponsored a buffet for BYU and Arizona. The players and their wives enjoyed steak, rice, chicken and salad while the DJ tried to convince some of the players to come up and dance onstage. Both Brandon Howard and Justin Sorensen shared their dancing skills with those in attendance.

Hopefully I'll get some photos from today posted tomorrow morning before the events of the day get in full swing. Stay tuned!