Men's Football Blog

Getting to Know: Francis Bernard and Trey Dye

Sep 14, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 12:41 pm | Updated: September 14, 2016 1:15 pm | Permalink

Francis Bernard
Sophomore linebacker

What is your major?
Sociology. Ultimately I want to stay around football, so I want to be an administrator one day for a big university.

Where did your name come from?
My great-great-grandfather.

What are you most excited for this season?
I’m excited to play my new position. I am also excited to be playing with this new coaching staff. It will be fun to see how our offseason has paid off and see where our chemistry is.

Things you did in the offseason?
Going to the beach and swimming, camping and traveling. I’ve been to Hawaii, Samoa, Texas, Atlanta, California and Vegas just this summer.

Pregame rituals
When we go to the stadium, I never walk on the grid of the field until game day. I’ve kept that since high school.

One thing people don’t know about you
I can cook. I love to cook any kind of pasta or fish filet or anything with chicken like Parmesan chicken. I cook a lot. Anything with meat, I can cook it.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Egypt. I’ve been to almost all of the states in the U.S. and then to Canada and Samoa.

Walk-up song
“I Know How It Feel” by Ace Hood.

Do any of your family members play football?
My older brother played at the U. It was a hard decision to come here because originally, I planned to play for the U, but then the mission change happened. I went on my mission and I just decided it would be best for me to come here afterward.

Why did you decide to come to BYU?
There are a lot of reasons. My parents and my mission had a big influence on me coming here. Everything came together and the dots just connected. I’m glad I’m here.

What do you like to do outside of football?
I really love to sing. I’m not very good at it, but I do enjoy it. The boys on the team will get together once in a while and have a jam-out session. I am a sing-in-the-car type of person, but most people don’t know that about me.

First BYU sporting event you attended
It was when I was being recruited my sophomore year. I came to the BYU-Utah game and we got killed. It was Jake Heaps’ year. At that time I was like, "Oh, I’m going to the U."


Trey Dye
Junior RB

Major
Exercise and Wellness

Where did your name come from?
My full name is James Treyton Dye IV. My mom got creative with the middle name.

Three things you did in the offseason
Sleep, go boating and have a good time.

Nicknames
Trey Trey, Trey Day, Showtime.

Pre-game rituals
None, I just like to chill out, listen to some T-Swift on the way to the stadium and loosen up.

Favorite football memory
Last year when we were playing up in Logan at Utah State and it was really cold. It was a fun game. The Utah State fans were in it and they were on us. They were right behind us in the stands and it was a good time. It was a close game and then we pulled away a little bit at the end. It was a fun memory.

One thing people don’t know about you?
I’ve been playing the piano since I was eight years old.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Tahiti. It’s beautiful. The water is crystal clear. Have you ever seen somebody go to Tahiti that didn’t look like they were having a good time?

First BYU sporting event you attended?
A week after I was born I went to one of my dad’s football games and they were playing like Utah or something like that.

Walk-up song
“Child’s Play” by Drake.

What are you looking forward to outside of football?
Going home and taking a nap.

BYU at Utah viewing options

Sep 09, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 3:03 pm | Updated: September 10, 2016 11:19 am | Permalink

BYU goes for its second win of the season today against in-state rival Utah in Salt Lake City at 5:30 p.m. MDT.

The game will be televised nationally on Fox. Those with mobile devices can also download the Fox Sports Go app to watch the game.

Additionally, live television coverage on BYUtv will begin at 4:30 p.m. MDT with the one-hour pregame show, Countdown to Kickoff. Live postgame coverage on BYUtv will follow after the game.

Radio coverage of the game can be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network with the Voice of the Cougars Greg Wrubell. The broadcast begins with the pregame show at 3:30 p.m. MDT on KSL 1160 AM and 102.7 FM. It can also be found online at BYUcougars.com.

Visit the gameday page for additional information on the matchup against Utah. 

Getting to Know: Ului Lapuaho and Butch Pau'u

Sep 07, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 11:26 am | Updated: September 7, 2016 11:35 am | Permalink

Ului Lapuaho
Junior offensive lineman

Why did you decide to come to BYU?
I have been a BYU fan before I was even created.

First BYU Sporting event you attended
BYU played the San Diego State Aztecs back when dinosaurs were still alive. It was a long time ago. I was about 12.

Where did your name come from?
I was named after one of my uncles, my mom’s favorite uncle. She named me after him because she wanted me to be like him.

Who do you look up to?
My parents. They’ve done a lot to get me here. I’m the third oldest of 12 kids, so I’ve seen the sacrifices they’ve made to get me here.

One thing people don’t know about you
I still watch cartoons. It’s probably pretty common for college males, but I still do. One of my favorites is Dragon Ball Z.

Pre-game rituals
I’m really quiet during pregame. I don’t have any amped up things to do. I usually listen to soothing music and wait for other guys to hype me up. I’m quiet by my locker and then the other guys try to hype me up and that makes me mad.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
New Zealand because I heard their ice cream is magical. Not good, magical.

Favorite thing about BYU
The atmosphere. I feel so safe here. It’s not really violent. It’s safe and I feel calm and peaceful. I don’t think you have that feeling anywhere else.


Butch Pau’u
Sophomore linebacker

What were some of the highlights of your summer?
My buddies, Troy Hinds and I got to speak at a camp called Helaman Camp. Coming back from the camp, we had a cubs camp and one of the mothers came up and told us that because of our little conversation at the camp her son went to, her son decided to go on a mission. So that’s been the highlight of my summer. Other than that, I got to go to Australia and visit my mom’s side of the family.

Outside of football, what are you looking forward to this year?
To see how I do in school. I recently switched to a Spanish major (I served in Honduras) and I will still be taking dental school pre-reqs. So I need to stay on top of everything going on with school and manage my life with church and football and all the other responsibilities.

What is your dream job?
To be a dentist. Chip Skylark from Fairly Odd Parents is actually my inspiration. When I saw him, for some reason I wanted to help other people have smiles like him. Going to Honduras where you see people who don’t have that opportunity and see dentists from America come help them out is really fulfilling and really awesome.

Thoughts on the new coaching staff?
Love them. The coaches are great. They are always wanting to know how we’re doing, always coming up and conversing with us. Making sure we’re doing alright and taking care of what we need to take care of. We feel a lot of trust from them and they trust us to do what we need to do. They aren’t babying us.

What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
‘I Saw the Sign’ from Pitch Perfect.

Pau'u earns Madness Independent Defensive Player of the Week honors

Sep 06, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 3:44 pm | Updated: September 6, 2016 3:53 pm | Permalink

Sophomore linebacker Butch Pau’u was named College Sports Madness Independent Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday after his strong performance in the win over Arizona on Saturday.

In his first career start, Pau’u had nine total tackles, seven of which were solo tackles. He also had 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble, all of which were the first of his career.

Army running back Andy Davidson was the Madness Independent Offensive Player of the Week. The Madness National Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week were Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett and Texas A&M safety Justin Evans, respectively.

BYU defeated Arizona 18-16 on Saturday to start the season. The Cougars head up north to Salt Lake City to face the Utah Utes at 5:30 p.m. MDT. 

BYU vs. Arizona viewing options

Sep 03, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 11:08 am | Updated: September 3, 2016 11:10 am | Permalink

BYU football kicks off the 2016 campaign tonight in the Cactus Kickoff against the Arizona Wildcats at 7:30 p.m. MST (Mountain Standard Time) at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, home of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals.

Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings, so the start time in Utah is 8:30 p.m. MDT.

The game will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1. Those with mobile devices can also download the Fox Sports Go app to watch the game on a mobile device.

Additionally, live television coverage on BYUtv will begin at 6:30 p.m. MST with the one-hour pregame show, Countdown to Kickoff. Live postgame coverage on BYUtv will follow after the game.

Radio coverage of the game can be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network with the Voice of the Cougars Greg Wrubell. The broadcast begins with the pregame show at 5:30 p.m. MST/6:30 p.m. MDT on KSL 1160 AM and 102.7 FM. It can also be found online at BYUcougars.com.

Visit the gameday page for additional information on the matchup against Arizona.

BYU vs. Arizona: Important Event Information

Aug 31, 2016 - Posted by at 1:29 pm | Updated: September 1, 2016 6:38 pm | Permalink

Fans planning to attend the Cactus Kickoff Classic between BYU and Arizona this Saturday, Sept. 3, please be aware of the following important event information to assist you in attending the game. The Cougars and Wildcats will meet at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. MST (Arizona)/8:30 p.m MDT (Utah). 

Fans should be are aware the NFL's clear bag policy will be in effect for the game, which is being played at the home of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals. 

NFL Clear Bag Policy:
Bags of any kind, except one (1) gallon sized clear freezer bags, authorized clear bags measuring 12" x 12" x 6", and women's clutches not to exceed 4.5" x 6.5", will NOT be permitted inside the stadium. Stadium will NOT be responsible for storing any bags or personal items. Unapproved bags should be left in a vehicle.

Select the photo chart below to see approved and non-approved bags. 

The links below provide additional helpful information for the day of the event. 

Click here for detailed information regarding ticketing, parking, tailgating and prohibited items. 

Click here for the full event advisory and event day policies.

Click here to purchase tickets. 

Getting to Know: Michael Davis and Jonah Trinnaman

Aug 31, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 9:25 am | Updated: August 31, 2016 9:55 am | Permalink

During the football season, two players will be highlighted each week. This week, get to know Michael Davis and Jonah Trinnaman

Michael Davis
Senior defensive back

What is something that people don’t know about you?
That I am half-Mexican, half-black.

What is your favorite football memory?
First one that comes to mind would be against Nebraska with the miracle throw when we won the game.

When you are not playing football what do you like to be going?
Just hanging out with friends, sleeping, watching Netflix, going to the movies, bowling.

What was the highlight of your summer?
Here, working out! Getting swol!

What has been your favorite thing about BYU and being here?
Just the people and the atmosphere and how they interact with you. They are always nice and they say hi to you even if they don’t know you.

What is your nickname on the team?
Right now, Mike the monk. (Gestures to shaved head)

If you could go to the Olympics for a sport, what would it be?
Track. I actually ran in high school.


Jonah Trinnaman
Junior wide receiver

What is something people may not know about you?
When I was younger, I was pretty good at sound effects. Like trumpet noises, I could imitate what I heard. I used to, but I can’t anymore. I lost it. That was a little hidden talent of mine. 

Most embarrassing song on iPod
Justin Bieber’s newer stuff. I have “Sorry” on my phone.

Favorite football memory
When I was playing little league, I played for American Fork. We were playing Juan Diego and they were undefeated for like four years. And we beat them. They threw a long ball to me and scored and we won. I scored the winning touchdown. I was about 12 years old. It was a good memory.

Pre-game rituals
I used to put dollar bills in my socks. IN the sock. I don’t do it anymore. I had money in my sock in my first practice here at fall camp and I did pretty well, so I might bring it back. 

How did you spend your summer?
School. Took an MCOM writing class- not very fun. I also took a religion class and a study skills class. Just school and seeing family. It was fun. 

Hobbies besides football
Hanging with family, sleeping - I love to sleep. I like to eat too. 

Favorite food
Salmon. I prefer to eat it out instead of cooking it myself. Favorite place to get salmon at is Ivar’s in Seattle. I get their seafood every time I go to Seattle.

Dream job besides NFL
I think it’d be cool to be a pediatrician. I like little kids, working with them and taking care of them. I think that’d be pretty cool for me. 

Thoughts on the new coaching staff
I love them. All very cool guys. They feel like ‘one of the guys’ when we’re hanging with them. It’s not super serious. We’re serious when we need to be, but when it’s time to have fun and play around, they do that for us. 

Blue & White Stripe Game set for UCLA

Aug 30, 2016 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 5:39 pm | Updated: August 30, 2016 5:46 pm | Permalink

On Saturday, Sept. 17, BYU Football will host UCLA in its home opener at LaVell Edwards Stadium. For the UCLA game we are encouraging fans to participate in a stadium wide Blue & White Stripe Game. This will consist of fans sitting in the ODD sections wearing BLUE and fans in the EVEN sections and the ROC wearing WHITE. In the past, the Blue & White Stripe Game has added to the overall atmosphere at LaVell Edwards Stadium. We are looking forward to kicking off another great season of BYU Football. 

Week 1 (Aug 29, 2016) – Detmer & Tuiaki

Aug 29, 2016 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 5:55 pm | Updated: September 6, 2016 5:57 pm | Permalink

Seven Cougars named to 2016-17 Reese's Senior Bowl Watch List

Aug 23, 2016 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 2:58 pm | Updated: August 23, 2016 3:02 pm | Permalink

MOBILE, Ala. - Seven BYU football players were named to the 2016-17 Reese's Senior Bowl Watch List announced Tuesday afternoon. Quarterback Taysom Hill, running back Jamaal Williams, linebacker/defensive lineman Harvey Langi, defensive lineman Travis Tuiloma, linebacker/defensive lineman Sae Tautu and defensive backs Michael Davis and Kai Nacua were all selected. 

“The release of our watch list signifies the opening kickoff for the Reese’s Senior Bowl,” said Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage. “We are looking forward to evaluating these prospects over the next several months in trying to find the best 110 players in America.”

This year's group includes 209 defensive players and 191 offensive players. Specialists were not included in this year's watch list and will form their own list later this season.

The 2017 Reese's Senior Bowl week officially begins on Tuesday, January 24 and concludes with the 68th game on January 28 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile. Ala. The practices are televised live by ESPN and the game is broadcast live on NFL Network at 2:30pm ET. Read more about the Reese's Senior Bowl Watch List.