Men's Football Blog

BYU on the road at Nebraska

Sep 05, 2015 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 12:17 am | Updated: September 5, 2015 12:38 am | Permalink

Following team and position meetings and a walk-through in Provo Friday morning, the BYU football team departed for its season opener at Nebraska. 

The team went to Memorial Stadium after landing for a chance to get a walk through on the playing field in Lincoln. After getting acclimated to Nebraska's home field, the Cougars participated in a fireside later in the evening in Omaha.

More than 1,800 people gathered at the Omaha Stake Center to attend the fireside, which was also broadcast to seven neighboring buildings in Sioux City, Kearney and Lincoln. Friday's fireside included talks by senior defensive lineman Graham Rowley, senior defensive back Michael Wadsworth and head coach Bronco Mendenhall.

After freshman linebacker Scott Huntsman offered the opening prayer, Rowley spoke about putting trust in Heavenly Father. Wadsworth related aspects of playing football to making sure in life you do all the small things correctly because they matter the most. 

Following the two players, the team held a question and answer with the team. Athletic director Tom Holmoe, quarterback Taysom Hill, defensive end Bronson Kaufusi, defensive back Micah Simon and wide receiver Mitch Mathews all answered various questions regarding things playered had learned from football, missions, favorite scriptures and various other topics about the team. Coach Mendenhall also answered questions and shared a personal experience about the power of priesthood blessings.

A musical number from several players singing the hymn, "Nearer My God To Thee" preceded Mendenhall's closing remarks. Mendenhall shared thoughts from President Ezra Taft Benson about seeking the Spirit in all that we do, emphasizing that spirituality is the greatest need we have.

"The entire team sang the closing song, "We'll Bring The World His Truth," and senior wide receiver Devon Blackmon offered the closing prayer. 

When the fireside concluded, the team remained in the foyer and outside the building to shake hands, sign autographs and take photos with fans attending the fireside before heading back to the hotel to retire for the night in advance of game day on Saturday. 

Getting to Know: Jherremya Leuta-Douyere and Kurt Henderson

Sep 03, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 11:58 am | Updated: September 3, 2015 3:22 pm | Permalink

Jherremya Leuta-Douyere

(Jeremiah Lay-oo-tah Doo-yair)
Senior linebacker

Major: Sociology, I like working with kids

Stadiums you're excited to play in: Rose Bowl- to play in front of family will be cool—and Michigan

One thing people don’t know about you: I’m a quarter French

Your name – where it came from: It came from my mom’s cousin, like a brother maybe? He passed away when he was young. The spelling was regular, so my mom modified it to make it unique.

Other sports: Baseball – I thought it would be my main sport. Once I got the offer from BYU to play football, I stopped playing baseball.

Favorite pro athlete: Kobe Bryant

Favorite movie: Sione’s Wedding- polynesian version of Napoleon Dynamite

Favorite actor: "The Rock" a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson

Favorite food: Ohana Grill

Three things you did in the offseason: Played ping-pong, went back to California to visit family and friends, went to the beach

Who you look up to: My parents for all they have done for me, going through struggles and being able to provide

Nicknames from the team: JLD. Nickname growing up was kind of girly so only certain people are allowed to call me it, Mya

Pre-game ritual: Listen to reggae music, stay calm, get taped by the same guy no matter how long the line is, eat the same breakfast – very superstitious

Favorite football memory: When I was a sophomore in high school I use to live in Texas and we transferred to California and we won the state championship and not a lot of people get that opportunity.


Kurt Henderson

Senior wide receiver

Major: Business Management

Stadiums excited to play in: All-any stadium close to family, but nothing beats LaVell Edwards Stadium. I am excited for the Big House and the home opener at Nebraska.

One thing people don’t know about you: I come from a family of six and we’re from southern Utah, but we’re all scattered including my parents. My parents are serving as mission presidents in the Brisbane Australia mission.

Your name – where it came from: Named after Uncle Kurt who was a musician. He had two daughters and no sons.

Other sports you played: Baseball, basketball, football, wakeboarding and snowboarding. 

Musical instrument: Play the tuba

Favorite pro athlete: Jerry Rice – he’s so detail-oriented and he demands his best

Favorite movie: Gladiator (edited of course)

Favorite actor: Mel Gibson (what he does on the camera not off)

Favorite food: Anything his mom cooks, something fresh from the garden and something really healthy. There’s some kind of seasoning she uses and there’s some love to it.

Three things you did in the offseason: Golf, internships and spending time with receivers 

Who you look up to: Dad – He’s a guy that’s so consistent that I know I can trust him. I look up to people by how trustworthy they are.

Nicknames from team: Kurtle, Dink, Hendy

Pre-game ritual: Make objectives for games: mental goals and expectations for the game. Visualization, stay relaxed, play music and read scriptures. Do whatever keeps peace.

Favorite football memory: Being part of the BYU football team. The friendships I’ve made on this team, that’s something I’ll remember forever.

BYUtv live coverage of Media Day

Jun 26, 2015 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 11:34 pm | Updated: June 27, 2015 12:03 am | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – BYUtv televised 21 consecutive hours of BYU football programming during the fifth-annual BYU Football National Media Day on June 24. Four hours of live programming was featured on BYUtv during the day as well as three hours of live online chats. BYU coaches and staff participated along with more than a dozen players on the 2015 team and 70 football alumni from the past 40 years. Select the links below to watch the new live programs and chats that took place on Media Day. 

BYUtv Live Shows

State of the Program

BYU Sports Nation (special two-hour episode)

Four Decades of Dominance

 

Live Online Chats

Web Chats (8 a.m.)BYU Associate AD Duff Tittle & BYUtv Sports Senior Coordinating Producer Mikel Minor; former QB Ty Detmer & former DB Derwin Gray; former DL Chris Hoke & former DB Omarr Morgan.

Web Chats (12 p.m.) - Tejan Koroma (OL) & Ului Lapuaho (OL); Bronson Kaufusi (DL/LB) & Harvey Langi (LB); Terenn Houk (IR) & Devon Blackmon (WR); Bronco Mendenhall (head coach) & Jamaal Williams (RB).

Web Chats (3 p.m.) - Taysom Hill (QB) & Mitch Mathews (WR); former DE Jan Jorgensen & former TE Dennis Pitta; *Mitchell Juergens (IR) & Garrett Juergens (DB); *Adam Hine (RB/KR) & Kyle Johnson (OL). 

*includes chat in Spanish

Radio Coverage of BYU Football Media Day 2015

Jun 25, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 3:52 pm | Updated: June 26, 2015 10:38 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – Six different radio stations originated their programming live at BYU Media Day, broadcasting a combined 44 hours of football interviews and content throughout the day. Check out many of those interviews below.

KSL Newsradio

Bronco Mendenhall, head coach: Interview link

Robert Anae, offensive coordinator: Interview link

Taysom Hill, QB: Interview link

Mitch Mathews, WR: Interview link

Mitchell and Garrett Juergens, WR and DB: Interview link

Jamaal Williams, RB: Interview link

 

BYU Radio/SiriusXM 143

The Matt Townsend Show

Bronco & Holly Mendenhall, head coach & wife: Interview link

BYUtv Simulcast

BYU State of the Program: Audio link (BYU AD Tom Holmoe, head coach Bronco Mendenhall, offensive coordinator Robert Anae, football performance director Frank Wintrich, QB Taysom Hill, RB Jamaal Williams)

BYU Sports Nation: Audio link (BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall, former players Glen Kozlowski (WR) & Jonny Harline (TE), QB Taysom Hill, RB Jamaal Williams, WR Mitch Mathews, DE/LB Bronson Kaufusi

Four Decades of Dominance: Audio link (More than 70 former players in attendance with nearly two dozen interviewed)

 

1320 KFAN

Monty in the Morning

Guy Holliday, receivers coach: Interview link

Ty Detmer, former BYU QB: Interview link

Chris Hoke, former BYU DL: Interview link

Glen Kozlowski, former BYU WR: Interview link

Remington Peck, DL: Interview link

Bronson Kaufusi, DL/LB: Interview link

Derwin Gray, former BYU DB: Interview link

Jonny Harline, former BYU TE: Interview link

Kurt Henderson, WR: Interview link

Harvey Langi, LB: Interview link

Devon Blackmon, WR: Interview link

Manoa Pikula, LB: Interview link

Tejan Koroma, OL: Interview link

Mitch Mathews, WR: Interview link

Gunther in the Afternoon

Robert Anae, offensive coordinator: Interview link

Jamaal Williams, RB: Interview link

Travis Tuiloma, DL: Interview link

Adam Hine, RB/KR: Interview link

Bronco Mendenhall, head coach: Interview link

Taysom Hill, QB: Interview link

Mitchell Juergens, IR: Interview link

Kelly Poppinga, OLB coach/special teams coordinator: Interview link

Napoleon's 2015 BYU Media Day Guide

 

1280 The Zone

DJ & PK
Kelly Poppinga, OLB/Sp. Tms. coach: Interview link

Ty Detmer, former BYU QB: Interview link

Mitch Mathews, WR: Interview link

Omarr Morgan, former BYU DB: Interview link

Guy Holliday, WR coach: Interview link

Bronson Kaufusi, DL: Interview link

Remington Peck, DL: Interview link

Jake & Tony
Derwin Gray, former BYU DB: Interview link

Glen Kozlowski, former BYU WR: Interview link

Harvey Langi, LB: Interview link

Jonny Harline, former BYU TE: Interview link

Devon Blackmon, WR: Interview link

Hans & Scotty G
Manoa Pikula, LB: Interview link
 
Chris Hoke, former BYU DT: Interview link
 
Gary Sheide, former BYU QB: Interview link
 
 
 
Robert Anae, offensive coordinator: Interview link
 
 
 

The Big Show
Bronco Mendenhall, head coach: Interview link

Jason Beck, QB coach: Interview link

Algie Brown, RB: Interview link

Guy Holliday, WR coach: Interview link

 

ESPN 700

TK in the Midday
Ty Detmer, former BYU QB: Interview link

Glen Kozlowski, former BYU WR: Interview link

Jherremya Leuta-Douyere, LB: Interview link

Harvey Langi, LB: Interview link

Manoa Pikula, LB: Interview link

Kurt Henderson, WR: Interview link

Mitch Mathews, WR: Interview link

 

ESPN 960

Cougar Sports with Ben Criddle
Taysom Hill, QB: Interview link

Tejan Koroma, C: Interview link

Travis Tuiloma, DT: Interview link

Jamaal Williams, RB: Interview link

Algernon Brown, RB: Interview link

Omarr Morgan, former BYU DB: Interview link

Bronco Mendenhall, head coach: Interview link

Guy Holliday, WR coach: Interview link

Media Day Print Roundup

Jun 25, 2015 - Posted by knielsen at 2:17 pm | Updated: June 29, 2015 10:52 am | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – On Wednesday, 21 media companies and 65 media members participated in BYU football media day. Below you will find several of the articles from print outlets:

Deseret News

Return of Hill, Williams provides BYU with plenty of optimism for 2015 season:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865631322/BYU-football-BYU-to-play-Toledo-in-2016-Taysom-Hill-Jamaal-Williams-to-be-ready-for-start-of.html

10 memorable quotes from BYU football media day:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865631377/Video-10-memorable-quotes-and-reactions-from-BYU-football-media-day.html

Mendenhall opens up about BYU’s independence in the new-world reality:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865631373/Mendenhall-opens-up-about-BYUs-indepedence-in-the-new-world-reality.html

Defense aims to turn things around in 2015:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865631359/BYU-football-Defense-aims-to-turn-things-around-in-2015.html

Media day roundup: Williams’ health, scheduling and Frank Wintrich:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865631335/BYU-Media-Day-roundup-Jamaal-Williams-health-scheduling-and-Frank-Wintrich.html

 

KSL.com

Williams, Hill ready to go for BYU’s season opener at Nebraska:

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=272&sid=35224009

BYU adds Toledo to 2016 home schedule in media day announcement:

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=272&sid=35219924

 

Performance coach emphasizes whole-player training, team-first attitude

http://www.heraldextra.com/sports/college/byu/football/performance-coach-emphasizes-whole-player-training-team-first-attitude/article_c38296cb-0351-5753-ba1c-8eddd7799cb8.html

 

Salt Lake Tribune

Offensive stars recovering from injury:

http://www.sltrib.com/home/2662115-155/byu-football-offensive-stars-recovering-from

Wounded Cougars tone down the hype at media day:

http://www.sltrib.com/sports/2661923-155/byu-football-wounded-cougars-tone-down

September will define BYU’s 2015 football season:

http://www.sltrib.com/sports/2661035-155/kragthorpe-september-will-define-byus-2015

Media day topics include stars’ health, defense’s depth:

http://www.sltrib.com/sports/2655806-155/byu-football-media-day-topics-include

 

Standard-Examiner

BYU working to avoid repeat of defensive meltdown:

http://www.standard.net/Sports/2015/06/26/BYU-Football-Media-Day-Feature.html

 

The Spectrum

BYU’s Hill, Williams return from injuries to lead team:

http://www.thespectrum.com/story/sports/2015/06/24/byus-williams-hill-return-injuries-lead-team/29251255/

Game time, TV plans announced for BYU-Nebraska game

Jun 12, 2015 - Posted by at 10:31 am | Updated: June 12, 2015 1:59 pm | Permalink

Game time and television plans for BYU's season opener at Nebraska on Sept. 5 have been determined. The Cougars will kick off their 2015 season in a 2:30 p.m. CT/1:30 p.m. MT nationally featured Saturday afternoon matchup on ABC.

Played at historic Memorial Stadium,  the 85,000-seat Memorial Stadium has been home of the Huskers since 1923. Nebraska currently holds the NCAA record for consecutive sellouts with an amazing 340-straight football games selling out, a streak that dates back to 1962.

The Sept. 5 matchup in Lincoln, Nebraska, marks the first meeting between the Cougars and Huskers of the Big Ten.

2015-16 college football bowl schedule announced

Jun 09, 2015 - Posted by at 3:45 pm | Updated: June 9, 2015 9:00 pm | Permalink

ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, has determined the date, time and network for each of the company’s 13 owned and operated bowl games for the 2015 season, including possible bowl destinations for the BYU football program.

ESPN and BYU previously announced the Cougars have accepted an invitation to play in either the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl or the Hawai’i Bowl following the 2015 football season if bowl eligible and not selected to participate in the College Football Playoff.  

Four bowls on Saturday, Dec. 19 kick off ESPN Event’s bowl season – Celebration Bowl, Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, and Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. All 13 ESPN Events bowls will be aired on ESPN with the exception of the newly created Celebration Bowl and the Las Vegas Bowl, both to be broadcast on ABC on opening day of the bowl season.

Overall, the ESPN family of networks – including ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC – will offer live television coverage of 39 games, including the national semifinals on Dec. 31 and the national championship game. 

The Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl is set for Saturday, Dec. 19, on ABC at 3:30 p.m. The 24th annual game will be played at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas featuring BYU or a Mountain West school against the sixth pick from the Pac-12 Conference.

The Hawai‘i Bowl will be played on Christmas Eve (Thursday, Dec. 24) for the 11th time from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. In its 14th year, the bowl will be aired on ESPN at 8 p.m. and pits teams from the American Athletic Conference against the Mountain West Conference or BYU.

The complete college football bowl schedule for 2015-16 was also unveiled on Tuesday. The 2015-16 college football postseason will begin with five bowl games on Sat., Dec. 19 and will include a record-setting number of matchups involving schools from all 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences.

In all, 41 postseason games will be played, with 40 of those contests coming in a 2-week window between Dec. 19 and Jan. 2, 2016. New additions to the schedule this season are the Arizona Bowl (Tucson, Ariz.) and the AutoNation Cure Bowl (Orlando, Fla.)

The second College Football Playoff National Championship Game will wrap up the collegiate schedule on Mon., Jan. 11, 2016, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Select the following link to see the complete postseason schedule, with dates, kickoff times, conference matchups and television partners.

Quinn Lawlor drafted by CFL's Montreal Alouettes

May 13, 2015 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 1:30 pm | Updated: May 13, 2015 1:40 pm | Permalink

Former BYU offensive lineman Quinn Lawlor was drafted in the sixth round, 48th overall, by the Montreal Alouettes in the 2015 Canadian Football League Draft.

The 6-foot-4, 306-pounder will reunite with former Cougar wideout Cody Hoffman in Montreal. Hoffman signed a two-year deal with the Alouettes earlier this year.

Lawlor played in seven games for BYU during his career. He prepped at Orem High School and was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Alongside Hoffman, Lawlor joins BYU alums John Beck and Austin Collie in the CFL. Beck and Collie are with the BC Lions.

Long snapper Matt Foley coming to BYU

Mar 02, 2015 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 5:21 pm | Updated: March 2, 2015 5:37 pm | Permalink

Matt Foley, a long snapper out of Temecula Valley High School, has signed an offer of admission to BYU and will join the football program for the 2015 season.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound native of Temecula, California, is a three-year starter at Temecula Valley HIgh School, where he helped his team advance to the CIF playoffs. A three-time National Camp Series (NCS) camp champion, Foley also earned recognition for his long-snapping talents as one of 12 invitees to the exclusive Rubio Long Snapping Top 12 camp in 2014. In addition to earning three letters in football, Foley has lettered twice in wrestling and once in track and field during his prep career. 

Coached by Rick Mey in 2014, Foley was also recruited by Washington, San Diego State and New Mexico. 

ICYMI: Cody Hoffman signs with CFL’s Montreal Alouettes

Feb 27, 2015 - Posted by Joe Moxon at 5:53 pm | Updated: February 27, 2015 5:55 pm | Permalink

Former BYU receiver Cody Hoffman has signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. 

The Alouettes are no strangers to BYU wide outs. Former Cougar receiver and coach, Ben Cahoon, played for the Alouettes his entire professional career and is the most prolific wide receiver in CFL history. Cahoon coached Hoffman as a junior at BYU when he racked up 100 receptions, 1,248 yards and 11 touchdowns. 

Hoffman is the all-time leading Cougar in school history for receptions (248), receiving yards (3,445) and receiving touchdowns (33). After his career at BYU, he signed with the Washington Redskins as a free agent in 2014.

Hoffman joins fellow BYU alumni John Beck and Austin Collie in the CFL. Beck and Collie both play for the British Columbia Lions at quarterback and wide receiver, respectively.

See more details on the Montreal Alouettes website.