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Williams, Empey receive weekly honors after win at Michigan State

Oct 11, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 12:29 pm | Updated: October 11, 2016 1:31 pm | Permalink

For the third-consecutive week, Jamaal Williams was named the Madness Independent Offensive Player of the Week after his performance at Michigan State on Saturday.

In the win over the Spartans, Williams rushed for 163 yards, which is his 14th-career 100-yard game and sixth with 150 or more. He reached the end zone twice, which is his third game with two or more touchdowns this year.

Army linebacker Andrew King was named the Madness Independent Defensive Player of the Week. The National Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week were Washington quarterback Jake Browning and Alabama Cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick.

Additionally, for the second week in a row, Mike Empey was named the national offensive line coach of the week by CoachingSearch.com. The Cougars’ offensive line has received a lot of attention after three straight games of 200 or more rushing yards.

BYU will play Mississippi State on Friday in the Homecoming game at LaVell Edwards Stadium at 8:15 p.m. MDT.

Getting to Know: Adam Pulsipher and Tanner Balderree

Oct 05, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 10:17 am | Updated: October 5, 2016 10:22 am | Permalink

Adam Pulsipher
Sophomore linebacker

How did you spend your offseason?
We trained in the morning and I worked at Pelion, a venture capital up in Salt Lake. I started working for one of their portfolio companies, which is a drone company, and that was a blast.

What has been your favorite football memory?
The Nebraska game last year. That was the first game of my career and being on the opening kickoff in front of 95,000 fans in red and the way we ended was just unreal.

Other than the NFL, what would be your dream job?
After football, I want to work as a management consultant for Bain, BCG or MacKenzie and then go from there.

Thoughts on the new coaching staff?
They’re awesome. I love all the new staff. They just bring a great family atmosphere and you can tell they care. Great schemes. Football is football but you definitely feel that they are sincere and care for you.

If you’re not playing football, what are you doing?
I love sports so if I’m not playing sports, I’m watching sports. If I’m not playing football, I’m playing basketball with my wife Makenzi, who plays for BYU. We’ll go shoot or watch sports.

If you could play any Olympic sport, what would it be?
I watched rowing during the Olympics and I thought it was awesome.

What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
Mr. Mom, a country song by Lone Star. I love country.


Tanner Balderree
Junior tight end

How did you spend your offseason?
We just had a family reunion in Colorado so that was fun. We spent a week in Lake Powell. I went to a Real Salt Lake game with my wife.

What has been your favorite football memory?
It has to be the Nebraska game. I was in awe. It was the first time I had ever traveled for a game. That was the coolest, biggest stadium all season and they had the loudest and nicest fans. They were high-fiving us and telling us “good job” after the game and the way it ended. I will never forget that.

Outside the NFL, what is your dream job?
Eventually I want to get in to physical therapy. That’s what I’m working towards after I graduate and go to grad school.

What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
'Love Yourself' by Justin Bieber. I don’t advertise it, but I really do like that song.

What is something that people don’t know about you?
They don’t know I have two “r’s” and two “e’s” in my last name. People never spell it right. Thankfully they always get it right on my jersey. But really, I lived in England as a kid when I was five and six years old and I’ve toured France. I’ve been to most of the countries around there. Then I served my mission in England as well. So it was a full circle kind of thing. My dad worked for Ford and he was one of the lead designers. He got transferred to the London division to teach everyone how to design cars. Living there helped with my mission because I wasn’t as nervous.

BYU defeats Toledo in high-scoring nail-biter

Oct 01, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 12:21 am | Permalink

BYU defeated Toledo by a score of 55-53 on Friday night in Provo.

Kicker Rhett Almond scored a field goal with two seconds remaining in the game to propel the Cougars to a two-point victory over the Rockets. Almond was 7 for 7 on PATs and 2 for 2 on field goals.

Squally Canada recorded his first touchdown as a BYU Cougar and gave his team a four-point lead over the Rockets, and Kai Nacua logged an interception for the Cougars that led to a Williams touchdown.

Jamaal Williams broke the BYU single-game record for rushing yards with 286 yards. He finished the game with five touchdowns. Tanner Balderree led the Cougars in receiving with three receptions for 62 yards.

The Cougars finished the game with 538 total yards of offense. 

BYU trails Toledo at end of third quarter

Sep 30, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 11:12 pm | Permalink

The Cougars find themselves trailing the Rockets after the third quarter, 38-35.

Jamaal Williams logged two more touchdowns for the Cougars, one on a 48-yard rush and the second on a 62-yard rush. He totals 214 yards, only one yard short of his career-high of 215 yards at Nevada in 2013.  

Toledo’s two touchdowns both came off of passes from Logan Woodside to Jon’Vea Johnson. The Rockets’ field goal was scored by Jameson Vest. 

BYU and Toledo tied after one half

Sep 30, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 10:10 pm | Permalink

The score is all tied up 21-21 at the end of the first half.

Linebackers Francis Bernard and Harvey Langi lead the Cougars with six total tackles each and Bernard has one sack. Linebacker Tomasi Laulile blocked a Toledo field goal attempt in the final minute of the half.

Punter Jonny Linehan kicked for a total of 220 yards and is averaging nearly 44 yards per punt.

Hill is 3 for 11 with 97 yards and one touchdown. Williams logged 92 rushing yards on 13 attempts and two touchdowns. 

Cougars lead Rockets after first quarter of play

Sep 30, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 9:30 pm | Permalink

BYU leads Toledo 21-14 after one quarter of action in Provo.

The Cougars scored a touchdown on the very first play of the game on a 75-yard pass from Taysom Hill to Jonah Trinnaman, the longest pass play of Hill’s career and the longest reception of Trinnaman’s. Running back Jamaal Williams rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensive back Dayan Lake had an interception that was run back to the 13-yard line and was followed by a Williams touchdown.

The Cougars finish the quarter with 179 total yards of offense and a seven-point lead over the Rockets. 

Viewing Options: BYU vs. Toledo

Sep 30, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 10:17 am | Permalink

BYU will face off against Toledo in LaVell Edwards Stadium tonight at 8:15 p.m. MDT.

The game will be televised live nationally on ESPN2. It will also be streamed online on WatchESPN.com or with the WatchESPN app.

Additionally, live television coverage on BYUtv will begin at 7 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 7 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 Toledo.

Getting to Know Sae Tautu and Aleva Hifo

Sep 28, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 11:16 am | Updated: September 28, 2016 11:34 am | Permalink

Sae Tautu
Senior defensive lineman

What did you do during the offseason?
Just fishing and golfing. My wife just had our baby boy so I’ve been home hanging out with him.

What is your dream job?
The NFL has been my dream job for so long.

What is something outside of football you’re looking forward to this year?
It’ll be nice once football is over to get out and go fishing and golfing, focus on other things.

What is your favorite football memory?
Definitely the Nebraska game of last year when Mitch (Mathews) caught the ball on the 1-yard line. All of us were just hoping and praying that would happen, and when it did, it was awesome to be there and the energy was crazy. Definitely one of the happiest football experiences I’ve had.

Thoughts on the new coaching staff?
Love them. We’ve got a bunch of coaches here who love us and you can feel that they love us and care about us. It’s a lot of fun to play for them and I’m excited. Everyone is going to put their best foot forward because of the respect and love that’s been shown.

What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
Honestly I listen to country music more than any other music and being on this football team, that’s not very popular. So my whole playlist is probably embarrassing if it starts to get played.

Who is your favorite country artist?
Sam Hunt.


Aleva Hifo
Freshman wide receiver

Why he came to BYU
I didn’t get recruited by this staff, but by the last coaching staff. But when I came to visit it was a really comfortable environment. I have a lot of family members here, which made it easier to make the move.

Thoughts on the new coaching staff
It’s a family environment and that’s what we’re trying to build here and the culture we are trying to set. Instead of them just being my coaches, I feel like they’re my uncles too.

On his role models and who he looks up to
Of course of all the seniors on the team. The Juergens, Colby Pearson and Nick Kurtz are mentors and guys I look up to. It’s cool to play with them.

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?
Probably some island. I’d just want to lay out and relax and get away from all of the stress.

Favorite sport besides football?
Definitely baseball. Baseball was my number one sport ahead of football at one point. I played center field and pitcher. I threw a two-seam fastball, a curveball and a changeup.

One thing people don’t know about him
One of the things that people would say about me when I was being recruited was that I wasn’t fast, but I got the job done. When I came here and showed how fast I really was, people were shocked that the recruiters had said that about me.

Pre-game ritual
I just listen to music and think everything over in my head, nothing too special. My walkup song for baseball was reggae. People are surprised that I don’t listen to hardcore rap or hip-hop. I just like mellow, chill or like reggae and just jam out.

One thing outside of football he’s looking forward to this year
The relationships that I’m going to make this year. Not just the guys on the team but everyone that I meet on campus and getting to hear from apostles when they come visit. Just being in their presence would be something special.

Williams named Madness Independent Offensive Player of the Week

Sep 27, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 12:51 pm | Updated: September 27, 2016 12:58 pm | Permalink

Jamaal Williams has been named the College Sports Madness Independent Player of the Week following his performance against West Virginia on Saturday.

Williams rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries against the Mountaineers. This was the 12th time of his career and the second time this season that he has rushed for over 100 yards.

This is the second Madness Player of the Week award for the Cougars after Butch Pau’u was Madness Defensive Player of the Week after the win over Arizona.

Massachusetts linebacker Steve Casali was named Madness Independent Defensive Player of the Week. For the national Madness awards, Colorado quarterback Steven Montez received the offensive honor while Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt took the defensive honor.

BYU returns home to face off against Toledo in Provo on Friday at 8:15 p.m. MDT.

Viewing Options: BYU vs. West Virginia

Sep 24, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 11:37 am | Updated: September 24, 2016 11:38 am | Permalink

BYU will play West Virginia today at FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins, in Maryland today at 3:30 p.m. EDT.

The game will be televised live nationally on ESPN2. It will also be streamed online on WatchESPN.com or with the WatchESPN app.

Additionally, live television coverage on BYUtv will begin at 2:30 p.m. EDT 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 1:30 p.m. EDT 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 West Virginia.