Men's Football Blog

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.

Alani Fua posts strong times at NFL Combine

Feb 23, 2015 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 10:30 am | Updated: February 23, 2015 12:59 pm | Permalink

Former BYU outside linebacker Alani Fua completed his workouts Sunday at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. Fua took advantage of his opportunity at the Combine with some strong performances.

The NFL Combine ends today at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis with the defensive backs finishing their multi-day scrutiny by NFL executives, coaches, scouts and doctors from all 32 NFL teams.
 

Fua, a 6-foot-5, 238-pound native of San Fernando Valley, California, registered top-4 times among linebackers in three different on-field workouts to show his quickness and agility. 

He completed the three-cone drill in 6.83 seconds for the No. 3 time among linebakers and the No. 10 overall time recorded at the Combine of all position groups except the defensive backs, who will be conducting that workout later today. 

Fua tied for fourth among linebackers in the 20-yard shuttle with a 4.15 time and placed No. 4 in the 60-yard shuttle with time of 11.54.

In his other workouts, Fua had a vertical leap at 34.5 inches (tie 17th), a 4.73 time in the 40-yard dash (18th), a 118.0-inch broad jump (19th) and 18 repetitions in the bench press (30th).

Fua also underwent position-specific drills and interviews with NFL teams as they assess top professional prospects in advance of the 2015 NFL Draft (April 30-May 2) and free agent signings in May. 

Fans can go to NFL.com/combine to view results, including breakdowns by positions, and read more about Fua. More than 300 NFL prospects participated in this year's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis from Feb. 17-23.
 
Scouts and representatives from NFL teams will come to Provo in March to work out Fua and other top NFL prospects from BYU at the annual BYU Pro Day, which takes place on March 27. 
 

ICYMI: #BYUNSD15

Feb 09, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 4:44 pm | Updated: February 9, 2015 5:22 pm | Permalink

BYU visits children's hospital, conducts team fireside Sunday

Dec 21, 2014 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 10:26 pm | Updated: December 21, 2014 11:32 pm | Permalink

The focus of practice and activities turned to service and worship on Sunday in the final lead-up to the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl pitting BYU vs. Memphis at Marlins Park on Monday (2 p.m. ET/ESPN).

Sunday morning representatives from both BYU and Memphis made a special visit to patients at Baptist Children's Hospital in Miami. The visit was designed to help wish the children and their families a Happy Holiday season.

Players, cheerleaders and team mascots from both teams spent time with the children, taking pictures, signing autographs and providing memorabilia and gifts from the bowl and their respective teams. BYU players Taysom Hill, Jamaal Williams, Craig Bills and Brock Stringham were joined by BYU cheerleaders and Cosmo to represent BYU during the visit. 

"I have been to a couple of bowls before and Miami certainly hasn't disappointed," Hill said. "It has been a great opportunity to come to the hospital and give back and add a little perspective to each of our lives."

According to hospital staff, several other teams had visited the hospital in past years, but this was the first time that two opposing teams came together on the same day with the common goal of bringing cheer to the children's lives during their difficult period.

"We're very fortunate to be in a position to give back to our community and specifically children at Baptist Children's Hospital," said Miami Beach Bowl Executive Director Carlos Padilla II. "The Miami Beach Bowl participants enjoyed spending time with these children and their families in hopes of creating a positive experience that brings smiles to faces."

The BYU football team and travel party also participated in a Sacrament service at the hotel Sunday morning and later Sunday evening more than 900 people attended the team fireside devotional at Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Phillip Amone, Travis Frey, Hayden Griffitts and Tim Duran each spoke at the fireside along with offensive line coach Garett Tujague and head coach Bronco Mendenhall. The team also sang a musical number together.

The nightcap to the day was a team visit to Marlins Park Sunday evening to see the locker room and field before returning Monday morning for the game. 

Check out the photos below.

Football conducts final practice Saturday for Miami Beach Bowl

Dec 20, 2014 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 8:30 pm | Updated: December 20, 2014 8:38 pm | Permalink

BYU conducted its final practice Saturday in advance of the team's matchup against American Athletic Conference Champion Memphis on Monday at Marlins Park in Miami. 

The team's third full day in Miami Beach started with team and position meetings before the drive over to Florida International University in Miami for a walk-through and practice session. The modified walk-through format allowed the Cougars to get in more work than the typical session conducted the day before a game.

The team put on game uniforms for a team photo following the practice and then the players took advantage of some free time before many convened in the evening to watch the BYU women's volleyball team take on Penn State for the NCAA title. 

On Sunday fans can join the team at the football fireside at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel at 5 p.m. Click this fireside link for more info and best parking options.

 

Cougars enjoy the Heat Friday in Miami

Dec 19, 2014 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 9:12 pm | Updated: December 19, 2014 9:58 pm | Permalink

BYU's preparations for Monday's Miami Beach Bowl matchup with Memphis continued Friday amid a high of 79 in Miami, and the Cougars still enjoyed the "Heat" late into the evening.

Friday's practice at Florida International University saw the team focused and improved from its first practice in the Sunshine State. After a stop at the set of BYU Sports Nation by several members of the team upon returning to Loews Miami Beach Hotel, the players were able to enjoy some free time in the afternoon prior to a trip to Marlins Park for dinner and then a nightcap at American Airlines Arena to watch the Miami Heat take on the Washington Wizards.

At halftime of the Heat game, BYU and Memphis players were invited to the court for a friendly shooting competition. Receivers Mitch Mathews and Jordan Leslie joined safety Kai Nacua representing the Cougars on the floor for the shooting challenge. They had to make a layup, free throw, 3-point shot and half-court shot to complete the challenge.

Mathews scored the layup and Nacua followed with a made free throw before Leslie converted from behind the arc. Nacua was then able to connect from mid-court to complete the challenge for the Cougars. Memphis players also made all four shots, but with a slightly faster time to get the upperhand. 

The Cougars go to work again Saturday morning in their effort to get the upperhand on Monday when the two teams meet in the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl at Marlins Park. 

Eventful Thursday for the Cougars in Miami Beach

Dec 18, 2014 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 9:26 pm | Updated: December 18, 2014 10:30 pm | Permalink

Thursday proved an eventful day in Miami Beach for the Cougars. From meetings to practice, to a little free time to the official Miami Beach Bowl welcome bash, to cheering on the BYU women's volleyball team to victory—it was a great day to be a Cougar!

After team and positions meetings first thing in the morning, the team bused into Miami for practice at Florida International University. Following practice the team did a lift and media interviews prior to returning to Miami Beach and the wonderful hospitality at Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Players enjoyed a few hours to hit the beach adjacent to the hotel while coaches continued to meet and prepare for Monday's bowl matchup against American Athletic Conference Champion Memphis. 

The evening got started with the Beach Bowl Welcome Bash & BBQ hosted poolside at Loews. After a fine meal, BYU and Memphis players convened at the pool to enjoy some music and a little fun-natured competition. Among those participating, BYU's Travis Tuiloma and Moose Bingham represented the Cougars in a dance challenge and Manu Mulitalo and Graham Rowley carried the flag for BYU in the splash competition. All represented well and the Cannonball efforts of Mulitalo and Rowley brought the winning approval of the crowd.

One highlight of the day came when many members of the team settled into the BYU hospitality suite to cheer on the women's volleyball team in the NCAA national semifinal match against No. 2-seed Texas. The football team and members of the travel party enjoyed seeing the Cougars win a four-set thriller (25-23, 25-16, 17-25, 26-24) to advance to the NCAA Championship match on Thursday night.

Go Cougars!

Football arrives in Miami

Dec 17, 2014 - Posted by at 10:50 pm | Updated: December 18, 2014 10:24 pm | Permalink

The BYU football team traveled to Miami Wednesday in advance of Monday's inaugural Miami Beach Bowl against the American Athletic Conference Champion Memphis Tigers. 

The Cougars practiced in Provo Wednesday morning before making the trek across the country to South Florida. They will conduct their first practice in Miami on Thursday morning before the Beach Bowl Welcome Bash late Thursday afternoon officially welcomes both the BYU and Memphis teams to Miami. 

Check out the photos below to get a feel for the teams arrival Wednesday night at Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami Beach.