Men's Football Blog

Braden Brown invited to East-West Shrine Game

Dec 15, 2012 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 3:02 pm | Updated: December 15, 2012 3:10 pm | Permalink

BYU senior offensive tackle Braden Brown has been invited to the 88th Annual East-West Shrine Game®, which will be played on January 19 in St. Petersberg, Fla. The annual all-star game played at Tropicana Field will kick off at 4 p.m. EST and be televised on the NFL Network.  

A selection to the FBS All-Independent Team, Brown has started 38 consecutive games at right tackle, protecting the blind side of left-handed quarterback Riley Nelson in many of those contests. A former tight end and a team leader in knockdown blocks this season, Brown follows former offensive line teammate Matt Reynolds as a participant in the longtime college all-star game. Reynolds, now with the Philadelphia Eagles, played in the 2012 Shrine Game. 

Since 1925, the East-West Shrine Game® has been more than just a football game. It’s been a showcase for the next generation of NFL greats and a priceless benefit event for Shriners Hospitals for Children®. The East-West Shrine Game is the longest-running all-star college football game, combining great football with a great cause and creating experiences for players that will last a lifetime.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

  • Players and coaches visit Shriners Hospitals for Children — Tampa before the game.
  • Games, crafts and other activities bring together college football players and children for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
  • Coaches and players gain a personal understanding of the meaning of the game.

Brown is currently in the midst of preparations for BYU's San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl matchup with San Diego State on Thursday in  San Diego. Good tickets to the game are still available. Poinsettia Bowl Central provides information on tickets, events taking place during the week and the game. 

Three former Cougars on NFL Pro Bowl Ballot

Dec 07, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 3:22 pm | Permalink

In case you hadn't heard yet, BYU has three former Cougars on the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl Ballot, tight end Dennis Pitta, center Dallas Reynolds and defensive end Brett Keisel.

Fans can vote for their favorite players at NFL.com. There is no limit to the number of times you vote. Voting closes on Dec. 17. The teams will be announced Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 7 p.m. ET on NFL Network's "Total Access." The annual contest of the AFC and NFC's best will take place at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawai'i and will be televised live on NBC.

Pitta, in his third year with the Baltimore Ravens, has 45 receptions for 442 yards and four touchdowns. Pitta has become one of the premier tight ends in the league and is one of quarterback Joe Flacco's favorite red zone targets with the second-most receiving touchdowns on the AFC North Division leaders.

Reynolds has started 10 of 12 games for the Philadelphia Eagles in his first season as a starter. The Eagles' offensive line has provided push for a ground game averaging 133.6 yards per game, good for No. 9 in the league.

Keisel, an 11-year veteran with the Pittsburgh Steelers, has totaled 38 combined tackles in 2012 and 3.0 sacks. The Steelers are currently in second place of the AFC North and have the NFL's top-rated defense, allowing just 259.8 yards per game.

ESPN3 to carry NFF Annual Awards Dinner and Press Conference on Tuesday

Dec 03, 2012 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 7:40 pm | Updated: December 3, 2012 7:44 pm | Permalink

Fans will be able to watch the induction of the 2012 College Football Hall of Fame Class including BYU's Ty Detmer and the announcement of the 23rd winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy.

 

NEW YORK, Dec. 3 2012 - The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced today that ESPN3 will carry live the two main events associated with the 55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, which will take place December 4 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. 

Viewers will be able to watch the morning press conference, starting at 9:00 a.m. ET, and then at 8:00 p.m. ET, fans can view the entire ceremony, which includes the induction of the College Football Hall of Fame Class; the awarding of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments; the announcement of the winner of the 23rd William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth; and the bestowing of the NFF Major Awards. See below for a detailed timeline of events and the honorees.

Click for the direct link to watch the press conference from 9 a.m. to Noon ET. 

Click for the direct link to watch the evening ceremony from 8 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET

ESPN3 is ESPN's live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually, and it is accessible online via WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members. It is currently available to 79 million households at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks. A list of participating providers for ESPN3 can be found HERE. For questions, contact ESPN Customer Care at 1-888-549-3776 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. ET daily. 

Additionally, the events can be found live on the Official NFF mobile and tablet applications. The apps can be downloaded by searching "National Football Foundation" in the iTunes App Store or Android Market. 

 

55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Timeline

(All Times Eastern and Approximate)

  • 8:00 p.m. - Welcome by ESPN studio host and NFF Dinner Emcee Rece Davis
  • 8:02 p.m. - Presentation of the Legacy Awards to Eric Long, Burke Magnus and Craig Silver
  • 8:05 p.m. - Introduction of the college coaches in attendance
  • 8:10 p.m. - Chris Schenkel Award presented posthumously to the late Bob Barry, Sr.
  • 8:14 p.m. - John L. Toner Award presented to Mal Moore
  • 8:27 p.m. - The NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments
  • 8:58 p.m. - The 23rd William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth
  • 9:05 p.m. - The Distinguished American Award presented to George Bodenheimer
  • 9:09 p.m. - The NFF Gold Medal presented to Roscoe C. Brown, Jr.
  • 9:15 p.m. - The 2012 College Football Hall of Fame Class
  • 9:50 p.m. - Hall of Fame Ring Ceremony
  • 9:55 p.m. - Closing Remarks and God Bless America

 

NFF Annual Awards Press Conference Timeline

(All Times Eastern)

  • 9:00 a.m. - NFF Major Award Winners
  • 9:30 a.m. - Hall of Fame Class
  • 10: 20 a.m. - Break for one-on-one interviews
  • 10:40 a.m. - Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Finalists Announcement
  • 10:50 a.m. - NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments
  • 11:15 a.m. - Break for one-on-one interviews

 

Nationally acclaimed ESPN studio host Rece Davis will emcee the dinner ceremony while longtime Texas sports information director Bill Little will moderate the morning press conference. The honorees include: 

The 2012 College Football Hall of Famers: Charles Alexander of LSU, Otis Armstrong of Purdue, Steve Bartkowski of California, Hal Bedsole of Southern California, Dave Casper of Notre Dame, Ty Detmer of BYU, Tommy Kramer of Rice, Art Monk of Syracuse, Greg Myers of Colorado State, Jonathan Ogden of UCLA, Gabe Rivera of Texas Tech, Mark Simoneau of Kansas State, Scott Thomas of Air Force, John Wooten of Colorado and coaches Phillip Fulmer of Tennessee, Jimmy Johnson of Oklahoma State, Miami Fla., and R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M. 

The 2012 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class and Campbell Trophy Finalists: Matt Barkley of Southern California, Rex Burkhead of Nebraska, Cody Davis of Texas Tech, Nick Driskill of Mount Union (Ohio), Nick Florence of Baylor, Nabal Jefferson of Northern Illinois, Barrett Jones of Alabama, Aaron Mullane of West Texas A&M, Ryan Nassib of Syracuse, Nolan Nearhoff of Robert Morris, Ethan Peterson of MIT, Sean Renfree of Duke, Manti Te'o of Notre Dame, Patrick Ward of Northwestern and Shane Zackery of Saint Xavier (Ill.). 

2012 NFF Major Award Winners: Roscoe C. Brown, Jr., NFF Gold Medal winner, ESPN Executive Chairman George Bodenheimer, NFF Distinguished American Award winner, Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore, winner of the NFF John L. Toner Award for superior abilities in athletics administration, and Bob Barry, Sr., winner of the Chris Schenkel Award for excellence in broadcasting.

The Next Zig Thing: Ziggy Ansah in the national spotlight

Dec 03, 2012 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 12:51 pm | Updated: December 7, 2012 3:00 pm | Permalink

If you have already had the chance to pick up this week's Sports Illustrated you know that BYU senior defensive end Ezekiel Ansah is featured in a four-page article in the issue currently on newsstands. If you haven't had the chance, pick it up. Ansah is also mentioned on the cover, which features the Indianapolis Colts' quarterback Andrew Luck.

A brief preview of the Sports Illustrated article entitled "The Next Zig Thing" is included below. 

THE NEXT ZIG THING – JEFF BENEDICT (@authorjeff)

He grew up playing soccer in his home country of Ghana and successfully walked on to the BYU track team, but Ezekiel (Ziggy) Ansah’s future in professional sports could lie in being a first-round pick in the next NFL draft. He was recruited to BYU by a sophomore serving his Mormon mission in Ghana in 2007, who played pickup basketball with Ansah and thought the Ghanaian’s 6' 6" 250-pound frame would lend itself to football. Ansah walked on to the Cougars’ team in 2010, and over the final nine games of the 2012 season, was third on his team in tackles (48), second in sacks (4.5) and first in tackles for loss (13).

While he’s not a star in the sport he grew up dreaming about – basketball – Ansah is drawing serious interests from NFL scouts, who are flocking to BYU to check him out. Says one scout: “The combination of his height, weight and speed is probably unmatched. Plus, he’s so strong. He’s got that Jason Pierre-Paul type of physical upside.”

NPR's ONLY A GAME (@DougTribou, @OnlyAGameRadio)

Ansah and the author of the article, Jeff Benedict, also spoke with Doug Tribou on NPR's "Only a Game" as the national radio program originating from Boston's 90.9 WBUR featured Ansah this weekend. 

“I think he has become the kind of football player that NFL teams long to find,” said Jeff Benedict, who wrote profiled Ansah for Sports Illustrated. “He’s got this very unique combination of speed, size and strength. It’s very rare that you find a guy who’s that tall and that big and can run as fast as he does, especially laterally.”

Select the following link to read more about and listen to the NPR interview: NPR's Only a Game

In addition, here are some video highlights of Ansah.

Van Noy, Stephenson honored by CFPA

Nov 19, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 4:50 pm | Permalink

College Football Performance Awards honored two Cougars for their play against San Jose State. Junior linebacker Kyle Van Noy was named honorable mention for National Linebacker of the Week while senior punter Riley Stephenson earned honorable mention for National Punter of the Week.

Van Noy was stout on defense against the Spartans with three tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble and seven total tackles. The Reno, Nev. native leads BYU in tackles for loss (15.5), sacks (8.5), quarterback hurries (8) and forced fumbles (5).

Stephenson, who is from St. George, Utah, punted five times for a 50-yard average against the Spartans. Sitting at No. 2 nationally in punting, Stephenson hit kicks of 50, 57 and 60 yards, while his shortest punt of the night (a 39-yarder) pinned the Spartans on their 11-yard line—one of two punts downed inside the SJSU 20. Stephenson is a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award recognizing the nation's top punter. Stephenson was also named the FBS Independent Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against the Spartans.

About College Football Performance Awards (CFPA):
The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. For more information visit collegefootballperformance.com

 

 

Honoring Veterans and some player honors

Nov 12, 2012 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 11:43 am | Updated: November 12, 2012 11:55 am | Permalink

With Veterans Day taking place this year on Sunday, Nov. 11, the annual holiday honoring the many military personnel who have served and are serving this country is observed today. Prior to BYU's 52-13 victory over Idaho on Saturday, a 100-yard-long flag was carried onto the field, covering it entirely, by members of the Army and Air Force ROTC for the singing of the National Anthem. Check out the photos below and many thanks to all who have and are serving in the Armed Forces!

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Several BYU players were honored Monday for their play against Idaho on Saturday. Junior wide receiver Cody Hoffman and junior kicker Justin Sorensen joined Notre Dame junior linebacker Prince Shembo in receiving Football Bowl Subdivision Independent Player of the Week accolades

Hoffman was also named the Independent Offensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness and honorable mention for National Wide Receiver of the Week by College Football Performance Awards

Hoffman caught nine passes for 108 yards and three touchdowns against Idaho in BYU's 52-13 win.  Hoffman’s performance marked his 11th 100-yard receiving game, tied for third all-time at BYU, while giving him 23 career touchdown receptions, which is tied for fourth on BYU’s career ledger. In addition, he extended to 29 his streak of consecutive games with at least one reception.  

Sorensen broke a long-standing BYU record by converting all seven of his PAT attempts to extend his personal streak to 68 consecutive PATs made, breaking the previous school mark of 67—a record that had stood since 2004.

BYU vs Idaho Fourth Quarter Blog

Nov 10, 2012 - Posted by Chris Scheitinger at 11:42 pm | Updated: November 10, 2012 11:47 pm | Permalink

Summary

James Lark hit Cody Raymond for a two-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter to put BYU up 49-10. Kicker Justin Sorensen hit a 31-yard field goal with 1:50 remaining in the quarter to extend BYU’s lead to 52-10. Kicker Trey Farquhar kicked a 35-yard field goal at the end of the game to bring the final score to 52-13.

Standout Players

James Lark – completed 6-8 passes in the fourth quarter for 49 yards. Lark finished the game 6-11 for 49 yards and one touchdown.

Quarter Highlights

Quarterback James Lark hit wide receiver Cody Raymond for a two-yard touchdown pass with 12 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Halfway through the quarter Uani Unga forced a fumble on quarterback Logan Bushnell, recovered by Russell Tialavea at the BYU 24.

Visit the BYU facebook page for photos of the game: https://www.facebook.com/BYUFootball

BYU vs Idaho Third Quarter Blog

Nov 10, 2012 - Posted by Chris Scheitinger at 11:03 pm | Updated: November 10, 2012 11:08 pm | Permalink

Summary

 

Idaho kicker Trey Farquhar kicked a 39 yard field goal with 8:28 remaining in the third quarter to bring the score to 42-10 BYU. On 4th and goal, Idaho forced a fumble at the one yard line recovering the football for a touchback with 2:07 remaining. BYU leads 42-10 at the end of three quarters.

Standout Players

 

Uani Unga – Unga intercepted Idaho’s Logan Bushnell, returning it 22 yards to the Idaho 22.

Quarter Highlights

 

Quarterback James Lark replaced Riley Nelson during BYU’s second offensive series. During Idaho’s first offensive possession of the third quarter, quarterback Logan Bushnell hit wide receiver Najee Lovett twice for 33 yard and 11 yard passes. Idaho went on to kick a field goal, the only score of the third quarter.

Visit the BYU facebook page for photos of the game: https://www.facebook.com/BYUFootball

BYU vs Idaho Second Quarter Blog

Nov 10, 2012 - Posted by Chris Scheitinger at 10:02 pm | Permalink

Summary

 

Riley Nelson connected twice with wide receiver Cody Hoffman on six yard and four yard touchdown passes. BYU leads Idaho 42-7 at halftime.

Standout Players

 

Cody Hoffman – Hoffman caught two touchdown passes during the second quarter to finish the first half with three touchdown catches and 91 yards receiving.

Riley Nelson – Nelson finished the first half 16-27 for 193 yards and three touchdown passes. He rushed five times for 50 yards.

Robbie Buckner – intercepted quarterback Logan Bushnell at the BYU 37.

Quarter Highlights

 

Quarterback Riley Nelson connected with wide receiver Cody Hoffman for a six yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone to put the Cougars up 35-7 early in the second quarter. With 6:49 remaining in the quarter, Nelson hit Hoffman streaking across the center of the end zone for a four yard-touchdown pass. Hoffman’s second touchdown pass of the quarter extended BYU’s lead to 42-7 going into halftime.

Visit the BYU facebook page for photos of the game: https://www.facebook.com/BYUFootball

BYU vs Idaho First Quarter Blog

Nov 10, 2012 - Posted by Chris Scheitinger at 9:19 pm | Permalink

Summary

BYU jumped on the board first. On 4th and 1, Jamaal Williams broke free for a 49-yard run, setting up a Riley Nelson 6–yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Cody Hoffman. Jamaal Williams went on to score two touchdowns to put BYU up 21-0. After an Idaho touchdown pass, Spencer Hadley recovered a fumble into the endzone to put BYU up 28-7.

Standout Players

Jamaal Williams – Six carries for 78 yards and two touchdowns

Riley Nelson – 7-9 for 119 yards, six yard touchdown pass to Cody Hoffman

Quarter Highlights

Jamaal Williams scored two touchdowns and ran for 77 yards, including a 49-yard run on 4th and 1 to set up BYU’s first score of the quarter. Down 21-0, Idaho quarterback Logan Bushnell hit wide receiver Mike Scott down the middle late in the first quarter for a 33-yard touchdown reception. With four seconds remaining Spencer Hadley recovered a fumble at the two-yard line, running into the endzone for a touchdown.

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