Men's Football Blog

Oklahoma Pre-Game Fireside

Sep 05, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 10:39 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Friday's Fireside

Last night’s fireside at the Carrollton Stake Center featured talks by defensive back Landon Jaussi and wide receiver Spencer Hafoka. Both concentrated on the subject of “Becoming Disciples of Christ”.

Jaussi started by defining disciples as people who earnestly seek to make and keep covenants with our Heavenly Father. He stated service, prayer and scripture study as examples of discipleship. The junior also referred to his mission to Taiwan as life changing.

“My mission was the most amazing experience of my life,” said Jaussi. “For those of you who are contemplating whether or not to go, read the Book of Mormon daily and the Spirit will speak to you and help you feel the desire to serve.”

Following his talk, Jaussi teamed up with Coleby Clawson, Nick Alletto, Travis Uale and Grant Nelson for a musical number. The group sang the hymn “Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy”.

Hafoka was the next to speak, focusing primarily on faith and how it can help you live a higher standard.

“Times are difficult right now and everyone is fearful of different things,” he said. “The Gospel of Jesus Christ will help us through our trials and help us return to live with our Father in Heaven.”

He went on to say that the first step on the path to discipleship involves prayer, humility and faith.

“When we believe in and act on principals of Jesus Christ, our faith will increase,” he said.

The team continued its tradition of singing, “We’ll Bring the World His Truth” before Holly and head coach Bronco Mendenhall took their turns speaking to the congregation.

Two Days to Go

Sep 03, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 6:27 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

The Cougars held their last full practice this afternoon before their season opener in two days.

Thursday's Hero

Today the team honored Alva Hunter, an 86-year-old man from American Fork who suffers from primary lateral sclerosis, a disease which causes gradual deterioration of the body's nerves and muscles.

Defensive lineman Russell Tialavea presented Alva with a bag of BYU gifts, saying, "We respect you and know that what you go through every day is much harder than what we go through."

Team captain Jan Jorgensen then asked Alva to sign the team flag which has been carried out before every game each of the past five seasons.

"This flag symbolizes our commitment to our university, faith and everything BYU stands for," said the senior defensive lineman.

Countdown...Four Days

Sep 01, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 8:59 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

We're only four days away from our season opener in Arlington! Excitement was in the air this afternoon as the team held its second practice of the week.

Head coach Bronco Mendenhall did a live interview for ESPNU's College Football Special after practice, so hopefully you had a chance to hear that. Linebacker Matt Bauman and wide receiver O'Neill Chambers also had interviews, with The Mtn. via our Campus Cam.

Down to Five

Aug 31, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 5:00 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Five days until Oklahoma!

Monday Morning Press Conference

Today was our first Monday morning press conference of the 2009 season! Coach Bronco Mendenhall addressed and answered questions for about 20 minutes before the media had an opportunity to do one-on-one interviews with Andrew George, Andrew Rich, Brett Denney, Jan Jorgensen and McKay Jacobson. A partial transcript and video of the press conference is available here on the website.

Tickets Required for Oklahoma Pre-Game Fireside

We just got word today that due to the large crowd expected for the fireside Friday night, only those with tickets will be admitted to the Carrollton Stake Center. All others wishing to attend may go to either the Coppell Chapel or Richardson Stake Center. For more details, click HERE

Six Days!

Aug 30, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 3:03 pm | Permalink

Less than one week remains until our season opener in Arlington! In six days the Cougars will face off against No. 3 Oklahoma in the new Cowboys Stadium.

Monday Morning Press Conference

Tomorrow marks the first Monday morning press conference of the 2009 season! BYU-TV will televise the conference live at 10 a.m. Fans can tune in to hear BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall's thoughts on fall camp and preparation for our upcoming game against the Sooners.

Another Chat, Another Hero

Aug 28, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 3:26 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

We had another successful online player chat this afternoon, this time with sophomore wide receiver McKay Jacobson. Thanks to all who participated!

Thursday's/Friday's Hero

The team honored another hero this morning at the conclusion of practice, 29-year-old Tommy Babcock from Ogden, Utah. Tommy suffers from Crohn's disease. Crohn's disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which involves ongoing (chronic) inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.

Tommy is a huge Cougar fan and was presented several BYU gifts by defensive back Brandon Bradley.

Nine Days

Aug 27, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 7:16 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

The countdown to the Oklahoma game is officially in the single-digits! Only nine days until our season opener in Arlington.

Just a reminder about our online player chat with McKay Jacobson tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. Today we had a chat with defensive lineman Romney Fuga. It went great. Thanks to all who submitted questions!

Chat Rescheduled

Aug 25, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 4:02 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

11 days remain until the BYU season opener against No. 3 Oklahoma!

Chat Rescheduled

Our online player chat with McKay Jacobson, originally scheduled for earlier this afternoon, has been moved to Friday at 1:30 p.m. McKay missed practice today due to illness and will hopefully be feeling better soon.

Thursday's chat with Romney Fuga will go ahead as originally scheduled. Submit your questions from Romney HERE. Questions will be accepted before and during the live chat.

Chat Tomorrow

Aug 24, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 6:45 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

12 days until Oklahoma!

Don't forget about our online player chat with McKay Jacobson tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. Submit your questions HERE. Questions will be accepted before and during the live chat.

Fireside Schedule Released

Aug 22, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 2:01 pm | Permalink

2009 Football Firesides

The 2009 football fireside schedule has been released, check it out HERE.

The first fireside of the season will be at the Carrollton Stake Center in Carrollton, Texas at 7 p.m. CT. Hope to see all of you there before our season opener against No. 3 Oklahoma!