Men's Football Blog

Thursday's Hero - Paul Peterson

Sep 10, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 11:43 am | Permalink

This past June Paul was diagnosed with a very aggressive brain tumor. He has since undergone surgery to remove the tumor, followed by chemotherapy and radiation. The surgery eliminated his ability to speak, and the movement of the facial muscles on the ride side of his face.

After recently finding out the tumor had reappeared, Paul underwent a similar surgery this past Friday. The surgery did not keep him from watching the Washington game, however, as his wife threatened to turn it off several times if he didn't calm down.

A convert to the Church, Paul was baptized while attending the Air Force Academy. In 1984 he moved to Orem and has been a Cougar fan ever since. It's a family tradition to attend the BYU/Air Force game in Colorado Springs whenever possible, and this year will be no different. Paul, his children and grandchildren will be in attendance at the game on Saturday.

Washington Pregame Fireside

Sep 07, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 11:57 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

The Cougars kicked off the 2010 season with their first pregame fireside Friday night, prior to the Washington game. Held at the Pleasant Grove North Field Stake Center, the fireside featured talks from freshman tight end Austin Holt and sophomore offensive lineman Clayton Gruber.

Austin, who returned home from an LDS mission to St. Louis, MO two months ago, started the evening by defining the role of a true disciple of Christ. "A disciple is one who is learning to become like Christ. It involves the total transformation of a person."

Back in 2004, Austin attended one of BYU's pregame firesides and had the opportunity to hear and learn from then-freshman wide receiver Austin Collie. Collie shared his excitement and willingness to put football on hold for two years and serve the Lord. "He set a great example for me by saying that," said Holt. "If I can offer any advice, it would be to serve a mission. It saved my life and gave my life more meaning. I know it can do the same for you."

Sophomore offensive lineman Walter Kahaiali'i followed Austin's talk by performing a musical number. He played the piano while singing the Primary song, "When I Am Baptized."

Clayton was the next speaker and opened by sharing a little bit about himself and how he ended up at BYU. After high school, Clayton expressed his strong desire to serve a mission while meeting with the coach of a Division III football program. The news wasn't taken with much enthusiasm, resulting in Clayton taking a break from football for eight years before landing a spot as a walk-on on the BYU roster.

"I've learned that this team is not about winning," he said. "Being part of this team is more than that. I've learned so much."

Clayton went on to quote Elder L. Tom Perry when he said, "The word disciple comes from the Latin word meaning a learner. A disciple of Christ is one who is learning to be like Christ—learning to think, to feel, and to act like he does."

Clayton then closed by posing the question, "Do you represent the Savior in all you do?"

BYU Football with Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall

Sep 02, 2010 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 1:33 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Wednesday evening "BYU Football with Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall," presented by University Parkway Ken Garff Dealers, kicked off the 2010 season on KSL Newsradio with a different look and sound compared to past seasons.

The weekly Wednesday night radio show, now known by the same name that belongs to the Sunday night coaches show on KSLTV, reflects the focus on "BYU Football" by emphasizing the importance of the team itself and the values it represents.

Now the host of both the TV and radio versions of the program, KSL's "Voice of the Cougars" Greg Wrubell introduced the revamped show that includes new features that draw greater attention to BYU Football's core pillars of "Tradition, Spirit and Honor."

Wednesday night's show on KSL Newsradio (7-8 p.m.) originated live from the centerpiece of the BYU Football program: LaVell Edwards Stadium. BYU Athletics Director Tom Holmoe and senior safety Andrew Rich were guests on the first show of the season Wednesday night. Some 50 people attended the live broadcast from the President's Loge in the stadium pressbox.

For more information about attending future shows or to listen to the audio archive of Wednesday's show, CLICK HERE.

Cougar Kickoff

Aug 17, 2010 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 9:49 pm | Permalink

Members of the BYU football team participated in the annual Cougar Kickoff event Tuesday evening at Haws Field.

Players signed autographs and met with fans during a fun-filled evening that included many other BYU teams such as women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's and women's cross country and men's and women's basketball.

People in attendance were able to not only interact and met with the players but also participate in many activities.

In addition, fans got the opportunity to hear from head football coach Bronco Mendenhall and several Cougar football players as they were interviewed by Jeff Call of the Deseret News. Members of the Deseret News sports staff interviewed players and coaches from the other BYU teams as well. KSL radio's Greg Wrubell, voice of the Cougars, emceed the event.

Date Night at LaVell Edwards Stadium

Aug 08, 2010 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 12:51 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Coming from far away as Hong Kong, 120 couples joined the BYU football team on Wednesday night, Aug. 4th, to kick off the 2010 season by participating in Date Night at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

The couples clinic took place in the stadium and included a catered dinner, skill instruction, locker room tours, giveaways, a question and answer session, photo opportunities with head coach Bronco Mendenhall and much more.

Greg Wrubell, the Voice of the Cougars, served as master of ceremonies. All proceeds from the event went towards the team’s Thursday’s Hero program.

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CLICK HERE to read more about the couples clinic.

Gridiron Rumble!

Jul 31, 2010 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 11:05 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall and members of the Cougar coaching staff participated in the Gridiron Rumble motorcycle ride on Saturday, July 31, to benefit people with special needs.

A good turnout of riders joined the Cougars coaches on the benefit ride that started at Timpanogos Harley-Davidson in Lindon. The riders made their way to Fairview Canyon, down Skyline Drive to Huntington and on to Price before returning to Timpanogos Harley-Davidson in Lindon for some games, giveaways and a complimentary lunch.

Cosmo was also be in attendance. Proceeds from the ride go to Thursday's Heroes, an initiative of the BYU football program for people with special needs and circumstances. The Gridiron Rumble was presented by Timpanogos Harley-Davidson and The Fully Invested Foundation.

Click to watch the video.

MWC Football Media Days Kickoff 2010 Season

Jul 28, 2010 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 12:20 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink


The 2010 Mountain West Conference Football Media Days began Monday, July 26, with a series of meetings for the conference media relations directors and later the nine head football coaches.

Held at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, the day concluded with the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Student-Athlete Bowling Challenge. BYU’s All-American candidate Matt Reynolds bowled a 159 to lead his team to a victory with fellow Cougar Andrew Rich adding a 137 to the team's winning effort. When asked about his winning strategy by a reporter from The MTN, Reynolds said, “bowl, just bowl, bowl, bowl.” He then added it might have something to do with the Cougar blue bowling ball he used.

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Day two of the 2010 MWC Football Media Days is in the books. To say the day was a marathon would be an understatement. Tuesday began for Andrew Rich and Reynolds at 9 a.m., with television interviews on VERSUS and concluded at 5:15 p.m., with The MTN.

In between were countless print and television interviews, mixed in with several live radio shows. Add in a lunch break around 11:30 a.m., and it was a very long day. Both BYU student-athletes got word early Tuesday morning they had been selected to the 2010 Preseason All-MWC Team, as chosen by conference media members. Both were humbled when asked about being selected.

“It’s an honor to be named to the Preseason All-MWC Team. At the same time it is preseason,” said Rich from the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas. “The award is not about the individual, but the team. It’s my teammates and the coaches that really deserve the recognition.”

“It’s always an honor to be recognized for your efforts on the field,” said Reynolds. “My focus is to perform well and help our team be successful.”

Coach Bronco Mendenhall was also busy throughout the day. Beginning with a CBS College Sports interviews at 11:30 a.m. and concluding with an interview with James Bates of The MTN about 6 p.m. Along the way Mendenhall answered questions about the upcoming season, personnel issues, recruiting, conference expansion, the BCS, scheduling, and a myriad of other topics.

“I’m a big believer in the collective. While it’s a much more compelling story to talk about the individual, that’s really not the way I operate,” said Mendenhall during a print media session. “I’m completely confident the pieces will fall into place when they are supposed to ... we have good players and we have good people, we just try to find out who (will play which roles) as quickly as we can.”


Wednesday’s activities began at 8 a.m., for Coach Mendenhall with some promos for The MTN. MWC Commissioner Craig Thompson addressed the media at 8:30 a.m., with his annual “state of the conference” address.

The rest of the morning Coach Mendenhall and the BYU student-athletes did one-on-one interviews with The MTN, CBS College Sports and A one-hour, one-on-one interview session with the print media concluded the week’s activities for Reynolds and Rich at 11:30 a.m.

Time to head back to Provo. Fall camp opens on Saturday, Aug. 7 — just 10 more days Cougar Nation. What happened to the summer?

CLICK HERE for more information about MWC Media Days

Unga Works Out for NFL Scouts

Jul 08, 2010 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 7:54 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

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PROVO, Utah (July 8, 2010) - Former BYU running back Harvey Unga worked out for NFL scouts from 20 different teams on Thursday in preparation for the upcoming NFL Supplemental Draft.

Unga, BYU's all-time leading rusher in only three full years with the program, participated in regular combine drills during a personal workout for over two hours at the Student Athlete Building complex.

"I'm just looking for a shot or an open door," Unga said. "I felt good about everything and am just thankful for the guys that came out. I did all that I could."

After being measured and weighed, Unga bench pressed and tested his vertical and standing long jump. After going outside, Unga ran two 40-yard dashes, then participated in various drills testing his speed, feet and hands.

"There's been a lot of outside help. I've talked to [former Cougars] Fuhi [Vakapuna], Fahu [Tahi] and Manase [Tonga]," Unga said. "There's a lot of help especially from the Polynesian guys. We're a tight-knit group."

The NFL Supplemental Draft will be held July 15. After the order for the draft (roughly worst record first and then continuing on to the best record) is determined, each team submits to the league via email the name of the player(s) they are interested in, as well as the round of the supplemental draft they would like to choose them in. The team that submits the highest bid is awarded rights to the player. If more than one team bids a pick from the same round, the team with the highest pick in the round wins out.

If a team uses a pick in the Supplemental Draft, they must forfeit their choice in the corresponding round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Another Successful Chat

Jan 28, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 3:26 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Thanks to everyone who submitted questions for former Cougar David Nixon in today's player chat. There were some great questions for the Oakland Raider linebacker.

If you missed the chat check it out HERE.

Player Chat on Thursday

Jan 26, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 2:27 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Our first player chat of 2010 is coming up on Thursday! SUBMIT QUESTIONS now for former BYU linebacker David Nixon. David is back in Provo after spending this past season with the Oakland Raiders.

The chat will begin at 2 p.m. MT on Thursday. Don't miss it!