Men's Football Blog

Thursday's Heroes - Dylan Shaw, Tim & Matthew Smart

Apr 08, 2011 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 10:31 am | Permalink

Nine-year-old Dylan Shaw was recently diagnosed with an inoperable tumor on his brain stem.

Tim and Matthew Smart, ages 20 and 18, have Down Syndrome.

To read more about Dylan, Tim and Matthew go to www.broncomendenhall.com.

Thursday's Hero - Russ Simons

Apr 01, 2011 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 10:18 am | Permalink

Parents to three girls, Russ and his wife Liz have been married for 13 years. Russ played football at Ricks College for two years prior to his mission to Canada. Upon his return home he played two additional years at Idaho State.

To read more about Russ go to www.broncomendenhall.com.

Thursday's Hero - Robert Hamblin

Mar 25, 2011 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 11:31 am | Permalink

The ultimate BYU fan, Robert was an offensive lineman for the Cougars from 1948-1952. During a homecoming game against Wyoming, he had both of his front teeth knocked out. This resulted in him singing, “All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” at a Christmas party that year.

To read more about Robert go to www.broncomendenhall.com.

Former Cougars, Senior Honored at Tribute Banquet

Mar 11, 2011 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 5:10 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah (Mar. 9, 2011) - The BYU football team honored its 2010 season senior class along with former coaches Andy Reid and Barry Lamb at the annual Senior Tribute Banquet on Wednesday.

A total of 13 seniors were honored: offensive lineman Nick Alletto, wide receiver Luke Ashworth, defensive back Brandon Bradley, linebacker Shane Hunter, safety Landon Jaussi, defensive back Brian Logan, linebacker Zeke Mendenhall, kicker Mitch Payne, wide receiver BJ Peterson, safety Andrew Rich, defensive lineman Vic So'oto, offensive lineman Jason Speredon and linebacker AJ Van Valkenburg.

Before honoring the senior class of 2010, BYU associate athletic director for development Chad Lewis, formerly a tight end for the Cougars and an All-Pro under Reid, presented the coach with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Reid was offensive lineman at BYU before becoming a graduate assistant for a season after graduating in 1981. He helped the Green Bay Packers win Super Bowl XXXI as an assistant coach before being named the Philadelphia Eagles' head coach in 1999. Reid's winning percentage is currently 11th-best in NFL history and has resulted in numerous Coach of the Year awards and an NFC championship in 2004.

"I'm so fired up to be here I can't tell you," Reid said upon receiving the award. Reid then went on to give advice to the audience.

"In our sport there is nothing more important than trust," he said. "Go out there and be an energy-giver."

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall next took the podium to present former BYU assistant coach Barry Lamb with the Robbie Bosco Award.

Lamb retired prior to the 2010 season as the Cougars’ outside linebackers coach after a 33-year career that included 16 seasons at BYU and stints at six different schools. Overall, he helped BYU earn a 129-66 record during his Cougar career with six conference championships and nine bowl invitations.

"Nobody loves BYU and has been more loyal to me and to LaVell Edwards, while he was here," Mendenhall stated.

Lamb offered his own thoughts on what he learned during his great career.

"It's not the physical toughness that wins," he said. "It's all the other kinds of tough that wins."

Following the presentations, 2010 captains Andrew Rich and Matt Reynolds were both honored for their leadership.

After a highlight film featuring each of BYU's 13 seniors, the players were given their jersey and helmet from their time at BYU.

Pro Day 2011

Mar 09, 2011 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 2:57 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah (Mar. 9, 2011) - Eight former Cougars with hopes of making the NFL jumped, lifted and ran for NFL scouts on BYU's annual Pro Day on Wednesday.

Wide receiver Luke Ashworth, defensive back Brandon Bradley, defensive back Brian Logan, linebacker Zeke Mendenhall, kicker Mitch Payne, safety Andrew Rich, defensive lineman Vic So'oto and offensive lineman Jason Speredon ran through drills for over two hours.

With family, friends and former teammates looking on, the eight players each tested their vertical jump and bench press before heading over to the Indoor Practice Facility for various drills.

Once there, the NFL hopefuls ran the 40, competed in shuttle drills and caught passes thrown by one of the scouts.

The 2011 NFL Draft will run Apr. 28-30 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

TCU Game Switched to ESPN

Mar 09, 2011 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 10:35 am | Permalink

PROVO, Utah (Mar. 8, 2011) - The BYU football team's game against TCU during the upcoming 2011 season will be televised live to a national television audience on ESPN, a change from the Cougars' original release announcing the matchup.

Previously slated to be broadcast on ESPN2, BYU will play the Horned Frogs next season on the network's main channel in a neutral site matchup at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The game will be played on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. CT (6 p.m. MT).

The 2011 college football season marks the beginning of an eight-year agreement between ESPN and BYU for exclusive rights to BYU home football games across multiple ESPN platforms. As part of the deal, ESPN receives first selection rights to all BYU home games and any neutral site matchups in which the school is the designated home team. Games can be televised on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays across ESPN, ESPN on ABC, ESPN2 and ESPNU with simulcasts on ESPN3.com, ESPN Mobile TV and ESPN GamePlan.

The Oct. 28 matchup features two of college football’s most successful programs over the past five seasons. BYU and TCU are two of only seven FBS programs to win 10 or more games at least four of the last five seasons, and are two of only 11 teams that have won 50 or more games during that span. TCU is coming off a 13-0 season and No. 2 final ranking after its 21-19 Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. The Cougars and Horned Frogs are also two of only 11 programs to win at least four bowl games in the past five years. BYU is coming of a 52-24 New Mexico Bowl victory over UTEP.

In addition to the TCU game, ESPN announced that it will air both the BYU-UCF game on Sept. 23 and the BYU-Utah State game on Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. MT on ESPN. Additional broadcast plans and game times for the 2011 season are yet to be determined.

New Mexico Bowl - Day 3

Dec 17, 2010 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 11:19 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Dec. 17, 2010) - As the BYU football team comes ever closer to kicking off the New Mexico Bowl against UTEP tomorrow, the Cougars participated in the final bowl festivities on Friday.

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall and team captains Andrew Rich and Matt Reynolds preceded the team to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to participate in a press conference which included UTEP head coach Mike Price and the UTEP captains.

Following the press conference, the trio joined up with their teammates and the rest of the BYU travel party, including wives and staff members, to participate in the Kickoff Luncheon. The UTEP contingent also joined in with New Mexico Bowl Executive Director Jeff Siembieda emceeing the event.

After everyone was seated, each school's band came into the hall and took turns playing, including both university fight songs, complete with cheerleaders and mascots.

The group then enjoyed lunch as Siembieda and others, including Coach Mendenhall, said a few words.

The Cougars returned to the hotel for a quick respite before going to the University of New Mexico's campus for a brief walk through as final preparation for the game. Chad Lewis and several players joined the band and cheer squad with fans at the Pep Rally as well.

BYU ended the evening with its traditional fireside where BJ Peterson, Jameson Frazier and Coach Mendenhall spoke. Travis Uale and his wife, Mata, performed a musical number as did Walter Kahaiali'i.

A visit from Santa Claus at the hotel ended the busy day for the Cougars, all set to face UTEP at noon tomorrow live on ESPN.

New Mexico Bowl - Day 2

Dec 16, 2010 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 10:18 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Dec. 16, 2010) - The BYU football team had another enjoyable day in Albuquerque on Thursday.

The Cougars practiced again for an hour to begin the day, this time with a steady rain taking the place of the wind from the day before.

BYU players and coaches traveled to the Santa Ana Star in the evening for dinner and games. First, the Cougars played a variation of Family Feud with rounds featuring members of the BYU offense, defense and coaching staff.

The offensive team of Terence Brown, Rhen Wilson, Bryan Kariya, Cody Hoffman and Riley Nelson slipped behind early but rallied to win the triple-point round to finish on top, 291-288.

The defense, including Andrew Rich, Corby Eason, Carter Mees, Collin Keoshian and Travis Tuiloma pushed the lead to 691-488 after which the coaches, including Kelly Poppinga, Nick Howell, Brandon Doman, Patrick Hickman and Mark Weber dominated to give BYU a 981-713 win.

Following the game, the Cougars and Miners went upstairs for some bowling. After playing a game, BYU's team of Jake Heaps, Jason Speredon, Riley Stephenson, Brandon Brown and Tom Steele competed against UTEP in a bowl-off. The team finished with a score of 121, including two spares from Stephenson, but the lone strike of the contest helped UTEP sneak to the win with a score of 125.

A huge snowstorm pounding the state and closing schools that began in the late afternoon continued into the evening as the team once again returned to hotel for games and more food before going to bed.

Friday the team will participate in the Kickoff Luncheon, a final team walk-through and then a fireside.

New Mexico Bowl - Day 1

Dec 15, 2010 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 8:57 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink


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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Dec. 15, 2010) – The BYU football team enjoyed its first day of New Mexico Bowl activities on Wednesday as the team arrived in Albuquerque, practiced, and joined UTEP for dinner and the announcement of the winner of the Chile Bowl cook-off.

After an initial delay on the tarmac in Salt Lake City waiting for the plane to be de-iced, the Cougars and company took off early this morning, landing in Albuquerque a little more than an hour later.

Upon arriving at the hotel, the party was greeted with an authentic mariachi band outside the front doors and the Cougar Fight Song proudly sounding down the halls inside, a welcome greeting provided by New Mexico Bowl representatives to the players, coaches, staff and their families.

The team had enough time to put down their bags and eat a quick lunch before getting back on the buses and traveling to nearby Manzano High School for practice. Despite warm temperatures just an hour before, a constant wind made things increasingly chilly during the approximately 80-minute run-through. Afterward, the team returned to the hotel to get ready for dinner at the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, which sits adjacent to the grounds used for the city’s annual hot air balloon fiesta, the largest hot air balloon festival in the world, drawing around 750 hot air balloons every October.

While both BYU and UTEP enjoyed dinner, the winner of the New Mexico Bowl’s annual El Pinto Chile Bowl was announced. A video was shown of each team preparing its own chili after which three local judges, including Miss New Mexico, were shown testing each team’s end result.

Provided with a recipe provided by strength and conditioning coach Jay Omer’s wife, BYU’s team of Brandon Bradley, Brandon Ogletree, Jason Speredon and Richard Wilson helped the Cougars take home the El Pinto Chile Bowl plate for the best chile. The four-man team cooked the chile a few days before in the kitchens of Ruby River Steakhouse, using a spicy combination to beat out the UTEP's entry. BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall accepted the award from Dave “The Pope of Peppers” DeWitt, the world’s foremost authority on chile peppers who has authored more than 30 books on the subject.

BYU was happy to win the friendly competition and hopes to change the fortunes of past Chile Bowl winners as none of the previous four victors went on to win the actual bowl game in the four-year history of the event.

To end the night, members of the team enjoyed the hospitality room by playing video games, eating, watching television and socializing.

Thursday's Hero - Devin Jensen

Dec 10, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 9:19 am | Permalink

Devin Jensen was killed in a car accident following the BYU-Utah game just two weeks ago. He and his sister were taking a friend home after watching the game at their house, when they lost control of the car.

The second oldest of six children, Devin was a junior at Bear River high School where he was a letter-winner on the football team. He was very involved in student government and earned his Eagle Scout award.

Devin and his family attended the New Mexico game earlier this season. He enjoyed standing in the tunnel pregame, watching the team run out onto the field.

To read more about Devin go to www.broncomendenhall.com.