Men's Football Blog

Romney Fuga: I'm Committed to This Program

Sep 17, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 1:28 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

What are some memorable moments from your mission to Madagascar?

Some of the most memorable moments from my mission would have to be being and working with the members. They had awesome members who were just so fun to be around and to do activities with. They just knew how to have a party. The members were also just so enthusiastic about missionary work and would always be willing to help the missionaries teach and give us referrals. A lot of success that I saw during my mission was because of the help that members gave. They are just awesome people to be around and are so excited about the Gospel.

How has serving a mission changed you and helped you prepare for the season?

A way that the mission has helped me prepare for the season is that it has taught me how to manage my time more efficiently. With school and football at the same time, the schedule can be a bit hectic. I'm just glad that I learned some time management skills so I can give both areas the required attention. It also helped me to realize that I was not giving enough of myself and that I needed to do more. It helped me to be more determined and committed to this program and even more committed to myself.

What are your goals this season?

My goals for the 2009 season are to do the best that I can and contribute to the team as much as I can. I want to be someone that my teammates can trust to do their assignment and perform it well whenever I would go on the field.

Visit Romney's bio page here.

Tulane Pre-Game Fireside

Sep 11, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 8:49 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

The team just got back from its pre-game fireside held at the J.W. Marriott ballroom. It was fun to meet and interact with the fans from both the New Orleans and Baton Rouge Stakes.

Junior wide receiver BJ Peterson was the first player to speak. He started by sharing an experience he had while serving in the Philippines Cayan Mission. The experience taught him about the importance of serving others and overcoming natural man tendencies.

BJ shared a quote by Elder L. Tom Perry:

"When the spirit conquers the flesh, the flesh becomes a servant, not a master. When we clean out the corners of worldliness and are ready to obey the Lord, we are able to receive his word and keep his commandments."

Tying his talk into the team's theme, "Becoming disciples of Christ," BJ stated that true disciples receive guidance from the Lord on how to best serve those around him.

"Being a disciple means learning to think, feel and act like Christ," he said. "He loves the Lord and serves him with all his might, mind and strength."

Following BJ's talk, linebacker Coleby Clawson and defensive back Travis Uale sang an a capella duet of the Primary song, "When He Comes Again".

Sophomore offensive lineman Terence Brown followed the musical number with his own talk. He used the Bible Dictionary to define a disciple as a pupil or learner who is a follower of Christ.

"The simplicity of that struck me," said Terence. "We all have our struggles and make mistakes, but as we learn we become disciples of Christ."

He went on to pinpoint three characteristics of disciples: humility, obedience and charity.

"Humility is not a sign of weakness, but spiritual strength."

Thursday's Hero

Sep 10, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 5:29 pm | Permalink

Today's Thursday's Hero was 18-year-old Eric Woodruff. Eric's mother was involved in an accident during her pregnancy with him and doctors didn't think he would survive. But Eric just recently graduated from Syracuse High School with a B+ grade point average. He is a huge BYU fan and was happy to meet the team.

Fireside Reminder

For those of you who will be in the New Orleans area tomorrow night, don't forget to come to the team's pregame fireside at the J.W. Marriott Hotel Ballroom at 7 p.m. CT. See you there!

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!