Men's Football Blog

Cougars arrive in San Francisco

Dec 22, 2013 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 11:10 pm | Updated: December 22, 2013 11:13 pm | Permalink

BYU arrived in San Francisco on Sunday evening and enjoyed an incredible welcome dinner and the equally amazing views from atop the 32nd floor of the famed Westin St. Francis.
 
The Cougars will continue preparing for the Fight Hunger Bowl with an 11 a.m. practice Monday at Laney College in Oakland. Check back throughout the week for updates on the team as BYU prepares to face Washington on Friday night at AT&T Park. 

All-America recognition for Van Noy, 'Unga, Hill, Williams

Dec 19, 2013 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 10:01 am | Permalink

BYU senior linebacker Kyle Van Noy has added another All-America award to his trophy case. Lindy's Sports has recognized the Cougar star with third-team honors on its 2013 Lindy's All-America Teams

This week KVN was also named to the CBSSports.com Third Team and received honorable mention from SI.com. To date, Van Noy has been named to four All-America teams (Walter Camp, Athlon Sports, CBSSports.com, Lindy's) and received one honorable mention. He was named the FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Year and received the same honor from College Sports Madness and SB Nation.

Named to four All-America teams last year, Van Noy is BYU's first back-to-back All-American since Dennis Pitta in 2008 and 2009. 

All-America Recognition for 'Unga, Hill, Williams 

Among Van Noy's teammates being recognized in the All-America realm include Uani 'Unga, another senior linebacker, who joined Van Noy in receiving honorable mention All-America honors by SI.com. In addition, BYU quarterback Taysom Hill and running back Jamaal Williams were recognized with honorable mention on the 2013 College Football News Sophomore All-America Team

 

 

Van Noy receives more All-America recognition

Dec 17, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 1:44 pm | Updated: December 17, 2013 1:47 pm | Permalink

Linebacker Kyle Van Noy was given two more All-America honors this week. The senior was named CBSSports.com Third Team and an honorable mention by SI.com. Uani 'Unga, another senior linebacker, also received honorable mention honors by SI.com.

Earlier this week, Van Noy was named the Independent Defensive Player of the Year by SB Nation.

To date, Van Noy has been named to three All-America teams (Walter Camp, Athlon Sports and CBSSports.com) and received one honorable mention.

Hill and Van Noy lead College Sports Madness All-Independent Teams

Dec 16, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 4:36 pm | Updated: December 16, 2013 5:01 pm | Permalink

Taysom Hill was named Independent Offensive Player of the Year and Kyle Van Noy was named Independent Defensive Player of the Year by College Sports Madness. The two were among eight Cougars named to the All-Independent First Team.

The other six named to the first team include running back Jamaal Williams, wide receiver Cody Hoffman, kicker Justin Sorensen, kick returner Adam Hine, defensive back Daniel Sorensen and punt returner JD Falslev. Offensive lineman Solomone Kafu, defensive linemen Bronson Kaufusi and Remington Peck, linebacker Uani 'Unga and defensive back Craig Bills earned second team honors.

Tight end Kaneakua Friel, offensive linemen Kyle Johnson and Michael Yeck, defensive lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna, linebacker Alani Fua and defensive back Robertson Daniel were named to the third team.

BYU had seven players honored this year that were also on the 2012 list (Williams, Hoffman, Van Noy, D. Sorensen, Falslev, Friel and Kaufusi).

Hyundai Lens of Loyalty

Dec 10, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 2:09 pm | Permalink

BYU has created the following video for the Hyundai Lens of Loyalty contest. Check it out to meet some of BYU's loyal fans from across the globe. 

Howell a nominee for 2013 Broyles Award

Nov 27, 2013 - Posted by at 3:27 pm | Updated: November 27, 2013 3:45 pm | Permalink

BYU defensive coordinator and secondary coach Nick Howell is one of 40 nominees for the 2013 Broyles Award, which honors the top assistant coach in college football. The list of nominees was announced Wednesday by The Rotary Club of Little Rock. 

After three years on the full-time staff, Howell was promoted in 2013 to serve as defensive coordinator. As such, Howell took on the task of preparing the BYU defense to adjust to playing in essence an extra quarter of football per game in 2013 because of BYU's new up-tempo offense. Only six teams in the nation have had to defend more plays than BYU this year and of those that have had to defend as many plays only Oregon and Oklahoma State allow fewer yards per game. BYU has played 878 plays on defense in 11 games to date. BYU ranks No. 16 nationally in both points per play allowed (0.277) and yards per play allowed (4.83) despite the extra demands of the high number of plays to defend.  

Howell was the special teams coordinator the past two seasons while also coaching the Cougar secondary, where he has served since switching from outside linebackers during the 2010 season. In his seventh season in Provo and 12th year of coaching, Howell started at BYU as a defensive intern (2007) and graduate assistant (2008-09) after working in Utah’s high school coaching ranks. Prior to BYU, he was the head coach at Ben Lomond High School (2004-06), defensive coordinator at Weber High School (2003) and defensive line coach at Sky View High School (2002).

The 2013 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock, Ark. The Rotary Club of Little Rock presents the Broyles Award. The winner of the 2012 Broyles Award was Bob Diaco, Notre Dame.

The Broyles Award honors the top assistant college football coach in America and was established in 1996 to honor legendary Arkansas Head Coach Frank Broyles. Coach Broyles had a track record of producing some of the most successful assistant coaches in college football history.

The Broyles Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more about our story.

For more information, visit www.BroylesAward.com or search for Broyles Award on Facebook and Twitter.

A complete list of nominees for the 2013 Broyles Award is included below.

2013 Broyles Award Nominee

  • Alabama - Doug Nussmeier, Offensive Coordinator
  • Arizona - Jeff Casteel, Defensive Coordinator
  • Arizona State - Mike Norvell, Offensive Coordinator
  • Arkansas State - Kent Riddle, Assistant Head Coach, TE’s/Special Teams
  • Auburn - Rhett Lashlee, Offensive Coordinator
  • Ball State - Rich Skrosky, Offensive Coordinator
  • Baylor - Philip Montgomery, Offensive Coordinator
  • Boston College - Don Brown, Defensive Coordinator
  • Brigham Young - Nick Howell, Defensive Coordinator
  • Central Florida - Brent Key, Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line
  • Colorado State - Dave Baldwin, Offensive Coordinator
  • Clemson - Chad Morris, Offensive Coordinator
  • Duke - Kurt Roper, Offensive Coordinator
  • Florida State - Jeremy Pruitt, Defensive Coordinator
  • Fresno State - Dave Schramm, Offensive Coordinator
  • Georgia Tech - Ted Roof, Defensive Coordinator
  • Houston - David Gibbs, Defensive Coordinator
  • Indiana - Seth Littrell, Offensive Coordinator
  • Iowa - Phil Parker, Defensive Coordinator
  • Louisville - Vance Bedford, Defensive Coordinator
  • LSU - Cam Cameron, Offensive Coordinator
  • Michigan State - Pat Narduzzi, Defensive Coordinator
  • Minnesota - Tracy Claeys, Defensive Coordinator
  • Missouri - Josh Henson, Offensive Coordinator
  • Nebraska - Tim Beck, Offensive Coordinator
  • Ohio State - Tom Herman, Offensive Coordinator
  • Oklahoma State - Glenn Spencer, Defensive Coordinator
  • Ole Miss - Dan Werner, Co-Offensive Coordinator
  • Rice - Chris Thurmond, Defensive Coordinator
  • San Jose State - Jimmie Dougherty, Offensive Coordinator
  • South Carolina - Lorenzo Ward, Defensive Coordinator
  • South Florida - Stu Holt, Special Teams Coordinator
  • Stanford - Derek Mason, Defensive Coordinator
  • Texas State - Mike Schultz, Offensive Coordinator
  • UCLA - Jeff Ulbrich, Assistant Head Coach/LB’s/Special Teams
  • Utah - Ilaisa Tuiaki, Defensive Line
  • Utah State - Todd Orlando, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
  • Virginia Tech - Torrian Gray, Defensive Secondary Coach/Pass Game Coordinator
  • Western Michigan - Charles Huff, RB Coach
  • Wisconsin - Dave Aranda, Defensive Coordinator/LB’s

BYU vs. Idaho State infographic

Nov 16, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:04 pm | Updated: November 16, 2013 5:08 pm | Permalink

See the infographic summary of the BYU vs. Idaho State game, a 59-13 Cougar victory.

BYU dominates ISU 59-13

Nov 16, 2013 - Posted by McKay Perry at 4:30 pm | Permalink

The Cougar defense held the Bengals to a 36-yard field goal for the fourth quarter's only score.

Freshman running back Algernon Brown rushed for 17 yards, bringing his game total to 61. 

On special teams, junior punter Scott Arellano had a 67-yard punt and a 38-yard punt to pin Idaho State at its own 2-yard line.

The defensive reserves saw time on the field. Sophomore Logan Taele and freshman Michael Doman each registered sacks. Freshman Kai Nacua also had two pass breakups and five tackles, including a tackle for loss.

Senior defensive back Adam Hogan forced a fumble, and senior Blake Morgan came up with the fumble recovery.

BYU 59, ISU 10 at end of third

Nov 16, 2013 - Posted by McKay Perry at 3:48 pm | Updated: November 16, 2013 3:49 pm | Permalink

BYU scored 10 points in the quarter to lead ISU, 59-10, at the end of the third quarter.

Sophomore running back Adam Hine highlighted the Cougar offense in the third quarter, becoming the second BYU running back to eclipse the 100-yard mark in the game. On the first play of the quarter for the offense, Hine had the crowd excited when he took the handoff for a 64-yard touchdown run.

Hine became the game's leading rusher on a 24-yard run down to the ISU 7 yard line. The drive ended in the first field goal of the day for BYU. Senior kicker Justin Sorensen converted on the 36-yard attempt, bringing his point total for the game to 11.

BYU scores five touchdowns, leads 49-3 at half

Nov 16, 2013 - Posted by McKay Perry at 2:52 pm | Updated: November 16, 2013 2:53 pm | Permalink

Senior wide receiver Skyler Ridley and sophomore Jamaal Williams led the way as five different players found the end zone in the second quarter.

The quarter began with two completions to Ridley for 12 yards and then another for 36 yards and the touchdown. It was his second touchdown reception of the season. He led the Cougars in the half with 86 receiving yards on four receptions.

Williams scored his third touchdown of the game on a 15-yard run, tying his career high for rushing touchdowns in a game.

Senior tight end Richard Wilson caught his first touchdown of the season and running back Algernon Brown rushed for his second of the year.

On the defensive side, Bronson Kaufusi intercepted the Bengals at their own 12-yard line and returned it for the touchdown. Later in the quarter, senior Eathyn Manumaleuna was credited with a blocked field goal.

For the half, quarterback Taysom Hill led the BYU offense, throwing 11 of 19 for 153 yards and two touchdowns. He completed passes to seven different receivers. Hill also added 62 rushing yards in the half.