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Williams named to CFPA National Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List

Oct 24, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 5:22 pm | Updated: October 24, 2012 5:24 pm | Permalink

BYU's Jamaal Williams was named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) 2012 National Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List today.

Williams leads the Cougars in rushing with 79 carries for 409 yards and a team-high five touchdowns. His 409 rushing yards are the ninth-most among FBS Division-I freshman running backs while his five touchdowns are tied for the sixth most among freshman running backs and 76th nationally among all players. A product of Fontana, Calif., Williams ran for a career-best 155 yards and two touchdowns vs. Hawai'i. He also has 17 receptions for 172 yards.

Here is the CFPA's complete release on this year's watch list:

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (OCTOBER 24, 2012) – College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) announced the 2012 National Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List today. The watch list is a rough guide, highlighting freshmen whose performances merit recognition. Freshmen are not preemptively eliminated from consideration, and all players are eligible for weekly, annual, and career awards at their respective positions.

Previous FBS recipients include Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (2011), South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore (2010), and Oregon running back LaMichael James (2009).

2012 National Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List:
Amari Cooper, Alabama Wide Receiver
T.J. Yeldon, Alabama Running Back
Jamaal Williams, BYU Running Back
Cory James, Colorado State Linebacker
Davante Adams, Fresno State Wide Receiver
Todd Gurley, Georgia Running Back
Keith Marshall, Georgia Running Back
Will Gregory, Hawaii Running Back
Landon Foster, Kentucky Punter
Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech Running Back
Jeremy Hill, LSU Running Back
Kevin Grooms, Marshall Running Back
Stefon Diggs, Maryland Wide Receiver
Duke Johnson, Miami Running Back
Marcus Mariota, Oregon Quarterback
Storm Woods, Oregon State Running Back
Austin Lopez, San Jose State Placekicker
Trevone Boykin, TCU Quarterback
Devonte Fields, TCU Defensive Lineman
Jaden Oberkrom, TCU Placekicker
Johnathan Gray, Texas Running Back
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M Quarterback
Alonzo Russell, Toledo Wide Receiver
Austin Brown, UAB Quarterback
Brett Hundley, UCLA Quarterback
Leonard Williams, USC Defensive Lineman
Jordan Nielsen, Utah State Defensive Lineman
Jaime Wilson, Western Michigan Wide Receiver


About College Football Performance Awards (CFPA):
The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.

As prominent scholars from a wide variety of disciplines note, CFPA eliminates the politics and biases that vitiate balloting-based awards. Furthermore, CFPA has received praise from both Republican and Democratic White House officials for promoting objectivity and fairness in college football.

Visit the Official Website of College Football Performance Awards: http://www.collegefootballperformance.com and follow CFPA @CFPerformance.

BYU and Notre Dame, fireside and Knute Rockne

Oct 22, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 6:07 pm | Updated: October 22, 2012 8:58 pm | Permalink

As usual, the BYU football team held a fireside the night before the game between the Cougars and Notre Dame. A local newspaper, Michigan City News Dispatch, covered the event and featured the fireside in detail. You can read about it by selecting the link below. 

Read the article

BYU Athletics personnel also spoke at a special Notre Dame function on campus Friday night before the game, BYU associate athletic director Duff Tittle, who oversees athletic communications, spoke to the Notre Dame Smokers, a Knights of Columbus council that supports the Fighting Irish. Tittle spoke on the history of BYU and talked about unique connections between BYU and Notre Dame over the years.

One story was of particular interest:

When BYU played its first season of football in 1922, the sport was relatively new to the western United States. In 1923, physical education director Eugene L. Roberts invited legendary Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne to Utah to run a football coaches clinic. Rockne led the Fighting Irish to back-to-back national championships in 1919 and 1920 and was considered one of the country’s great football minds.

Rockne accepted the invitation and traveled to Provo in the summer of 1923 to conduct the first football coaches clinic in the state of Utah. In order to pay Rockne for his services, BYU hired him as a professor for spring term, which means the legendary coach was actually an adjunct faculty member at BYU for a short time.

On July 16, 1923, Rockne sent a letter to Roberts thanking him for his hospitality during his stay in Utah and letting him know he would grade the final papers for the class “just as soon as I get a few minutes to myself.”

Two years later, while searching for a new head football coach, Roberts communicated with Rockne again, this time to get his opinion about C.J. Hart who he was considering for the job.

On July 12, 1925, Rockne sent a reply letter to Roberts saying that Hart “impresses me very favorably.” Rockne also invited Hart and Roberts to “come down to Notre Dame on August 15 for two weeks,” which of course they accepted.

Of that trip to South Bend, Hart related the following, “Coach Roberts and I went east to attend a coaching clinic. We studied two weeks under the famed coach of Notre Dame, Knute Rockne.” Upon returning to Provo, the two BYU coaches introduced a new style of play so distinct to the conference that it became known as the “Roberts-Hart system.”

Photo caption:
On the steps of the old BYU Academy building, Knute Rockne, famous coach of Notre Dame, was a teacher at the first football coaches school in the state of Utah, organized by Eugene L. Roberts (front row, far left) during the summer of 1923. Rockne is in the center (front row, fourth from right).

More accolades for Van Noy; named to SI.com 2012 Midseason All-America Second Team

Oct 17, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 10:40 am | Permalink

BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy continues to pull in midseason honors, this time named to the SI.com 2012 Midseason All-America Second Team.

Van Noy, a junior, has already been named to several watch lists including the Nagurski, Lombardi and Bednarik Awards along with Phil Steele and CBSSports.com Midseason All-America Second Teams. The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder from Reno, Nev. has 7.5 sacks to lead BYU and comes in tied at No. 4 in the nation. He also has 11.5 tackles for loss (T-No. 11 nationally) and has three forced fumbles (T-No. 4).

Always causing trouble in the backfield, over 44 percent of Van Noy's season tackles are behind the line of scrimmage. He has 26 total tackles and adds eight quarterback hurries and five pass breakups.

Si.com's 2012 Midseason All-America Teams

Joshua Weeks honored as NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete

Oct 16, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 3:37 pm | Updated: October 16, 2012 3:40 pm | Permalink

DALLAS - The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the five winners of the 2012 NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards with each recipient selected as the best of the best from their region of the country at the high school level. Joshua Weeks, who signed a national letter of intent with BYU in 2012, is among the five winners who are being recognized solely for their previous accomplishments in high school. 

"The NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards honor the absolute finest from the gridiron at the high school level," said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. "The accomplishments of this year's five honorees clearly place them among the most elite student-athletes in the country. Their contributions both on and off the field set the standard for their peers to follow, and we are extremely proud to highlight their accomplishments on our national stage."

Selected from the 450,000 high school football players covered by the NFF Chapter Network, the five scholar-athletes will be honored for their high school accomplishments during the NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon presented by Under Armour Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. First bestowed in 1991, the NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards have become one of the most prestigious high school honors in the country. Criteria for the award include but are not limited to academic achievement, athletic accomplishments and leadership in the community.

JOSHUA WEEKS
West Region
Valley of the Sun (Ariz.) Chapter

An extremely productive performer in high school, Weeks earned four letters at Show Low High School while seeing playing time as a quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back. He was three times named an All-State and Max Preps All-American honoree. Weeks participated in the inaugural Semper Fi All-American Bowl in 2011. With career marks of 187 receptions for 3,851 yards and 46 touchdowns, Weeks set multiple state records. He also set Arizona Class AAA single-season records in 2010 by posting 1,561 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns.

Weeks recorded a 4.0 GPA with numerous AP and honors courses, which placed him in the top 10 percent of his graduating class. He was a member of Show Low’s Principal 4.0 Honor Roll every semester of his high school career. A National Honor Society member, Weeks was named an All-American in football by the Arizona Coaches Association and the United Dairy Council of Arizona for his academic, personal and athletic excellence.

A Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout, Weeks was a member of Student Council and a Pride Leader. He was a four-year letterman in basketball, where he earned Class AAA All-State Honorable Mention accolades. As a member of the track and field team he set school records in the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes. He served as a three-year mentor at a camp for developmentally disabled adults and served as a scholastic mentor for fellow students. Weeks presently attends Brigham Young University.

For more information, see the complete release.

Van Noy named to CBSSports.com Midseason All-America Second Team

Oct 16, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 3:13 pm | Updated: October 16, 2012 3:19 pm | Permalink

The 2012 midseason All-America Team in college football, voted on by staff, writers and bloggers from CBSSports.com was announced recently. BYU junior linebacker Kyle Van Noy was recognized with second team honors.

Van Noy has registered 7.5 sacks to lead BYU and rank No. 4 in the nation. His 7.5 sacks in seven games tops his 2011 season total of 7.0. The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder also has a team-high 11.5 tackles for loss, good for No. 11 nationally. Van Noy also has eight quarterback hurries, five pass breakups and three forced fumbles.

The complete CBSSports.com Midseason All-America Team

Up Close: Riley Stephenson

Oct 15, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 2:34 pm | Updated: October 15, 2012 2:35 pm | Permalink

Up-Close with senior punter #99 Riley Stephenson:

Nickname: Nine-nine, Riles, Nines, the Kicker.

Favorite cold cereal: Honey Bunches of Oats!

One place I would like to visit: the Cook Islands.

How did I spend my off-season: With my family/Cali Vacation/moved my parent into a new house/chillin with my girlfriend.

What would I like to do sometime in my life is: Drive my jeep on the Rubicon Trail.

If I could play another position, what would it be: Defensive End or Linebacker

Who has had the greatest influence on my football career: My Mom and Dad because they have been there with me through everything

What do I want to be doing 20 years from now: Have a family and be successful.

How did I select my jersey number: Back in my high school years I was brought up from the freshmen team to kick on varsity and it was the last number on the rack so I’ve stayed with it ever since.

What is my favorite hobby or activity away from football: Hanging out with my girlfriend, my family and playin’ in my Jeep

What is the best book I’ve ever read: The Book of Mormon.

What is my most memorable athletic achievement: The Armed Forces Bowl made last year’s ESPN All-Bowl Punter

My favorite scripture: All of them. Too many good ones to just pick one.

My favorite website: www.yahoomail.com

My advice to youngsters: Always work hard at what you do and it will pay off in the end! Never give up on your dreams.

If I could invite any three people to dinner, who would they be: My girlfriend, my family and grandparents

BYU vs. Oregon State fourth quarter summary

Oct 13, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 5:21 pm | Updated: October 14, 2012 10:43 am | Permalink
Quarter Summary
Oregon State scored off a tipped pass to start the 4th quarter and put them up 28-21. Both teams were forced to punt in the following possessions but the Cougars got the ball back with 11:55 to play and scored a field goal after a 10 play, 69 yard drive. Justin Sorenson kicked the 35-yard field goal. 
 
The Beavers scored two more touchdowns before the end of the game to put the score at 42-24. Their first drive was 5 plays, 77 yards that saw four-straight BYU penalties for a combined 45 yards given up. Oregon State scored their third touchdown of the quarter when Jordan Poyer intercepted a Riley Nelson pass and returned the ball 49 yards into the endzone. 
 
Player Standout
BYU's Jamaal Williams recorded two receptions for 61 yards in the quarter.
 
Highlights
Williams picked up 30 yards for the Cougars after a pitch from quarterback Riley Nelson. The play right after that Cody Hoffman recorded his 10th reception, a career high, giving him a total of 102 yards. Williams' 30-yard reception and Hoffman's catch set the Cougars up for their 35-yard field goal. 
 
Check out the BYU Football Facebook page for photos of the game. 

BYU vs. Oregon State third quarter summary

Oct 13, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 4:27 pm | Permalink

Quarter Summary

Similar to the first two quarters, Oregon State and BYU each got a touchdown in the third quarter. The Beavers scored on a 10 play, 81 yard drive with Storm Woods running the final 16 yards for the 21-14 lead. The Cougars' Jamaal Williams recorded his second touchdown, a two-yard carry, after BYU's 9 play, 75 yard scoring drive to tie the game at 21-21. 

Player Standouts

BYU's Cody Hoffman recorded his ninth reception, tying his career high, to put BYU in scoring position in the third quarter.

Highlights

BYU quarterback Riley Nelson completed passes to Hoffman, David Foote and Kaneakua Friel for a total of 31 yards during their scoring drive. 

Check out the BYU Football Facebook page for pictures of the game. 

Oregon State pre-game fireside

Oct 12, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 2:30 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall, his wife, Holly, and members of the BYU football team will participate in an hour-long devotional Friday at 7 p.m. at the Spanish Fork State Center located at 1006 East 200 South in Spanish Fork.

With both players and coaches involved, speakers at the fireside will talk about the meaning of discipleship and what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. A special musical number will be performed by members of the team as well. Messages will focus on how we should seek to follow the Savior’s example in all aspects of our life, and as we do so, we can come to a clear understanding of our purpose here on earth.

The BYU football team has been holding regular firesides throughout the football season since the Cougars’ trip to New Mexico during the 2005 season.

Following is a list of fireside dates and the locations for each fireside during the 2012 season. All firesides are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. local time.

2012 Fireside Schedule


Friday, Sept. 14 (Utah)
Assembly Hall
Temple Square, Downtown
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Wednesday, Sept. 19 (Boise State)
Meridian East Stake Center
11443 McMillan Road
Boise, ID 83713

Thursday, Sept. 27 (Hawai'i)
Provo Wasatch Stake Center
1625 South Slate Canyon Drive
Provo, UT 84601

Friday, Oct. 12 (Oregon State)
Spanish Fork Stake Center
1006 East 200 South
Spanish Fork, UT 84660

Friday, Oct. 19 (Notre Dame)
Michigan City Branch Building
402 East Coolspring Avenue
Michigan City, IN 46360

Friday, Oct. 26 (Georgia Tech)
Brockett Ward Building
1974 Brockett Road
Tucker, GA 30084

Friday, Nov. 16 (San Jose State)
San Jose South Stake Center
5700 Comanche Drive
San Jose, CA 95123

Friday, Nov. 23 (New Mexico State)
El Paso Stake Center
1212 Sumac Drive
El Paso, TX 79925

Ty Detmer to be honored in Saturday's game against Oregon State

Oct 10, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 2:06 pm | Permalink

BYU and the National Football Foundation will jointly honor Ty Detmer, a 2012 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, Saturday in the Cougars' homecoming game against Oregon State. Below is NFF's release on the event. As part of the homecoming celebration, former BYU players from every decade back to the 1950's will be recognized on the field prior to Detmer's presentation.

 

DALLAS, Oct. 10, 2012 – Brigham Young University and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that they will jointly honor Ty Detmer with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments®, on Oct. 13 in Provo, Utah during the game between BYU and Oregon State. Coverage of the game will start at 1:30 p.m. MT on ABC.

“I’m excited about the opportunity,” said Detmer when it was announced in May that he would be inducted. “At the same time I know that it’s definitely a team effort, and I had a lot of team members around me making my job easy.”

The NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute program is a hallowed tradition that began with the inaugural class in 1951, and to this day the salutes remain the first of numerous activities in each inductee’s Hall of Fame experience. During the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, each inductee returns to his alma mater to accept a Hall of Fame plaque that will remain on permanent display at the institution. The events take place on the field during a home game, and many inductees cite the experience as the ultimate capstone to their careers, providing them one more chance to take the field and hear the crowd roar their name.

With a Heisman Trophy, a Maxwell Award, two Davey O'Brien Awards and 59 NCAA records, Ty Detmer left BYU as one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in college football history. Detmer played quarterback for BYU from 1988-81.

“There aren’t many more accomplished players in the history of college football than Ty Detmer,” said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell. “He just about did everything as a Cougar that a college quarterback can do. He is a truly deserving member of the College Football Hall of Fame. It will be a thrill to honor in front of the BYU faithful at LaVell Edwards Stadium.”

Twice named a consensus All-American, Detmer won national player of the year awards from organizations such as UPI, CBS, Scripps Howard and the U.S. Sports Academy. His 15,031 career passing yards and 121 touchdowns were NCAA bests at the time, and the gunslinger still holds nine NCAA records. A three-time First Team All-WAC performer, Detmer led College Football Hall of Fame coach LaVell Edwards' teams to three conference championships, four bowl games, three AP top 25 finishes, a 28-21 win over top-ranked and defending national champion Miami on Sept. 8, 1990 and a 37-13-2 overall record. The NCAA Today's Top VI Award recipient still holds 10 school records, including the season and career marks for total offense, passing yards and 400-yard games.

Detmer becomes the sixth BYU player to be inducted, following (chronological with year of induction) Gordon Hudson (2009), Steve Young (2001), Jim McMahon (1998), Marc Wilson (1996) and Gifford Nielsen (1994). Coach LaVell Edwards also entered the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

Including the 2012 FBS class, only 918 players and 200 coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame from the nearly five million people who have played or coached the game over the past 144 years. In other words, only two ten thousandths of one percent (.0002) of those who have set foot on the gridiron have earned the distinction. For a complete list of players and coaches in the hall, please visit www.collegefootball.org.

The 2012 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted at the 55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, held at New York City’s historic Waldorf=Astoria Hotel on Tuesday, December 4. This year’s hall of fame class includes: Charles Alexander (LSU), Otis Armstrong (Purdue), Steve Bartkowski (California), Hal Bedsole (Southern California), Dave Casper (Notre Dame), Ty Detmer (BYU), Tommy Kramer (Rice), Art Monk (Syracuse), Greg Myers (Colorado State), Jonathan Ogden (UCLA), Gabe Rivera (Texas Tech), Mark Simoneau (Kansas State), Scott Thomas (Air Force), John Wooten (Colorado), and coaches Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee), Jimmy Johnson (Oklahoma State, Miami [Fla.]) and R.C. Slocum (Texas A&M). For more information, please contact Will Rudd at wrudd@footballfoundation.com or by calling 972-556-1000.