Men's Football Blog

Thursday's Hero - Sam Harrison

Nov 12, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 8:27 am | Permalink

Originally from Wisconsin, 27-year-old Sam Harrison is a huge BYU football fan. Married for five years, he and his wife have a two-and-a-half year-old son.

To read more about Sam's visit and watch a video, go to

UNLV Pregame Fireside

Nov 08, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 10:43 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

The traditional pregame fireside was a little different this week as the team visited the Slate Canyon Youth Detention Center. The format was the same, with talks by tight ends Mike Muehlmann and Marcus Mathews, and head coach Mendenhall.

To read the complete fireside recap, go to

Thursday's Hero - Mark Farnsworth

Nov 05, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 9:21 am | Permalink

Born in Emmett, Idaho, Mark has always been a very independent, strong-willed individual, evident as he learned to walk by 7-1/2 months. When he was five he began having seizures and was diagnosed with epilepsy.

To read more about Mark's visit and watch a video, go to

Trip to the Boys & Girls Club

Oct 25, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 10:05 am | Permalink

The team paid a visit to the Boys & Girls Club Friday night. To read more about the trip and watch a video, visit

Thursday's Hero - Davey Smith

Oct 22, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 8:46 am | Permalink

Davey was left paralyzed after a shotgun accident in December 1984. He spent three months in Primary Childrens’ Hospital in critical condition.

To read more about Davey and see a video of his visit with the team, visit

Eight Cougars Named Phil Steele Midseason All-MWC

Oct 20, 2010 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 1:38 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah (Oct. 20, 2010) - Eight members of the BYU football team were named to an All-MWC team by Phil Steele.

Second team honorees include junior JJ Di Luigi at running back, junior Bryan Kariya at fullback and junior Matt Reynolds as an offensive tackle. Defensive second-teamers were junior linebacker Jordan Pendleton and senior safety Andrew Rich.

On the All-MWC third team were two BYU offensive linemen, senior Jason Speredon and sophomore Braden Hansen along with senior placekicker Mitch Payne.

The Cougars, currently 1-2 in the Mountain West and 2-5 overall, host Wyoming at 12 p.m. MT on Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

TCU Pregame Fireside

Oct 19, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 11:49 am | Permalink

Saturday’s fireside was held at the Colleyville Stake Center in Colleyville, Texas.

To read more about the fireside visit

Thursday's Heroes - Wimmer Children

Oct 18, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 9:39 am | Permalink

Nathan and LeNina Wimmer are the proud parents of four children, three of which have a neurological disease known as NF1.

To learn more about the Wimmer children and watch a video of their visit with the team, visit

San Diego State Pregame Fireside

Oct 11, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 9:29 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Friday night's fireside was held at the Provo Wasatch Tongan Stake Center and featured many of the team's Polynesian players and staff members.

The night started with a musical number, "I Know That My Redeemer Lives," sung by Mark and Liz Atuaia, accompanied by Robert Anae on the guitar.

Travis Tuiloma, a true freshman defensive lineman from Topeka, Kan., was the first speaker. He opened by pointing out that the Latin word for "disciple" translates into "learner".

Referring to a talk given by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, he said, "The more we fill our hearts and minds with the message of the risen Christ, the greater our desire is to follow Him and live His teachings. This, in turn, causes our faith to grow and allows the light of Christ to illuminate our hearts."

Travis then shared 2 Nephi 31:13, "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I know that if ye shall follow the Son, with full purpose of heart, acting no hypocrisy and no deception before God, but with real intent, repenting of your sins, witnessing unto the Father that ye are willing to take upon you the name of Christ, by baptism—yea, by following your Lord and your Savior down into the water, according to his word, behold, then shall ye receive the Holy Ghost; yea, then cometh the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost; and then can ye speak with the tongue of angels, and shout praises unto the Holy One of Israel."

A quartet of players, including, Algernon Brown, Walter Kahaiali'i, Manaaki Vaitai and Travis Uale, sang the hymn, "Lord I Would Follow Thee."

Junior defensive lineman Simote Vea was the second speaker of the night, focusing his talk on the power of prayer. He shared several personal experiences involving prayer and how his testimony has been strengthened.

"You must be specific when praying," he said. "The righteous desires of your heart will be granted to you, just maybe not in the way you expected."

In 1 Corinthians 10:13 it reads, "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."

"We are not alone," said Simote. "God is there to help us with what we need."

He closed with a quote by President James E. Faust, "Many think that the price of discipleship is too costly and too burdensome. For some, it involves giving up too much. But the cross is not as heavy as it appears to be. Through obedience we acquire much greater strength to carry it."

Florida State Pregame Fireside

Sep 20, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 10:26 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

It was a packed stake center in Tallahassee on Friday night as the team held its traditional pregame fireside, featuring talks by sophomore running back Mike Hague, senior defensive back Brandon Bradley and head coach Bronco Mendenhall.

Mike started by retelling the story of the Anti-Nephi-Lehies and the covenant they made with the Lord to bury their weapons and refrain from killing. Even when they were attacked by the Lamanites, the Anti-Nephi-Lehies held true to their promise, a great sign of obedience and faith.

"There is a great power in that example," said Mike. "True discipleship requires a change of heart. Not only did they have a change of heart--they also obeyed their covenant."

While serving in the Tennessee Knoxville mission, Mike had a similar experience with one of his investigators. The investigator was a smoker, but after learning about the word of wisdom, he decided to bury his cigarettes in a 6-foot deep hole in his backyard.

A native of Tallahassee, Brandon was the second speaker of the evening. He shared several experiences that have had significant impacts on his life. He pinpointed three key areas that help develop true disciples of Christ: faith, humility and endurance.


While being recruited by Louisville in high school, Brandon was nervous to tell the coaches about his plans to serve a mission following graduation. His mother offered the advice, "You have to have faith in the Lord. He has given you the change to play college football and won't take it away if you serve him."


After returning home from his mission to Sao Paulo, Brazil, Brandon's attention returned to football. He had high hopes for his career at BYU, but those were derailed when he suffered a season-ending knee injury prior to his first fall camp. Even though he was frustrated at the time, looking back he realizes there was a different plan for him.

"Everything happens for a reason," said Brandon. "I have a great wife, daughter and education. I wouldn't change anything for those opportunities."


"Our Heavenly Father puts us through ups and downs," said Brandon. "They all have a purpose and help prepare us to be disciples of Christ."

After Brandon's talk, the congregation heard junior defensive back Travis Uale and sophomore offensive lineman Walter Kahaiali'i sing "Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy".

Coach Mendenhall followed the musical number and opened his talk by sharing 2 Nephi 2:11.

"For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my first-born in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility."

"On the verge of every great opportunity is the adversary, trying to get in the way," said Mendenhall. "We signed up for the chance to come to Earth. The greatest thing we have is agency."

2 Nephi 10:23 reads: "Therefore, cheer up your hearts, and remember that ye are free to act for yourselves—to choose the way of everlasting death or the way of eternal life."

Mendenhall shared one final scripture, 3 Nephi 12:16 before closing his talk.

"Therefore let your light so shine before this people, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven."