Men's Football Blog

BYU vs. Arizona: Important Event Information

Aug 31, 2016 - Posted by at 1:29 pm | Updated: August 31, 2016 1:48 pm | Permalink

Fans planning to attend the Cactus Kickoff Classic between BYU and Arizona this Saturday, Sept. 3, please be aware of the following important event information to assist you in attending the game. The Cougars and Wildcats will meet at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Saturday in a 7:30 p.m. MST (Arizona)/8:30 p.m MDT (Utah) kick. 

It is important fans are aware the NFL's clear back policy will be in effect for the game, which is being played at the home of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals. 

NFL Clear Bag Policy:
Bags of any kind, except one (1) gallon sized clear freezer bags, authorized clear bags measuring 12" x 12" x 6", and women's clutches not to exceed 4.5" x 6.5", will NOT be permitted inside the stadium. Stadium will NOT be responsible for storing any bags or personal items. Unapproved bags should be left in a vehicle.

Select the photo chart below to see approved and non-approved bags. 

The links below provide additional helpful information for the day of the event. 

Click here for detailed information regarding ticketing, parking, tailgaiting and prohibited items. 

Click here for the full event advisory and event day policies.

Click here to purchase tickets. 

Getting to Know: Michael Davis and Jonah Trinnaman

Aug 31, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 9:25 am | Updated: August 31, 2016 9:55 am | Permalink

During the football season, two players will be highlighted each week. This week, get to know Michael Davis and Jonah Trinnaman

Michael Davis
Senior defensive back

What is something that people don’t know about you?
That I am half-Mexican, half-black.

What is your favorite football memory?
First one that comes to mind would be against Nebraska with the miracle throw when we won the game.

When you are not playing football what do you like to be going?
Just hanging out with friends, sleeping, watching Netflix, going to the movies, bowling.

What was the highlight of your summer?
Here, working out! Getting swol!

What has been your favorite thing about BYU and being here?
Just the people and the atmosphere and how they interact with you. They are always nice and they say hi to you even if they don’t know you.

What is your nickname on the team?
Right now, Mike the monk. (Gestures to shaved head)

If you could go to the Olympics for a sport, what would it be?
Track. I actually ran in high school.


Jonah Trinnaman
Junior wide receiver

What is something people may not know about you?
When I was younger, I was pretty good at sound effects. Like trumpet noises, I could imitate what I heard. I used to, but I can’t anymore. I lost it. That was a little hidden talent of mine. 

Most embarrassing song on iPod
Justin Bieber’s newer stuff. I have “Sorry” on my phone.

Favorite football memory
When I was playing little league, I played for American Fork. We were playing Juan Diego and they were undefeated for like four years. And we beat them. They threw a long ball to me and scored and we won. I scored the winning touchdown. I was about 12 years old. It was a good memory.

Pre-game rituals
I used to put dollar bills in my socks. IN the sock. I don’t do it anymore. I had money in my sock in my first practice here at fall camp and I did pretty well, so I might bring it back. 

How did you spend your summer?
School. Took an MCOM writing class- not very fun. I also took a religion class and a study skills class. Just school and seeing family. It was fun. 

Hobbies besides football
Hanging with family, sleeping - I love to sleep. I like to eat too. 

Favorite food
Salmon. I prefer to eat it out instead of cooking it myself. Favorite place to get salmon at is Ivar’s in Seattle. I get their seafood every time I go to Seattle.

Dream job besides NFL
I think it’d be cool to be a pediatrician. I like little kids, working with them and taking care of them. I think that’d be pretty cool for me. 

Thoughts on the new coaching staff
I love them. All very cool guys. They feel like ‘one of the guys’ when we’re hanging with them. It’s not super serious. We’re serious when we need to be, but when it’s time to have fun and play around, they do that for us. 

Blue & White Stripe Game set for UCLA

Aug 30, 2016 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 5:39 pm | Updated: August 30, 2016 5:46 pm | Permalink

On Saturday, Sept. 17, BYU Football will host UCLA in its home opener at LaVell Edwards Stadium. For the UCLA game we are encouraging fans to participate in a stadium wide Blue & White Stripe Game. This will consist of fans sitting in the ODD sections wearing BLUE and fans in the EVEN sections and the ROC wearing WHITE. In the past, the Blue & White Stripe Game has added to the overall atmosphere at LaVell Edwards Stadium. We are looking forward to kicking off another great season of BYU Football. 

Seven Cougars named to 2016-17 Reese's Senior Bowl Watch List

Aug 23, 2016 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 2:58 pm | Updated: August 23, 2016 3:02 pm | Permalink

MOBILE, Ala. - Seven BYU football players were named to the 2016-17 Reese's Senior Bowl Watch List announced Tuesday afternoon. Quarterback Taysom Hill, running back Jamaal Williams, linebacker/defensive lineman Harvey Langi, defensive lineman Travis Tuiloma, linebacker/defensive lineman Sae Tautu and defensive backs Michael Davis and Kai Nacua were all selected. 

“The release of our watch list signifies the opening kickoff for the Reese’s Senior Bowl,” said Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage. “We are looking forward to evaluating these prospects over the next several months in trying to find the best 110 players in America.”

This year's group includes 209 defensive players and 191 offensive players. Specialists were not included in this year's watch list and will form their own list later this season.

The 2017 Reese's Senior Bowl week officially begins on Tuesday, January 24 and concludes with the 68th game on January 28 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile. Ala. The practices are televised live by ESPN and the game is broadcast live on NFL Network at 2:30pm ET. Read more about the Reese's Senior Bowl Watch List.

Mitchell Juergens named to 2016 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List

Aug 16, 2016 - Posted by at 12:34 pm | Updated: August 16, 2016 12:51 pm | Permalink

TYLER, TEXAS – BYU senior wide receiver Mitchell Juergens was named to the fourth annual Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List announced today at the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce East Texas Kick-off Luncheon.

The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award recognizes the top offensive player in Division I football who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity; specifically tenacity to persist and determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals. In addition, the nominee must meet one or more of the following criteria: born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas High School and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four year college. 

Juergens, a former walk-on, earned a scholarship prior to the 2015 season. Last year he caught 37 balls for 471 yards and two touchdowns. Juergens has 65 career receptions for 895 yards and six touchdowns. 

The Watch List announced today will be narrowed to up to 16 semifinalists in November and then up to five finalists in December. They will be selected by broadcasters, commentators, journalists, fans and the previous winner. The finalists will be brought to Tyler for The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Banquet scheduled January 11, 2017.

A player does not have to appear on the initial Watch List to be eligible to win the award. The Watch List is made up of players nominated from their respective schools.

The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award was announced in 2012 by the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce and SPORTyler. “We are fortunate to have a celebrity who exhibits the impeccable virtues that define this award. In addition to being a well known sports figure, Earl also earned a college degree, married his high school sweetheart, raised two successful sons and still supports the community where he grew up,” said Cindy Smoak, Vice President, SPORTyler.

Earl Campbell graduated from John Tyler High School in Tyler before joining the Texas Longhorns under legendary Coach Darrell K. Royal. In his senior year, he led the nation with 1744 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns, going on to win the Longhorns’ first Heisman Trophy.

He was subsequently drafted by the Houston Oilers where he won Rookie of the Year honors in 1978 and went on to lead the NFL in rushing 3 times. Campbell earned NFL MVP in 1979 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991. He now resides in Austin.

“All my life, all I wanted to do was be an athlete. I kept God in my life and surrounded myself with good people. I am humbled by this award named in my honor,” said Campbell.

For more information about The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award go to www.earlcampbellaward.com or contact Cindy Smoak, SPORTyler, Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce: csmoak@tylertexas.com or 903-592-1661, extension 237. 

BYU football photo day

Aug 09, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 6:10 pm | Updated: August 9, 2016 6:15 pm | Permalink

After practice on Tuesday, the team made its way to the Indoor Practice Facility for the team's annual photo day. The players were dressed in their gameday uniforms. The photos and videos will be used for television broadcasts, on the video boards at LaVell Edwards Stadium this season and for other promotional purposes.

Check out the photos below for behind the scenes looks from the afternoon.

Taysom Hill one of 32 players on 2016 CFPA Performer of the Year preseason watch list

Jul 28, 2016 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 7:35 pm | Updated: July 28, 2016 7:47 pm | Permalink

Senior quarterback Taysom Hill was one of 32 players named to the 2016 National Performer of the Year preseason watch list by the College Football Performance Awards on Wednesday.

The list features 22 FBS quarterbacks and 10 running backs, honoring the nation's best collegiate performer.

In the 2015 season opener against Nebraska, Hill accounted for three touchdowns with two coming on the ground and another through the air. He had 268 passing yards and 72 rushing in the game before leaving with injury. Hill is the school's leader in quarterback rushing yards (2,212) and is No. 13 in career passing yards (4,606).

The CFPA National Performer of the Year Trophy will be announced on January 11, 2017.

College Sports Madness puts 19 players on Preseason All-Independent Teams

Jul 22, 2016 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 2:18 pm | Permalink

The staff at College Sports Madness has picked the top players in college football for the 2016 team. Headlining the 2016 Preseason All-Independent Teams are 19 players from BYU's squad.

Senior defensive back Kai Nacua was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year on the preseason list. Nacua grabbed six interceptions last year, tying a program record and finished tied for No. 7 nationally. He also returned two picks for touchdowns. 

Including Nacua, nine players made the first team. Fellow defensive back Michael Davis, linebackers Harvey Langi and Fred Warner along with defensive lineman Sae Tautu all earned spots on the first team defense.

On offense, running back Jamaal Williams, offensive linemen Brad Wilcox and Tejan Koroma and wide receiver Nick Kurtz were recognized as first teamers.

The second team defense included defensive linemen Logan Taele and Travis Tuiloma. The second team offense highlighted quarterback Taysom Hill, running back Algernon Brown, wide receiver Mitchell Juergens, tight end Tanner Balderree and offensive linemen Ului Lapuaho and Tuni Kanuch.

Special teamers Jonny Linehan (punter) and returner Riley Burt also made the second team.

Click see the entire College Sports Madness Football Preseason All-Conference Teams. 

New book by former Cougar Brock Richardson

Apr 15, 2016 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 9:06 am | Updated: April 15, 2016 9:09 am | Permalink

Former BYU defensive lineman Brock Richardson (2007-08) recently published a book entitled Latter-day Warriors — Stepping Into Your Spiritual Strength. Currently a seminary teacher for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Richardson interviewed several formal BYU football players and their wives to learn what it takes to become physically and spiritually strong.

Using examples from on and off the football field, each shares personal thoughts on physical and spiritual strength. Perfect for youth and young adults, Latter-day Warriors isn’t so much about football as it is about life choices, setting goals, overcoming adversity, growing, changing and becoming a better person.  

The book is entertaining and spiritually uplifting. It is currently available through Deseret Book.

Brock Lance Richardson was raised in Idaho Falls. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Montevideo, Uruguay. He later played football at Snow College and BYU. Richardson is currently a Seminary teacher and is part of a non-profit organization called “Marked Generation,” organizing events and seminars for children that have lost parents.

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Sitake commended by the Utah Attorney General's Office

Mar 03, 2016 - Posted by McKay Perry at 3:59 pm | Updated: March 3, 2016 5:09 pm | Permalink

BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake traveled up to the Utah State Capitol building Thursday after practice to accept a Certificate of Commendation from the Utah Attorney General's Office for his contribution to education and athletics and for being an ambassador for the State of Utah.

Attorney General Sean Reyes and Governor Gary Herbert posed for pitcures and congratulated Sitake along with Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham, who also received the honor. 

Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham, Utah Governor Gary Herbert, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake.

Attorney General Sean Reyes (center) pictured from left to right with BYU director of football athlete relations Jasen Ah You, head coach Kalani Sitake and Assistant to the Athletic Director for Student Services Fui Vakapuna.

Kyle Whittingham and Kalani Sitake were honored on the floor of the House Chamber of the Utah State Capitol.

Attorney General Sean Reyes along with his Chief Communications Officer, Missy Larsen, presented the certificates.

Kyle Whittingham, Governor Gary Herbert and Kalani Sitake posed for a photo.