BYU football departed Provo Thursday and continued preparations ahead of Friday night's matchup with Boise State.
After some meetings and practice in the morning, the team took off early in the afternoon on a flight up north to Boise. Following the arrival at the team hotel, ESPN meetings and dinner, busses took the Cougars to the Meridian Idaho East Stake Center for the customary BYU football fireside.
The fireside was broadcast to 15 separate locations in 11 different stakes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ranging from Mountain Home, Idaho, on the east to La Grande, Oregon, on the west. Recognized for her presence at the fireside was Marjorie Reeve, 96, a former member of the General Relief Society Board. Her late husband Wayne Reeve played for the Cougars from 1939-41. He was co-captain and named to the All-America for colleges with less than 2,500 enrollment, and in 1940 that was Brigham Young University’s situation.
Senior deep snapper Kevin O'Mary led off the fireside as he told his conversion story within the context of a commonly asked question about the choice between faith and football. Junior wide reciever Terenn Houk talked about his personal experiences and testimony. Junior defensive end Remington Peck concluded player remarks, challenging the audience to "do a little more than you think you can."
A musical medley of "Brightly Beams" and "I Need Thee Every Hour" was performed.
The floor was then opened up for Q & A from audience members. Coach Bronco Mendenhall and players answered questions covering topics such as favorite scriptures, spiritual preparation and serving a mission.
Coach Mendenhall wrapped up the meeting with his remarks, quoting Ether 12:4 and teaching about faith and hope.
Following the fireside, the team hopped on the busses for the regular stadium walk-through. Players and coaches passed the time on the blue turf, talking with each other and taking photos.