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Q&A with Taysom Hill

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 3:06 pm | Permalink
What other changes have you seen since Spring without the coaches?
“I think it’s forced us as players to take more ownership. Which I think has been really good. We’ve taken initiative. We’re having to call the play, we’re having to make audibles and checks and everything else. As a whole it has caused us to learn the offense really well, so we can go out and make calls and make plays.”
What are your expectations for the offense this year?
“I have really high expectations. We have the potential to (be great). We had some moments where we were really good this last spring, and we were playing a pretty good defense too. That’s the expectation, and I expect our offense to be back to where BYU usually is.”
How’s the offseason been different knowing that you’re the guy?
“It’s created some unique challenges and unique opportunities. It’s different going into a season named the starter. I have had the opportunity to take more of a leadership role as the quarterback and that’s been fun.”
How much has it been emphasized to you to stay injury free?
“It’s been emphasized daily. I had a conversation with coach Anae, I don’t know if he was joking, but I hope he was joking. He said, ‘If you don’t slide in a game I am going to pull you out.’ I think that’s one of the things that I’ve learned most from my injury is I need to play smarter in the shots that I take.”

Van Noy sees success of friend as “inspiring”

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by rwaite at 2:58 pm | Permalink
At BYU Football Media Day, you expect to hear athletes talking about bowl game aspirations and NFL dreams. But Kyle Van Noy was talking a completely different sport--basketball.
One of Van Noy’s best friends, Brandon Davies of the BYU men’s basketball team, is hoping to hear his name called Thursday night at the NBA draft.
“Brandon’s my guy,” Van Noy said. “It’s inspiring to see what he’s doing.”
Since being named the MVP of the Portsmouth Invitational, a postseason tournament for outgoing college seniors, Davies’ NBA draft stock has risen. He has worked out for multiple teams that have shown interest in his skill set.
Davies is projected as a potential second-round pick, but Van Noy thinks he’s nailed down which team will take his friend.
“I’m going to be watching it really closely,” Van Noy said. “I’m predicting he’ll go to the Spurs.”
Van Noy was predicted to become a professional athlete himself in the 2013 NFL draft, but came back to BYU for his senior season. Now he hopes that Davies can make the biggest stage in basketball, and he can make the biggest stage in football.
“I’m proud of Brandon,” Van Noy said. “I told him last night when he got home and I picked him up from the airport that he’s a good kid, that I love him and can’t wait to see his name called and celebrate with him.”

Q&A with JD Falslev

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by McKay Perry at 2:52 pm | Permalink
How’s your summer been?
It’s been good. Just going to Lake Powell.  Work and working out.  It’s a college kid thing, right? 
What do you think about the BYU Broadcasting facilities and Media Day?
It’s cool. I’ve been up here, but what they do up here is cool. We need it to get BYU football out there.  It’s kind of how BYU does things.  When we do things, we do it right.
Who is your biggest fan?
My number-one fan is my sister. No doubt.  She’s been there since I was a little kid. There were a lot of times where she could have said, ‘Why don’t I get any attention?’ She’s never done that. I mean she has Google alerts every time my name comes up, she gets an email.  So tell me another number-one fan that has that going on. 
What are you looking forward to most about the season?

We have one of the toughest schedules ever. As a player, you have to break it down game by game.  Right now my focus is on Virginia, where it should be.  I haven’t beaten Utah since I’ve been here.  I haven’t forgotten that.  There’s a chip on all of our shoulders, especially the seniors.

Q & A with Cody Hoffman

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 2:45 pm | Permalink
What football stadium are you most looking forward to playing in this season?
“I would have to say Wisconsin. I’ve seen videos of them doing their jump around thing, and I thought that was cool. I feel like they have a lot of history with the talent they have.”
What is your favorite football memory?
“That’s tough, but I’d probably say last year when I scored five touchdowns. It doesn’t happen every day that a receiver scores that many in a game, so I guess that one just sticks out in my head.”
Tell me about your family.
“I have a little brother who’s 18. I lived at home with my mom and dad in California. My brother doesn’t want to be a football player. He’s living the good life back at home with my family and going to college.”

Craig Bills and Daniel Sorensen on the 2013 and 2012 seasons

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by McKay Perry at 2:41 pm | Permalink
Bills and Sorensen on what they're looking forward to in 2013:
“Right now, probably Virginia,” Bills said. Sorensen agreed. 
As an independent, BYU has been fortunate to play in many venues across the nation. 
“I liked playing at Notre Dame,” Bills said.  “I think it’s just the tradition they have. When we came into the stadium, their band was playing some cool stuff.”
Sorensen added, “Notre Dame was a really fun game.  Some other ones that stick out are when we played at Texas two years ago. Wisconsin should be a fun stadium to play in.”
The BYU defense achieved new heights last year with a dominating defense, but the Cougars look to move forward and improve even more.
“I think that we just can’t be satisfied,” Bills said. “I think we need to avoid comparing ourselves to last season. There’s a lot of [roster] changes.”
But as serious as these players are, they like to have fun and enjoy a laugh once in a while.
“Are there any funny guys on the defense? Kyle’s pretty funny. Spencer’s pretty funny,” Bills and Sorensen said. “Most of the funny guys are the offensive lineman.”

Q & A with Bronson Kaufusi

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 1:56 pm | Permalink
Kaufusi talks about getting married.
“I’m marrying Hilary Smith. She’s a goalie on the BYU soccer team, and we’re getting married on July 6. We’re excited. She’s beautiful and wonderful. I’m a lucky guy.”
Why do you like basketball and football? How are they different?
“I love football. I love the camaraderie and physicality of it. I love the one-on-one situations and the challenges on each down.
“You have that one-on-one situation with basketball as well, but I just love how smooth basketball is. It’s different from football. I love the style of the game and the teammates. It’s a little bit different team setting. It’s a smaller team, and you know everyone’s names, whereas in football you have a bigger team and don’t know everyone. Sometimes you just see their number and helmet and that’s it.”
If there was one thing you could tell the fans that they don’t know about you, what would it be?
“I didn’t play in a football or basketball game for four years because I got hurt my senior year so I didn't get to play again until after my mission.”

Q&A with coach Nick Howell

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 1:42 pm | Permalink
Where have you been this summer?
“I’ve been a lot of places. All over the West, back East a couple of times and Texas. We’ve done a lot of travelling this year.”
Anything you’ve done with the family this year?
“I was able to coach my kid's baseball team, that was fun. Hope I can keep on doing that. They did well. The kids did well and won a few games.”
What do you watn the attitude of the secondary to be?
“I think we want to continue what we’ve been doing. They’re going to be really sound and play really hard. It’s going to be hard to pick us apart. I would like to increase the emphasis on turnovers. We've got to get more turnovers this year. We've got a lot of guys who like to get physical. We’ve proven over the past couple years that you’re going to get hit back there, but we’d like to turn a bunch of those into turnovers. That will be more of our mindset this year.”
Who’s the toughest coach on the defensive staff?
“Coach Tidwell, hands down, is the toughest guy.”
What is the food that you eat in those defensive staff meetings?
“Pickled and peppered spits, sunflower seeds, we’re huge on those. Coach (Tidwell) and coach Poppinga like the Coke Zeros. Coach (Kaufusi) and I are water guys. You know the traditional foods, we sit around chewing seeds and eating jerky talking about defense.”

Q&A with coach Kelly Poppinga

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 1:32 pm | Permalink
What bonds you as a deffensive staff?
“I think just having common goals and being trained by the same guy. Coach Mendenhall coached effort, discipline and passion. Coach Mendenhall, that’s him and it’s come down to every single one of us. All of us have those core values and what we want to teach our guys, and that’s what brings us together.”
You and Nick are not afraid to speak your mind (being the youngest defensive coaches)?
“No, even when I was a graduate assistant, coach Mendenhall didn’t treat us like graduate assistants. We were able to speak and give our opinions. You know sometimes those opinions were shot down.”
Toughest coach on the defensive staff?
“Coach Howell.”
Favorite place to play?
“That’s the University of Utah.”
Toughest coach you’ve gone against?
“That’s a good question. I would say Gary Patterson.”

Q&A with coach Jason Beck

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 1:27 pm | Permalink
Where are the places you like to go to with your family?
“We always go to Seven Peaks because we live close to there. A couple times a week we’ll go for an hour or two and cool off during the summer. Hiking the Y is always a popular place to go. Ruby River, I was excited to come back and go to Ruby River. That’s the place.”
Coach Atuaia listed you as the toughest offensive coach. What are your thought on that?
“He’s messing with you. I wouldn’t take that seriously.”
Who do you think the toughest coach is?
“Toughest? I don’t know, we’re all pretty dedicated to what we’re doing. I’d give it to the chief, coach Anae, he’s probably doing this the longest. O-line guys are always tough playing (the position) and coaching it.”
What are you looking forward to most?
“Really it’s just the daily challenge of pushing myself and my guys to be the best that we can. Wherever we're at, it’s getting better and better every day. Obviously when you show up on Saturdays it’s a pretty exciting opportunity to display it in front of the TV, the crowd and the fans, but it’s that daily effort to push yourselves the furthest you can.”
Do you think the fans will enjoy the new offense?
“As long as we move the ball, I think they’ll enjoy it. Now if it’s three fast plays and a punt, not very much. If we’re moving the chains and getting up and down the field, you know, it will be a lot of fun to watch because there is less time between plays.”

Q&A with coach Mark Atuaia

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 1:20 pm | Updated: June 26, 2013 1:22 pm | Permalink
What are your expectations going into the season?
“They’re tempered right now. I’m trying to make sure we get our guys aligned with what coach Anae and coach Mendenhall want us to do. Quite frankly, I believe we’re moving in that direction. There is always room for improvement. My expectations are we’re going to follow whatever they say.”
What is the next level for the running backs?
“Right now I think we can improve on a lot of things. We've got a lot of talented guys in our group, but if we just rest on those laurels we’re not going to go anywhere.  I think we have a lot of opportunity now to get better."
Who’s the toughest coach on the offensive staff?
“Don’t ask them (the other offensive coaches), but I’m going to say Jason Beck, how about that? Just so I make Guy Holliday, Garett Tujague and coach Anae mad. Jason Beck, the toughest dude on offense!”
What have you been doing over the summer?
“Recruiting never stops in this job, so we’ve been recruiting a lot and holding summer camps which are going on today. This job is always busy, and you’re always doing things. Different aspects of your job are done at different times of the year, so I don’t think our workload ever stops.”