Men's Football Blog

Fireside Schedule Released

Aug 22, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 2:01 pm | Permalink

2009 Football Firesides

The 2009 football fireside schedule has been released, check it out HERE.

The first fireside of the season will be at the Carrollton Stake Center in Carrollton, Texas at 7 p.m. CT. Hope to see all of you there before our season opener against No. 3 Oklahoma!

Second Installment of "Thursday's Hero"

Aug 21, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 2:39 pm | Permalink

And the countdown continues... 15 days!

Thursday's Hero

Today's Thursday's (Friday's) Hero was Hannah Laursen, a nine-year-old girl from Provo, Utah. Hannah and her family were on vacation in Florida back in June when she began complaining of headaches. After going to the hospital the doctors told Hannah and her family she was just suffering from migraines but would carry out protocol and perform a CT scan. The results of the scan showed Hannah had a brain tumor which required immediate emergency surgery. Since that time Hannah has undergone three major surgeries and two rounds of chemotherapy.

16 Days

Aug 20, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 3:28 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

16 days until Oklahoma! To help satisfy your BYU football cravings, check out the new BYU Football commercial! It features current and alumni players, including, Tom Holmoe, Chad Lewis, Bryan Kehl, Rob Morris, Curtis Brown, Jamal Willis and Robbie Bosco.


Click to watch the video.

Last Open Practice

Today was the last open practice of fall camp. Thanks to the 700+ who came out to support our Cougars!

Chat Update

Also, thank you to all who submitted questions for our online player chat with JJ Di Luigi this afternoon. It went really well. Keep the questions coming for the next two chats, with McKay Jacobson and Romney Fuga, next week.

17 Days Until Oklahoma

Aug 19, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 3:18 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

17 days remain until our season opener against Oklahoma!

Tomorrow we have an online player chat scheduled with sophomore running back JJ Di Luigi. I've also arranged chats with a pair of returned missionaries in wide receive McKay Jacobson and defensive lineman Romney Fuga for the following Tuesday and Thursday, both at 1:30 p.m. Start submitting your questions for those chats HERE.

Get to Know

I've started interviewing several members of the BYU football support staff and will periodically spotlight one of them in the feature area of the website. First up is High School Relations Coordinator Patrick Hickman. Pat is entering his fourth season at BYU. Learn more about him HERE.

Cougar Kickoff

Aug 18, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 7:31 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Our first online chat of the 2009 season was a success! Thanks to all the fans who submitted questions for RJ Willing. He enjoyed reading and answering all of them. Don't forget about our next chat on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. with sophomore running back JJ Di Luigi!

The team participated in the Sixth Annual Cougar Kickoff on Haws Field, an event to promote BYU's fall sports. The women's volleyball, soccer and cross country teams were also there.

Fans had an opportunity to get autographs, posters and t-shirts from the players. While the majority of the guys were sitting at a long line of tables, several didn't quite make it that far. Max Hall, Dennis Pitta, Terrance Hooks, O'Neill Chambers, Jan Jorgensen and several others were standing on the field with lines of eager fans waiting for an autograph or photo.

Here are a few photos from tonight.

Chat Tomorrow

Aug 17, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 3:02 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Only 19 days until our season opener!

Just a reminder about our first online player chat with senior offensive lineman RJ Willing tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

Questions for RJ may be submitted HERE. Questions will be accepted before and during the live chat.

ESPN's BYU Preview

Aug 15, 2009 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 2:52 pm | Permalink

In case you missed them, here are links to ESPN's preview of the Cougars and a recent ESPN interview with head coach Bronco Mendenhall:

Rank and File: BYU Preview

Coach Mendenhall Interview on Upcoming Season

Thursdays Hero Returns

Aug 14, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 7:17 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

After this evening's practice the team recognized its first Thursdays Hero of the 2009 season, even though it is Friday.

Today's honoree was seven-year-old Cameron Evans from West Valley, Utah. A year ago Cameron had 20-50 vision. In only a 12-month span his vision has worsened to 20-600 due to juvenile macular degeneration.

As the team gathered to welcome Cameron, wide receiver Parker Mangum and tight end Andrew George stepped forward to present gifts. He was also asked to sign the team flag which is carried onto the field before every game.

First Chat of Fall Camp

Aug 13, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 1:47 pm | Permalink

Along with the start of fall camp comes the first online player chat of the 2009 season. Our first chat will be with senior offensive lineman RJ Willing on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

Heading into his senior season, RJ has seen action in 29 games, with nine starts, since his freshman year in 2004. He has been become a regular at center for the first-team offense since spring ball earlier this year.

We plan to have two chats per week during fall camp, scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Fans will have an opportunity to submit questions in the days and minutes leading up to the scheduled chat, and can watch as the featured player submits his answers live on www.byucougars.com.

Questions for RJ may be submitted by clicking on the chat icon located in the Information Zone of the football homepage. Questions will be accepted before and during the live chat. Check back regularly for upcoming chats.

First Practice in the Books

Aug 08, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 7:51 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Only 28 days remain until BYU's season opener against Oklahoma in Cowboys Stadium on Sept. 5!

The first practice of fall camp is in the books. Check out the practice report and video HERE.

This morning the team held its traditional run up Y Mountain. Sophomore wide receiver McKay Jacobson was the first to reach the top, with fellow receiver Matt Marshall only a few steps behind.

Photos courtesy of Cort Trejo