Men's Football Blog

Full final day prior to Fight Hunger Bowl

Dec 27, 2013 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 12:41 am | Updated: December 27, 2013 12:52 am | Permalink

After a full day of events on Thursday, the BYU football team is less than 24 hours from facing Washington in the 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl. The Cougars took the field at AT&T Park on Thursday afternoon to conduct a team walk-through at the site of Friday's primetime matchup between the Cougars and Huskies.  

After meetings in the morning, BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall and team captains Daniel Sorensen, Uani 'Unga, JD Falslev and Skyler Ridley partipicated in the Bowl Pep Rally at nearby Union Square. The BYU marching band, cheerleaders and Cosmo also represented the Cougars while fans from both schools filled the famous downtown San Francisco square. 

After Coach Mendenhall and Washington's Marquis Tuiasosopo met with the media to conduct their final interviews prior to the matchup, both teams joined the bowl committee and other dignitaries, including San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, in the Grand Ballroom at the historic Westin St. Francis for the Bowl Kickoff Luncheon. Coach Mendenhall and senior captains Falslev and 'Unga took their turns on stage to represent the Cougars while everyone enjoyed a fine meal.

The Cougars concluded their day by conducting a well-attended fireside Thursday evening at the Inter-Stake Center located adjacent to the LDS Oakland Temple. 

Final preparations for the game continue on Friday leading up to kickoff at 6:35 p.m. PT. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN with live pregame and postgame shows on BYUtv.

Christmas in San Francisco!

Dec 25, 2013 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 8:08 pm | Updated: December 25, 2013 8:28 pm | Permalink

In addition to practicing on Tuesday and Christmas Day in preparation for Friday's Fight Hunger Bowl against Washington, BYU enjoyed the opportunity to serve the local community spending Christmas morning at St. Anthony's Dining Room. 

Usually feeding about 2,000 people per day, the St. Anthony's Dining Room was able to feed more than 3,000 people from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with the Cougars on hand lending assistance. Members of the team came in two shifts during the morning to work alongside the good people at St. Anthony's Dining Room. In addition to meals, patrons of St. Anthony's were provided gift packets handed out by the team.

Opportunities to serve on Christmas Day were arranged by the Fight Hunger Bowl and both BYU and Washington were happy to take advantage of those opportunities.  

In addition to the service at St. Anthony's Dining Room, grass roots efforts generated by Bay Area Stakes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on behalf of BYU Alumni resulted in 1,500 pounds of food and $5,000 donated to the San Francisco Food Bank on Saturday, Dec. 21. Those resources allow the SF Food Bank to provide the equivalent of 15,000 meals to feed the needy in San Francisco. 

Many thanks to the Church members and BYU Alumni who responded and joined this cause. The spirit of giving is remarkable at this time of year and the effort is ongoing this week. For those who would like to contribute to the cause this week, here is the Web site for the food drive: http://holidaydrive.sffoodbank.org/team/BYUFightsHunger

Check out photos from practice and St. Anthony's Dining Room below.

Monday: Practice, Presser and "The Rock"

Dec 23, 2013 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 8:43 pm | Updated: December 23, 2013 9:01 pm | Permalink

Monday, Dec. 23
On Monday morning it was time to get back to work preparing for the Fight Hunger Bowl on Dec. 27 in San Francisco. The day began with 8:30 a.m. team meetings — then it was off to Oakland for an 11 a.m. practice at Laney College. BYU’s Monday practice included 14 timed sessions and lasted just over 95 minutes on Laney’s brand new field turf.
 
While the team buses headed back to the hotel for lunch, Coach Mendenhall, Kyle Van Noy, Danny Sorenson and Tyson Hill made a trip to AT&T Park for the Fight Hunger Bowl press conference, featuring the head coaches and three athletes from BYU and Washington. Below are some quotes from the press conference…
 
Coach Bronco Mendenhall
We are very thankful for the chance to play in San Francisco at the Fight Hunger Bowl. The people have been great to us. It’s great to be in the post season. It’s also great to play well in post season, so I think there’s a lot at stake. There is still a lot of preparation to do to make sure that we are ready to play. We are playing a fantastic opponent. We believe this will be the best opponent we’ve played postseason in my nine years. We think it will be a great matchup.
 
The busy day concluded with a team trip to San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island. Often referred to as “The Rock,” Alcatraz was America’s premier maximum-security prison from the 1930s until the mid-1960s and the final stop for the nation's most incorrigible inmates. In 1986, Alcatraz was designation as a National Historic Landmark.
 
The Cougars will continue preparations for the 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl on Tuesday with an 11 a.m. practice at Laney College.

Cougars arrive in San Francisco

Dec 22, 2013 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 11:10 pm | Updated: December 22, 2013 11:13 pm | Permalink

BYU arrived in San Francisco on Sunday evening and enjoyed an incredible welcome dinner and the equally amazing views from atop the 32nd floor of the famed Westin St. Francis.
 
The Cougars will continue preparing for the Fight Hunger Bowl with an 11 a.m. practice Monday at Laney College in Oakland. Check back throughout the week for updates on the team as BYU prepares to face Washington on Friday night at AT&T Park. 

All-America recognition for Van Noy, 'Unga, Hill, Williams

Dec 19, 2013 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 10:01 am | Permalink

BYU senior linebacker Kyle Van Noy has added another All-America award to his trophy case. Lindy's Sports has recognized the Cougar star with third-team honors on its 2013 Lindy's All-America Teams

This week KVN was also named to the CBSSports.com Third Team and received honorable mention from SI.com. To date, Van Noy has been named to four All-America teams (Walter Camp, Athlon Sports, CBSSports.com, Lindy's) and received one honorable mention. He was named the FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Year and received the same honor from College Sports Madness and SB Nation.

Named to four All-America teams last year, Van Noy is BYU's first back-to-back All-American since Dennis Pitta in 2008 and 2009. 

All-America Recognition for 'Unga, Hill, Williams 

Among Van Noy's teammates being recognized in the All-America realm include Uani 'Unga, another senior linebacker, who joined Van Noy in receiving honorable mention All-America honors by SI.com. In addition, BYU quarterback Taysom Hill and running back Jamaal Williams were recognized with honorable mention on the 2013 College Football News Sophomore All-America Team

 

 

Van Noy receives more All-America recognition

Dec 17, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 1:44 pm | Updated: December 17, 2013 1:47 pm | Permalink

Linebacker Kyle Van Noy was given two more All-America honors this week. The senior was named CBSSports.com Third Team and an honorable mention by SI.com. Uani 'Unga, another senior linebacker, also received honorable mention honors by SI.com.

Earlier this week, Van Noy was named the Independent Defensive Player of the Year by SB Nation.

To date, Van Noy has been named to three All-America teams (Walter Camp, Athlon Sports and CBSSports.com) and received one honorable mention.

Hill and Van Noy lead College Sports Madness All-Independent Teams

Dec 16, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 4:36 pm | Updated: December 16, 2013 5:01 pm | Permalink

Taysom Hill was named Independent Offensive Player of the Year and Kyle Van Noy was named Independent Defensive Player of the Year by College Sports Madness. The two were among eight Cougars named to the All-Independent First Team.

The other six named to the first team include running back Jamaal Williams, wide receiver Cody Hoffman, kicker Justin Sorensen, kick returner Adam Hine, defensive back Daniel Sorensen and punt returner JD Falslev. Offensive lineman Solomone Kafu, defensive linemen Bronson Kaufusi and Remington Peck, linebacker Uani 'Unga and defensive back Craig Bills earned second team honors.

Tight end Kaneakua Friel, offensive linemen Kyle Johnson and Michael Yeck, defensive lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna, linebacker Alani Fua and defensive back Robertson Daniel were named to the third team.

BYU had seven players honored this year that were also on the 2012 list (Williams, Hoffman, Van Noy, D. Sorensen, Falslev, Friel and Kaufusi).

Hyundai Lens of Loyalty

Dec 10, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 2:09 pm | Permalink

BYU has created the following video for the Hyundai Lens of Loyalty contest. Check it out to meet some of BYU's loyal fans from across the globe. 

Howell a nominee for 2013 Broyles Award

Nov 27, 2013 - Posted by at 3:27 pm | Updated: November 27, 2013 3:45 pm | Permalink

BYU defensive coordinator and secondary coach Nick Howell is one of 40 nominees for the 2013 Broyles Award, which honors the top assistant coach in college football. The list of nominees was announced Wednesday by The Rotary Club of Little Rock. 

After three years on the full-time staff, Howell was promoted in 2013 to serve as defensive coordinator. As such, Howell took on the task of preparing the BYU defense to adjust to playing in essence an extra quarter of football per game in 2013 because of BYU's new up-tempo offense. Only six teams in the nation have had to defend more plays than BYU this year and of those that have had to defend as many plays only Oregon and Oklahoma State allow fewer yards per game. BYU has played 878 plays on defense in 11 games to date. BYU ranks No. 16 nationally in both points per play allowed (0.277) and yards per play allowed (4.83) despite the extra demands of the high number of plays to defend.  

Howell was the special teams coordinator the past two seasons while also coaching the Cougar secondary, where he has served since switching from outside linebackers during the 2010 season. In his seventh season in Provo and 12th year of coaching, Howell started at BYU as a defensive intern (2007) and graduate assistant (2008-09) after working in Utah’s high school coaching ranks. Prior to BYU, he was the head coach at Ben Lomond High School (2004-06), defensive coordinator at Weber High School (2003) and defensive line coach at Sky View High School (2002).

The 2013 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock, Ark. The Rotary Club of Little Rock presents the Broyles Award. The winner of the 2012 Broyles Award was Bob Diaco, Notre Dame.

The Broyles Award honors the top assistant college football coach in America and was established in 1996 to honor legendary Arkansas Head Coach Frank Broyles. Coach Broyles had a track record of producing some of the most successful assistant coaches in college football history.

The Broyles Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more about our story.

For more information, visit www.BroylesAward.com or search for Broyles Award on Facebook and Twitter.

A complete list of nominees for the 2013 Broyles Award is included below.

2013 Broyles Award Nominee

  • Alabama - Doug Nussmeier, Offensive Coordinator
  • Arizona - Jeff Casteel, Defensive Coordinator
  • Arizona State - Mike Norvell, Offensive Coordinator
  • Arkansas State - Kent Riddle, Assistant Head Coach, TE’s/Special Teams
  • Auburn - Rhett Lashlee, Offensive Coordinator
  • Ball State - Rich Skrosky, Offensive Coordinator
  • Baylor - Philip Montgomery, Offensive Coordinator
  • Boston College - Don Brown, Defensive Coordinator
  • Brigham Young - Nick Howell, Defensive Coordinator
  • Central Florida - Brent Key, Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line
  • Colorado State - Dave Baldwin, Offensive Coordinator
  • Clemson - Chad Morris, Offensive Coordinator
  • Duke - Kurt Roper, Offensive Coordinator
  • Florida State - Jeremy Pruitt, Defensive Coordinator
  • Fresno State - Dave Schramm, Offensive Coordinator
  • Georgia Tech - Ted Roof, Defensive Coordinator
  • Houston - David Gibbs, Defensive Coordinator
  • Indiana - Seth Littrell, Offensive Coordinator
  • Iowa - Phil Parker, Defensive Coordinator
  • Louisville - Vance Bedford, Defensive Coordinator
  • LSU - Cam Cameron, Offensive Coordinator
  • Michigan State - Pat Narduzzi, Defensive Coordinator
  • Minnesota - Tracy Claeys, Defensive Coordinator
  • Missouri - Josh Henson, Offensive Coordinator
  • Nebraska - Tim Beck, Offensive Coordinator
  • Ohio State - Tom Herman, Offensive Coordinator
  • Oklahoma State - Glenn Spencer, Defensive Coordinator
  • Ole Miss - Dan Werner, Co-Offensive Coordinator
  • Rice - Chris Thurmond, Defensive Coordinator
  • San Jose State - Jimmie Dougherty, Offensive Coordinator
  • South Carolina - Lorenzo Ward, Defensive Coordinator
  • South Florida - Stu Holt, Special Teams Coordinator
  • Stanford - Derek Mason, Defensive Coordinator
  • Texas State - Mike Schultz, Offensive Coordinator
  • UCLA - Jeff Ulbrich, Assistant Head Coach/LB’s/Special Teams
  • Utah - Ilaisa Tuiaki, Defensive Line
  • Utah State - Todd Orlando, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
  • Virginia Tech - Torrian Gray, Defensive Secondary Coach/Pass Game Coordinator
  • Western Michigan - Charles Huff, RB Coach
  • Wisconsin - Dave Aranda, Defensive Coordinator/LB’s

BYU vs. Idaho State infographic

Nov 16, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:04 pm | Updated: November 16, 2013 5:08 pm | Permalink

See the infographic summary of the BYU vs. Idaho State game, a 59-13 Cougar victory.