Men's Football Blog

LaVell Edwards awarded Lifetime Achievement accolade

Jan 23, 2013 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 12:33 pm | Permalink

HOUSTON -- Legendary BYU head coach LaVell Edwards received the Paul "Bear" Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award Thursday at an awards ceremony in Houston.

Edwards coached the Cougars for 29 years and is currently No. 7 in FBS history for career wins with 257. In 20 of those 29 seasons, the Cougars claimed conference championships. He has been inducted into both the BYU and College Hall of Fame.

Under his direction, BYU won a national championship, 19 conference championships, a Heisman Trophy, two Outland Trophies, four Davey O’Brien Awards, 34 All-America awards (including six College Football Hall of Famers) and appeared in 22 bowl games.  He has twice been honored as the national coach of the year, has received many conference and district accolades and has been honored by a myriad of state and national organizations, not just for his accomplishments on the field, but for the integrity and class he added to the profession.

Edwards was accompanied by former BYU All-American quarterbacks Robbie Bosco, John Beck, Ty Detmer and Gifford Nielsen at the banquet. 

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes excellence in coaching on and off the field during a career, allowing recipients to take their place in history alongside legends such as Paul “Bear” Bryant.  Recent Lifetime Achievement recipients include Hayden Fry, Tom Osborne, Barry Switzer, Bo Schembechler and Bobby Bowden.

Bill O'Brien of Penn State was also honored at the event, receiving the Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year award for the past season.

Read Edwards' feature on bryantawards.com.

Lance Reynolds, seniors honored at football banquet

Jan 10, 2013 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 10:00 am | Updated: January 21, 2013 8:15 pm | Permalink

The BYU football team held its annual banquet following the conclusion of the 2012 season on Wednesday night.

KSL Radio's Greg Wrubell served as master of ceremonies for the event held at the Utah Valley Convention Center. Wrubell introduced the evening with various statistics and honors earned from the 2012 campaign.

Patti Edwards, wife of legendary former BYU football coach LaVell Edwards, introduced a special video tribute in honor of Lance Reynolds. After over 30 years involved with BYU football as a player and a coach, Reynolds is stepping aside from football. The video used footage of current and former players looking back on the tremendous impact Reynolds had on them both on and off the field.

Reynolds was also honored with an award from head coach Bronco Mendenhall and later Reynolds spoke briefly about his time with BYU.

The senior captains of the team were able to deliver a message to the team, though David Foote and Brandon Ogletree were unable to attend to due to prior commitments. Senior Riley Nelson spoke of the memories with the team and the great opportunity it was to be a teammate. Coach Mendenhall read a message he received from Ogletree while playing at the Casino Del Sol College All-Star game. Ogletree told the team how much of a privilege it was to play at BYU and the special place the the school is and to not take it for granted.

Mendenhall and members of the university and athletics administrations then honored the Cougar seniors departing the program with their senior blankets.

Check out some of the photos from the BYU football banquet.

Van Noy, Stephenson named to CBSSports.com 2012-13 All-Bowl Team

Jan 09, 2013 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 3:11 pm | Permalink

Following their dominant performances in BYU's 23-6 win over San Diego State in the 2012 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, linebacker Kyle Van Noy and punter Riley Stephenson were named to the CBSSports.com 2012-13 All-Bowl Team.

Here is what CBSSports.com had to say about each of their performances . . .

LB Kyle Van Noy
"In what was probably the best defensive performance of the bowl season, Van Noy single-handedly won the Poinsettia Bowl for the Cougars. Van Noy had eight tackles, including five solo, 1.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for a loss and scored two touchdowns. He recovered a fumble in the end zone and returned an interception 17 yards for a score as BYU beat San Diego State 23-6."

P Riley Stephenson
"There was a big reason why San Diego State had trouble moving the ball down the field in the Poinsettia Bowl, and it can thank the punter. Stephenson had eight punts, including six inside the 20 and three inside the 5-yard line. Stephenson had punts downed at the 5, 16, 1, 2, 9 and 1.
"

The complete CBSSports.com 2012-13 All-Bowl team.
 

Unga, Fangupo added to 53-man NFL rosters

Dec 29, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 8:43 pm | Updated: December 29, 2012 8:47 pm | Permalink

Former BYU football players Harvey Unga and Hebron Fangupo were added to 53-man rosters by NFL teams this week.

Unga, BYU's leader in career rushing yards, was promoted from the practice squad by the Chicago Bears, the team that originally drafted him in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Supplemental Draft. Unga had been waived by the Bears twice before being signed again to the practice squad Dec. 4 and elevated to the 53-man roster this week.

Fangupo, a 6-foot-1, 323-pound nose tackle, was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played one season for the Cougars in 2011 after transferring from USC. Fangupo had been with the Seattle Seahawks since September but was waived on Friday before being picked up by the Steelers.

BYU to wear helmet decals honoring Sandy Hook Elementary School during Poinsettia Bowl

Dec 20, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 5:12 pm | Permalink

The BYU football team will honor the 20 children and six staff members who lost their lives in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. with special helmet decals tonight in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

The blue balloons are for the boys, pink for girls and yellow for the staff.

Nick Howell, BYU's secondary coach and special teams coordinator is a friend of the Parker family that lost its little girl Emilie in the tragedy. Nick and his wife Brooke both went to high school (Ben Lomond HS in Ogden) with Emilie Parker's parents, Robbie and Alyssa.

Team luncheon on board the USS Midway

Dec 19, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 11:10 pm | Updated: December 19, 2012 11:12 pm | Permalink

With the festivities winding down at the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, the highlight of the day was both teams together at a luncheon on board the USS Midway in San Diego.

The USS Midway was an aircraft carrier of the United States Navy, the lead ship of her class. Commissioned a week after the end of World War II, the Midway was the largest ship in the world until 1955, and saw active duty for over 47 years, being decommissioned in 1992 and becoming a museum ship for the public to enjoy.

Both teams joined together in the hull of the ship for lunch and a short program. The teams were honored for their regular season accomplishments while guests from the Poinsettia Bowl, city officials and other special guests spoke. Children from the Make-A-Wish program in San Diego were also recognized.


BYU and SDSU will each have an honorary captain on game day, a young fan from Make-A-Wish San Diego. The kids were given team jerseys with their name on it and will participate in various activities at the game.

Each team honored a player with a most inspirational player award. The Cougars chose senior running back David Foote, a former walk-on, for his determination, example and heart. The Aztecs gave the award to senior running back Walter Kazee.

After the luncheon players were able to roam the decks of the ship, ride in flight simulators, look at the airplanes on board and learn about the various functions and history of the USS Midway.

The team gathered in the afternoon following the luncheon for the official team photo for the year and a walk-through for the game.

Earlier in the day, head coach Bronco Mendenhall and SDSU coach Rocky Long met with the media for a pregame press conference. Each coach spoke briefly at the podium before speaking in a more casual setting with reporters later on.

Mendenhall talked about how his players balance family and fun with bowl game preparations and Long discussed how despite being in a home game setting with his team they have enjoyed the bowl atmosphere.

As usual, BYU participated in a fireside in the evening. It was a special Christmas themed program, featuring lots of musical numbers. Players and coaches hung around after to meet fans and members of the community to visit and take pictures.

BYU will face off against the Aztecs tomorrow with kickoff from Qualcomm Stadium at 5 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPN.

 

Photos by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo and Brett Pyne

Bowl fans encouraged to arrive early, consider riding trolley

Dec 19, 2012 - Posted by at 11:00 pm | Updated: December 20, 2012 1:02 pm | Permalink

More than 40,000 expected for San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

The eighth annual San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl kicks off at 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 20 at Qualcomm Stadium and features the BYU Cougars and San Diego State Aztecs.  Considering the rush hour kick time, fans are encouraged to arrive early or take the Trolley. The Qualcomm Stadium parking lot opens at 11 a.m.

MTS Trolley’s Green Line provides direct, frequent service to Qualcomm Stadium from the downtown 12th & Imperial, Gaslamp, Convention Center, Seaport Village, and Santa Fe Depot stations through Old Town and Mission Valley and from stations east of the Stadium to Santee. The Green Line’s normal 15-minutes service will be enhanced (between downtown and Qualcomm Stadium as well as between 70th Street and the stadium) starting at 12:30 pm until kickoff, and then again after the game. Regular Green Line service will continue to operate during the game. Fans may connect to the Green Line from all other Trolley lines and the COASTER. Blue and Orange Line riders should transfer at the 12th & Imperial station. Orange Line riders can also transfer at the Grossmont Center Trolley Station. Fans boarding at any C Street or Park Boulevard station in downtown should catch an Orange Line trolley to the Santa Fe Depot and transfer there to a Green Line train. COASTER riders can transfer to the Green Line at the Old Town Transit Center.  

Trolley riders can purchase a Day Pass on Compass Card from any Trolley Ticket Machine using cash, credit and debit. Commemorative Poinsettia Bowl Day Passes are also available at select Green Line Stations ticket kiosks with cash.  COASTER riders should purchase the $12 RegionPlus Day Pass from any COASTER ticket vending machine which allows round-trip transfer to the Trolley.   COASTER riders who purchase an online round-trip COASTER ticket via Coo Coo using web or mobile phone must also purchase a Day Pass at Old Town to transfer to the Trolley.

Game tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling TicketMaster at 1-800-745-3000 or by visitingTicketMaster.com.  They can also be purchased at Qualcomm Stadium, Window F on game day beginning at 9 a.m.

Practice, Giraffes and Make-A-Wish on Tuesday

Dec 18, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 10:38 pm | Permalink

The BYU football team spent Tuesday at the Poinsettia Bowl wrapping up its last full practice of the 2012 season, attended the San Diego Zoo and visited with families from Make-A-Wish San Diego.

The Cougars practiced in a steady early afternoon rain before putting the finishing touches on the field for bowl preparation.



Most of the team visited the San Diego Zoo in the afternoon. Several players had a close encounter with a few giraffes, even getting to feed some of them. Defensive lineman Ezekiel Ansah was especially concerned with how personal the giraffe was getting.




Some of the players skipped out on the visit to the zoo to visit some kids from Make-A-Wish in San Diego. Young children with various illnesses and trials visited with both BYU and SDSU players, taking photos, chatting and just hanging out. San Diego State head coach Rocky Long and Bronco Mendenhall, along with their families visited as well.




Marching bands and fans participated in the Gaslamp March in downtown San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter to close out the night's activities.

Both head coaches will participate in a press conference Wednesday morning before both teams attend a luncheon aboard the USS Midway.

 

Photos by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo

Cougars practice, visit SeaWorld during Poinsettia Bowl festivities

Dec 17, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 9:57 pm | Permalink

After arriving in San Diego yesterday afternoon, the BYU football team held its first practice midmorning on Monday and then went on to SeaWorld and other activities.

The Cougars held a spirited practice in preparation for the bowl at Helix High School, home of former BYU greats and NFL players Leon White (LB, 1981-85) and Todd Watkins (WR, 04-05).

Following practice the team spent most of the afternoon at SeaWorld. Players, coaches and their families enjoyed the Shamu Show, the Shark Encounter and more.  Defensive back Preston Hadley and wide receiver Ross Apo even got up close and personal with a beluga whale.

Head coach Bronco Mendenhall and inside linebackers coach Paul Tidwell took a cruise on the coast thanks to San Diego Harley-Davidson for part of the afternoon as well.

Tomorrow the team will follow a similar schedule in the morning with a practice and a trip the San Diego Zoo in the afternoon. Members of the team will also give gifts and visit with families at the Make-A-Wish reception later in the afternoon.

In the evening, fans in town can enjoy the BYU and SDSU marching bands and spirit squads in the Five Star Tours Poinsettia Bowl Gaslamp March, a parade in downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter from each end of 5th Avenue and meet up at Market Street for a heart-pounding battle of the bands.

Uona Kaveinga to participate in 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Dec 17, 2012 - Posted by at 1:52 pm | Updated: December 17, 2012 1:56 pm | Permalink

College All-Star Game to be held at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. on January 19, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The NFL Players Association is proud to announce that Uona Kaveinga of Brigham Young University has committed to playing in the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

The Hawthorne, Calif., star linebacker will be one of the talented draft-eligible seniors competing in the all-star game on January 19 at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif. Kaveinga was named to the Butkus Award Watch List and totaled 42 tackles, four tackles for loss, two pass breakups, one interception and one fumble recovery during the regular season for BYU. Kaveinga will play in his final game for the Cougars on Thursday when BYU faces San Diego State in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. 

For player confirmations and news surrounding the game, follow @NFLPABowl on Twitter and on Facebook at Facebook.com/NFLPACollegiateBowl.

For one week preceding the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, participants will receive an in-depth introduction to the union – the primary resource for information on the business of football and how to succeed in the NFL and in post-football careers.

Pro-football players and coaching legends will work with the game’s future stars, giving them first-hand insight on what it takes to win on and off of the field. Herm Edwards and Dick Vermeil will serve as the head coaches for the American and National Teams. Player Ambassadors for the game include former NFL players Terrell Davis, Hank Baskett, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Lorenzo Neal and Andre Reed.

Tickets are on sale now: http://collegiate.nflpa.com/