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BYU Media Day 2011

Jul 11, 2011 - Posted by Ashlyn Hewlett at 5:15 pm | Updated: July 12, 2011 8:01 am | Permalink

As the BYU football team begins their journey as an independent, the athletic program will encounter a lot of firsts this season.  Among these firsts is the 2011 BYU Football Media Day on Tuesday, July 12, 2011.

The Media Day will feature events such as live chats in both English and Spanish with current BYU football players, True Blue Football Previews and a Legends Roundtable featuring Ty Detmer, Steve Young and LaVell Edwards.

Throughout the day, we will be taking you behind the scenes of the different interviews and programs and also keeping you updated on what was said, seen and who is in attendance.

More coverage of the 2011 BYU Football Media Day can be found at

Media Day 2011: Interview with Mikel Minor

Jul 11, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:13 pm | Updated: July 11, 2011 10:23 pm | Permalink caught up with Mikel Minor, the coordinating producer for BYU Football Media Day. Check out what he had to say about getting ready for Media Day.

Media Day 2011: Holly Rowe Interview

Jul 11, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:51 pm | Updated: July 11, 2011 10:24 pm | Permalink

ESPN reporter Holly Rowe discusses her BYU background, what independence means for BYU and her favorite college football memory.

Media Day 2011: Getting Ready for Media Day - A Photo Diary

Jul 11, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:50 pm | Updated: July 11, 2011 10:32 pm | Permalink

BYU photographers Mark Philbrick and Jaren Wilkey snapped some photos in the BYU Broadcast Building on Monday. Check out the what they saw and everything that is going on to get ready for Football Media Day.

Media Day 2011: Interview with JJ Di Luigi

Jul 11, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:40 pm | Updated: July 11, 2011 10:34 pm | Permalink caught up with senior running back JJ Di Luigi on Monday. He talked football independence, what he's been doing in the offseason and his thoughts on the coming season.

Media Day 2011: Dave McCann of BYUtv Talks Media Day Preparations

Jul 11, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:41 pm | Updated: July 11, 2011 10:35 pm | Permalink

BYUtv's Dave McCann discusses Independence, the Legend's Show, Media Day and more with the day before BYU Football Media Day.

Thursday's Heroes - Dylan Shaw, Tim & Matthew Smart

Apr 08, 2011 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 10:31 am | Permalink

Nine-year-old Dylan Shaw was recently diagnosed with an inoperable tumor on his brain stem.

Tim and Matthew Smart, ages 20 and 18, have Down Syndrome.

To read more about Dylan, Tim and Matthew go to

Thursday's Hero - Russ Simons

Apr 01, 2011 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 10:18 am | Permalink

Parents to three girls, Russ and his wife Liz have been married for 13 years. Russ played football at Ricks College for two years prior to his mission to Canada. Upon his return home he played two additional years at Idaho State.

To read more about Russ go to

Thursday's Hero - Robert Hamblin

Mar 25, 2011 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 11:31 am | Permalink

The ultimate BYU fan, Robert was an offensive lineman for the Cougars from 1948-1952. During a homecoming game against Wyoming, he had both of his front teeth knocked out. This resulted in him singing, “All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” at a Christmas party that year.

To read more about Robert go to

Former Cougars, Senior Honored at Tribute Banquet

Mar 11, 2011 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 5:10 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah (Mar. 9, 2011) - The BYU football team honored its 2010 season senior class along with former coaches Andy Reid and Barry Lamb at the annual Senior Tribute Banquet on Wednesday.

A total of 13 seniors were honored: offensive lineman Nick Alletto, wide receiver Luke Ashworth, defensive back Brandon Bradley, linebacker Shane Hunter, safety Landon Jaussi, defensive back Brian Logan, linebacker Zeke Mendenhall, kicker Mitch Payne, wide receiver BJ Peterson, safety Andrew Rich, defensive lineman Vic So'oto, offensive lineman Jason Speredon and linebacker AJ Van Valkenburg.

Before honoring the senior class of 2010, BYU associate athletic director for development Chad Lewis, formerly a tight end for the Cougars and an All-Pro under Reid, presented the coach with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Reid was offensive lineman at BYU before becoming a graduate assistant for a season after graduating in 1981. He helped the Green Bay Packers win Super Bowl XXXI as an assistant coach before being named the Philadelphia Eagles' head coach in 1999. Reid's winning percentage is currently 11th-best in NFL history and has resulted in numerous Coach of the Year awards and an NFC championship in 2004.

"I'm so fired up to be here I can't tell you," Reid said upon receiving the award. Reid then went on to give advice to the audience.

"In our sport there is nothing more important than trust," he said. "Go out there and be an energy-giver."

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall next took the podium to present former BYU assistant coach Barry Lamb with the Robbie Bosco Award.

Lamb retired prior to the 2010 season as the Cougars’ outside linebackers coach after a 33-year career that included 16 seasons at BYU and stints at six different schools. Overall, he helped BYU earn a 129-66 record during his Cougar career with six conference championships and nine bowl invitations.

"Nobody loves BYU and has been more loyal to me and to LaVell Edwards, while he was here," Mendenhall stated.

Lamb offered his own thoughts on what he learned during his great career.

"It's not the physical toughness that wins," he said. "It's all the other kinds of tough that wins."

Following the presentations, 2010 captains Andrew Rich and Matt Reynolds were both honored for their leadership.

After a highlight film featuring each of BYU's 13 seniors, the players were given their jersey and helmet from their time at BYU.