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Getting to Know: Ului Lapuaho and Butch Pau'u

Sep 07, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 11:26 am | Updated: September 7, 2016 11:35 am | Permalink

Ului Lapuaho
Junior offensive lineman

Why did you decide to come to BYU?
I have been a BYU fan before I was even created.

First BYU Sporting event you attended
BYU played the San Diego State Aztecs back when dinosaurs were still alive. It was a long time ago. I was about 12.

Where did your name come from?
I was named after one of my uncles, my mom’s favorite uncle. She named me after him because she wanted me to be like him.

Who do you look up to?
My parents. They’ve done a lot to get me here. I’m the third oldest of 12 kids, so I’ve seen the sacrifices they’ve made to get me here.

One thing people don’t know about you
I still watch cartoons. It’s probably pretty common for college males, but I still do. One of my favorites is Dragon Ball Z.

Pre-game rituals
I’m really quiet during pregame. I don’t have any amped up things to do. I usually listen to soothing music and wait for other guys to hype me up. I’m quiet by my locker and then the other guys try to hype me up and that makes me mad.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
New Zealand because I heard their ice cream is magical. Not good, magical.

Favorite thing about BYU
The atmosphere. I feel so safe here. It’s not really violent. It’s safe and I feel calm and peaceful. I don’t think you have that feeling anywhere else.

Butch Pau’u
Sophomore linebacker

What were some of the highlights of your summer?
My buddies, Troy Hinds and I got to speak at a camp called Helaman Camp. Coming back from the camp, we had a cubs camp and one of the mothers came up and told us that because of our little conversation at the camp her son went to, her son decided to go on a mission. So that’s been the highlight of my summer. Other than that, I got to go to Australia and visit my mom’s side of the family.

Outside of football, what are you looking forward to this year?
To see how I do in school. I recently switched to a Spanish major (I served in Honduras) and I will still be taking dental school pre-reqs. So I need to stay on top of everything going on with school and manage my life with church and football and all the other responsibilities.

What is your dream job?
To be a dentist. Chip Skylark from Fairly Odd Parents is actually my inspiration. When I saw him, for some reason I wanted to help other people have smiles like him. Going to Honduras where you see people who don’t have that opportunity and see dentists from America come help them out is really fulfilling and really awesome.

Thoughts on the new coaching staff?
Love them. The coaches are great. They are always wanting to know how we’re doing, always coming up and conversing with us. Making sure we’re doing alright and taking care of what we need to take care of. We feel a lot of trust from them and they trust us to do what we need to do. They aren’t babying us.

What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
‘I Saw the Sign’ from Pitch Perfect.

Pau'u earns Madness Independent Defensive Player of the Week honors

Sep 06, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 3:44 pm | Updated: September 6, 2016 3:53 pm | Permalink

Sophomore linebacker Butch Pau’u was named College Sports Madness Independent Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday after his strong performance in the win over Arizona on Saturday.

In his first career start, Pau’u had nine total tackles, seven of which were solo tackles. He also had 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble, all of which were the first of his career.

Army running back Andy Davidson was the Madness Independent Offensive Player of the Week. The Madness National Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week were Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett and Texas A&M safety Justin Evans, respectively.

BYU defeated Arizona 18-16 on Saturday to start the season. The Cougars head up north to Salt Lake City to face the Utah Utes at 5:30 p.m. MDT. 

BYU vs. Arizona viewing options

Sep 03, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 11:08 am | Updated: September 3, 2016 11:10 am | Permalink

BYU football kicks off the 2016 campaign tonight in the Cactus Kickoff against the Arizona Wildcats at 7:30 p.m. MST (Mountain Standard Time) at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, home of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals.

Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings, so the start time in Utah is 8:30 p.m. MDT.

The game will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1. Those with mobile devices can also download the Fox Sports Go app to watch the game on a mobile device.

Additionally, live television coverage on BYUtv will begin at 6:30 p.m. MST with the one-hour pregame show, Countdown to Kickoff. Live postgame coverage on BYUtv will follow after the game.

Radio coverage of the game can be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network with the Voice of the Cougars Greg Wrubell. The broadcast begins with the pregame show at 5:30 p.m. MST/6:30 p.m. MDT on KSL 1160 AM and 102.7 FM. It can also be found online at

Visit the gameday page for additional information on the matchup against Arizona.

BYU vs. Arizona: Important Event Information

Aug 31, 2016 - Posted by at 1:29 pm | Updated: September 1, 2016 6:38 pm | Permalink

Fans planning to attend the Cactus Kickoff Classic between BYU and Arizona this Saturday, Sept. 3, please be aware of the following important event information to assist you in attending the game. The Cougars and Wildcats will meet at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. MST (Arizona)/8:30 p.m MDT (Utah). 

Fans should be are aware the NFL's clear bag policy will be in effect for the game, which is being played at the home of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals. 

NFL Clear Bag Policy:
Bags of any kind, except one (1) gallon sized clear freezer bags, authorized clear bags measuring 12" x 12" x 6", and women's clutches not to exceed 4.5" x 6.5", will NOT be permitted inside the stadium. Stadium will NOT be responsible for storing any bags or personal items. Unapproved bags should be left in a vehicle.

Select the photo chart below to see approved and non-approved bags. 

The links below provide additional helpful information for the day of the event. 

Click here for detailed information regarding ticketing, parking, tailgating and prohibited items. 

Click here for the full event advisory and event day policies.

Click here to purchase tickets. 

Getting to Know: Michael Davis and Jonah Trinnaman

Aug 31, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 9:25 am | Updated: August 31, 2016 9:55 am | Permalink

During the football season, two players will be highlighted each week. This week, get to know Michael Davis and Jonah Trinnaman

Michael Davis
Senior defensive back

What is something that people don’t know about you?
That I am half-Mexican, half-black.

What is your favorite football memory?
First one that comes to mind would be against Nebraska with the miracle throw when we won the game.

When you are not playing football what do you like to be going?
Just hanging out with friends, sleeping, watching Netflix, going to the movies, bowling.

What was the highlight of your summer?
Here, working out! Getting swol!

What has been your favorite thing about BYU and being here?
Just the people and the atmosphere and how they interact with you. They are always nice and they say hi to you even if they don’t know you.

What is your nickname on the team?
Right now, Mike the monk. (Gestures to shaved head)

If you could go to the Olympics for a sport, what would it be?
Track. I actually ran in high school.

Jonah Trinnaman
Junior wide receiver

What is something people may not know about you?
When I was younger, I was pretty good at sound effects. Like trumpet noises, I could imitate what I heard. I used to, but I can’t anymore. I lost it. That was a little hidden talent of mine. 

Most embarrassing song on iPod
Justin Bieber’s newer stuff. I have “Sorry” on my phone.

Favorite football memory
When I was playing little league, I played for American Fork. We were playing Juan Diego and they were undefeated for like four years. And we beat them. They threw a long ball to me and scored and we won. I scored the winning touchdown. I was about 12 years old. It was a good memory.

Pre-game rituals
I used to put dollar bills in my socks. IN the sock. I don’t do it anymore. I had money in my sock in my first practice here at fall camp and I did pretty well, so I might bring it back. 

How did you spend your summer?
School. Took an MCOM writing class- not very fun. I also took a religion class and a study skills class. Just school and seeing family. It was fun. 

Hobbies besides football
Hanging with family, sleeping - I love to sleep. I like to eat too. 

Favorite food
Salmon. I prefer to eat it out instead of cooking it myself. Favorite place to get salmon at is Ivar’s in Seattle. I get their seafood every time I go to Seattle.

Dream job besides NFL
I think it’d be cool to be a pediatrician. I like little kids, working with them and taking care of them. I think that’d be pretty cool for me. 

Thoughts on the new coaching staff
I love them. All very cool guys. They feel like ‘one of the guys’ when we’re hanging with them. It’s not super serious. We’re serious when we need to be, but when it’s time to have fun and play around, they do that for us. 

Blue & White Stripe Game set for UCLA

Aug 30, 2016 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 5:39 pm | Updated: August 30, 2016 5:46 pm | Permalink

On Saturday, Sept. 17, BYU Football will host UCLA in its home opener at LaVell Edwards Stadium. For the UCLA game we are encouraging fans to participate in a stadium wide Blue & White Stripe Game. This will consist of fans sitting in the ODD sections wearing BLUE and fans in the EVEN sections and the ROC wearing WHITE. In the past, the Blue & White Stripe Game has added to the overall atmosphere at LaVell Edwards Stadium. We are looking forward to kicking off another great season of BYU Football. 

Week 1 (Aug 29, 2016) – Detmer & Tuiaki

Aug 29, 2016 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 5:55 pm | Updated: September 6, 2016 5:57 pm | Permalink

Seven Cougars named to 2016-17 Reese's Senior Bowl Watch List

Aug 23, 2016 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 2:58 pm | Updated: August 23, 2016 3:02 pm | Permalink

MOBILE, Ala. - Seven BYU football players were named to the 2016-17 Reese's Senior Bowl Watch List announced Tuesday afternoon. Quarterback Taysom Hill, running back Jamaal Williams, linebacker/defensive lineman Harvey Langi, defensive lineman Travis Tuiloma, linebacker/defensive lineman Sae Tautu and defensive backs Michael Davis and Kai Nacua were all selected. 

“The release of our watch list signifies the opening kickoff for the Reese’s Senior Bowl,” said Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage. “We are looking forward to evaluating these prospects over the next several months in trying to find the best 110 players in America.”

This year's group includes 209 defensive players and 191 offensive players. Specialists were not included in this year's watch list and will form their own list later this season.

The 2017 Reese's Senior Bowl week officially begins on Tuesday, January 24 and concludes with the 68th game on January 28 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile. Ala. The practices are televised live by ESPN and the game is broadcast live on NFL Network at 2:30pm ET. Read more about the Reese's Senior Bowl Watch List.

Mitchell Juergens named to 2016 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List

Aug 16, 2016 - Posted by at 12:34 pm | Updated: August 16, 2016 12:51 pm | Permalink

TYLER, TEXAS – BYU senior wide receiver Mitchell Juergens was named to the fourth annual Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List announced today at the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce East Texas Kick-off Luncheon.

The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award recognizes the top offensive player in Division I football who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity; specifically tenacity to persist and determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals. In addition, the nominee must meet one or more of the following criteria: born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas High School and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four year college. 

Juergens, a former walk-on, earned a scholarship prior to the 2015 season. Last year he caught 37 balls for 471 yards and two touchdowns. Juergens has 65 career receptions for 895 yards and six touchdowns. 

The Watch List announced today will be narrowed to up to 16 semifinalists in November and then up to five finalists in December. They will be selected by broadcasters, commentators, journalists, fans and the previous winner. The finalists will be brought to Tyler for The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Banquet scheduled January 11, 2017.

A player does not have to appear on the initial Watch List to be eligible to win the award. The Watch List is made up of players nominated from their respective schools.

The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award was announced in 2012 by the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce and SPORTyler. “We are fortunate to have a celebrity who exhibits the impeccable virtues that define this award. In addition to being a well known sports figure, Earl also earned a college degree, married his high school sweetheart, raised two successful sons and still supports the community where he grew up,” said Cindy Smoak, Vice President, SPORTyler.

Earl Campbell graduated from John Tyler High School in Tyler before joining the Texas Longhorns under legendary Coach Darrell K. Royal. In his senior year, he led the nation with 1744 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns, going on to win the Longhorns’ first Heisman Trophy.

He was subsequently drafted by the Houston Oilers where he won Rookie of the Year honors in 1978 and went on to lead the NFL in rushing 3 times. Campbell earned NFL MVP in 1979 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991. He now resides in Austin.

“All my life, all I wanted to do was be an athlete. I kept God in my life and surrounded myself with good people. I am humbled by this award named in my honor,” said Campbell.

For more information about The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award go to or contact Cindy Smoak, SPORTyler, Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce: or 903-592-1661, extension 237. 

BYU football photo day

Aug 09, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 6:10 pm | Updated: August 9, 2016 6:15 pm | Permalink

After practice on Tuesday, the team made its way to the Indoor Practice Facility for the team's annual photo day. The players were dressed in their gameday uniforms. The photos and videos will be used for television broadcasts, on the video boards at LaVell Edwards Stadium this season and for other promotional purposes.

Check out the photos below for behind the scenes looks from the afternoon.