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Getting to Know: Algernon Brown and Johnny Tapuosa

Nov 09, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 10:33 am | Updated: November 9, 2016 11:41 am | Permalink

Algernon Brown
Senior fullback

Major
Exercise and wellness.

Where did your name come from?
It means prosperous. I was born three months early so they weren’t sure if I was going to live and they gave me a name that fit the situation.

Three things you do in the offseason?
Work out, spend time with wife and do fun things in the valley.

Pregame rituals?
Lay on floor with my feet up on my locker and listen to music for about half an hour. Then 10-15 minutes before we go out I get up and start moving around.

Favorite football memory?
The Nebraska game last year. I’ve never been a part of a Hail Mary play so it was pretty cool to be part of it.

Most embarrassing song on iPod?
Probably a Miley Cyrus song, but I only have one.

One thing people don’t know about you?
I use to play the trumpet from 7th grade to 9th grade in our junior high band.

Dream job?
Besides football, I’ve always liked the idea of coaching but I’ve always wanted to do physical therapy and work with people.

Favorite thing about BYU?
The experience here, and not just from football. I think I’ve grown more from the stuff outside of football, but I’ve learned a lot of life lessons through football too.


Johnny Tapuosa
Freshman linebacker

Why did you want to come to BYU?
I always wanted to come to BYU. I have a lot of family members that played at BYU so it’s always been a dream to come play here. It feels great to finally be here and knowing that all of the hard work paid off.

What is one thing you’re looking forward to besides football?
Creating a network. You can find a lot of connections here and I’m excited to see what I can do with that and through school.

Who is your role model?
My dad. I look up to him because he’s such a positive guy. He’s really humble and I always wanted to be like him. Just seeing how he was able to take care of our family has made me always want to be able to do that as well.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
I would go back home to Laie, I love that place so much. If I could go anywhere I would go there right now just to be with my friends and family, you know, that’s paradise for me.

Favorite things about home?
I love going to the beach. I love the food. I like chicken katsu or kalbi ribs.

Favorite football memory?
I have a lot. One of them was in the high school football game. It was a punt and the guy was running around to catch it and it was coming down and I was on the return team. As our teammate was running I was coming around for the crack back block and there was this big offensive lineman and I was getting ready to lay this guy out. So he was coming and right when he came I put my head right in his chest and right when I hit him, my body just buckled. He just ran me over, ran right through me. Right when I buckled I looked to the sideline and all my friends were laughing and cracking up. That was probably one of the funniest moments of my life, especially in football.

When you’re not playing football what do you do?
I’m hanging out with my wife. I just got married (over the summer). We were high school sweethearts so we’ve been hanging out for a while. I went on my mission and she graduated from BYU and now as I’m starting my freshman football season, she’s in law school here. She danced for Living Legends and they had a tour in New Zealand, Tonga and Samoa. So I flew all the way down there and surprised her in Samoa and then I just proposed to her in one of the villages just at a hotel resort. That’s where I served my mission too, so it was really special to me. 

Kickoff time and TV networks announced for BYU vs UMass

Nov 04, 2016 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 8:39 am | Updated: November 4, 2016 10:02 am | Permalink

The BYU vs UMass football game on Saturday, Nov. 19, will kickoff at noon MT (2pm ET). The game will be simulcast live to a national audience on BYUtvESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

BYUtv will also provide pregame and postgame coverage of the matchup, beginning with Countdown to Kickoff at 11 a.m. MT (1 p.m. ET). Postgame coverage of the BYU-UMass game will continue following the conclusion of the game with the live BYUtv Sports Postgame Show. 

BYUtv is available in approximately 60 millions homes in North America on Dish channel 9403, DirecTV channel 374 and through nearly 600 cable TV providers nationwide. Check your local cable listings or contact your cable provider. BYUtv is also available on Roku, online at www.byutv.org, and on iPhone and iPad through the BYUtv App

The BYU-UMass football game will also be broadcast live nationally on BYU Radio—Sirius XM channel 143 through the Cougar IMG Sports Network with Greg Wrubell, which can also be found on KSL Newsradio in Salt Lake City (1160 AM, 102.7 FM). IMG’s radio coverage will begin at 10 a.m. MT.

Parker Dawe named a Burlsworth Candidate

Nov 03, 2016 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 12:00 am | Updated: November 9, 2016 10:16 am | Permalink

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – BYU offensive lineman Parker Dawe was nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy, honoring the nation's most outstanding football player who began his career as a walk-on. 

Dawe has helped BYU to a solid rushing attack this season, blocking the way for five games of 200 or more rushing yards and an average of 194.2 this season. The line has also paved the way for Jamaal Williams, BYU's career rushing leader. Dawe has played in all nine games this year, starting four. 

The Burlsworth Trophy and the Springdale (AR) Rotary Club announced the 52 players nominated from Division I. Burlsworth’s life is also the subject of a major motion picture, “GREATER”, which was released earlier this year. The Burlsworth Trophy is given to the most outstanding football player in America who began his career as a walk-On and has shown outstanding performance on the field. Each nominee must have begun his first season of participation with a FBS (D1) football program without financial aid of any kind from his university’s athletic department.

The 2015 winner was quarterback Baker Mayfield from the University of Oklahoma. Mayfield is believed to be the only true freshman walk-On QB in FBS history to start a season opener. He also led his Sooners to the college football playoffs last year.

See the complete list of 2016 Burlsworth Trophy nominees HERE. 

Getting to Know: Austin McChesney and Beau Hoge

Nov 02, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 12:47 pm | Updated: November 2, 2016 1:50 pm | Permalink

Austin McChesney
Freshman defensive back

Why did you come to BYU?
It was the best option for me. I thought it would be a good education and the best place to play.

On an athlete or role model he looks up to
Probably my grandpa. He played at Rick’s College for a while and set some records there. He’s been a role model to me. I’d also have to say Barry Sanders as well.

Favorite BYU sports memory
Last year’s Nebraska game. It was the first college football game I had seen since being back from my mission. It was like a week after I got home when I saw that Hail Mary and it was pretty incredible. I was there at the game- I had traveled with my dad and a couple of his buddies.

One thing people don’t know about him
I’ve worked on a ranch for a couple of summers. I like to ride horses.

When he’s not playing football
I watch football. Or just hang out with friends and family. We usually watch a lot of SportsCenter.

Favorite Olympic sport
Probably handball. I played that back in ninth grade and it’s quite the sport. Handball is legit. I like that sport.

Team nickname
“Cheesy”.

Pregame ritual
I usually listen to “Don’t Stop Believing” –it’s a classic. I like listening to something that helps me chill out for a bit. Other than that, just whatever we’re playing in the locker room.    


Beau Hoge
Sophomore quarterback

What have you been up to this summer?
Hanging out with the football team, working out. I went home for a little bit when we got a break.

What are you looking forward to this year other than football?
I don’t know. I don’t have anything in mind. Football is what my brain has been wired to look forward to this whole time so I’m not thinking of anything else.

What is your favorite football memory?
Nebraska last year. Just to start a college career like that, to be a part of it and be on the field. That was crazy.

What has been your favorite thing about BYU so far?
The people. I really love the people, whether it’s just kids on campus or my teammates. They are just really kind people open to friendship. It’s been really fun.

If you could play any Olympic sport, what would it be?
I would be a gymnast if I was good at it.

What is your dream job?
Anything that gets me rich. To be a CEO of a company. But a job I think I could be good at would be an offensive coordinator, whether coaching in college or the NFL.

Linehan named a 2016 Ray Guy Award candidate

Oct 31, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 5:13 pm | Updated: October 31, 2016 7:57 pm | Permalink

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Senior punter Jonny Linehan was named to the 2016 Ray Guy Award complete list of candidates, as announced on Monday.

Linehan has had a solid season so far in 2016. He is averaging 43.2 yards per punt with 1,816 total yards. Eighteen of his punts have been pinned inside the 20 and his longest punt of the season is 62 yards. He has had 10 punts over 50 yards, which is how many he had in all of 2015.

The Ray Guy Award identifies the nation's top collegiate punter at the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards every year in December. Among the 66 candidates are two of the 2015 finalists—Michael Carrizosa of San Jose State and Hayden Hunt of Colorado State. Candidates on our 2016 list were nominated for the award by their school's Sports Information Departments.

The following list will be narrowed down to 10 semifinalists to be announced on Friday, Nov. 11. Following the announcement, a national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Sports Information Directors, coaches, media representatives and previous Ray Guy Award winners will vote for the three finalists who will be identified on Tuesday, Nov. 22. The voting body will then cast ballots to select the winner. The 2016 Ray Guy Award winner will be announced live on ESPN during The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 8.

Getting to Know: Dayan Lake and Austin Hoyt

Oct 26, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 12:31 pm | Updated: October 26, 2016 12:40 pm | Permalink

Dayan Lake
Sophomore defensive back

What have you been up to this summer?
Chilling with the team, moving out of the dorms into a house.

Thoughts on the new coaching staff?
I love them. Coach Sitake recruited me when he was at Utah. It all worked out really well.

What has been your favorite football memory so far?
Beating Nebraska. That was a big game and we came out with a win.

What is something people don’t know about you?
I was born in Africa in Liberia. I moved here to Utah when I was five years old.

What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
I have some Taylor Swift songs. Girls in the car like to listen to it.

If you could play any Olympic sport, what would it be?
Basketball because they dominate every year. I played basketball up until my senior year of high school and then I quit because of football.

What would be your walk up song if you had one?
“You Know You’re Looking at a Winner” by Big Sean.


Austin Hoyt
Sophomore offensive lineman

Most embarrassing song on your playlist?
Probably “Welcome to New York” by Taylor Swift.

Why did you choose to come to BYU?
I grew up a huge BYU fan, I always wanted to come here, and playing football was an added bonus. The coaches have all helped me out, and I have just loved it all.

What is your favorite BYU football memory from before you were here?
I have always loved BYU vs. Utah when Max Hall threw it to Andrew George in overtime. Another one was when BYU blocked a field goal against UCLA to win it in the bowl game.  Those are both memorable moments for me.

What about from when you were here?
The Nebraska game from last year. That was one of the first games I traveled to and was able to play in. It was just an incredible game. I had a great time.

Do you have any pregame rituals?
Yeah I always listen to one song from the movie ‘Man of Steel’. That is always what I listen to right before we go out. It is an instrumental movie track.

What is your favorite sport besides football?
Basketball. I played in high school. I chose football over basketball because I like the hitting more. And I was a little undersized for my position in basketball for my position, so football is a good alternative.

What do you like to be doing when you are not playing football?
I love spending time with my wife. I love to go on hikes, be outdoors. I love to read.

What was the highlight of your summer?
Getting married was a huge one. We also just went out to see my family in Santa Cruz, California, so that was another high point.

What has been your favorite thing about being at BYU?
I just love the spirit here, the atmosphere. You can feel the spirit wherever you go on campus. That is my favorite thing.

Mitchell Juergens named a Wuerffel Trophy nominee

Oct 20, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 7:51 pm | Updated: October 21, 2016 12:56 pm | Permalink

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Senior wide receiver Mitchell Juergens was named a nominee for the Wuerffel Trophy on Thursday, representing BYU football for the prestigious award.

The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” is presented annually by the All Sports Association in Fort Walton Beach. Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel, from the University of Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the FBS player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. 

Juergens, a former walk-on, had a breakout year in 2015. He was one of five BYU receivers with 35+ receptions and 450+ yards. He finished the year with 471 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 37 catches. This year he has 20 receptions for 193 yards and one touchdown. Over his career, Juergens has 1,088 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He is one of 94 players considered for college football’s top community service award.

The Southeastern Conference led all conferences nominating 14 players. The ACC followed with 12, while the Big 10 and Conference USA submitted 10 each. Along with the Big 12, the Mountain West had a record nine nominations, the American Athletic submitted 8, the PAC 12 had seven while the Sun Belt and MAC had six nominees each. In addition, all three Independent universities submitted nominations. All FBS conferences are represented on the 2016 Wuerffel Trophy nominee list.

Nominations for the Wuerffel Trophy are made by the respective university sports information departments and closed on Oct. 14, 2016. Semifinalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 3, 2016, and finalists announced on Nov. 23, 2016. The formal announcement of the 2016 Wuerffel Trophy recipient will be on Dec. 6, 2016, at the National Football Foundation’s press conference in New York City.

The 2016 Wuerffel Trophy winner will be interviewed at “The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show” on ESPNU and ESPN3 on Dec. 8, 2016, airing at 6 p.m. EST/5 p.m. CST, featuring interviews with award winners and finalists as they approach The Home Depot College Football Awards Show, the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The presentation of the 2016 Wuerffel Trophy will occur at the 48th Annual All Sports Association Awards Banquet on Feb. 10, 2017, in Fort Walton Beach.

Viewing Options: BYU at No. 14 Boise State

Oct 20, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 11:29 am | Updated: October 20, 2016 4:31 pm | Permalink

BYU is back on the road to face No. 14 Boise State at Albertsons Stadium tonight at 8:15 p.m. MDT.

The game will be televised live nationally on ESPN. It will also be streamed online on WatchESPN.com or with the WatchESPN app.

Additionally, live television coverage on BYUtv will begin at 7 p.m. MDT 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 6:15 p.m. MDT on KSL 1160 AM and 102.7 FM. It can also be found online at BYUcougars.com.

Visit the gameday page for additional information on the matchup against Boise State.

Williams named to SI's 2016 Midseason All-America Second Team

Oct 19, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 11:49 am | Updated: October 19, 2016 11:57 am | Permalink

At the midpoint of the 2016 season, Sports Illustrated named senior running back Jamaal Williams its 2016 Midseason All-America Second Team.

Williams has had a dominant season so far with 942 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. Nobody else on the team has more than four touchdowns. He leads the team in all-purpose yards with 1,022, averaging 146 yards per game.

Williams has rushed for more than 100 yards four times this season. Against Toledo, he notched a single-game BYU record 286 rushing yards along with tying the single-game rushing touchdown record of five. He averaged 9.5 yards per carry in the win over the Rockets.

In BYU’s last game against Mississippi State, Williams became the career leader in rushing yards with 3,468, surpassing Harvey Unga.

Williams and the Cougars are back in action on Thursday at No. 14 Boise State. The game kicks off at 8:15 p.m. MDT on ESPN.

Check out SI's entire 2016 Midseason All-America Team here.

Getting to Know: Hunter Marshall and Corbin Kaufusi

Oct 19, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 10:45 am | Updated: October 19, 2016 10:52 am | Permalink

Hunter Marshall
Sophomore tight end

Hobby outside of football
Snowboard, draw, anything outdoors—fly fish and things like that. Utah’s a great place for outdoor stuff. It’s been really cool living out here, being able to some of that stuff. 

Favorite ski resort
Sundance because it’s pretty affordable. Park City sometimes too, especially since it’s gotten bigger. 

Favorite football memory
The first game I started in high school, I was playing receiver. I had the game-winning touchdown with a minute left. That was my first game, my first experience starting on varsity team as a sophomore. That’s one of my favorite memories.

And at BYU?
I just got started, but when I first started summer workouts, all of the new guys were doing their own separate thing. But I was working the camp side, so I had to come in early. It was me working out by myself with one of the trainers. It was a little date time between us. 

The place he’d most like to travel to
New Zealand. There’s a lot to do there. ‘Lord of the Rings’ was filmed there, you can go snowboarding, but also surfing. There are so many things you can do all in one day. It seems like a cool place to go visit. Everyone I’ve met from New Zealand has been way great. 

Something most people don’t know about you
I was born in Mexico City. I have dual citizenship, but I don’t use it. My parents were living there when I was born. 

Thoughts on coaching staff
It’s a coaching staff that cares about its players. Players see and understand that, so we respond really well and can follow that. I think that’s a big thing that’s really helped the team come together.

Favorite ice cream flavor
Oreo ice cream. Cookies and cream or cookie dough.


Corbin Kaufusi
Sophomore defensive lineman

Major
Statistics, I want to go into the big data analysis part of stats. It’s interesting and I like it.

Where did your name come from?
My family is named in the ABC’s, and I’m the third one so Corbin just happened to be the one.

Nicknames
Bronson or Nick Kurtz because some people get us all mixed up.

One thing people don’t know about you
I love ceramics. My brother took a class in high school as a filler class and he loved it. He convinced me to take it and we loved it. Sculpting and throwing pots, that’s our thing. I’ve been looking for a good place to do it at, but I try to find a wheel every now and again. We do have our claim to fame collection. It’s all crappy stuff but my mom likes it.

Favorite football memory
I love John Beck to Jonny Harline because I was at the game and it was just crazy. I remember I was depressed because I was a little kid and I was just like, "Oh I can’t believe we just lost," and then when that happened it was like, "Oh my gosh." I just sat in shock with my family. It was awesome.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would like to go back to Korea. That’s where I served my mission so there or back to the islands, Tonga.

What sport would you do in the Olympics?
I wish I were really good at being a gymnast because those guys are ripped and do some crazy stuff.

Something outside of football you’re looking forward to?
The obvious answer would probably be basketball, but the less obvious answer is waiting for my brother to have a kid. I keep putting pressure on him.