Men's Football Blog

Ross Apo named to The Earl Campbell Watch List

Aug 23, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 2:13 pm | Updated: August 23, 2013 2:16 pm | Permalink

The first annual Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List was announced and BYU wide receiver Ross Apo was included among the 35 honorees.

Apo, a junior from Arlington, Texas, was on the 2012 Phil Steele All-Independent Second Team. He started all 12 games he played in 2012 and caught 31 passes for 311 yards and one touchdown. Standing at 6-foot-3, Apo recorded two of the three longest receptions on the team in 2012 (43, 53 yards).

The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, announced in 2012 by the Tyler Chamber and SPORTyler, recognizes the top offensive player in Division 1 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. 

The Watch List will be narrowed to 16 semi-finalists in November and then to four finalists in December. They will be selected by broadcasters, commentators, journalists, fans and (in the future) former winners. The finalists will be brought to Tyler for The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Awards Banquet scheduled for January 10, 2014.

“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 1,744 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, Texas.

“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 www.earlcampbellaward.com.

2013 football fireside schedule

Aug 20, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 2:50 pm | Updated: October 1, 2013 9:49 am | Permalink

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall and members of the BYU football team will participate in an hour-long devotional prior to each out-of-state road game as well as some home games during the 2013 season. 

Referred to as "firesides," the devotionals will be conducted the evening prior to road games as well as the home game against Georgia Tech. The team will also conduct a special fireside at the State Prison prior to the Utah game.

With both players and coaches involved, speakers at the firesides talk about the meaning of discipleship. Special musical numbers are performed by players as well. Messages will focus on how we should seek to follow the Savior's example in all aspects of our life, and as we do so, we can come to a clear understanding of our purpose here on earth.

"The firesides have been a way for us to make a very clear statement of what our priorities are, or should be," Mendenhall says. "Football is simply the vehicle we use to help others come to a knowledge of what really brings joy and happiness to our lives. These firesides are a way for all of us to help consider our priorities through understanding the purpose of life."

The BYU football team has been holding regular firesides throughout the football season since the Cougars' trip to New Mexico during the 2005 season.

Following is a list of fireside dates and the locations for each fireside during the 2013 season. All firesides are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. local time. 

2013 Fireside Schedule

Friday, Aug. 30 (Virginia)
Charlottesville Ward Meetinghouse (Airport Building)
1275 Timberwood Boulevard
Charlottesville, VA 22911

Friday, Oct. 11 (Georgia Tech)
Provo Utah Wasatch (Tongan) Stake Center
1625 South Slate Canyon Drive
Provo, UT 84601

Friday, Oct. 18 (Houston)
Houston Texas Stake Center
1101 Bering Drive
Houston, TX 77057

Friday, Nov. 8 (Wisconsin)
Madison Wisconsin Stake Center
701 Bear Claw Way
Madison, WI 53717

Friday, Nov. 22 (Notre Dame)
South Bend Indiana Stake Center
930 Park Place
Mishawaka, IN 46545

Friday, Nov. 29 (Nevada)
Reno Nevada Stake Center
1095 Golconda Drive
Reno, NV 89509

BYU football celebrates at Thursday's Hero reunion

Aug 19, 2013 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 3:19 pm | Updated: August 19, 2013 4:07 pm | Permalink

BYU football welcomed Thursday’s Heroes to campus for food and entertainment at the Smith Fieldhouse Saturday. Athletes and coaches spent time talking, taking pictures and signing autographs with the families.

Among the Thursday’s Heroes who attended was Drae Endicott, who was first named a Thursday’s Hero in 2009.

“This has just been a really fun thing for him,” said his mother, Beverly Endicott. “We love BYU and we love that he can be a part of this. He loves talking to players and having access to them. It makes his day.”

Every week during the football season, an individual or a family with special needs is identified and invited to attend a team practice. At the conclusion of the practice, “Thursday’s Hero” is introduced to Bronco Mendenhall and recognized by the team members in an informal ceremony.

“I think it’s such a great program,” senior linebacker Tyler Beck said. “It helps keep us grounded, and it is able to help give other people hope as well as give us hope that we can overcome anything.”

2013 Hero Ride benefits Thursday's Heroes program

Aug 19, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 3:10 pm | Updated: August 19, 2013 3:13 pm | Permalink

The 2013 Hero Ride, organized by The Holly & Bronco Mendenhall Foundation, to benefit the BYU Football Team’s Thursday’s Heroes Program will begin at LaVell Edwards Stadium at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013.

Last year’s inaugural Hero Ride took cyclists on a journey from Provo, Utah to Boise, Idaho; a distance of over 450 miles.  With increased interest from the community, The Holly & Bronco Mendenhall Foundation decided to organize an event to take place on a single day in which everyone could participate. 

As was the case last year, this year’s ride will start with a “Victory Lap” where cyclists will get to ride alongside those children and families the Thursday’s Heroes Program benefits.  It is truly a unique experience.  Once the Victory Lap is completed, registered riders will head out onto the course for up to 104 miles of cycling.

To cap off the day, registered riders will be able to attend the Ruby River Celebration Dinner held in the Cougar Club Room at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.  At the dinner, The Holly & Bronco Mendenhall Foundation will be awarding a grant to a Thursday’s Heroes family. 

Proceeds from the event will benefit Thursday’s Heroes and their families by providing them with the funds to make necessary adaptations to their homes and/or vehicles which will allow for improved daily living.  In addition families are able to apply for grants to assist in the costs of medical and therapy treatments. 

The Holly & Bronco Mendenhall Foundation began in 2006 with a focus on providing assistance to children and families facing significant life challenges.  By supporting the BYU Football’s Thursday’s Heroes program, the Foundation has affected the lives of over 100 individual families across the intermountain-west. 

For more information on the 2013 Hero Ride, visit the Hero Ride website

Football continues second week of camp

Aug 14, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 2:09 pm | Permalink

The Cougars continued fall camp today with a morning practice focused on position drills. 

"We're facing injuries, fatigue and I thought we started to lose some momentum in camp, so working on individual assignements was the main focus for today," head coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "Today we wanted to recover physically and focus on treatment then we will look to gear it up again with a slight break today."

As previously reported, defensive back Jordan Johnson will miss the 2013 season with an ACL tear while defensive lineman Tuni Kanuch also suffered a season-ending injury with a pectoral tear. Both injuries will require surgery.

"Kanuch, two or three days ago in a drill, we saw him hold his shoulder, then we found out his pec was torn from the bone," Mendenhall said. "So his pain threshold is high but the strength never came back."

Freshman defensive back Dallin Leavitt is listed as day-to-day after suffering a hip flexor strain on Tuesday. Sophomore Eric Thornton, who was playing wide receiver, has moved to defensive back. 

 

More national honors for Kyle Van Noy

Aug 09, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 4:58 pm | Permalink

BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy recently picked up two additional national accolades as the 6-foot-3 senior earned SI.com and Sporting News preseason All-America First Team honors.

Coming off an All-America season in 2012, the 245-pound outside linebacker finished tied for second nationally with 13 sacks and six forced fumbles and ranked No. 4 in the nation with 22 tackles for loss. From Reno, Nev., he is the only FBS player in each of the past two seasons to record a stat in every major defensive category and has helped BYU achieve bowl wins each of his three seasons in Provo.

Earlier this year, Van Noy was named to the Phil Steele preseason All-America team and six award watch lists, including the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. On Thursday, USA Today's Paul Myerberg called Van Noy not just one of the best linebackers in the country but one of the best all-around players in the FBS. In his article, Myerberg previewed the 2013 season for BYU and ranked them as the No. 32 program in the nation, identifying the Cougars' defense as one of the top units in college football.

Van Noy, Hoffman headline fifteen Cougars receiving preseason honors

Jul 10, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 5:58 pm | Updated: July 11, 2013 8:52 am | Permalink

BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy and wide receiver Cody Hoffman were both named to the Preseason All-America Teams by College Sports Madness. Van Noy was named to the first team while Hoffman earned second-team honors.

Van Noy and Hoffman were also named the College Sports Madness Independent Preseason All-Conference Defensive and Offensive Players of the Year, respectively.

In addition to Van Noy and Hoffman, Bronson Kaufusi (DL), Daniel Sorensen (DB), Jordan Johnson (DB), Ryker Mathews (OL) and JD Falslev (PR) were named to the Preseason All-Independent First Team. Spencer Hadley (LB), Ross Apo (WR), Kaneakua Friel (TE) and Manaaki Vaitai (OL) earned second-team honors while Eathyn Manumaleuna (DL), Taysom Hill (QB), Jamaal Williams (RB) and Solomone Kafu (OL) were named to the third team.

Last month Hoffman and Van Noy were also named to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-America Teams. Van Noy, a 6-3 senior, was recently named to Athlon’s Preseason All-America First Team. Last year, he finished tied No. 2 nationally in sacks and fumbles. In 2011 and 2012 Van Noy was the only player to record a statistic in every major defensive category.

Hoffman leads all returning FBS receivers in career receiving touchdowns and is No. 3 in career receptions and No. 4 in receiving yards. The 6-4 senior has caught a pass in 32 straight games, good for No. 3 nationally entering 2013, and 38 of 39 career games. Hoffman needs just 19 receptions, 538 yards and three touchdowns to become the BYU leader in each of those categories.

The Cougars kickoff their season Aug. 31 on the road against Virginia.

BYU Football Media Day 2013

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 5:37 pm | Updated: July 9, 2013 12:57 pm | Permalink

BYU football welcomed more than 70 members of the media to the BYU Broadcasting Building Wednesday for the third annual BYU Football Media Day.

More than a dozen football student-athletes, all 10 coaches, BYU administrators, legendary coach LaVell Edwards and some of BYU's all-time great quarterbacks were on hand. Among those attending from media organizations were CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodd, ESPN college football analyst Ed Cunningham, ESPN college football analyst and former Cougar Trevor Matich and ESPN executive Dave Brown. 

BYUtv broadcast 15 hours of football programming during the day, including three hours of new programming and two live shows. Both live shows were simulcast on WatchESPN and ESPN3. Additional live programming was available on BYUtvsports.com (four hours), BYU Radio/Sirius XM satellite radio (five hours), KSL Newsradio (three hours) and local sports talk radio stations (combined 12 hours) from Utah.

Athletic director Tom Holmoe made three announcements during the opening show, "The State of the Program." Holmoe announced a three-game football series with USC for 2019, 2021 and 2023, starting with a game at LaVell Edwards Stadium in September 2019. Holmoe also announced a two-year agreement with the Poinsettia Bowl, the first in 2015 and a second to be determined. The big news of the day was an announcement of an extension to head coach Bronco Mendenhall’s contract through the 2016 season.

Immediately following "The State of the Program," BYUtv debuted an hour-long special titled "TrueBlue: 2013 Football Preview," featuring several players including Kyle Van Noy, Taysom Hill, Jamaal Williams, Cody Hoffman and others.

Live broadcasts concluded with "LaVell Edwards and the BYU Quarterback Factory," hosted by Dave McCann. BYU legends LaVell Edwards, Steve Young, Gary Sheide, Gifford Nielsen, Marc Wilson and Robbie Bosco were in studio for the show. Ty Detmer and Steve Sarkisian participated via live satellite feeds, while Jim McMahon, who was not available to join the show live, contributed through special prerecorded segments.

Between the live shows, the players and coaches were interviewed in breakout sessions by local and national TV, radio and print reporters.

Four hours of live online video chats, including a Spanish chat, were available throughout the day on BYUtvsports.com. Chats were conducted with current coaches and players, former players, ESPN personnel, BYU administration and local media. Follow the links below to view the webchats:

If you missed any of the live broadcasts, visit BYUtvsports.com for rebroadcast and video streaming information. You can also see the YouTube videos and blog posts posted on BYUcougars.com below:

LaVell Edwards memories

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by McKay Perry at 5:30 pm | Permalink
During the BYU Football Media Day LaVell Edwards joined us for some discussion on the quarterback legacy.  We caught a glimpse of his personality and the rapport he had with his players.  So here is a one-liner and a few stories from the day:
On Ty Detmer:
Dave McCann: Coach, what did Ty [Detmer] do for you?
LaVell Edwards (with a chuckle): He kept me employed.
On recruiting Ty Detmer:
"We’d had a pretty good run at quarterbacks when he came along. We tried to recruit a kid named John Elway. We tried to recruit other big names out of high school. We couldn’t even get them to come for a visit. So this kid down in Texas had all kinds of stats. He threw more in a game in high school there than we did for a couple of seasons… He committed for a visit. Between his junior and senior year, he and his father took a trip to look around. The first time I saw him, they opened the door and there’s this little guy there. He had an Adam’s apple bigger than his biceps. He probably weighed 145 pounds or something like that… We sat down and his dad, who was also his high school coach, said, ‘Well, coach, if you want him, he’s yours.’  And I’m thinking, ‘Something’s wrong here. I wonder what film they sent me.’ … I looked at him and I was expecting to see John Elway and I saw Pee Wee Herman. … He came after his senior year, and he wasn’t in camp four or five days when Norm Chow came in and told me, ‘I think we’ve got something very, very special here.’"
On Jim McMahon:
"One of the great stories about Jim was in the Holiday Bowl. Somewhere in the fourth quarter with about seven minutes left, it’s fourth down and we’re behind 20 points and had no chance to win it, so I sent the punting team in. Jim was in the huddle, and he looked up and saw the punting team coming in. He stopped, stepped out of the huddle and motioned for them to get back. The team stopped and turned around and looked at us. We were saying, “Get in there. Get in.” He didn’t want to, so finally we called a time out. Jim came over to the sideline and in his own [special] way he said something like, ‘Golly gee guys’ or something like that. He made the point, ‘You coaches have quit.’ He really got into our faces, and we said relax, go back in. We let him call the play on that fourth down. We went on down the field and scored."
On a big moment in his career:
"I remember my first year, Utah had historically pretty well owned BYU up to that point. We were playing up there in Salt Lake City. I can’t remember what the score was. Dev Duke was our placekicker. He would kick barefoot. It was the last game of the year, and it was really cold out there. He kicked about a 50-yard field goal in the last seconds of the game and we beat them. At that time I had no clue that I could stay employed... We won only six or seven games that year."

Ryker Mathews ready to lead

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 5:19 pm | Updated: July 6, 2013 4:36 pm | Permalink

BYU’s offensive lineman Ryker Mathews is ready to be a young leader for his teammates. Although he’s coming back from double-hip surgery, he’s almost at full strength and is ready to take on the challenge of leading.

“It’s going to be a challenge,” Mathews said. “You've got to lead by example and hold people accountable, and it’s hard to do that when you’re a young player, but I think I’ll be able to step in and do what I need to do.”

Mathews is ready to show people he is ready to come back from injury. He’s excited for his offensive line with new guys coming in and knows much is expected.

He’s excited about the new offensive staff and believes they’re doing a great job of changing the culture.

“They’re doing a great job of changing us as players to be more emotionally attached to our position,” Mathews said.