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Getting to Know: Jonny Linehan and Tuni Kanuch

Nov 30, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 10:50 am | Updated: November 30, 2016 12:58 pm | Permalink

Jonny Linehan
Senior punter

What did you do in the offseason?
Punting all day every day and I loved it. I actually worked two internships this summer just to try to get some experience because I finally got my green card. My heart has been with punting. Just football and work.

Thoughts on the coaching staff?
They’re awesome, I love it. They bring a whole new energy to the environment. It’s something a lot of the players are thriving off of. I know all of us just want to go to battle for these new coaches. We have more confidence just because of their coaching style. 

What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
Probably my own song “Puntin’, Kickin’ and Lovin’ Every Day.” It’s only embarrassing for other people. For me, I don’t get embarrassed by it. I think it’s sick.

If you could play any Olympic sport, what would it be?
Synchronized diving. It’s really cool.

What would be your dream job?
To play a sport professionally. Growing up I wanted to play professional rugby for New Zealand, but now I think it would be cool to play in the NFL. I am studying finance and I might go down that road. But my dream job would be to be a coach. I would love to coach special teams and kickers and punters because it’s more of a skilled position than people think.


Tuni Kanuch
Junior offensive lineman

How did you spend your offseason?
Just working out, trying to get big. Chilling with my wife, playing video games. The usual.

What’s your favorite video game?
Paragon. It’s a new, kind of nerdy game.

Hidden talent?
I love to sing, but I just try not to sing in front of people. When the boys and I have a jam session, I guess you could say I have a pretty good voice.

What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
Every time I hook my phone up to an aux cord, “All About That Bass” comes on automatically. It’s embarrassing.

Thoughts on the coaching staff?
I love them. They are all about the team and bringing us together. I’m in love with what they’re doing with the program. They are great people.

If you could play any Olympic sport, what would it be?
Rugby. Or basketball. All the NBA guys are on the basketball team so it would be fun to hang out with them.

Favorite NBA player?
I like Anthony Davis. He plays big even though he’s skinny so he’s cool.

Sports hero?
I would say my pops is my sports hero. He grew up playing rugby, but helped me to get to this point.

How did you find your wife?
I was just sitting in the parking lot with my best clothes on and my watch and I was just flexing. My hair was all set and all the girls came flocking in and I just found the one.

BYU defeats USU in final regular season game, 28-10

Nov 26, 2016 - Posted by Taylor Brown at 11:46 pm | Updated: November 26, 2016 11:47 pm | Permalink

BYU’s strong offensive push seals the win over USU, 28-10.

After Hill left the field in the first minute of the fourth quarter, Tanner Mangum entered for his first time of the game.  

Mangum threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Colby Pearson at the 12:55 mark of the quarter lengthening the Cougars lead 28-10 to USU.

Rhett Almond missed a 28-yard field goal attempt with under six minutes to go in the fourth quarter wrapping up a 54-yard and 9 play drive, keeping the score 28-10.

Hill finished the game with 101 passing yards, Williams with 131 rushing and Nick Kurtz with 50 receiving yards. The Cougars marked 355 total yards over the Aggie’s 200 yards. 

BYU carries its lead over the Aggies, 21-10

Nov 26, 2016 - Posted by Taylor Brown at 11:00 pm | Permalink

BYU extends its lead over Utah State in the third quarter, 21-10.

Hill threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell Juergens with 2:20 left in the third quarter, bringing the Cougars to an 11-point lead over Utah State, 21-10. This marked Hill’s 75th career combined touchdown.

At the 1:28 mark, Fred Warner caught BYU’s first interception of the game at the USU 40 for a gain of two yards.

Hill recorded 35 passing yards in the third quarter which brought him to a total of 101 passing yards for the game. Williams led the Cougars with 126 rushing yards and Hill followed with 33 rushing yards at the end of the third. 

BYU takes the lead 14-10 over Aggies

Nov 26, 2016 - Posted by Taylor Brown at 9:55 pm | Updated: November 26, 2016 10:01 pm | Permalink

BYU closed the first half with a 14-10 lead over Utah State.

The first touchdown of the game was scored by senior Jamaal Williams in the first three minutes of the quarter allowing BYU to take a 7-3 lead over Utah State.

With 3:13 left in the quarter, an Aggie fumble resulted in a 52-yard touchdown return from BYU’s Michael Shelton.

After the Aggies’ second interception of the game, Utah State put their first touchdown on the board with under a minute to go in the half.

By the end of the half the Aggies led in total yards with 154 and the Cougars tallied 130 yards.

Utah State leads 3-0 over BYU

Nov 26, 2016 - Posted by Taylor Brown at 9:15 pm | Updated: November 26, 2016 9:23 pm | Permalink

After the first quarter of play, Utah State leads BYU 3-0.

Utah State took the lead in the first quarter of the game after a 28-yard field goal. Their five-minute drive tallied a total of 59 yards and 11 plays.

With 5:03 left in the quarter, Utah State missed a 46-yard field goal, keeping a 3-0 advantage over the Cougars.

Taysom Hill threw for an interception with 3:05 left in the quarter resulting in an Aggie possession.

At the close of the first quarter, the Cougars held 88 total yards and the Aggies trailed close behind with a total of 87 yards.

Viewing Options: BYU vs. Utah State

Nov 25, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 11:51 pm | Permalink

BYU football hosts its final regular season game against in-state foe Utah State tonight at 8:15 p.m. MST on ESPNU in LaVell Edwards Stadium.

The game will be televised live on ESPNU. It will also be streamed online on WatchESPN.com.

Additionally, live television coverage on BYUtv will begin at 7 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 6 p.m. MST 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 the Aggies.

Getting to Know: Parker Dawe and Chris Badger

Nov 22, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 1:01 pm | Updated: November 23, 2016 10:06 am | Permalink

Parker Dawe
Senior offensive lineman

One thing people don’t know about you?
I love school, maybe that’s something that people don’t know. I love to study and I love to learn. I’m majoring in P.E. and minoring in health and aspiring to be a principal someday. I have to teach something and sports/P.E. really fit my background. I’m really passionate about education and I like to be involved with people and youth and make an impact.

Dream job?
Being a principal or staying here and working at BYU. If I could work for BYU in any way I would be happy.

Favorite football memory?
That’s a hard question. I think for me, being a walk-on and coming from my background of getting here to BYU, getting to start against San Jose State last year was a big game for me. I was able to come in and play well and did a lot of really good things and I think that that was a big boost of confidence that I needed and I’ve grown so much from there. That whole game, from start to finish, was really like a childhood dream. It wasn’t a Wagner game or a small school, it was a legit game, so it was cool.

Thoughts on the coaching staff?
The coaching staff is amazing. It’s just awesome. Kalani is such a father figure. He’s the kind of person who is more than a coach. You want to grow up and be like him one day. You want to treat people how he does and communicate with people how he does and he’s all for the players. Then you have coach Detmer, who is always cracking jokes and being funny, but we’re serious when we need to be. Then you have coach Empey, who’s in the O-line room teaching us lots of awesome stuff, stuff that I’m going to coach kids on when I coach in the future. It’s a lot of fun. Football this year has been brought back to its roots where football is fun, and that’s how it should be.

What are you doing when you’re not playing football?
If I’m not playing football, then I’m studying. If I’m not studying, I’m at my church calling. If I’m not at my church calling, then I’m with my wife and I’m with my son or I’m with my family. I rarely have down time and that’s fine; that’s how it’s supposed to be.

How did you meet your wife?
We met in high school. She was a water girl and I wasn’t really into the cheerleaders. She gave me some high quality H20 one day and I saw her on the sideline and it was kind of a done deal after that. We dated through high school and then got married after I got home from my mission and now we have a little boy named Boston. It’s been great. I served in Boston and named my son Boston.


Chris Badger
Senior defensive back

What is something that people don’t know about you?
I grew up ski racing. I was a world-class ski racer. I was on the Park City ski team. My dad is a big skier and my older brothers and sisters did it, and so I followed in their footsteps and did it. I don’t race anymore, but I still ski a lot.

If you aren’t playing football, what do you like to be doing?
I like to play golf—I play a lot with my dad. I am going to try to learn how to surf. I just like being outdoors, playing sports.

What was the highlight of your offseason?
The highlight of my summer was buying a VW bus/camper van. It’s pretty cool, so that was exciting. I’ve been wanting one for a year, and one popped up on KSL for a good price and I got it!

What is your nickname on the team?
Badger

If you could play a sport in the Olympics, what would it be?
Beach volleyball because it is fun and I love watching those guys play.

What has been your favorite thing about your time here at BYU?
Just being around these guys on the team. More than anything it has just been friendships and having 100 guys to hang out with every day.

BYU takes commanding 34-9 lead in third quarter

Nov 19, 2016 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 2:51 pm | Updated: November 19, 2016 2:54 pm | Permalink

BYU extended its lead with two touchdowns and a pair of field goals, 34-9, in the third quarter.

Rhett Almond kicked a 33-yard field goal to finish an 11-play drive. Almond’s kick put the Cougars up 17-9 with 11:30 left in the quarter.

Morgan Unga blocked a UMass punt, the first of his career, to give the Cougars field possession on the Minutemen’s 19-yard line. After a pass interference penalty, Almond made a 34-yard field goal, his 15th of the season. Almond is tied at No. 9 in program history for most field goals in a single season.

Eric Takenaka caused a fumble and recovered it on the kickoff following the field goal, his second career forced fumble and first career fumble recovery. Four plays later, Harvey Langi scored his second touchdown of the game on a two-yard run, boosting BYU’s lead to 27-9. Langi joined Taysom Hill and Jamaal Williams as the only Cougars with multiple touchdowns in a game this season.

Francis Bernard intercepted the ball on the UMass 39-yard line before running it that far for a touchdown, giving the Cougars a 34-9 advantage with 6:20 on the clock. This was his 10th career touchdown and first from the defensive side.

KJ Hall earned a career-long rush of 22 yards on the opening play of the half, one of 14 carries and 95 yards through three quarters.

Strong offensive effort puts BYU up 14-9 at halftime

Nov 19, 2016 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 1:45 pm | Updated: November 19, 2016 1:47 pm | Permalink

BYU took a 14-9 lead over UMass at halftime.

In his first career start, KJ Hall rushed for 11 yards to score a touchdown seven seconds into the second quarter, capping off a 10-play, 75-yard drive that began in the previous quarter. Hall’s score and Rhett Almond’s extra point gave the Cougars a 7-6 lead.

The Minutemen responded with a 44-yard field goal on the following possession to take a 9-7 advantage with 12:58 left in the half. 

A key UMass face mask penalty moved the Cougars 13 yards closer to the end zone, setting up a five-yard TD run from Harvey Langi, his first career rushing touchdown. The 13-play drive covered 86 yards and gave BYU a 14-9 lead with 5:22 left in the half.

Hall led the Cougars with 62 first-half rushing yards, followed by Taysom Hill’s 43. Hill completed 16 of 23 pass attempts. Receivers Moroni Laulu-Pututau and Colby Pearson contributed 42 and 38 receiving yards, respectively. Francis Bernard led the defense with five total tackles in the half.

BYU trails UMass 6-0 after first quarter

Nov 19, 2016 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 12:48 pm | Updated: November 19, 2016 12:50 pm | Permalink

After one quarter of play, BYU trails UMass, 6-0.

UMass capitalized on a recovered fumble with 4:35 on the clock, before converting three-consecutive plays to move forward 71 yards in 1:08. The Minutemen connected on a 70-yard pass with 3:27 left in the quarter to take the lead 6-0. UMass missed the the PAT attempt. 

The Minutemen recorded 124 total yards to the Cougars' 114. The Minutemen also tallied three penalties for 31 yards.

Playing on the offensive side of the ball for the first time this season, Langi rushed for 17 yards, averaging 5.7 yards per carry. Langi typically plays linebacker for BYU, but played running back at the University of Utah his freshman year. In 2011, he recorded a season-long rush for 27 yards and averaged 5.4 yards per carry for Utah.