Men's Football Blog

College Sports Madness puts 19 players on Preseason All-Independent Teams

Jul 22, 2016 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 2:18 pm | Permalink

The staff at College Sports Madness has picked the top players in college football for the 2016 team. Headlining the 2016 Preseason All-Independent Teams are 19 players from BYU's squad.

Senior defensive back Kai Nacua was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year on the preseason list. Nacua grabbed six interceptions last year, tying a program record and finished tied for No. 7 nationally. He also returned two picks for touchdowns. 

Including Nacua, nine players made the first team. Fellow defensive back Michael Davis, linebackers Harvey Langi and Fred Warner along with defensive lineman Sae Tautu all earned spots on the first team defense.

On offense, running back Jamaal Williams, offensive linemen Brad Wilcox and Tejan Koroma and wide receiver Nick Kurtz were recognized as first teamers.

The second team defense included defensive linemen Logan Taele and Travis Tuiloma. The second team offense highlighted quarterback Taysom Hill, running back Algernon Brown, wide receiver Mitchell Juergens, tight end Tanner Balderree and offensive linemen Ului Lapuaho and Tuni Kanuch.

Special teamers Jonny Linehan (punter) and returner Riley Burt also made the second team.

Click see the entire College Sports Madness Football Preseason All-Conference Teams. 

New book by former Cougar Brock Richardson

Apr 15, 2016 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 9:06 am | Updated: April 15, 2016 9:09 am | Permalink

Former BYU defensive lineman Brock Richardson (2007-08) recently published a book entitled Latter-day Warriors — Stepping Into Your Spiritual Strength. Currently a seminary teacher for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Richardson interviewed several formal BYU football players and their wives to learn what it takes to become physically and spiritually strong.

Using examples from on and off the football field, each shares personal thoughts on physical and spiritual strength. Perfect for youth and young adults, Latter-day Warriors isn’t so much about football as it is about life choices, setting goals, overcoming adversity, growing, changing and becoming a better person.  

The book is entertaining and spiritually uplifting. It is currently available through Deseret Book.

Brock Lance Richardson was raised in Idaho Falls. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Montevideo, Uruguay. He later played football at Snow College and BYU. Richardson is currently a Seminary teacher and is part of a non-profit organization called “Marked Generation,” organizing events and seminars for children that have lost parents.

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Sitake commended by the Utah Attorney General's Office

Mar 03, 2016 - Posted by McKay Perry at 3:59 pm | Updated: March 3, 2016 5:09 pm | Permalink

BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake traveled up to the Utah State Capitol building Thursday after practice to accept a Certificate of Commendation from the Utah Attorney General's Office for his contribution to education and athletics and for being an ambassador for the State of Utah.

Attorney General Sean Reyes and Governor Gary Herbert posed for pitcures and congratulated Sitake along with Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham, who also received the honor. 

Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham, Utah Governor Gary Herbert, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake.

Attorney General Sean Reyes (center) pictured from left to right with BYU director of football athlete relations Jasen Ah You, head coach Kalani Sitake and Assistant to the Athletic Director for Student Services Fui Vakapuna.

Kyle Whittingham and Kalani Sitake were honored on the floor of the House Chamber of the Utah State Capitol.

Attorney General Sean Reyes along with his Chief Communications Officer, Missy Larsen, presented the certificates.

Kyle Whittingham, Governor Gary Herbert and Kalani Sitake posed for a photo.

Kaufusi turning heads at NFL Combine

Feb 28, 2016 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 3:31 pm | Updated: February 28, 2016 5:38 pm | Permalink

INDIANAPOLIS - Defensive lineman Bronson Kaufusi worked out for NFL scouts and officials at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday as he prepares for the 2016 NFL Draft.

Kaufusi measured in at over 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds earlier at the Combine. He clocked a 4.87 in the premier event at the combine, the 40-yard dash. His 40 time was just one-one hundredth slower than All-American Joey Bosa from Ohio State with a 4.86. Kaufusi's mark was also tied for No. 17 among 57 particpants in the event. He tied Ole Miss defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche and was a few ticks quicker than Utah's Jason Fanaika (4.92) and Baylor's Shawn Oakman (4.96).

Kaufusi was a top performer at the combine among defensive linemen in the 3-cone drill and the 20-yard shuttle. He had the No. 5 time in the 3-cone drill with a 7.03 and tied for fourth in the 20-yard shuttle with a 4.25. The 7.03 time in the 3-cone drill topped All-American Shaq Lawson (7.16) from Clemson and Oklahoma State's Emmanuel Ogbah's 7.26. Kaufusi's 4.25 mark in the 20-yard shuttle tied Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun and bested the nation's sack leader in All-American Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib (4.37).

He posted 25 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, tied for No. 20 among 51 defensive line particpants. His 25 tied Maelik Collins, defensive tackle from Nebraska, and topped Ohio State's Bosa (24) and Alabama's A'Shawn Robinson (22).

In the jumps, Kaufusi notched a 30.0 inch vertical leap and a 111.0 inch broad jump. His 30.0 was higher than Nassib from Penn State and broad jump mark was better than Boise State's Kamalei Correa and Alabama defensive end D.J. Pettway (108.0).

Kaufusi led BYU in sacks and tackles for loss in 2015 with 11.0 sacks and 20.0 TFL. He helped the Cougars to a 9-4 record and led a defense that recorded 40 sacks, tied for No. 5 in the nation in total team sacks.

The 2016 NFL Draft will take place April 28-30. Follow the link for more results from the NFL Combine.

Following the Game: BYU vs. Utah State

Nov 28, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 10:37 am | Permalink

BYU football faces Utah State at Maverik Stadium in Logan, Utah with kickoff at 1:30 MST.

The game will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network. Live coverage will begin at 12:30 p.m. MST with BYUtv's 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 11:30 a.m. MST on KSL 1160 AM and 102.7 FM out of Salt Lake City and online at BYUcougars.com. The game will also be available on BYU Radio through Sirius XM 143 and online.

Visit the gameday page for more information on the matchup.

Cougars beat Bulldogs 52-10 on Senior Day

Nov 21, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 4:50 pm | Permalink

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Tanner Mangum pitched the ball to tight end Remington Peck, who threw the ball to Terenn Houk for a 15-yard touchdown pass to give the Cougars 45-3 lead.

Kai Nacua intercepted the ball for 29 yards on the next drive for Fresno State. Quarterback Beau Hoge came into the game and led a 4-play, 23-yard drive that was capped off by a 5-yard rushing touchdown by senior Nate Carter. The Cougars would take the lead 52-3 with 12:22 to play in the game. 

Fresno State quarterback Kilton Anderson capped off a 7-play, 77-yard drive with a 29-yard touchdown run, narrowing BYU's lead to 42 with 8:42 to play.

BYU's next drive ended with a fumble from Riley Burt, giving the Bulldogs the ball on BYU's 31-yard-line. Fresno State was forced to a fourth down when Anderson's conversion attempt was incomplete. The Cougars got the ball back on the 32-yard line with 5:36 to go. They would punt the ball to the Bulldog's 11-yard line after running three-and-a-half minutes off the clock. Fresno State's last drive was stopped as time expired, ending their 45-yard drive.

Mangum ended the game 24 of 37 with 336 yards and a touchdown, and Hoge completed his single pass of the game for 11 yards. Algernon Brown led all rushers with 11 rushes for 97 yards and a touchdown. Moroni Laulu-Pututau led all receivers with three receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown. Bronson Kaufusi was a star on the defense, with five solo tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks and a forced fumble. 

 

Cougars extend lead to 35 in 3rd quarter of Senior Day

Nov 21, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 4:01 pm | Permalink

Bronson Kaufusi's sack ended Fresno State's opening drive and forced them to punt it away. BYU got the ball on its 41-yard line. Francis Bernard capped off a 9-play, 59-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. Trevor Samson hit the PAT to make the score 31-3 with 9:59 to play.

The Bulldogs put together a drive of their own, going 21 yards on seven plays. The Cougars forced the Bulldogs to punt, and were pinned deep on their 5-yard-line. Algie Brown's 45-yard touchdown run ended a 95-yard drive in just 1:54. The Cougars took the lead 38-3 with 5:06 to play.

Fresno State's next possession was a 3-and-out, thanks to an 8-yard sack from Sae Tautu on third down. Mangum fumbled the ball attempting to pass on the next possession, giving the Bulldogs the ball on BYU's 42-yard line. BYU would get the ball back on its 15-yard-line after a turnover on downs from the Bulldogs with 1:35 left in the third quarter.

Mangum found Moroni Laulu-Pututau at Fresno State's 15-yard line for a 54-yard completion to end the third quarter. He ended the quarter 24 of 37 with 336 yards and a touchdown. Algie Brown had 97 yards on seven rushing attempts with one touchdown, and Colby Pearson led all receivers with four catches for 55 yards.

BYU leads Fresno State 24-3 at halftime on Senior Day

Nov 21, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 2:48 pm | Permalink

Tanner Mangum started off the second quarter by firing a 45-yard pass to Mitch Mathews to put the Cougars on the 10-yard line. Francis Bernard ran the ball into the end zone from the 1-yard line to cap off a five-play, 51-yard drive to give BYU a 10-3 lead.

BYU forced a punt to get the ball back on its own 6-yard line. The offensive efforts were stopped at the Cougar 45-yard line, and they were forced to punt the ball away with 8:19 remaining. On the next drive, Zach Greenlee's pass was intercepted by Kai Nacua for a 32-yard pick-six to give the Cougars a 16-3 lead with 7:21 remaining. Kicker Trevor Samson missed the PAT attempt.

On the next drive, Greenlee's pass was intercepted by Fred Warner and returned 27 yards. The next play, Mangum connected with Moroni Laulu-Pututau for an 18-yard touchdown pass. The Cougars took the lead 24-3 on a two-point conversion pass from Mangum to Terenn Houk with 6:11 to play.

Fresno State drove down the field with 11 plays for 64 yards. However, the Cougar defense stopped the team at the BYU 20-yard line. The 37-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Bronson Kaufusi, giving the Cougars the ball back with 1:07 left in the first half. They would run out the clock to go into halftime with a 24-3 lead.

Mangum went into the half 15-of-25 with 185 yards and a touchdown. Algernon Brown rushed eight times for 34 yards, and both Bernard and Houk had three catches for 25 yards. 

BYU and Fresno State tied 3-3 after 1st quarter of play on Senior Day

Nov 21, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 1:51 pm | Permalink

Both teams traded 3-and-outs to start the game.

A 23-yard pass from Tanner Mangum to Moroni Laulu-Pututau got the Cougars off of their 6-yard line and to the 30-yard line. However, the Cougars couldn't get anything else going offensively and punted the ball away to the Bulldogs.

Bronson Kaufusi sacked Fresno State's Zach Greenlee to end the Bulldogs drive at their 25-yard line with 8:45 to go. The Cougars attempted a fake punt with Jonny Linehan, but he was brought down by Delvon Hardaway just shy of the first down marker. Fresno State got the ball at BYU's 24-yard line with 7:30 to go in the first half. BYU's defense stayed strong, and the Bulldogs settled with a 28-yard field goal to take the lead 3-0 with 5:11 remaining.

BYU answered with a 11-play, 57-yard campaign down the field that resulted in a 40-yard Trevor Samson field goal with 1:42 left. The Cougars would respond with some strong defense, forcing Fresno State to punt the ball away after a 3-and-out with nine seconds remaining in the first half.

Mangum ended the first half 7-of-14 for 76 yards. Kaufusi had two sacks and Colby Pearson had two receptions for 15 yards. 

 

 

BYU football travels to Kansas City

Nov 13, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 9:55 pm | Updated: November 13, 2015 11:20 pm | Permalink

BYU football traveled to Kansas City ahead of Saturday's game against Missouri. After landing, the team visited Arrowhead Stadium, the home of the Kansas City Chiefs, for a walk-through.

In the evening the team put on a fireside in Independence in front of a standing-room-only crowd. In addition to piping video into additional rooms throughout the building to accommodate all those attending in Independence, the fireside was broadcasted to six other stake centers from Columbia, Missouri, to Topeka, Kansas.

Check out the photo gallery below to see the day through the lens of BYU photographer Mark Philbrick.