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Fans flock to Farmington Fan Fest

May 17, 2017 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 12:18 am | Updated: May 17, 2017 4:59 pm | Permalink

The BYU Fan Fest in Farmington, Utah, on Tuesday night was a big hit—to say the least.

Cougar fans in Davis County turned out by the thousands Tuesday night at the Legacy Events Center to meet and interact with BYU coaches and athletes and enjoy the various Fan Fest festivities. The flow of fans was constant throughout as BYU coaches and athletes stayed late into the evening meeting with fans for more than four hours to accommodate everyone who attended.

 

BYU teams represented at the Fan Fest included football, men's basketball, women's basketball, women's volleyball and gymnastics. Among those participating, football head coach Kalani Sitake, offensive coordinator Ty Detmer and defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki were on hand along with dozens of players and other coaches. Cosmo, the Cougarettes and the Cheer squad were also busy meeting and greeting fans throughout the event.  

This is the fifth-straight season BYU has traveled to its fans to conduct Fan Fest events, which gives Cougar Nation the opportunity to interact and take photos with Cougar coaches and student-athletes while also enjoying games and festivities such as face painting, inflatables, team posters and other BYU prizes. 

BYU's first Fan Fest this year was in Las Vegas on April 22, while fans in Texas also turned out in large numbers for the Houston Fan Fest. BYU will conduct its final 2017 Fan Fest in Corona, California on Saturday, June 3, at Santana Regional Park from 12-3 PDT. 

Cougar Fans in Houston enjoy BYU Fan Fest

May 06, 2017 - Posted by at 7:15 pm | Updated: May 7, 2017 6:29 pm | Permalink

A large turnout of Cougar fans in Houston met and mingled with BYU coaches and athletes on Saturday during the second of four Fan Fest events conducted this spring from Utah to Nevada to Texas to California.

The Houston Fan Fest took place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT at the Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park located at 6464 Creekside Forest Drive in Spring, Texas. More than 2,500 fans were estimated to have attended during the three-hour BYU event. Check out the links below to see a short highlight video and full photo gallery of the Houston Fan Fest. 

Fan Fest Highlights (video)
Fan Fest Photo Gallery

Among those participating, football head coach Kalani Sitake and offensive coordinator Ty Detmer were on hand along with Cosmo and other Cougar coaches and players, including brothers Fred Warner and Troy Warner as well as Texas natives Tejan Koroma, Akile Davis, Trey Dye and Tanner Jacobson.

BYU football will return to Houston this fall to face the LSU Tigers of the Southeastern Conference on Sept. 2 in the 2017 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff at NRG Stadium, home of the Houston Texans. Tickets can be purchased at BYUtickets.com.

This is the fifth-straight season BYU has traveled to its fans to conduct Fan Fest events, which gives Cougar Nation the opportunity to interact and take photos with Cougar coaches and student-athletes while also enjoying games and festivities such as face painting, inflatables, team posters and other BYU prizes. 

BYU's first Fan Fest this year was in Las Vegas on April 22. BYU will also conduct upcoming Fan Fest events in Farmington, Utah (Tuesday, May 16) and Corona, California (Saturday, June 3). 

Upcoming Fan Fest Events

Farmington, Utah — Tuesday, May 16 
Legacy Events Center
151 S 1100 West, Farmington, Utah 84025

6 - 8:30 p.m. MDT

Corona, California — Saturday, June 3 
Santana Regional Park 
598 Santana Way, Corona, California 92881

12 - 3 p.m. PDT

Williams and Langi to participate in NFL Scouting Combine

Mar 02, 2017 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 11:09 am | Updated: March 3, 2017 9:58 am | Permalink

Former BYU running back Jamaal Williams and linebacker/defensive lineman Harvey Langi are both participating in the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine this week in Indianapolis.

The NFL Scouting Combine is a vital event in the path to the draft. More than 300 prospects will participate in the 2017 NFL Combine in their quest to get drafted and continue their football careers at the next level.

Workouts for Williams, will begin Friday, March 3. The NFL Network's live coverage begins at 9 a.m. ET and continues each day through Monday's conclusion of the event.

Williams finished his BYU career as the school's career leader in rushing with 726 carries and 3,901 yards. He capped off his career with 1,375 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2016. His average of 137.5 rushing yards per game ranked No. 5 nationally.

Langi is scheduled to workout with the defensive linemen and linebackers beginning on Sunday, March 5. The versatile Langi played several different positions for the Cougars over the years, including middle and outside linebacker, defensive end and running back. 

Fans can view live coverage on the NFL Network and track results online at NFL.com/combine.

The 2017 NFL Draft is April 27-29.

Kalani Sitake part of ESPNEWS CFP National Championship coverage

Jan 09, 2017 - Posted by at 2:24 pm | Updated: January 9, 2017 4:49 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Kalani Sitake will be one of the coaches featured on the popular Coaches Film Room (ESPNEWS) program that is part of ESPN's MegaCast Production of the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship.

This year's production on ESPNEWS will feature limited commercial breaks. During some breaks in the action on the other networks, ESPNEWS will stay with the Bristol, Conn., based production as the featured coaches provide in-depth analysis from a film room equipped with multiple camera angles, clicker technology and telestration – like last year during this Deshaun Watson TD throw.

Brian Griese, ESPN college football analyst and national championship winning quarterback with Michigan (1997), joins the coaches to add his insight. The following coaches will be particiapte in this year's Coaches Film Room:  

  • Matt Rhule (Baylor)
  • Steve Addazio (Boston College)
  • Kalani Sitake (BYU)
  • Mike MacIntrye (Colorado)
  • Dave Doeren (NC State)
  • Dino Babers (Syracuse)


Click the following link for more information about the ESPN MegaCast.

Viewing Options: BYU vs. Wyoming

Dec 21, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 2:34 pm | Updated: December 21, 2016 2:53 pm | Permalink

BYU football plays Wyoming in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl tonight at 6 p.m. PST on ESPN in Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

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

Additionally, live television coverage on BYUtv will begin at 5 p.m. PST 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 4 p.m. PST 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 Cowboys.

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.