Men's Football Blog | 2008

From the Pressbox: September 18

Sep 18, 2008 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 5:59 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

BYU recognized Evan Gardener, a 39-year-old from American Fork, as Thursday’s Hero earlier this evening. Up until a year ago, life was normal as Gardener was working as a tax accountant for BYU; but soon he and his family would undergo a life-changing event.

Gardener was diagnosed with a stage-four malignant brain tumor the size of a walnut in the middle of his brain, making it inoperable. The doctors gave him 11 months to live and 13 months later he’s standing on the sidelines watching the Cougar football team practice.

Gardener has gone through nine months of chemotherapy and for the past six weeks has been receiving radiation treatments every other week. He is unable to work and has vision, mobility and memory impairments.

Being Thursday’s Hero, Gardener was given a flag and poster signed by the team. Present with him were his wife and two children, who are just as big BYU fans as he is.

Following the presentation, the team held its traditional Thursday Night Football.

Weekly Fireside

Prior to its game against Wyoming, the team will hold a fireside at 7 p.m. Friday night. This week's fireside will be at the American Fork Tabernacle at 110 E. Main Street.

Player Chat

After a few weeks off, we have resumed player chats here on www.byucougars.com. Every Wednesday throughout the remainder of the season a member of the team will be available to answer questions from the fans. Our first chat of the season will be with junior defensive back Scott Johnson. Scott's chat will take place at 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Don't forget to submit your questions!

National Notice

Sep 16, 2008 - Posted by Bryce Porter at 11:31 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

This week BYU football has been the topic of many national news outlets. Among the media interviews granted this week include the following:

Monday

ESPN First Take, BYU quarterback Max Hall

– Aired at 9:35 a.m. MT

ESPN Radio, live with Doug Gottlieb and Joe Schad, BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall

- Aired at 7 p.m. MT

Tuesday

ESPNews College Football Overdrive, BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall

- Airs at 11:30 a.m. MT

SportingNews Radio, The Monty Show, syndicated nationally, BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall

- Airs during Tuesday show, 2-5 MT (likely between 3-4 p.m. MT)

- Link to listen online ... SportingNews Radio

Wednesday

The Jim Rome Show, BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall

- Airs at 11:05 a.m. MT

- Click to listen online

Saturday

ESPN College GameDay, BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall

Brandon Bradley: More Than Just Football

Sep 03, 2008 - Posted by Lane Olson at 11:07 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Fall camp so far has been a lot better for me than it was last year for a lot of different reasons. One being that my knee has felt a lot better, I feel my confidence is better than it was because I can use my knee how I need to. I think the main reason this season has seemed so much different has been because I have done a lot better at allowing my Heavenly Farther to be a larger part in all aspects of my life. I’ve been doing a lot better with my own personal spiritual uplifting, and it has helped me to be more focused in my commitments to the religious aspects of my life as well as my commitments to football. I have been able to rely more on my Heavenly Farther in playing football and not just on my own gifts, and abilities. I know that those gifts and abilities come from him and I thank him for what he has blessed me with.

Visit Brandon's bio page here.

From The Pressbox: August 31

Aug 31, 2008 - Posted by Jeff Reynolds at 2:23 pm | Permalink

BYU-Washington Television Broadcast Information

Whenever we play on Fox Sports Net (FSN), which is the case this coming weekend at Washington, we get a lot of questions about where fans can watch the game. Following is a list of where local fans will be able to watch the game, based on their satellite or cable provider.

BYU Cable - The game will not be available.

iProvo - The game will be broadcast on FSN, Ch. 30

Comcast - The game will broadcast on FSN Ch. 52 and FCS Ch. 263

Spanish Fork Cable - The game will be broadcast on FSN, Ch. 23

DirecTV - The game will be broadcast on the following channels:

FSN 637

FSN 639

CSNBA 654

FSN 652

FSN 651

FSN 636

FSN 628

FSN 645

FSN 645

FSN 647

FSN 651.1

FSN 643

FSN 649

FSN 646

CSNHD 620.1

FSN 663

FSN 648

FSN NY 624

CSN 620

FSNHD 653.1

FSAZHD 649.1

Dish Network - The game will be broadcast on the following channels:

MSGP 413

CSNBA 419

CSN 435

FSN 414

FSN 416

FSN 425

FSN 417

FSN 428

FSN 430

FSN 415

FSN 418

FSN 426

Be sure to check your local listing for your cable or satellite provider lineup.

From the Pressbox: August 28

Aug 28, 2008 - Posted by Jeff Reynolds at 8:54 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Thursday's Hero

This afternoon after practice, the team had the special opportunity to meet Will Alderman from Park City, Utah. Will, who is two years old, is a special young man who battles nueroendocrine hyperplasia -- a lung diseases that restricts lung capacity.

Will had the opportunity to make his mark on the team flag that will be carried on to the field during Saturday's game.

Coach Mendenhall presented Will with a team coin.

Will got to meet each member of the team.

Thursday Night Football

Tonight was the first night for the annual Thursday Night football game between members of the scout teams. Running back Tucker Lamb had a notable performance, scoring two touchdowns. Lamb was also credited with a long run of nearly 50 yards that gave the offense a first and goal. Two plays later, B.J. Peterson scored on an outstanding catch.

Tucker Lamb scores his first of two touchdowns.

Lamb scores touchdown no. 2.

Following the scrimmage, Coach Mendenhall the scout team that Thursday Night football is an opportunity for players to show the coaching staff if they had heart, if they were prepared and if they could be trusted. He also pointed out to the players that all of the veteran players were watching along the sidelines. He said they were also watching for many of the same reasons.

From the Pressbox: August 26

Aug 26, 2008 - Posted by Jeff Reynolds at 7:44 pm | Permalink

Countdown to Kickoff

Practice Photos

After practice, Coach Mendenhall told the media that the team is ready to play.

"I think our guys are ready," he said. "Right now, a game is what our team needs to improve and grow."

Where there are two or more guys battling for playing time, Coach clarified what it would take for one player to beat out another.

"We're looking for who we can really trust. Whoever is the most trustworthy will play.

Asked if he was nervous, Coach said, "I'm not nervous yet. Right now, I see the things we need to improve. That window is closing. I enjoy the day-to-day preparation a lot -- more than the actual game day."

From the Pressbox: August 25

Aug 25, 2008 - Posted by Jeff Reynolds at 3:16 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Countdown to Kickoff

Weekly Press Conference

Photos by Mark Philbrick, BYU Photo Services

We held the first of our weekly press conferences this morning. You can listen to Coach Mendenhall's remarks on our website. We have the video and we will have the transcript available shortly.

Senior captains Travis Bright and David Nixon also participated in the weekly press conference.

Sticker Day

After Monday's practice, players were able to pick up their first helmet stickers of the season. Players received gold stickers for activities accomplished away from the field, including community service, academics and participating in firesides, etc. In addition, some of the players received blue stickers for goals accomplished on the field during fall camp.

From the Pressbox: August 23

Aug 23, 2008 - Posted by Jeff Reynolds at 12:47 pm | Permalink

Countdown to Kickoff

Practice Photos

Kicking Duel

With both kickers nailing 61-yard field goals during practice on Saturday, picking a starting kicker is going to be a difficult task. However, Coach Mendenhall has said all along they might consider using both kickers, depending on the situation.

From the Pressbox: August 22

Aug 22, 2008 - Posted by Jeff Reynolds at 10:22 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Countdown to Kickoff

Thursday's Hero

Since the team did not practice on Thursday, today provided the opportunity to welcome Brandon Sulser as this week's Thursday's Hero.

Brandon was paralyzed in a freak accident at Lake Powell 10 years ago. Brandon had the opportunity to talk to the team and to remind them how quickly life can change. He told them to be grateful for their bodies, but not to rely on their physical bodies. He told the team it was their spiritual bodies that really mattered and how he looked forward to one day having a perfect body.

Brandon, who has not let his physical disability slow him down, often speaks to groups about PUSH -- an acronym he has developed to help others understand the importance of personal responsibility.

The letter P stands for "PERSEVERANCE," U stands for "It's UP to you," S stands for "START now to separate yourself from everyone else," and H stands for "HELPING others."

Kellen Fowler introduced Brandon to the team following Friday's practice.

Brandon also had the opportunity to sign the team flag as his commitment to always uphold the mission of the BYU football program in all aspects of his life.

As is customary, Thursday's Hero got to lead the team in a break.

Travis Bright, along with every member of the team had the opportunity to shake hands with today's hero.

As he always does, Coach Mendenhall took a few minutes to visit with today's hero.

Coach Mendenhall and today's hero, Brandon Sulser.

Max Hall and Brandon visit after practice.

Wayne and Mary Latu

On Wednesday, Aug. 20, Mary Latu, the wife of running back Wayne Latu, gave birth to the couple's second child. The child was born over a month and a half early and has had some serious complications. Our thoughts and prayers are with Wayne, Mary, little Malia, and their newborn child. Mary Latu is the sister of freshman linebacker Michael Alisa.

New Signage

For as long as I can remember, the backside of the south scoreboard has stuck out like a sore thumb. It's been a plain, white wall up until yesterday when crews finished applying a new decal to the back. Now, when you see the back of the scoreboard from just about anywhere on campus, there's actually something to look at.

Sorry, got a little artsy with the camera. But, hey. Props to the lanscaping crew for having our campus look like a million bucks. I've been all over the country, visiting campus after campus, and its really difficult to find a more beautifully landscaped campus.

Credentials

It's that time of year when we start gearing up for hosting all the media on campus during game day. Jenny Wheeler, our office manager, plays a huge role in help us get all the credentials organized and delivered.

From the Pressbox: August 21

Aug 21, 2008 - Posted by Jeff Reynolds at 3:54 pm | Permalink

Countdown to Kickoff

We are down to single digits until kickoff.