Men's Football Blog | August 2009

Six Days!

Aug 30, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 3:03 pm | Permalink

Less than one week remains until our season opener in Arlington! In six days the Cougars will face off against No. 3 Oklahoma in the new Cowboys Stadium.

Monday Morning Press Conference

Tomorrow marks the first Monday morning press conference of the 2009 season! BYU-TV will televise the conference live at 10 a.m. Fans can tune in to hear BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall's thoughts on fall camp and preparation for our upcoming game against the Sooners.

Another Chat, Another Hero

Aug 28, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 3:26 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

We had another successful online player chat this afternoon, this time with sophomore wide receiver McKay Jacobson. Thanks to all who participated!

Thursday's/Friday's Hero

The team honored another hero this morning at the conclusion of practice, 29-year-old Tommy Babcock from Ogden, Utah. Tommy suffers from Crohn's disease. Crohn's disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which involves ongoing (chronic) inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.

Tommy is a huge Cougar fan and was presented several BYU gifts by defensive back Brandon Bradley.

Nine Days

Aug 27, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 7:16 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

The countdown to the Oklahoma game is officially in the single-digits! Only nine days until our season opener in Arlington.

Just a reminder about our online player chat with McKay Jacobson tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. Today we had a chat with defensive lineman Romney Fuga. It went great. Thanks to all who submitted questions!

Chat Rescheduled

Aug 25, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 4:02 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

11 days remain until the BYU season opener against No. 3 Oklahoma!

Chat Rescheduled

Our online player chat with McKay Jacobson, originally scheduled for earlier this afternoon, has been moved to Friday at 1:30 p.m. McKay missed practice today due to illness and will hopefully be feeling better soon.

Thursday's chat with Romney Fuga will go ahead as originally scheduled. Submit your questions from Romney HERE. Questions will be accepted before and during the live chat.

Chat Tomorrow

Aug 24, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 6:45 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

12 days until Oklahoma!

Don't forget about our online player chat with McKay Jacobson tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. Submit your questions HERE. Questions will be accepted before and during the live chat.

Fireside Schedule Released

Aug 22, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 2:01 pm | Permalink

2009 Football Firesides

The 2009 football fireside schedule has been released, check it out HERE.

The first fireside of the season will be at the Carrollton Stake Center in Carrollton, Texas at 7 p.m. CT. Hope to see all of you there before our season opener against No. 3 Oklahoma!

Second Installment of "Thursday's Hero"

Aug 21, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 2:39 pm | Permalink

And the countdown continues... 15 days!

Thursday's Hero

Today's Thursday's (Friday's) Hero was Hannah Laursen, a nine-year-old girl from Provo, Utah. Hannah and her family were on vacation in Florida back in June when she began complaining of headaches. After going to the hospital the doctors told Hannah and her family she was just suffering from migraines but would carry out protocol and perform a CT scan. The results of the scan showed Hannah had a brain tumor which required immediate emergency surgery. Since that time Hannah has undergone three major surgeries and two rounds of chemotherapy.

16 Days

Aug 20, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 3:28 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

16 days until Oklahoma! To help satisfy your BYU football cravings, check out the new BYU Football commercial! It features current and alumni players, including, Tom Holmoe, Chad Lewis, Bryan Kehl, Rob Morris, Curtis Brown, Jamal Willis and Robbie Bosco.


Click to watch the video.

Last Open Practice

Today was the last open practice of fall camp. Thanks to the 700+ who came out to support our Cougars!

Chat Update

Also, thank you to all who submitted questions for our online player chat with JJ Di Luigi this afternoon. It went really well. Keep the questions coming for the next two chats, with McKay Jacobson and Romney Fuga, next week.

17 Days Until Oklahoma

Aug 19, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 3:18 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

17 days remain until our season opener against Oklahoma!

Tomorrow we have an online player chat scheduled with sophomore running back JJ Di Luigi. I've also arranged chats with a pair of returned missionaries in wide receive McKay Jacobson and defensive lineman Romney Fuga for the following Tuesday and Thursday, both at 1:30 p.m. Start submitting your questions for those chats HERE.

Get to Know

I've started interviewing several members of the BYU football support staff and will periodically spotlight one of them in the feature area of the website. First up is High School Relations Coordinator Patrick Hickman. Pat is entering his fourth season at BYU. Learn more about him HERE.

Cougar Kickoff

Aug 18, 2009 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 7:31 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Our first online chat of the 2009 season was a success! Thanks to all the fans who submitted questions for RJ Willing. He enjoyed reading and answering all of them. Don't forget about our next chat on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. with sophomore running back JJ Di Luigi!

The team participated in the Sixth Annual Cougar Kickoff on Haws Field, an event to promote BYU's fall sports. The women's volleyball, soccer and cross country teams were also there.

Fans had an opportunity to get autographs, posters and t-shirts from the players. While the majority of the guys were sitting at a long line of tables, several didn't quite make it that far. Max Hall, Dennis Pitta, Terrance Hooks, O'Neill Chambers, Jan Jorgensen and several others were standing on the field with lines of eager fans waiting for an autograph or photo.

Here are a few photos from tonight.