Men's Football Blog | September 2011

It's A Reynolds Thing

Sep 14, 2011 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 1:12 pm | Updated: September 14, 2011 1:18 pm | Permalink

BYU has had a tradition of sibling teammates for years. One of the most prominent has been the Reynolds brothers, who average 6-foot-4 and 306 pounds. In fact, the Cougars have had at least one Reynolds brother start on the offensive line every season dating back to 2004.

Lance Jr. (2001-05), Dallas (2005-08), Matt (2007-Pres.) and Houston (2009-Pres.) have combined for 115 starts since 2004. Continuing further on the Reynolds’ offensive line, BYU has actually had at least two of the brothers starting together three different seasons with Lance Jr. and Dallas starting 12 games together in 2005, Dallas and Matt starting 13 games in 2008, and with Houston getting the starting nod the first two games of 2011, he joins Matt for another Reynolds tag team. As a sophomore this season, it looks like Houston will continue the Reynolds' tradition for a few more years.

Beyond the siblings of the past decade the Reynolds brothers' father, Lance Sr. is now the assistant head coach and tight ends coach. Lance Sr. has been with BYU's program for over 30 years, both as a coach and as a player on the offensive line in the mid-70's.

With Matt looking to have a big senior season and head to the NFL after 2011, he will be following in the footsteps of his dad and two older brothers. Lance Sr. was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1978. Lance Jr. signed a free-agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks in 2006 and Dallas signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009.

Big boys who play on the offensive line, it must be a Reynolds thing.

Texas Football Fireside

Sep 10, 2011 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 9:58 am | Permalink

AUSTIN, Tex. - The BYU football team hosted its pre-game fireside Friday night in advance of its game against the University of Texas.

Senior center Terence Brown began the meeting by speaking of his recruiting process. After receiving offers from schools near his hometown of Summerville, S.C., along with BYU, Brown prayed for guidance. Upon praying, Brown felt prompted to attend BYU and describes the experience as just one of many in his life that has strengthened his testimony in God and the gospel.

After Brian Smith sang, "I Know That My Redeemer Lives," Texas native Brandon Ogletree spoke. The junior linebacker also testified of the power of prayer and how it has helped him in times of trial. 

The Mendenhalls finished the meeting with their thoughts, including how they met. Holly Mendenhall described how, after dating Bronco for a time, the couple went their separate ways for 10 years. They finally met up again after a chance meeting at an airport terminal, eventually getting back together and marrying. Holly used the story to tell how God knows our needs and wants and will help us so long as we patiently continue to live righteously.

Coach Mendenhall closed the meeting by expressing his love for his wife and family and his appreciation for the restored gospel.   

Coach on the Radio

Sep 07, 2011 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 4:54 pm | Updated: September 13, 2011 1:59 pm | Permalink

In case you missed them, here are links to BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall's two national radio interviews from yesterday. Coach Mendenhall talked to Scott Van Pelt before going on the air with Tim Brando.

Also, don't forget that Coach Mendenhall will be on live tonight during his Coach's Show on KSL 1160 AM, 102.7 FM and ksl.com.

Listen to the Scott Van Pelt segment HERE.

Listen to the Tim Brando segment HERE.

Ole Miss Fireside

Sep 02, 2011 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 9:46 pm | Updated: September 2, 2011 9:51 pm | Permalink

TUPELO, Miss. - BYU held its first fireside of the season Friday night as various members of the team spoke before an audience of 1,150 that filled the Tupelo Stake Center.

The chapel and every room in the building were overflowing as the Cougars held their first fireside in the state of Mississippi. In a sign of friendship, Tupelo City Councilman Jonny Davis presented BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson with the key to the city.

Senior defensive back Robbie Buckner, a native of Ashdown, Ark., spoke first about his appreciation for the gospel. Following Buckner's remarks, punter Brian Smith played the piano while singing a rendition of "I Know That My Redeemer Lives."

Sophomore tight end Austin Holt then spoke about his experiences as a missionary in St. Louis, including a family he saw baptized and then sealed in the temple days before he was to finish his mission.

BYU head coach and his wife, Holly, closed out the meeting, bearing their testimonies. Coach Mendenhall counseled those in attendance to let their light shine in whatever individual situation they may find themselves.