Men's Football Blog | August 2012

Meet the No. 1's

Aug 14, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 1:49 pm | Updated: August 14, 2012 2:20 pm | Permalink

Here's the start of a series of Q&A's with players on the team. We'll start with the No. 1's and work our way down the roster throughout the season. 

No. 1 Joe Sampson, Sr., DB, Oakland, CA

Q: Why did you pick to come to BYU?
A: The environment, the fans, the people. It’s a great place.

Q: If you could have one talent what would it be?
A: Golf. Golfers make a lot of money. I’ve only golfed one time. My favorite golfer is Tiger Woods.

Q: Who’s the funniest guy on the team?
A: Kyle Van Noy is probably the funniest guy on the team. He’s the funniest talking, anyway. Just listening to him talk makes everybody laugh.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about your position?
A: Knowing that I have control over the whole defense. Basically, I’m the quarterback on defense.

Q: If you had to play a different position, what would it be?
A: I’d play running back. That’s what I use to play in high school. They won’t let me go both ways now, but I’m still trying to get my carries.


No. 1 Ross Apo, So., WR, Arlington, TX

Q: One thing about coach Mendenhall that has influenced you?
A: The one thing about coach that has influenced me is how humble he is.

Q: What’s the most interest thing about yourself?
A: I’m super clean and neat.

Q: If you had to play a different position, what would it be?
A: I would play quarterback because they touch the ball on every play.

Q: What Olympic sport would you be good at and why?
A: I would do the long jump because I can jump pretty far and high.

Q: What’s your favorite part of your hometown?
A: My favorite part of Dallas is the food, specifically anything fried.

2012 BYU Football Almanac now online

Aug 13, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 5:05 pm | Permalink

Cougar fans can now check out the online version of the 2012 BYU Football Almanac. The online version features an index to pages with the most up to date information about the 2012 squad including bios on coaches and players, team facts and other interesting information on BYU football. Look for it on the BYU football page on byucougars.com under Football Quick Links, or under the Info tab on the menu at the top of the football home page.

Also available for download is the PDF version of the 2012 Football Almanac printed for BYU Football Media Day on June 27. Download the PDF here. You can also find the PDF version under the Info tab at the top of the football home page.

For the must up to date information on the 2012 team, visit the 2012 online BYU Football Almanac.

Links to LaVell Edwards Stadium scoreboard webcams

Aug 09, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 3:52 pm | Updated: August 13, 2012 5:48 pm | Permalink

BYU recently set up a couple of webcams in LaVell Edwards Stadium to help in monitoring the installation progress of the new high-definition video wall displays. We thought Cougar Nation might be interested in a sneak peek. Here are the links…

http://128.187.10.203 (south scoreboard)

http://128.187.10.202 (north scoreboard)

A special thanks to ANC Sports Enterprises for its technical expertise and to Nu Skin Enterprises for it generous sponsorship of the new LED screens.

The host site has a limited viewer capacity, so if the feed doesn't load, please check back later. Also, please don't leave the page open for long periods of time, as this jams the system and prevents others from viewing.

For more information on the new displays, read the official release.

Thursday's Heroes, football team enjoy reunion

Aug 08, 2012 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 5:42 pm | Updated: August 8, 2012 5:45 pm | Permalink

Fifty-one different Thursday's Heroes gathered with their families and the BYU football team on Tuesday night for a reunion on the football practice fields. The approximately 500 people in attendance enjoyed a nice dinner and entertainment while catching up with each other. 

Every week during the football season, an individual or a family with special needs is identified and invited to attend a team practice. At the conclusion of the practice, “Thursday’s Hero” is introduced to Bronco Mendenhall and recognized by the team members in an informal ceremony that is always emotional and fulfilling; indeed Coach Mendenhall and the players are as strengthened and encouraged as the people they honor on a weekly basis. 

Check out below several photos from the reunion.

Annual Team Photo Day

Aug 07, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 4:52 pm | Updated: August 8, 2012 12:58 am | Permalink

The BYU football team took a break from its daily fall camp routine to participate in the team’s annual photo day Tuesday at the Indoor Practice Facility.

Players rotated through various stations for a variety of promotional shots, including broadcast head shots for ESPN and other television outlets, and video green screen shots for BYUtv and the new stadium video boards. Newcomers came dressed in shirts and ties for head shots for byucougars.com before changing into jerseys.

Members of the local media were also present, conducting interviews and photo shoots for future stories. BYU Athletics joined in on the interviews, learning many unique things about members of the team. We'll share much of what we learned in future blog posts.

Check out a handful of photos taken behind the scenes from photo day.

Classic LaVell Quotes

Aug 03, 2012 - Posted by Jared Houghton at 11:06 am | Updated: August 6, 2012 1:20 pm | Permalink

In memory of the 40-year anniversary of LaVell Edwards being named head football coach at BYU, we found a list of classic LaVell quotes from his time at BYU.

Edwards was asked if a Playboy magazine article predicting BYU to finish 7-5 in 1978 had any merit. Edwards' response: "Not too many people read Playboy in Provo."

"I'm a firm believer in hard work to reach the desired goals. But I also believe football should be fun; a sport the players, as well as the fans, should enjoy. It doesn't have to be regimentation or drudgery. The outgrowth of football should be good, positive values that will benefit a players for the remainder of his life."

A Sports Illustrated article described Edwards as a "large, lumpy chap, secretly something ofa poet and a romantic." Edwards called a columnist at the Provo Daily Herald to find out what that meant. She told him, "it means you're a fat daydreamer." The columnist was Pat Edwards, LaVell's wife.

Click here for more classic LaVell quotes

Great moments on YouTube

Aug 03, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:34 am | Permalink

BYU athletics video started posting great football moments on the BYU Cougars YouTube channel earlier this week. See below for the videos that have been posted this week and check the YouTube channel every day for more great moments.

New Football Lobby Unveiled

Aug 01, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 3:18 pm | Updated: August 3, 2012 8:07 pm | Permalink

BYU Athletics unveiled the new football lobby in a ceremony honoring donors Wednesday at the Student Athlete Building.

Head coach Bronco Mendenall addressed the donors, expressing appreciation for their contributions and what the new lobby represents.

“I hope you look and see progress here,” Mendenhall said. “What we work hard to do is bring to life what you’re supporting so when others come in they know exactly who we are, what we represent, and why, and then ask how they can become a part of it. It inspires you to be someone who is stronger and a better version of yourself. Because of your support, you’ve made that come to life. This is a tangible way to show the direction we’re going.”

“I was awe-struck and inspired looking at this,” donor Jim Evans said. “You feel the spirit of what this is all about. It portrays the spirit of what coach Mendenhall wants BYU football to be about.”

Along with the 1984 National Championship trophy, the lobby features a Band of Brothers, Tradition, Spirit and Honor section. The walls display quotes from LDS general authorities as well as inspiring figures, past players and LaVell Edwards. Video screens show memorable moments in the history of BYU football. Down the hall from the lobby also features an updated missionary wall, featuring a map of where players have served missions and are currently serving.

A quote from Mendenhall also graces the wall, “The mission of BYU football has been, and always will be, to change lives through football excellence.”

“The lobby represents what the core of BYU football is – Tradition, Spirit, Honor,” athletic director Tom Holmoe said.

Check out some photos of the new lobby and other shots inside the football office.