Men's Football Blog | 2012

Media Day-Cody Hoffman and Preston Hadley talk about football

Jun 27, 2012 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 1:40 pm | Updated: June 27, 2012 2:50 pm | Permalink

Both senior defensive back Preston Hadley and junior wide receiver Cody Hoffman grew up with a love and a desire to play football.

Hadley said he was curious about football since he was little and started playing a little bit later than most kids.

“I saw it and I liked it, so I asked my parents if I could play,” Hadley said. “Once I started playing, I was kind of good at it so I kept playing.”

Hadley said he recognizes what an opportunity he has to play college football. “I know that not a lot of people get the opportunity [to play college football] so I try not to take it for granted,” Hadley said. “It’s the best. I’m living my dream right now.”

Hoffman shared similar sentiments as he talked about his journey to becoming a college football player.

“I always watched [football] on TV and my mom would never let me play,” Hoffman said. “Finally, she let me [play] and fortunately she did or else I don’t know where I’d be right now.”

As the son of avid San Francisco 49er’s fans, Hoffman grew up watching the great Jerry Rice. He hopes he can be an inspiration to others like Jerry Rice was to him as a kid.

“It’s surreal to me just because it’s almost like a dream come true to be able to have this opportunity and to have kids look up to [me],” Hoffman said. “I know I was one of those kids and I just hope I can inspire them to chase their dreams.”

Hoffman even gave some advice to his younger fans, telling them that hard work always pays off.

“Never give up,” Hoffman said. “I came from a small town and it just shows that my hard work really set me above and gave me opportunities [to] show the world what I could do.”

Media Day interview photos

Jun 27, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 12:48 pm | Updated: June 27, 2012 12:52 pm | Permalink

Check out these photos from the interview sessions at Media Day.

Media Day -- Q&A with Preston Hadley

Jun 27, 2012 - Posted by Mason Porter at 12:31 pm | Updated: June 27, 2012 12:41 pm | Permalink

Q: What has your summer been like?

A: It's been good. I've just been trying to get healthy. I tore my labrum in both shoulders last year, so I've just been rehabing a lot this summer trying to get back in shape. Trying to get my legs back and get my strength up. I'll be ready to go for the first game of the season though.

Q: Doing anything fun?

A: Football (laughs). I go boating a lot. I like to go to 7 Peaks, too. I just like being outside and relaxing for the most part. Football takes up the majority of the day though, between the workouts and watching film and getting all of that into my schedule, but it's good. I'm working the basketball camps right now, too. Teaching my guys how to win.

Q: Shooting a lot of threes?

A: Oh yeah, we live and die by the three (laughs).

Q: What games are you looking forward to this season?

A: I'm looking forward to the Utah game. I think a lot of us are. Obviously they won the game last year, but I don't feel like they were the better team, based off how both our seasons ended. I think they're a good team and I've got respect for them, but that's one game this year that we shouldn't let get away from us. I'm looking forward to going to Notre Dame and playing Washington State, too. They're going to be quite a test. They throw the ball a lot, so it's going to be good for us DB's. I've been watching a lot of film on Washington State and Utah. Those are the first two big games of the season so I've been trying to focus on them and knowing their personnel.

BYU players weigh in on the best team unit

Jun 27, 2012 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 12:27 pm | Updated: June 27, 2012 12:36 pm | Permalink

Senior defensive back Preston Hadley and junior wide receiver Cody Hoffman both shared their thoughts into who they thought was the best unit on the team.

“Oh, they’re all good,” Hadley said . “I think every unit has its strengths but I think definitely the most important is the D-line.”

Hadley helped the defensive line last year with 51 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss, one sack and one quarterback hurry. He also tied for ninth nationally in pass breakups with 14.

Hoffman, who works on the offensive side of the football, believed the offensive line was the best unit on the team.

“I feel like we’re deep in every position,” Hoffman said. “I’d probably say the offensive line because they are returning the most starters. The receiver unit, at the same time, is also great because we lost only two players from last season. We’re young and we have a lot of potential.”

Hoffman led the team last year in all receiving categories with 61 catches, 943 yards and 10 touchdowns while returning 36 kickoffs for 879 yards and one touchdown . He also set BYU’s single-season record for kickoff returns and kickoff yards.

 

BYU Media Day--Ian Dulan

Jun 27, 2012 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 12:26 pm | Updated: June 27, 2012 12:30 pm | Permalink

I got a chance to sit down with Ian Dulan, a senior defensive lineman from Hilo, Hawai'i. We discussed his plans for the offseason and getting married.

"Right now I'm just training and working at the Marriott, so it's been good, it's been long and hard, but it's been worth it. I hope to go home this summer. I normally go home to Hawaii once a year, usually during the summer and once for Christmas."

Last year, Dulan redshirted and participated on the scout team after getting back from an LDS mission to Illinois. He said he's excited to get back on the field this year and accomplish some personal goals.

"As a defense, we want to be in the top 10 nationally. Personally, I'd like to get a sack a game. That's a goal I have right now."

He also spent some time this summer away from football.

"I got married, went on a honeymoon and went to Disneyland. Being married is awesome. It's been fun, it has its ups and downs but when you grow together, you can't compare anything else in this world to it."

Like many couples at BYU, Dulan and his wife met here in Provo.

"I met my wife at church. I came back from my mission a couple months earlier, so I was kinda nervous to talk to girls, but I got the courage to introduce myself and get her number. The rest is history."

State of the Program broadcast photos

Jun 27, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 12:17 pm | Updated: June 27, 2012 12:27 pm | Permalink

Check out the photos from the State of the Program broadcast!

BYU Media Day--Cody Hoffman interview

Jun 27, 2012 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 12:08 pm | Updated: June 27, 2012 12:20 pm | Permalink

Several current BYU players spent time doing interviews with the print media today at BYU Media Day. I sat down with Cody Hoffman and asked him about the offseason and the upcoming football schedule.

"I'm just staying here in Provo and taking some classes. Spring term is over now, so I'm getting ready for football. I'm just excited to get back on the field. The offseason has been taking forever as usual."

Hoffman, who will be a junior this year, is a returning starter at wide receiver. He became BYU's single-season leader in kickoff returns and kickoff return yards last year. He also played and started in all 13 games and led the team in receiving with 943 yards and 10 touchdowns.

"I like playing on the road a lot better, I'm glad we have a tough schedule on the road this year. There are going to be hostile environments this year at Notre Dame and Boise State. It's going be fun becasuse I love having a big crowd rooting against us. I feel like it motivates us to do better."

With such a tough schedule this year, I asked him which game he looks forward to the most.

"The Utah game for sure because of what they did to us last year," Hoffman said. "I'm still bitter about that game because it ended so horribly. I'm just looking forward to all the games because it's an opportunity to get back on the field."

Media Day begins with State of the Program on BYUtv

Jun 27, 2012 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 11:35 am | Updated: June 27, 2012 11:51 am | Permalink

On schedule for the first broadcast of the day at BYUtv was BYU football’s State of the Program.

Head football coach Bronco Mendenhall, BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe, ESPN analyst and former BYU football player Trevor Matich and managing director of broadcasting, Derek Marquis joined studio host Dave McCann to assess the upcoming season.

McCann and his guests discussed a number of topics to start off the day including the new college playoff system, ESPN and BYUtv and the outlook for the season.

In response to the new college playoff system, Mendenhall and Holmoe both agreed the modification is a welcome change to college football and college football fans across the country.

“It’s better,” Holmoe said . “College football fans across the country wanted something different and their voices were heard.”

ESPN and the increasing publicity of BYU football was another hot topic in the studio. In the previous five seasons, BYU football had only been featured on ESPN a total of 10 times. In the last year alone, BYU was featured on ESPN 11 times.

Marquis talked about the success experienced by BYUtv in the last year and delivered the statistics to prove it. Last year, BYUtv broadcasted 135 lives sporting events, 75-plus live studio shows and live pregame and postgame shows for every football game.

Marquis also said that BYUtv is in full HD and they are working with cable networks to get the channel available in HD on all networks. The best thing for fans to do is to tell their cable networks and let them know they have fans who will utilize the HD channel.

Starting his eighth season as head football coach, Mendenhall will look to improve upon his 66-24 record in the team’s second season of independence. He described his experiences at BYU in the studio.

“It’s been an amazing experience here at BYU and I wouldn’t trade it,” Mendenhall said . “We want to be a program of integrity and show that we can do things ethically and morally and it’s more worthwhile.”

According to coach, it’s going to be an exciting season, so stay tuned.

For more information on broadcasts throughout the day, check out the schedule on the Media Day Central page at byucougars.com.  

Behind the scenes: the control room

Jun 27, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 10:36 am | Permalink

Check out these photos of the BYUtv crew hard at work in the control room for Media Day.

Media Day Web Chats

Jun 27, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 10:16 am | Updated: June 27, 2012 10:17 am | Permalink

Check out photos from the live web chats with Tom Holmoe, Trevor Matich and Michael Minor.