Men's Football Blog | January 2013

LaVell Edwards awarded Lifetime Achievement accolade

Jan 23, 2013 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 12:33 pm | Permalink

HOUSTON -- Legendary BYU head coach LaVell Edwards received the Paul "Bear" Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award Thursday at an awards ceremony in Houston.

Edwards coached the Cougars for 29 years and is currently No. 7 in FBS history for career wins with 257. In 20 of those 29 seasons, the Cougars claimed conference championships. He has been inducted into both the BYU and College Hall of Fame.

Under his direction, BYU won a national championship, 19 conference championships, a Heisman Trophy, two Outland Trophies, four Davey O’Brien Awards, 34 All-America awards (including six College Football Hall of Famers) and appeared in 22 bowl games.  He has twice been honored as the national coach of the year, has received many conference and district accolades and has been honored by a myriad of state and national organizations, not just for his accomplishments on the field, but for the integrity and class he added to the profession.

Edwards was accompanied by former BYU All-American quarterbacks Robbie Bosco, John Beck, Ty Detmer and Gifford Nielsen at the banquet. 

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes excellence in coaching on and off the field during a career, allowing recipients to take their place in history alongside legends such as Paul “Bear” Bryant.  Recent Lifetime Achievement recipients include Hayden Fry, Tom Osborne, Barry Switzer, Bo Schembechler and Bobby Bowden.

Bill O'Brien of Penn State was also honored at the event, receiving the Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year award for the past season.

Read Edwards' feature on bryantawards.com.

Lance Reynolds, seniors honored at football banquet

Jan 10, 2013 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 10:00 am | Updated: January 21, 2013 8:15 pm | Permalink

The BYU football team held its annual banquet following the conclusion of the 2012 season on Wednesday night.

KSL Radio's Greg Wrubell served as master of ceremonies for the event held at the Utah Valley Convention Center. Wrubell introduced the evening with various statistics and honors earned from the 2012 campaign.

Patti Edwards, wife of legendary former BYU football coach LaVell Edwards, introduced a special video tribute in honor of Lance Reynolds. After over 30 years involved with BYU football as a player and a coach, Reynolds is stepping aside from football. The video used footage of current and former players looking back on the tremendous impact Reynolds had on them both on and off the field.

Reynolds was also honored with an award from head coach Bronco Mendenhall and later Reynolds spoke briefly about his time with BYU.

The senior captains of the team were able to deliver a message to the team, though David Foote and Brandon Ogletree were unable to attend to due to prior commitments. Senior Riley Nelson spoke of the memories with the team and the great opportunity it was to be a teammate. Coach Mendenhall read a message he received from Ogletree while playing at the Casino Del Sol College All-Star game. Ogletree told the team how much of a privilege it was to play at BYU and the special place the the school is and to not take it for granted.

Mendenhall and members of the university and athletics administrations then honored the Cougar seniors departing the program with their senior blankets.

Check out some of the photos from the BYU football banquet.

Van Noy, Stephenson named to CBSSports.com 2012-13 All-Bowl Team

Jan 09, 2013 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 3:11 pm | Permalink

Following their dominant performances in BYU's 23-6 win over San Diego State in the 2012 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, linebacker Kyle Van Noy and punter Riley Stephenson were named to the CBSSports.com 2012-13 All-Bowl Team.

Here is what CBSSports.com had to say about each of their performances . . .

LB Kyle Van Noy
"In what was probably the best defensive performance of the bowl season, Van Noy single-handedly won the Poinsettia Bowl for the Cougars. Van Noy had eight tackles, including five solo, 1.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for a loss and scored two touchdowns. He recovered a fumble in the end zone and returned an interception 17 yards for a score as BYU beat San Diego State 23-6."

P Riley Stephenson
"There was a big reason why San Diego State had trouble moving the ball down the field in the Poinsettia Bowl, and it can thank the punter. Stephenson had eight punts, including six inside the 20 and three inside the 5-yard line. Stephenson had punts downed at the 5, 16, 1, 2, 9 and 1.
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The complete CBSSports.com 2012-13 All-Bowl team.