After arriving in San Diego yesterday afternoon, the BYU football team held its first practice midmorning on Monday and then went on to SeaWorld and other activities.
The Cougars held a spirited practice in preparation for the bowl at Helix High School, home of former BYU greats and NFL players Leon White (LB, 1981-85) and Todd Watkins (WR, 04-05).
Following practice the team spent most of the afternoon at SeaWorld. Players, coaches and their families enjoyed the Shamu Show, the Shark Encounter and more. Defensive back Preston Hadley and wide receiver Ross Apo even got up close and personal with a beluga whale.
Head coach Bronco Mendenhall and inside linebackers coach Paul Tidwell took a cruise on the coast thanks to San Diego Harley-Davidson for part of the afternoon as well.
Tomorrow the team will follow a similar schedule in the morning with a practice and a trip the San Diego Zoo in the afternoon. Members of the team will also give gifts and visit with families at the Make-A-Wish reception later in the afternoon.
In the evening, fans in town can enjoy the BYU and SDSU marching bands and spirit squads in the Five Star Tours Poinsettia Bowl Gaslamp March, a parade in downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter from each end of 5th Avenue and meet up at Market Street for a heart-pounding battle of the bands.