Former Cougars, Senior Honored at Tribute Banquet

Mar 11, 2011 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen on March 11, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm

PROVO, Utah (Mar. 9, 2011) - The BYU football team honored its 2010 season senior class along with former coaches Andy Reid and Barry Lamb at the annual Senior Tribute Banquet on Wednesday.

A total of 13 seniors were honored: offensive lineman Nick Alletto, wide receiver Luke Ashworth, defensive back Brandon Bradley, linebacker Shane Hunter, safety Landon Jaussi, defensive back Brian Logan, linebacker Zeke Mendenhall, kicker Mitch Payne, wide receiver BJ Peterson, safety Andrew Rich, defensive lineman Vic So'oto, offensive lineman Jason Speredon and linebacker AJ Van Valkenburg.

Before honoring the senior class of 2010, BYU associate athletic director for development Chad Lewis, formerly a tight end for the Cougars and an All-Pro under Reid, presented the coach with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Reid was offensive lineman at BYU before becoming a graduate assistant for a season after graduating in 1981. He helped the Green Bay Packers win Super Bowl XXXI as an assistant coach before being named the Philadelphia Eagles' head coach in 1999. Reid's winning percentage is currently 11th-best in NFL history and has resulted in numerous Coach of the Year awards and an NFC championship in 2004.

"I'm so fired up to be here I can't tell you," Reid said upon receiving the award. Reid then went on to give advice to the audience.

"In our sport there is nothing more important than trust," he said. "Go out there and be an energy-giver."

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall next took the podium to present former BYU assistant coach Barry Lamb with the Robbie Bosco Award.

Lamb retired prior to the 2010 season as the Cougars’ outside linebackers coach after a 33-year career that included 16 seasons at BYU and stints at six different schools. Overall, he helped BYU earn a 129-66 record during his Cougar career with six conference championships and nine bowl invitations.

"Nobody loves BYU and has been more loyal to me and to LaVell Edwards, while he was here," Mendenhall stated.

Lamb offered his own thoughts on what he learned during his great career.

"It's not the physical toughness that wins," he said. "It's all the other kinds of tough that wins."

Following the presentations, 2010 captains Andrew Rich and Matt Reynolds were both honored for their leadership.

After a highlight film featuring each of BYU's 13 seniors, the players were given their jersey and helmet from their time at BYU.