During the first print breakout session at the 2011 BYU football media day, BYU Athletic Communications had a few minutes to sit down and talk with senior offensive lineman Matt Reynolds. Reynolds has been part of the BYU program for four years and is intrigued by the changes that independence is bringing to the program.
"I am really looking forward to the season because I want to find out what is different about being an independent," Reynolds said. "We have talked about what we think will be different but I'm not sure how it will actually feel to not be a a part of a conference. I have been here a long time and it will be fun to see how the program changes over the course of the season."
Reynolds participated in the Mountain West Conference media day before the 2010 season. At that media day, Reynolds and former Cougar Andrew Rich were the only two BYU athletes in attendance.
"Its nice to have a media day in Provo so we can bring in more players to interact with the media," Reynolds said. "This year we have a wide variety of players and I think that gives the public a more well-rounded focus of how the team is feeling heading into the season. It's also nice to have all the focus on BYU and not on a conference or any other team."
The 2011 season features BCS conference opponents from several conferences. The Cougars open up playing at Mississippi followed by a game at Texas.
"I am just looking forward to the Ole Miss game right now," Reynolds said. "It's a big game to star the season ands it's a tough place to play. It will be a good test for our team. I am completely focused on that game right now but am looking forward to the entire season."