From the Pressbox: August 22

Aug 22, 2008 - Posted by Jeff Reynolds on August 22, 2008 at 10:22 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm

Countdown to Kickoff

Thursday's Hero

Since the team did not practice on Thursday, today provided the opportunity to welcome Brandon Sulser as this week's Thursday's Hero.

Brandon was paralyzed in a freak accident at Lake Powell 10 years ago. Brandon had the opportunity to talk to the team and to remind them how quickly life can change. He told them to be grateful for their bodies, but not to rely on their physical bodies. He told the team it was their spiritual bodies that really mattered and how he looked forward to one day having a perfect body.

Brandon, who has not let his physical disability slow him down, often speaks to groups about PUSH -- an acronym he has developed to help others understand the importance of personal responsibility.

The letter P stands for "PERSEVERANCE," U stands for "It's UP to you," S stands for "START now to separate yourself from everyone else," and H stands for "HELPING others."

Kellen Fowler introduced Brandon to the team following Friday's practice.

Brandon also had the opportunity to sign the team flag as his commitment to always uphold the mission of the BYU football program in all aspects of his life.

As is customary, Thursday's Hero got to lead the team in a break.

Travis Bright, along with every member of the team had the opportunity to shake hands with today's hero.

As he always does, Coach Mendenhall took a few minutes to visit with today's hero.

Coach Mendenhall and today's hero, Brandon Sulser.

Max Hall and Brandon visit after practice.

Wayne and Mary Latu

On Wednesday, Aug. 20, Mary Latu, the wife of running back Wayne Latu, gave birth to the couple's second child. The child was born over a month and a half early and has had some serious complications. Our thoughts and prayers are with Wayne, Mary, little Malia, and their newborn child. Mary Latu is the sister of freshman linebacker Michael Alisa.

New Signage

For as long as I can remember, the backside of the south scoreboard has stuck out like a sore thumb. It's been a plain, white wall up until yesterday when crews finished applying a new decal to the back. Now, when you see the back of the scoreboard from just about anywhere on campus, there's actually something to look at.

Sorry, got a little artsy with the camera. But, hey. Props to the lanscaping crew for having our campus look like a million bucks. I've been all over the country, visiting campus after campus, and its really difficult to find a more beautifully landscaped campus.

Credentials

It's that time of year when we start gearing up for hosting all the media on campus during game day. Jenny Wheeler, our office manager, plays a huge role in help us get all the credentials organized and delivered.