From the Pressbox: Saturday

Aug 04, 2008 - Posted by Jeff Reynolds on August 4, 2008 at 12:46 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm

While the temperature was close to 100 degrees, it was a picture-perfect day in Provo. Here are a few photos from today's practice.

There's a fun tradition that has developed over the past couple years. It turns out there are several players who are also hair artists and they like to display their "artwork" on the first day of practice. Several of the team's newcomers sported their new hairdos prior to Saturday's practice. We captured the best of the bunch and ranked our top three.

This year's blue ribbon goes to linebacker Masi Tuitama. Tuitama is sporting the swirling horns of a ram. With a hair cut like that, we're thinking he's "Ram Tough."

Our runner up is another linebacker, Jefferson Court. If Tuitama is unable to fulfill his role or live up to his title as the blue ribbon winner, Court will ... We like it cause it reminds us of grandma's quilt.

While it looks good, it doesn't appear to the judges that there was much effort in slicing Travis Uale's fro in half. We're giving him credit for making a straight line.

For some reason, people reading this blog have indicated they like to know what the team is eating. I don't get it, but I'm not going to argue. So, rather then tell you what the team ate for dinner this evening, we thought we'd show you.

The crew from TGI Fridays grilled up some ribs, steak and chicken.

He may have a sore leg, but clearly his appetite is not suffering.

(8:00 a.m.)

There is a familiar saying used by one of the military branches in its recruiting efforts. "We do more by 6 a.m. ..."

The team was up before dawn and heading off to run Y Mountain. It was an amazing morning. Jaren Wilkey from the University's photo department went along. I have posted a few of his photos below.

As the team started to head down from the Y, the sun started to creep over the mountain and slip through Rock Canyon. As it did, the only thing on the entire valley floor that was illuminated was Edwards Stadium. It didn't go unnoticed.

At the end of his remarks to the team this morning, Coach Mendenhall introduced a new tradition to the team. Each player received a special coin and was asked to keep it with them at all times.

On the front of the coin is an image of a player running with the Y Flag -- the team's banner that represents the pillars of success. On the other side is the team's mission statement, "To be the flag bearers of Brigham Young University through football excellence, embracing truth, tradition, virtue, and honor as a beacon to the world."