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More on BYU Pro Day

Apr 02, 2013 - Posted by at 3:44 pm | Updated: April 2, 2013 4:36 pm | Permalink

If you want to see a little more on BYU's successful Pro Day last week check out this Y Productions video, which provides the insights of New Orleans Saints Director of College Scouting Rick Reiprish. He talks about Ziggy Ansah's potential as a top pick, the evaluation process of players and the quality manner in which BYU helps out NFL scouts and personnel.

Video: A Pro Scout's Opinion

Ezekiel Ansah impresses at NFL Scouting Combine

Feb 25, 2013 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 4:03 pm | Updated: February 26, 2013 1:55 pm | Permalink

Former BYU defensive lineman Ezekiel Ansah worked out for NFL scouts, coaches and other NFL personnel at the NFL Scouting Combine on Monday in Indianapolis.

"Ziggy" Ansah, who measured in at just over 6-foot-5 and 271 pounds, was one of 53 defensive linemen invited to this year's combine. The Ghana native ran a 4.63 40-yard dash to turn heads at workouts, coming in at No. 6 among all defensive linemen. Of the five players recording times faster than Ansah, only one weighed more than 250 pounds. Ansah's 10-yard split of 1.56 seconds was also among the top defensive line marks.

In the 20-yard shuttle drill, Ansah had the best time among all defensive linemen with 4.26 seconds and finished the three cone drill in 7.11 seconds, good for 10th among the defensive linemen.

Ansah posted a vertical jump of 34.5 inches, tied for No. 7 among defensive lineman. He also recorded a broad jump of 9 feet, 10 inches (118.0 inches) and put up 21 reps on the bench press.

Receiving a lot of attention throughout the day, check out Ansah's interview on the NFL Network, his 40-yard dash and some additional comments on Ansah from NFL Network commentators.

Ansah interview at NFL Combine on NFL Network

Ansah runs 40-yard dash

Ansah's draft potential

Braden Brown performs well at NFL Scouting Combine

Feb 23, 2013 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 4:27 pm | Updated: February 23, 2013 8:37 pm | Permalink

Former BYU offensive tackle Braden Brown is in Indianapolis participating in the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. Brown is one of 58 offensive lineman invited to the combine. 

Brown, who measured at 6-foot-5.5 inches and 310 pounds, participated in workouts on Friday and Saturday and performed in the top 25 consistently during the combine. He recorded a time of 7.43 seconds in the three-cone drill, which ranked No. 5 overall among offensive lineman. The top time was Jeff Baca of UCLA at 7.26. Baca also had the top 20-yard shuttle time at 4.44 seconds along with Eric Fisher of Central Michigan. Brown ranked No. 15 at 4.7 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle.  

A Salt Lake City native, Brown ran a 5.2-second 40-yard dash to rank No. 19 overall among all offensive lineman timed and also ranked 19th with a vertical jump of 28 inches. Terron Armstead of Arkansas-Pine Bluff achieved the top marks in both categories with a 4.71 40-yard dash and 34.5 vertical jump.  

Brown did 26 reps on the bench press, which ranked 23rd overall. Ohio's Eric Herman totaled 36 reps to lead the way. Brown's 100-inch broad jump ranked 26th with Lane Johnson of Oklahoma having the top distance of 118 inches.

Joining Brown at the combine is BYU defensive lineman Ezekiel Ansah, who is scheduled for workouts on Monday in Indianapolis. 

To follow the combine results go to NFL.com.

Van Noy, All-Americans honored

Feb 22, 2013 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 11:48 am | Updated: February 22, 2013 3:36 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah -- During halftime of the BYU men’s basketball game against Utah State Tuesday, junior football player Kyle Van Noy was presented the College Football Performance Award (CFPA) Defensive Performer of the Year and BYU honored its 39 All-Americans from 2012.

Bradley C. Smith, Executive Director of the CFPA presented the award to Van Noy following the All-America presentation. Check out this video of the presentation and some comments from Van Noy afterward as well as his BYUtv interview during the basketball game.

In addition to earning the Defensive Performer of the Year trophy, Van Noy was previously honored with the 2012 CFPA Linebacker Trophy, becoming the second Cougar to earn national CFPA individual honors, following 2009 tight end recipient Dennis Pitta.

A 6-foot-3, 235-pound outside linebacker from Reno, Nev., Van Noy earned 2012 All-America honors finishing the year ranked tied for No. 2 nationally in both sacks (13) and forced fumbles (6), while also ranking No. 4 in tackles for loss (22) and tied for seventh in blocked kicks (2).

Van Noy led BYU in sacks, tackles for loss, quarterback hurries (8) and blocked kicks. He also set a school record with six forced fumbles. He totaled 53 tackles while adding five pass breakups, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and two touchdowns to become the only player in the nation to record a stat in every major defensive category each of the last two seasons.

A 2012 All-Bowl Team selection, Van Noy also had what many consider the best defensive performance of the bowl season, scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter of BYU's Poinsettia Bowl victory to help the Cougars claim their fourth straight bowl victory.

All-America honorees from last year’s winter sports and the recently-ended fall sports were recognized prior to the trophy presentation. Both All-America and Academic All-America awardees were honored.

For below for a complete list of 2012 BYU All-Americans and some photos from the evening.

2012 All-Americans

Women’s Basketball

Kristen Riley: AP Honorable Mention

Men’s Swim/Dive

Brandon Watson: NCAA Second Team

Baseball

Mason Marshall: Louisville Slugger Freshman Team

Softball

Delaney Willard: NFCA First Team, Easton First Team

JC Clayton: Easton Second Team

Stacie Toney: CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team

Women’s Indoor Track

Lacy Bleazard: USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Sarah Edwards: USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Christen Guenther: USTFCCCA Pole Vault Second Team

Katie Palmer: USTFCCCA 800m First Team, NCAA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Nachelle Mackie: USTFCCCA 800m First Team, USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team, USTFCCCA Academic All-America, CoSIDA All-America

Men’s Indoor Track

Miles Batty: USTFCCCA Mile First Team, USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team, USTFCCCA Academic All-America, CoSIDA All-America

Cade Lindahl: USTFCCCA 400m Second Team, NCAA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Ryan Waite: USTFCCCA 800m Second Team, NCAA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Rex Shields: USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Victor Weirich: USTFCCCA Pole Vault Second Team

Men’s Volleyball

Futi Tavana: AVCA First Team

Taylor Sander: AVCA First Team

Women’s Outdoor Track

Nachelle Mackie: USTFCCCA 800m First Team

Allyson Anderson: USTFCCCA Javelin Second Team

Men’s Outdoor Track

Miles Batty: USTFCCCA 1500m First Team

Chris Carter: USTFCCCA 400m Hurdles First Team, NCAA 4x400m Second Team

Jared Ward: USTFCCCA 10,000m First Team

Alden Bahr: USTFCCCA 10,000m Second Team

Jason Hinds: USTFCCCA 4x400m Second Team

Cade Lindahl: USTFCCCA 4x400m Second Team

Shaquille Walker: USTFCCCA 4x400m Second Team

Men’s Cross Country

Jared Ward: USTFCCCA First Team

Tylor Thatcher: USTFCCCA First Team

Women’s Soccer

Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall: NSCAA First Team, Senior CLASS First Team All-America, TopDrawerSoccer All-America First Team

Jessica Ringwood: NSCAA Second Team

Carlee Payne Holmoe: NSCAA Scholar All-America Second Team

Erica Owens: NSCAA Scholar All-America Second Team

Cloee Cholohan: TopDrawerSoccer All-America Third Team

Michele Murphy: TopDrawerSoccer All Freshman First Team

Football

Riley Stephenson: AP Second Team, SI.com Second Team, CBSSports.com Second Team, Phil Steele Third Team, College Sports Madness Third Team

Kyle Van Noy: AP Third Team, SI.com Honorable Mention, CBSSports.com Second Team, Phil Steele Third Team, College Sports Madness Third Team

Cody Hoffman: SI.com Honorable Mention

Ezekiel Ansah: Pro Football Weekly Honorable Mention

Women’s Volleyball

Jennifer Hamson: AVCA First Team, Volleyball Magazine Second Team

Nicole Warner: AVCA Honorable Mention, Volleyball Magazine Third Team

Heather Hannemann: AVCA Honorable Mention

Alexa Gray: AVCA Honorable Mention

Postgraduate Scholarships

Miles Batty: WCC Postgraduate Scholarship, NCAA Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship

LaVell Edwards awarded Lifetime Achievement accolade

Jan 23, 2013 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 12:33 pm | Permalink

HOUSTON -- Legendary BYU head coach LaVell Edwards received the Paul "Bear" Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award Thursday at an awards ceremony in Houston.

Edwards coached the Cougars for 29 years and is currently No. 7 in FBS history for career wins with 257. In 20 of those 29 seasons, the Cougars claimed conference championships. He has been inducted into both the BYU and College Hall of Fame.

Under his direction, BYU won a national championship, 19 conference championships, a Heisman Trophy, two Outland Trophies, four Davey O’Brien Awards, 34 All-America awards (including six College Football Hall of Famers) and appeared in 22 bowl games.  He has twice been honored as the national coach of the year, has received many conference and district accolades and has been honored by a myriad of state and national organizations, not just for his accomplishments on the field, but for the integrity and class he added to the profession.

Edwards was accompanied by former BYU All-American quarterbacks Robbie Bosco, John Beck, Ty Detmer and Gifford Nielsen at the banquet. 

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes excellence in coaching on and off the field during a career, allowing recipients to take their place in history alongside legends such as Paul “Bear” Bryant.  Recent Lifetime Achievement recipients include Hayden Fry, Tom Osborne, Barry Switzer, Bo Schembechler and Bobby Bowden.

Bill O'Brien of Penn State was also honored at the event, receiving the Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year award for the past season.

Read Edwards' feature on bryantawards.com.

Lance Reynolds, seniors honored at football banquet

Jan 10, 2013 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 10:00 am | Updated: January 21, 2013 8:15 pm | Permalink

The BYU football team held its annual banquet following the conclusion of the 2012 season on Wednesday night.

KSL Radio's Greg Wrubell served as master of ceremonies for the event held at the Utah Valley Convention Center. Wrubell introduced the evening with various statistics and honors earned from the 2012 campaign.

Patti Edwards, wife of legendary former BYU football coach LaVell Edwards, introduced a special video tribute in honor of Lance Reynolds. After over 30 years involved with BYU football as a player and a coach, Reynolds is stepping aside from football. The video used footage of current and former players looking back on the tremendous impact Reynolds had on them both on and off the field.

Reynolds was also honored with an award from head coach Bronco Mendenhall and later Reynolds spoke briefly about his time with BYU.

The senior captains of the team were able to deliver a message to the team, though David Foote and Brandon Ogletree were unable to attend to due to prior commitments. Senior Riley Nelson spoke of the memories with the team and the great opportunity it was to be a teammate. Coach Mendenhall read a message he received from Ogletree while playing at the Casino Del Sol College All-Star game. Ogletree told the team how much of a privilege it was to play at BYU and the special place the the school is and to not take it for granted.

Mendenhall and members of the university and athletics administrations then honored the Cougar seniors departing the program with their senior blankets.

Check out some of the photos from the BYU football banquet.

Van Noy, Stephenson named to CBSSports.com 2012-13 All-Bowl Team

Jan 09, 2013 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 3:11 pm | Permalink

Following their dominant performances in BYU's 23-6 win over San Diego State in the 2012 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, linebacker Kyle Van Noy and punter Riley Stephenson were named to the CBSSports.com 2012-13 All-Bowl Team.

Here is what CBSSports.com had to say about each of their performances . . .

LB Kyle Van Noy
"In what was probably the best defensive performance of the bowl season, Van Noy single-handedly won the Poinsettia Bowl for the Cougars. Van Noy had eight tackles, including five solo, 1.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for a loss and scored two touchdowns. He recovered a fumble in the end zone and returned an interception 17 yards for a score as BYU beat San Diego State 23-6."

P Riley Stephenson
"There was a big reason why San Diego State had trouble moving the ball down the field in the Poinsettia Bowl, and it can thank the punter. Stephenson had eight punts, including six inside the 20 and three inside the 5-yard line. Stephenson had punts downed at the 5, 16, 1, 2, 9 and 1.
"

The complete CBSSports.com 2012-13 All-Bowl team.
 

Unga, Fangupo added to 53-man NFL rosters

Dec 29, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 8:43 pm | Updated: December 29, 2012 8:47 pm | Permalink

Former BYU football players Harvey Unga and Hebron Fangupo were added to 53-man rosters by NFL teams this week.

Unga, BYU's leader in career rushing yards, was promoted from the practice squad by the Chicago Bears, the team that originally drafted him in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Supplemental Draft. Unga had been waived by the Bears twice before being signed again to the practice squad Dec. 4 and elevated to the 53-man roster this week.

Fangupo, a 6-foot-1, 323-pound nose tackle, was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played one season for the Cougars in 2011 after transferring from USC. Fangupo had been with the Seattle Seahawks since September but was waived on Friday before being picked up by the Steelers.

BYU to wear helmet decals honoring Sandy Hook Elementary School during Poinsettia Bowl

Dec 20, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 5:12 pm | Permalink

The BYU football team will honor the 20 children and six staff members who lost their lives in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. with special helmet decals tonight in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

The blue balloons are for the boys, pink for girls and yellow for the staff.

Nick Howell, BYU's secondary coach and special teams coordinator is a friend of the Parker family that lost its little girl Emilie in the tragedy. Nick and his wife Brooke both went to high school (Ben Lomond HS in Ogden) with Emilie Parker's parents, Robbie and Alyssa.

Team luncheon on board the USS Midway

Dec 19, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 11:10 pm | Updated: December 19, 2012 11:12 pm | Permalink

With the festivities winding down at the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, the highlight of the day was both teams together at a luncheon on board the USS Midway in San Diego.

The USS Midway was an aircraft carrier of the United States Navy, the lead ship of her class. Commissioned a week after the end of World War II, the Midway was the largest ship in the world until 1955, and saw active duty for over 47 years, being decommissioned in 1992 and becoming a museum ship for the public to enjoy.

Both teams joined together in the hull of the ship for lunch and a short program. The teams were honored for their regular season accomplishments while guests from the Poinsettia Bowl, city officials and other special guests spoke. Children from the Make-A-Wish program in San Diego were also recognized.


BYU and SDSU will each have an honorary captain on game day, a young fan from Make-A-Wish San Diego. The kids were given team jerseys with their name on it and will participate in various activities at the game.

Each team honored a player with a most inspirational player award. The Cougars chose senior running back David Foote, a former walk-on, for his determination, example and heart. The Aztecs gave the award to senior running back Walter Kazee.

After the luncheon players were able to roam the decks of the ship, ride in flight simulators, look at the airplanes on board and learn about the various functions and history of the USS Midway.

The team gathered in the afternoon following the luncheon for the official team photo for the year and a walk-through for the game.

Earlier in the day, head coach Bronco Mendenhall and SDSU coach Rocky Long met with the media for a pregame press conference. Each coach spoke briefly at the podium before speaking in a more casual setting with reporters later on.

Mendenhall talked about how his players balance family and fun with bowl game preparations and Long discussed how despite being in a home game setting with his team they have enjoyed the bowl atmosphere.

As usual, BYU participated in a fireside in the evening. It was a special Christmas themed program, featuring lots of musical numbers. Players and coaches hung around after to meet fans and members of the community to visit and take pictures.

BYU will face off against the Aztecs tomorrow with kickoff from Qualcomm Stadium at 5 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPN.

 

Photos by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo and Brett Pyne