Men's Football Blog

Honoring Veterans and some player honors

Nov 12, 2012 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 11:43 am | Updated: November 12, 2012 11:55 am | Permalink

With Veterans Day taking place this year on Sunday, Nov. 11, the annual holiday honoring the many military personnel who have served and are serving this country is observed today. Prior to BYU's 52-13 victory over Idaho on Saturday, a 100-yard-long flag was carried onto the field, covering it entirely, by members of the Army and Air Force ROTC for the singing of the National Anthem. Check out the photos below and many thanks to all who have and are serving in the Armed Forces!

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Several BYU players were honored Monday for their play against Idaho on Saturday. Junior wide receiver Cody Hoffman and junior kicker Justin Sorensen joined Notre Dame junior linebacker Prince Shembo in receiving Football Bowl Subdivision Independent Player of the Week accolades

Hoffman was also named the Independent Offensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness and honorable mention for National Wide Receiver of the Week by College Football Performance Awards

Hoffman caught nine passes for 108 yards and three touchdowns against Idaho in BYU's 52-13 win.  Hoffman’s performance marked his 11th 100-yard receiving game, tied for third all-time at BYU, while giving him 23 career touchdown receptions, which is tied for fourth on BYU’s career ledger. In addition, he extended to 29 his streak of consecutive games with at least one reception.  

Sorensen broke a long-standing BYU record by converting all seven of his PAT attempts to extend his personal streak to 68 consecutive PATs made, breaking the previous school mark of 67—a record that had stood since 2004.

BYU vs Idaho Fourth Quarter Blog

Nov 10, 2012 - Posted by Chris Scheitinger at 11:42 pm | Updated: November 10, 2012 11:47 pm | Permalink

Summary

James Lark hit Cody Raymond for a two-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter to put BYU up 49-10. Kicker Justin Sorensen hit a 31-yard field goal with 1:50 remaining in the quarter to extend BYU’s lead to 52-10. Kicker Trey Farquhar kicked a 35-yard field goal at the end of the game to bring the final score to 52-13.

Standout Players

James Lark – completed 6-8 passes in the fourth quarter for 49 yards. Lark finished the game 6-11 for 49 yards and one touchdown.

Quarter Highlights

Quarterback James Lark hit wide receiver Cody Raymond for a two-yard touchdown pass with 12 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Halfway through the quarter Uani Unga forced a fumble on quarterback Logan Bushnell, recovered by Russell Tialavea at the BYU 24.

Visit the BYU facebook page for photos of the game: https://www.facebook.com/BYUFootball

BYU vs Idaho Third Quarter Blog

Nov 10, 2012 - Posted by Chris Scheitinger at 11:03 pm | Updated: November 10, 2012 11:08 pm | Permalink

Summary

 

Idaho kicker Trey Farquhar kicked a 39 yard field goal with 8:28 remaining in the third quarter to bring the score to 42-10 BYU. On 4th and goal, Idaho forced a fumble at the one yard line recovering the football for a touchback with 2:07 remaining. BYU leads 42-10 at the end of three quarters.

Standout Players

 

Uani Unga – Unga intercepted Idaho’s Logan Bushnell, returning it 22 yards to the Idaho 22.

Quarter Highlights

 

Quarterback James Lark replaced Riley Nelson during BYU’s second offensive series. During Idaho’s first offensive possession of the third quarter, quarterback Logan Bushnell hit wide receiver Najee Lovett twice for 33 yard and 11 yard passes. Idaho went on to kick a field goal, the only score of the third quarter.

Visit the BYU facebook page for photos of the game: https://www.facebook.com/BYUFootball

BYU vs Idaho Second Quarter Blog

Nov 10, 2012 - Posted by Chris Scheitinger at 10:02 pm | Permalink

Summary

 

Riley Nelson connected twice with wide receiver Cody Hoffman on six yard and four yard touchdown passes. BYU leads Idaho 42-7 at halftime.

Standout Players

 

Cody Hoffman – Hoffman caught two touchdown passes during the second quarter to finish the first half with three touchdown catches and 91 yards receiving.

Riley Nelson – Nelson finished the first half 16-27 for 193 yards and three touchdown passes. He rushed five times for 50 yards.

Robbie Buckner – intercepted quarterback Logan Bushnell at the BYU 37.

Quarter Highlights

 

Quarterback Riley Nelson connected with wide receiver Cody Hoffman for a six yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone to put the Cougars up 35-7 early in the second quarter. With 6:49 remaining in the quarter, Nelson hit Hoffman streaking across the center of the end zone for a four yard-touchdown pass. Hoffman’s second touchdown pass of the quarter extended BYU’s lead to 42-7 going into halftime.

Visit the BYU facebook page for photos of the game: https://www.facebook.com/BYUFootball

BYU vs Idaho First Quarter Blog

Nov 10, 2012 - Posted by Chris Scheitinger at 9:19 pm | Permalink

Summary

BYU jumped on the board first. On 4th and 1, Jamaal Williams broke free for a 49-yard run, setting up a Riley Nelson 6–yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Cody Hoffman. Jamaal Williams went on to score two touchdowns to put BYU up 21-0. After an Idaho touchdown pass, Spencer Hadley recovered a fumble into the endzone to put BYU up 28-7.

Standout Players

Jamaal Williams – Six carries for 78 yards and two touchdowns

Riley Nelson – 7-9 for 119 yards, six yard touchdown pass to Cody Hoffman

Quarter Highlights

Jamaal Williams scored two touchdowns and ran for 77 yards, including a 49-yard run on 4th and 1 to set up BYU’s first score of the quarter. Down 21-0, Idaho quarterback Logan Bushnell hit wide receiver Mike Scott down the middle late in the first quarter for a 33-yard touchdown reception. With four seconds remaining Spencer Hadley recovered a fumble at the two-yard line, running into the endzone for a touchdown.

Visit our facebook page for photos of the game: https://www.facebook.com/BYUFootball

BYU vs Idaho First Quarter Blog

Nov 10, 2012 - Posted by Chris Scheitinger at 9:17 pm | Permalink

Summary

BYU jumped on the board first. On 4th and 1, Jamaal Williams broke free for a 49-yard run, setting up a Riley Nelson 6–yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Cody Hoffman. Jamaal Williams went on to score two touchdowns to put BYU up 21-0. After an Idaho touchdown pass, Spencer Hadley recovered a fumble into the endzone to put BYU up 28-7.

Standout Players

Jamaal Williams – Six carries for 78 yards and two touchdowns

Riley Nelson – 7-9 for 119 yards, six yard touchdown pass to Cody Hoffman

Quarter Highlights

Jamaal Williams scored two touchdowns and ran for 77 yards, including a 49-yard run on 4th and 1 to set up BYU’s first score of the quarter. Down 21-0, Idaho quarterback Logan Bushnell hit wide receiver Mike Scott down the middle late in the first quarter for a 33-yard touchdown reception. With four seconds remaining Spencer Hadley recovered a fumble at the two-yard line, running into the endzone for a touchdown.

Visit our facebook page for photos of the game: https://www.facebook.com/BYUFootball

Falslev, Wiliams, Stephenson honored

Oct 30, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 3:33 pm | Permalink

Junior JD Falslev and freshman Jamaal Williams were honored as Honorable Mention All-Purpose Performers of the Week while senior Riley Stephenson was named an Honorable Mention Punter Performer of the Weekby the College Football Performance Awards for their performances in BYU's 41-17 win over Georgia Tech.

Falslev did it all against the Yellow Jackets, returning kicks and punts as well as catching passes and rushing the ball. Falslev set a career high with 182 all-purpose yards. He had 32 rushing yards, 12 receiving yards, 9 punt return yards and career-best 129 kick return yards. Falslev's first punt return, and first on the season, was for 44 yards, followed by gains of 43 and 42.

Williams added three rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown in BYU's win. The 17-year old running back was the first Cougar to score four touchdowns in a game since wide receiver Luke Ashworth score four against Colorado State in 2010. His eight rushing touchdowns lead the team and are third most among FBS freshman running backs.

College Sports Madness also honored Wiliams as Madness Independent Player of the Week for his exception performance against Georgia Tech. For more information on the award visit this website.

Punter Stephenson booted a 61-yard punt against Georgia Tech, tying a season high. Stephenson punted twice for a total of 108 yards giving the Cougars an advantage in field position.

About College Football Performance Awards (CFPA):
The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.

As prominent scholars from a wide variety of disciplines note, CFPA eliminates the politics and biases that vitiate balloting-based awards. Furthermore, CFPA has received praise from both Republican and Democratic White House officials for promoting objectivity and fairness in college football. For more information visit the official website

Williams named to CFPA National Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List

Oct 24, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 5:22 pm | Updated: October 24, 2012 5:24 pm | Permalink

BYU's Jamaal Williams was named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) 2012 National Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List today.

Williams leads the Cougars in rushing with 79 carries for 409 yards and a team-high five touchdowns. His 409 rushing yards are the ninth-most among FBS Division-I freshman running backs while his five touchdowns are tied for the sixth most among freshman running backs and 76th nationally among all players. A product of Fontana, Calif., Williams ran for a career-best 155 yards and two touchdowns vs. Hawai'i. He also has 17 receptions for 172 yards.

Here is the CFPA's complete release on this year's watch list:

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (OCTOBER 24, 2012) – College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) announced the 2012 National Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List today. The watch list is a rough guide, highlighting freshmen whose performances merit recognition. Freshmen are not preemptively eliminated from consideration, and all players are eligible for weekly, annual, and career awards at their respective positions.

Previous FBS recipients include Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (2011), South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore (2010), and Oregon running back LaMichael James (2009).

2012 National Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List:
Amari Cooper, Alabama Wide Receiver
T.J. Yeldon, Alabama Running Back
Jamaal Williams, BYU Running Back
Cory James, Colorado State Linebacker
Davante Adams, Fresno State Wide Receiver
Todd Gurley, Georgia Running Back
Keith Marshall, Georgia Running Back
Will Gregory, Hawaii Running Back
Landon Foster, Kentucky Punter
Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech Running Back
Jeremy Hill, LSU Running Back
Kevin Grooms, Marshall Running Back
Stefon Diggs, Maryland Wide Receiver
Duke Johnson, Miami Running Back
Marcus Mariota, Oregon Quarterback
Storm Woods, Oregon State Running Back
Austin Lopez, San Jose State Placekicker
Trevone Boykin, TCU Quarterback
Devonte Fields, TCU Defensive Lineman
Jaden Oberkrom, TCU Placekicker
Johnathan Gray, Texas Running Back
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M Quarterback
Alonzo Russell, Toledo Wide Receiver
Austin Brown, UAB Quarterback
Brett Hundley, UCLA Quarterback
Leonard Williams, USC Defensive Lineman
Jordan Nielsen, Utah State Defensive Lineman
Jaime Wilson, Western Michigan Wide Receiver


About College Football Performance Awards (CFPA):
The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.

As prominent scholars from a wide variety of disciplines note, CFPA eliminates the politics and biases that vitiate balloting-based awards. Furthermore, CFPA has received praise from both Republican and Democratic White House officials for promoting objectivity and fairness in college football.

Visit the Official Website of College Football Performance Awards: http://www.collegefootballperformance.com and follow CFPA @CFPerformance.

BYU and Notre Dame, fireside and Knute Rockne

Oct 22, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 6:07 pm | Updated: October 22, 2012 8:58 pm | Permalink

As usual, the BYU football team held a fireside the night before the game between the Cougars and Notre Dame. A local newspaper, Michigan City News Dispatch, covered the event and featured the fireside in detail. You can read about it by selecting the link below. 

Read the article

BYU Athletics personnel also spoke at a special Notre Dame function on campus Friday night before the game, BYU associate athletic director Duff Tittle, who oversees athletic communications, spoke to the Notre Dame Smokers, a Knights of Columbus council that supports the Fighting Irish. Tittle spoke on the history of BYU and talked about unique connections between BYU and Notre Dame over the years.

One story was of particular interest:

When BYU played its first season of football in 1922, the sport was relatively new to the western United States. In 1923, physical education director Eugene L. Roberts invited legendary Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne to Utah to run a football coaches clinic. Rockne led the Fighting Irish to back-to-back national championships in 1919 and 1920 and was considered one of the country’s great football minds.

Rockne accepted the invitation and traveled to Provo in the summer of 1923 to conduct the first football coaches clinic in the state of Utah. In order to pay Rockne for his services, BYU hired him as a professor for spring term, which means the legendary coach was actually an adjunct faculty member at BYU for a short time.

On July 16, 1923, Rockne sent a letter to Roberts thanking him for his hospitality during his stay in Utah and letting him know he would grade the final papers for the class “just as soon as I get a few minutes to myself.”

Two years later, while searching for a new head football coach, Roberts communicated with Rockne again, this time to get his opinion about C.J. Hart who he was considering for the job.

On July 12, 1925, Rockne sent a reply letter to Roberts saying that Hart “impresses me very favorably.” Rockne also invited Hart and Roberts to “come down to Notre Dame on August 15 for two weeks,” which of course they accepted.

Of that trip to South Bend, Hart related the following, “Coach Roberts and I went east to attend a coaching clinic. We studied two weeks under the famed coach of Notre Dame, Knute Rockne.” Upon returning to Provo, the two BYU coaches introduced a new style of play so distinct to the conference that it became known as the “Roberts-Hart system.”

Photo caption:
On the steps of the old BYU Academy building, Knute Rockne, famous coach of Notre Dame, was a teacher at the first football coaches school in the state of Utah, organized by Eugene L. Roberts (front row, far left) during the summer of 1923. Rockne is in the center (front row, fourth from right).

More accolades for Van Noy; named to SI.com 2012 Midseason All-America Second Team

Oct 17, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 10:40 am | Permalink

BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy continues to pull in midseason honors, this time named to the SI.com 2012 Midseason All-America Second Team.

Van Noy, a junior, has already been named to several watch lists including the Nagurski, Lombardi and Bednarik Awards along with Phil Steele and CBSSports.com Midseason All-America Second Teams. The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder from Reno, Nev. has 7.5 sacks to lead BYU and comes in tied at No. 4 in the nation. He also has 11.5 tackles for loss (T-No. 11 nationally) and has three forced fumbles (T-No. 4).

Always causing trouble in the backfield, over 44 percent of Van Noy's season tackles are behind the line of scrimmage. He has 26 total tackles and adds eight quarterback hurries and five pass breakups.

Si.com's 2012 Midseason All-America Teams