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Ryker Mathews ready to lead

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 5:19 pm | Updated: July 6, 2013 4:36 pm | Permalink

BYU’s offensive lineman Ryker Mathews is ready to be a young leader for his teammates. Although he’s coming back from double-hip surgery, he’s almost at full strength and is ready to take on the challenge of leading.

“It’s going to be a challenge,” Mathews said. “You've got to lead by example and hold people accountable, and it’s hard to do that when you’re a young player, but I think I’ll be able to step in and do what I need to do.”

Jamaal Williams ready for an even better year

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 5:16 pm | Permalink

Running back Jamaal Williams is entering his sophomore season after a successful freshman year. He came in for interviews with a pink hat and rated his freshman season a 9.5 out of 10. Though it may be a season tough to beat, Williams still looks to improve his game.

“Better blocking,” he said when asked how he can top his freshman season. “Take more pride into it. This year, I’m more excited to block than to run.”

Kaneakua Friel’s view on tight ends

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 5:12 pm | Permalink

Senior tight end Kaneakua Friel sees the tight end position evolving and adapting. Friel tries to improve himself day by day and to meet the demands of whatever is being asked.

“Definitely we’re evolving as a group,” he said. “When I came back from my mission, two seasons ago, the level that we, as a tight end group, were playing then has far advanced this past season.”

Spencer Hadley expects better things

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 5:09 pm | Permalink

Senior linebacker Spencer Hadley is coming back from surgery on his left shoulder and said he has no limitations and is at 100 percent. When asked whether he was going to keep his mustache, he replied, “We’re a package deal, the mustache and I.”

BYU’s defense was ranked one of the highest in all categories, and Hadley doesn’t expect anything less this season.

Q&A with Michael Alisa

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 5:00 pm | Permalink
What does it mean to you to be a senior this year?
“I look in the mirror and I’m just like, ‘You’re a senior on the Brigh

Q&A with Jordan Johnson

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by McKay Perry at 4:54 pm | Updated: July 13, 2013 1:03 pm | Permalink
Are you the fastest guy on the team?
I’m one of them.  I can tell you that.
Who’s the funniest guy on the team?
Trent Trammel.  He’s like a jokester.  He’s always getting after guys.  Hands down, the funniest guy.
What are you

BYU Quarterback Factory quotes

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by at 4:41 pm | Updated: June 26, 2013 4:50 pm | Permalink

Ty Detmer

On why he picked BYU: "The stability of the program. I knew I could go there and Coach would be there the whole time. He's just a great man. He made the football office feel like home. We could go in and hang out and sit around and wait for class or wait for meetings, and we were always welcome in there." 

Robbie Bosco

"I wasn't sure how good we were going to be, because we had a lot of young players.

BYU quarterback factory concludes Media Day broadcasts on BYUtv

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 4:18 pm | Permalink
Former BYU head coach LaVell Edwards and quarterbacks Gary Sheide, Gifford Nielsen, Marc Wilson, Robbie Bosco, and Steve Young joined Dave McCann in studio for a BYU quarterback special.

Kyle Van Noy’s actions speak volumes

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 3:13 pm | Permalink

BYU’s linebacker Kyle Van Noy is going into his last season the same way he has entered every other year. Despite his shoulder injury last year, Van Noy is 100 percent right now and is working on getting in better shape, getting faster and getting stronger.

While some team leaders lead through words, Van Noy is known for showing his leadership through actions.

Q&A with Taysom Hill

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 3:06 pm | Permalink
What other changes have you seen since Spring without the coaches?
“I think it’s forced us as players to take more ownership. Which I think has been really good. We’ve taken initiative. We’re having to call the play, we’re having to make audibles and checks and everything else.