Men's Football Blog

Understanding the numbers on defense

Sep 05, 2013 - Posted by Jared Houghton at 11:06 am | Updated: September 5, 2013 3:45 pm | Permalink

Last season, the BYU defensive unit was considered by some to be one of the best in the program's history. It's tough to argue with that fact, seeing how the defense finished 2012 ranked No. 3 nationally in total defense, finishing behind only Alabama and Florida State. The Cougars held oppenents to an average of 266.1 yards per game, the lowest since 1974 when the defense held opposing offenses to an average of 261 yards. Overall, the powerhouse held seven top-10 defensive rankings, including six top-5 rankings highlighted by the No.1-ranked 3rd down defense and the No.

Coach Mendenhall, Cougar Fans at Stadium Party Wednesday

Sep 04, 2013 - Posted by at 9:39 pm | Updated: September 4, 2013 11:17 pm | Permalink

Cougar fans enjoyed a fun evening on Wednesday at LaVell Edwards Stadium. The BYU Athletic Department hosted the Fan Stadium Party on Wednesday just days before the football team's first home game of the season on Saturday against the nationally ranked Texas Longhorns.  

Fireside in Virginia

Aug 30, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 10:09 pm | Updated: August 30, 2013 11:51 pm | Permalink

Before playing their first game of the season, members of the BYU football team and staff participated in a fireside at a church in Charlottesville, Va., in front of a capacity audience of local church members, visiting Cougar fans and others from the community.

Game day information vs. Virginia

Aug 30, 2013 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 12:06 pm | Updated: August 30, 2013 12:07 pm | Permalink

The 2013 BYU football season launches Saturday at Virginia at 3:30 p.m. EDT.

Fans can begin their game day experience with Countdown to Kickoff with Alema Harrington, Brian Logan, David Nixon and Andy Boyce on BYUtv at 12:30 p.m. MDT. Dave McCann and Blaine Fowler will report live from Charlottesville, Va., during the show.

The game will be aired on ESPNU and streamed on WatchESPN, after which fans can tune in for the BYUtv Sports Post Game presented by Larry H. Miller.

Covering the secondary

Aug 29, 2013 - Posted by Jared Houghton at 3:45 pm | Updated: August 29, 2013 3:54 pm | Permalink

The defensive back position features both new and old faces this season. At the two safety positions, two returning starters will bring familiarity to the defense but injuries at the corner positions have pushed new names and faces into those spots. Here's a look at the four defensive back positions and who might see significant time for the Cougars.

Backfield by committee

Aug 27, 2013 - Posted by Jared Houghton at 1:23 pm | Updated: August 27, 2013 1:52 pm | Permalink

In Bronco Mendenhall's weekly press briefing for the upcoming Virginia game, he commented on how deep the Cougars are at running back. Here is a look at the four backs who will see significant playing time in BYU's backfield this year.

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Kyle Van Noy picks up another preseason honor

Aug 26, 2013 - Posted by Jared Houghton at 4:01 pm | Updated: August 26, 2013 4:16 pm | Permalink

Kyle Van Noy was named to USA TODAY Sports Preseason All-America team by Paul Myerberg, his fourth preseason All-America nomination to date.

Ross Apo named to The Earl Campbell Watch List

Aug 23, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 2:13 pm | Updated: August 23, 2013 2:16 pm | Permalink

The first annual Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List was announced and BYU wide receiver Ross Apo was included among the 35 honorees.

Apo, a junior from Arlington, Texas, was on the 2012 Phil Steele All-Independent Second Team. He started all 12 games he played in 2012 and caught 31 passes for 311 yards and one touchdown. Standing at 6-foot-3, Apo recorded two of the three longest receptions on the team in 2012 (43, 53 yards).

2013 football fireside schedule

Aug 20, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 2:50 pm | Updated: October 1, 2013 9:49 am | Permalink

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall and members of the BYU football team will participate in an hour-long devotional prior to each out-of-state road game as well as some home games during the 2013 season. 

Referred to as "firesides," the devotionals will be conducted the evening prior to road games as well as the home game against Georgia Tech. The team will also conduct a special fireside at the State Prison prior to the Utah game.

BYU football celebrates at Thursday's Hero reunion

Aug 19, 2013 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 3:19 pm | Updated: August 19, 2013 4:07 pm | Permalink

BYU football welcomed Thursday’s Heroes to campus for food and entertainment at the Smith Fieldhouse Saturday. Athletes and coaches spent time talking, taking pictures and signing autographs with the families.

Among the Thursday’s Heroes who attended was Drae Endicott, who was first named a Thursday’s Hero in 2009.

“This has just been a really fun thing for him,” said his mother, Beverly Endicott. “We love BYU and we love that he can be a part of this. He loves talking to players and having access to them. It makes his day.”