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Getting to know Manase Tonga: Q & A

Football Blog | Jun 27, 2012 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 3:19 pm | Updated: June 27, 2012 3:24 pm | Permalink

Manase Tonga played running back at BYU from 2005-2009 and is currently playing for the Oakland Raiders.

Q: What have you been doing this summer?

A: I've been training this summer, trying to get my body 100 percent for training camp and to get ready for this upcoming season.

Q: How’s your life in the NFL?

BYU Media Day--Marcus Matthews Interview

Football Blog | Jun 27, 2012 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 3:02 pm | Updated: June 27, 2012 4:06 pm | Permalink

As we continue our interviews with BYU coaches and players, BYU Athletic Communications talked to tight end Marcus Matthews about the upcoming 2012 season.

"Summer for me, I've been marreid for two months now. I went on my honeymoon to Hawaii and that's my vacation for the summer. I've been gone long enough,  now I want to be here [Provo], I want to be working out. My summer is just going to be football now. Now that school is over, I have nothing to focus on but football."

Interview with Coach Nick Howell

Football Blog | Jun 27, 2012 - Posted by Mason Porter at 1:58 pm | Permalink

BYU secondary and special teams coach Nick Howell is entering his second year with the Cougars. After spending the offseason immersed in recruiting duties, Howell said he looks forward to a great year from his returning defensive backs.

"I think all of our players are looking to have some break-out years," he said. "Every year they just get smarter, more comfortable and just get better."

More interview photos from Media Day

Football Blog | Jun 27, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 1:48 pm | Updated: June 27, 2012 1:52 pm | Permalink

Here are a few more pictures from interviews at Media Day.

Media Day-Cody Hoffman and Preston Hadley talk about football

Football Blog | Jun 27, 2012 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 1:40 pm | Updated: June 27, 2012 2:50 pm | Permalink

Both senior defensive back Preston Hadley and junior wide receiver Cody Hoffman grew up with a love and a desire to play football.

Hadley said he was curious about football since he was little and started playing a little bit later than most kids.

“I saw it and I liked it, so I asked my parents if I could play,” Hadley said. “Once I started playing, I was kind of good at it so I kept playing.”

Media Day interview photos

Football Blog | Jun 27, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 12:48 pm | Updated: June 27, 2012 12:52 pm | Permalink

Check out these photos from the interview sessions at Media Day.

Media Day -- Q&A with Preston Hadley

Football Blog | Jun 27, 2012 - Posted by Mason Porter at 12:31 pm | Updated: June 27, 2012 12:41 pm | Permalink

Q: What has your summer been like?

A: It's been good. I've just been trying to get healthy. I tore my labrum in both shoulders last year, so I've just been rehabing a lot this summer trying to get back in shape. Trying to get my legs back and get my strength up. I'll be ready to go for the first game of the season though.

Q: Doing anything fun?

BYU players weigh in on the best team unit

Football Blog | Jun 27, 2012 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 12:27 pm | Updated: June 27, 2012 12:36 pm | Permalink

Senior defensive back Preston Hadley and junior wide receiver Cody Hoffman both shared their thoughts into who they thought was the best unit on the team.

“Oh, they’re all good,” Hadley said . “I think every unit has its strengths but I think definitely the most important is the D-line.”

BYU Media Day--Ian Dulan

Football Blog | Jun 27, 2012 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 12:26 pm | Updated: June 27, 2012 12:30 pm | Permalink

I got a chance to sit down with Ian Dulan, a senior defensive lineman from Hilo, Hawai'i. We discussed his plans for the offseason and getting married.

"Right now I'm just training and working at the Marriott, so it's been good, it's been long and hard, but it's been worth it. I hope to go home this summer. I normally go home to Hawaii once a year, usually during the summer and once for Christmas."

State of the Program broadcast photos

Football Blog | Jun 27, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 12:17 pm | Updated: June 27, 2012 12:27 pm | Permalink

Check out the photos from the State of the Program broadcast!