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Getting to Know: Talon Shumway and Zayne Anderson

Nov 16, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 12:18 pm | Updated: November 16, 2016 12:28 pm | Permalink

Talon Shumway
Freshman wide receiver

What have you been up to this summer?
I got married.

How did you meet your wife?
We went to high school together at Lone Peak.

What is something outside of football you’re looking forward to this year?
I am looking forward to school. I’m studying pre-med.

What is your dream job?
Orthopedic surgeon.

Thoughts on the coaching staff?
I love them. Both were good and I like the differences. I already knew my position coach (Ben Cahoon) before when he used to coach here.

What has been your favorite football memory?
Probably just coming into fall camp this year healthy. It’s hard when you’re not.

If you could play any Olympic sport, what would it be?

What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
I actually don’t have any music on my phone. I don’t listen to music and that’s embarrassing. I don’t listen to it on my own. Maybe if other people are listening to it I’ll listen, or I just tune it out.

Zayne Anderson
Sophomore defensive back

What is one thing that people don’t know about you?
I like to hunt and fish. I like to go longboarding, camping.

What is one of your favorite football memories?
Probably just playing high school ball with my buddies.

What is a game from first year that you’ll always remember?
Probably Nebraska. It was in my first season, coming in as a freshman, opening game. It was just a really cool experience being there.

When you are not playing football, what do you like to be doing?
Hanging out with friends, chilling out.

What was the highlight of your summer?
We really just worked out a lot.

What has been your favorite thing about being at BYU and why?
Just the atmosphere. Being around people who have the same ambitions as you do.

If you could go to the Olympics for a sport, what would it be?
Probably the 100-meter. I ran track in high school. 

BYU victorious in season-opener against Princeton

Nov 14, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 10:11 pm | Permalink

The Tigers came out strong in the second period and went on a 10-3 run to cut the Cougar advantage to only three, 48-45, just five minutes into the half. Haws answered the Princeton run with a 3-pointer, and Childs followed it up shortly with a layup.

Haws sunk another trey with 13:30 remaining, and an impressive steal by him on the defensive end gave the ball back to BYU. An LJ Rose shot was rebounded by Mika for the put-back and the Cougars led the Tigers 58-48.

The contest remained within single digits for much of the second half. The Tigers got within one, 63-62, with 7:35 left in the half. A three-point play from Mika and free throws from Rose and Haws gave the Cougars an eight-point edge with 5:00 to go, 72-64.

BYU used points from six different Cougars to secure their lead over the Tigers as the final minutes wound down, and they claimed the 81-73 victory.

Mika ended the night with a game-high 26 points and 18 rebounds. Nine of his rebounds were offensive, tied for the BYU all-time high. Haws finished with 20 points, and Emery logged 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists. 

Cougars claim lead over Princeton at the half

Nov 14, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 9:12 pm | Permalink

Sophomore Nick Emery sunk a 3-pointer just 30 seconds into the game to open up the scoring, but Princeton went on a quick run and led the Cougars by a score of 10-5 by the 17:23 mark. A 6-0 spurt from BYU which them an 11-10 edge was followed by a 3-pointer from Princeton to give the lead back to the Tigers.

Free throws from sophomore Eric Mika, freshman Elijah Bryant and freshman TJ Haws, plus some missed shots from Princeton, kept the contest close. The Cougars jumped out to a 24-20 lead with 8:50 remaining from a 3-pointer by TJ Haws, and a missed trey from Princeton was followed by a free throw from senior Kyle Davis. Davis missed the second of two shots, but the rebound was gathered by Haws who founded the bucket for two more points, lengthening the lead to seven.

With just under four minutes remaining, the Cougars reached the large lead of the game at 39-28. Despite a few baskets from the Tigers, BYU took a 9-point lead into the locker room, 44-35.

Mika led all scorers with 14 points and seven rebounds. His Lone Peak High School compadres, Emery and Haws, each contributed 11 points, and freshman Yoeli Childs, Davis and Bryant combined for the remaining eight points of the Cougars’ 44-point tally. Senior LJ Rose also logged three points and two assists. 

Pete Meredith inducted into National Softball Hall of Fame over the weekend

Nov 14, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 12:11 pm | Updated: November 14, 2016 1:49 pm | Permalink

BYU softball assistant coach Pete Meredith was one of eight individuals to be officially inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame, softball's highest honor, on Saturday night. The event took place at the 36th annual celebration at the Shreveport Convention Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. 

The 2016 class includes Ken Eriksen, Jennie Finch, Harry Haroian, Peter Meredith, John Nelson, Tom Penders, Terry Petersen and Mick Renneisen.

Meredith is one of the greatest pitchers in the history of Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball. He is a 12-time ASA All-American, four-time member of Team USA and holds the record for most wins in ASA/USA Championship play (55-27). He pitched the U.S. to a gold medal at the 1998 World Championship and won silver at 1995 Pan American Games.

As a coach, Meredith has been at BYU since 2014. Primarily in charge of pitchers, he has coached Tori Almond and McKenna Bull, who have both broken multiple BYU pitching records in their time as a Cougar.

Read more about the inductees at the Team USA website.

BYU wins 31-7 over SUU

Nov 12, 2016 - Posted by Courtney Lovelace at 4:27 pm | Permalink

Rhett Almond added six points to the scoreboard in two different field goals throughout the fourth quarter to seal the win for the Cougars, 37-7.

With just under seven minutes remaining, SUU attempted 49-yard field goal, which was blocked by Corbin Kaufusi, his second of the season. In the ensuing drive, Tanner Mangum ran for a career-long of 35 yards and totaled 42 rushing yards for the day. He also completed 11 of 13 passes with 121 yards. Harvey Langi led the defense with four total tackles and had an assisted sack with Fred Warner

The score remains 31-7 throughout the third quarter

Nov 12, 2016 - Posted by Courtney Lovelace at 3:47 pm | Permalink

Both teams were scoreless throughout the third quarter and the score stays at 31-7.

Eric Takenaka made his first interception of his career with just over a minute remaining in the game in a last-minute effort to push the Cougars down the field, but to no avail. Mitchell Juergens moved up to the leading receiver of the game with a total of 82 yards and 6 catches. KJ Hall has been active throughout the game with the top rushing yards of the day (47) in addition to 68 receiving yards. 

BYU holds a comfortable lead against SUU, 31-7

Nov 12, 2016 - Posted by Courtney Lovelace at 2:56 pm | Permalink

A 28-yard field-goal from Rhett Almond followed by a touchdown from Colby Pearson added an additional 10 points to the board, while Southern Utah scored its first touchdown of the day with just over two minutes left in the half. KJ Hall finished the half with his first touchdown of his career, bringing the score to 31-7.

Tanner Mangum began the drive in the second quarter and completed 1 of 3 passes. Taysom Hill ended the first half with a total of 286 yards, 26 rushing yards, and 17 of 23 completions. Micah Hannemann leads the defense with three total tackles, two of which were solo, and one break-up pass. Brayden El-Bakri and Mitchell Juergens are tied with 69 receiving yards and four completions. 

BYU leads 14-0 over SUU

Nov 12, 2016 - Posted by Courtney Lovelace at 1:46 pm | Updated: November 12, 2016 1:52 pm | Permalink

After the first quarter of play, the Cougars lead over Southern Utah, 14-0.

The first touchdown of the game was scored within the first three minutes by Taysom Hill in a two-drive set consisting of 47 yards and lasting 27 seconds. A touchdown pass to Nick Kurtz highlighted his longest receiving catch this season with 31 yards. Tomas Laulile also had his first sack of the season for a gain of seven yards. 

Viewing Options: BYU vs. Southern Utah

Nov 12, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 12:54 am | Updated: November 12, 2016 12:55 am | Permalink

Beginning a three-game homestand to close out the regular season, BYU football hosts Southern Utah today at 1 p.m. MST.

The game will be televised live on BYUtv. It will also be streamed online on and ESPN3.

Additionally, live television coverage on BYUtv will begin at 12 p.m. MST with the one-hour pregame show, Countdown to Kickoff. Live postgame coverage on BYUtv will follow after the game.

Radio coverage of the game can be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network with the Voice of the Cougars Greg Wrubell. The broadcast begins with the pregame show at 11 a.m. MST on KSL 1160 AM and 102.7 FM. It can also be found online at

Visit the gameday page for additional information on the matchup against Southern Utah.

BYU Dress and Grooming Standards: Beard Exception

Nov 10, 2016 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 1:48 pm | Permalink

Due to questions related to the beard worn by Cougar basketball player L.J. Rose, BYU athletics has released the following statement:

The BYU Dress and Grooming Standards have a Beard Exception for students with a medical need. Like other BYU students with beards, Rose has met with a physician and has been approved by the Honor Code Office to wear a beard.

BYU Beard Exception