On Wednesday in Orlando, Florida, the BYU football team made its final preparations for the Thursday night game against UCF.
The day actually began with early morning meetings and a practice session in Provo before heading out to catch the team charter flight to Florida. After arriving in Orlando, some coaches spoke with the ESPN broadcast crew before the team departed for the traditional fireside, which was held at the Lake Nona/Hunters Creek Wards Meetinghouse in Orlando.
The team arrived to meet a packed audience for the fireside. The meeting began with senior wide receiver Keanu Nelson, who spoke for the first time at a fireside. Running back Toloa'i Ho Ching followed before wide receiver Mitch Mathews spoke. Ho Ching and Mathews both served missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Orlando area. They both served as Spanish-speaking missionaries and served together at times, going on exchanges.
The offensive line presented a special musical number, an arrangement of Secret Prayer and Abide 'Tis Eventide. Tuni Kanuch led the group singing a solo part. A player Q&A followed with players responding to questions such as what they do to feel the spirit, favorite scriptures and about attending BYU versus another school.
Coach Bronco Mendenhall wrapped up the meeting before the team stood and sang "We'll Bring the World His Truth," accompanied by running back Paul Lasike on the piano.
After the fireside, the team hopped on the buses and went down to Bright House Networks Stadium for a walk-through.
Check out the photos to see more from the day's events.