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Video: Craig Cusick's journey

Feb 26, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 2:43 pm | Updated: February 26, 2013 3:14 pm | Permalink

Senior walk-on Craig Cusick hit the buzzer beater in BYU's 70-68 win over Utah State just a few hours after finding out his father had been diagnosed with cancer. 

BYUtv featured Craig in one of their recent videos, and also included an extended video with words from teammate Brock Zylstra and assistant coach Tim LaComb about Craig and the Cusick family. 

See both videos below.

Cancer can affect everyone, and certainly the BYU basketball team is no exception. BYU head coach Dave Rose is a cancer survivor, surviving a cancer scare in June of 2009.

Ezekiel Ansah impresses at NFL Scouting Combine

Feb 25, 2013 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 4:03 pm | Updated: February 26, 2013 1:55 pm | Permalink

Former BYU defensive lineman Ezekiel Ansah worked out for NFL scouts, coaches and other NFL personnel at the NFL Scouting Combine on Monday in Indianapolis.

"Ziggy" Ansah, who measured in at just over 6-foot-5 and 271 pounds, was one of 53 defensive linemen invited to this year's combine. The Ghana native ran a 4.63 40-yard dash to turn heads at workouts, coming in at No. 6 among all defensive linemen. Of the five players recording times faster than Ansah, only one weighed more than 250 pounds. Ansah's 10-yard split of 1.56 seconds was also among the top defensive line marks.

In the 20-yard shuttle drill, Ansah had the best time among all defensive linemen with 4.26 seconds and finished the three cone drill in 7.11 seconds, good for 10th among the defensive linemen.

Ansah posted a vertical jump of 34.5 inches, tied for No. 7 among defensive lineman. He also recorded a broad jump of 9 feet, 10 inches (118.0 inches) and put up 21 reps on the bench press.

Receiving a lot of attention throughout the day, check out Ansah's interview on the NFL Network, his 40-yard dash and some additional comments on Ansah from NFL Network commentators.

Ansah interview at NFL Combine on NFL Network

Ansah runs 40-yard dash

Ansah's draft potential

BYU Coach's Show: Sunday 2/24

Feb 25, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 12:38 pm | Permalink

Live from the KSL 5 TV studios, coach Dave Rose began his weekly coach's show with a full recap of last week's games. Last week BYU defeated Utah State 70-68 and fell to Saint Mary's 64-57 on the road. 

"I think our win at home definitely gave us some momentum going into that Saint Mary's game. We couldn't quite get it done but we'll be looking forward to another oppourtunity to play them, hopefully, in the conference tournament."

Against Utah State Rose said he couldn't have imagined a better ending, with Craig Cusick hitting the buzzer beater after earlier that day he found out his father had cancer. Cusick finished with four points in the game and a team-high five rebounds. Tyler Haws's performance was also recognized - the sophomore finished with 27 points, making a career-high 14 trips to the free-throw line and finishing 12 of them. 

"Good win for our guys - but, on a personal note, a great win for Craig after such a tough day."

Coach Rose said he thought the team was ready against Saint Mary's and, defensively, it was one of their best games. Against the Gaels, Brandon Davies' 25 points were praised as the one offensive constant throughout the game. 

Later in the show, Davies' ability to be effective in the post and how the team runs their offense through him was discussed by coach Rose. 

And to wrap up the show, coach Rose talked about how the rest of the West Coast Conference teams are shaping up and what's next on the schedule for BYU. 

Watch the full show on KSL.com and don't miss coach Rose on KSL 5 TV every Sunday night at 11 p.m. MST.

 

Braden Brown performs well at NFL Scouting Combine

Feb 23, 2013 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 4:27 pm | Updated: February 23, 2013 8:37 pm | Permalink

Former BYU offensive tackle Braden Brown is in Indianapolis participating in the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. Brown is one of 58 offensive lineman invited to the combine. 

Brown, who measured at 6-foot-5.5 inches and 310 pounds, participated in workouts on Friday and Saturday and performed in the top 25 consistently during the combine. He recorded a time of 7.43 seconds in the three-cone drill, which ranked No. 5 overall among offensive lineman. The top time was Jeff Baca of UCLA at 7.26. Baca also had the top 20-yard shuttle time at 4.44 seconds along with Eric Fisher of Central Michigan. Brown ranked No. 15 at 4.7 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle.  

A Salt Lake City native, Brown ran a 5.2-second 40-yard dash to rank No. 19 overall among all offensive lineman timed and also ranked 19th with a vertical jump of 28 inches. Terron Armstead of Arkansas-Pine Bluff achieved the top marks in both categories with a 4.71 40-yard dash and 34.5 vertical jump.  

Brown did 26 reps on the bench press, which ranked 23rd overall. Ohio's Eric Herman totaled 36 reps to lead the way. Brown's 100-inch broad jump ranked 26th with Lane Johnson of Oklahoma having the top distance of 118 inches.

Joining Brown at the combine is BYU defensive lineman Ezekiel Ansah, who is scheduled for workouts on Monday in Indianapolis. 

To follow the combine results go to NFL.com.

Van Noy, All-Americans honored

Feb 22, 2013 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 11:48 am | Updated: February 22, 2013 3:36 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah -- During halftime of the BYU men’s basketball game against Utah State Tuesday, junior football player Kyle Van Noy was presented the College Football Performance Award (CFPA) Defensive Performer of the Year and BYU honored its 39 All-Americans from 2012.

Bradley C. Smith, Executive Director of the CFPA presented the award to Van Noy following the All-America presentation. Check out this video of the presentation and some comments from Van Noy afterward as well as his BYUtv interview during the basketball game.

In addition to earning the Defensive Performer of the Year trophy, Van Noy was previously honored with the 2012 CFPA Linebacker Trophy, becoming the second Cougar to earn national CFPA individual honors, following 2009 tight end recipient Dennis Pitta.

A 6-foot-3, 235-pound outside linebacker from Reno, Nev., Van Noy earned 2012 All-America honors finishing the year ranked tied for No. 2 nationally in both sacks (13) and forced fumbles (6), while also ranking No. 4 in tackles for loss (22) and tied for seventh in blocked kicks (2).

Van Noy led BYU in sacks, tackles for loss, quarterback hurries (8) and blocked kicks. He also set a school record with six forced fumbles. He totaled 53 tackles while adding five pass breakups, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and two touchdowns to become the only player in the nation to record a stat in every major defensive category each of the last two seasons.

A 2012 All-Bowl Team selection, Van Noy also had what many consider the best defensive performance of the bowl season, scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter of BYU's Poinsettia Bowl victory to help the Cougars claim their fourth straight bowl victory.

All-America honorees from last year’s winter sports and the recently-ended fall sports were recognized prior to the trophy presentation. Both All-America and Academic All-America awardees were honored.

For below for a complete list of 2012 BYU All-Americans and some photos from the evening.

2012 All-Americans

Women’s Basketball

Kristen Riley: AP Honorable Mention

Men’s Swim/Dive

Brandon Watson: NCAA Second Team

Baseball

Mason Marshall: Louisville Slugger Freshman Team

Softball

Delaney Willard: NFCA First Team, Easton First Team

JC Clayton: Easton Second Team

Stacie Toney: CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team

Women’s Indoor Track

Lacy Bleazard: USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Sarah Edwards: USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Christen Guenther: USTFCCCA Pole Vault Second Team

Katie Palmer: USTFCCCA 800m First Team, NCAA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Nachelle Mackie: USTFCCCA 800m First Team, USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team, USTFCCCA Academic All-America, CoSIDA All-America

Men’s Indoor Track

Miles Batty: USTFCCCA Mile First Team, USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team, USTFCCCA Academic All-America, CoSIDA All-America

Cade Lindahl: USTFCCCA 400m Second Team, NCAA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Ryan Waite: USTFCCCA 800m Second Team, NCAA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Rex Shields: USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Victor Weirich: USTFCCCA Pole Vault Second Team

Men’s Volleyball

Futi Tavana: AVCA First Team

Taylor Sander: AVCA First Team

Women’s Outdoor Track

Nachelle Mackie: USTFCCCA 800m First Team

Allyson Anderson: USTFCCCA Javelin Second Team

Men’s Outdoor Track

Miles Batty: USTFCCCA 1500m First Team

Chris Carter: USTFCCCA 400m Hurdles First Team, NCAA 4x400m Second Team

Jared Ward: USTFCCCA 10,000m First Team

Alden Bahr: USTFCCCA 10,000m Second Team

Jason Hinds: USTFCCCA 4x400m Second Team

Cade Lindahl: USTFCCCA 4x400m Second Team

Shaquille Walker: USTFCCCA 4x400m Second Team

Men’s Cross Country

Jared Ward: USTFCCCA First Team

Tylor Thatcher: USTFCCCA First Team

Women’s Soccer

Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall: NSCAA First Team, Senior CLASS First Team All-America, TopDrawerSoccer All-America First Team

Jessica Ringwood: NSCAA Second Team

Carlee Payne Holmoe: NSCAA Scholar All-America Second Team

Erica Owens: NSCAA Scholar All-America Second Team

Cloee Cholohan: TopDrawerSoccer All-America Third Team

Michele Murphy: TopDrawerSoccer All Freshman First Team

Football

Riley Stephenson: AP Second Team, SI.com Second Team, CBSSports.com Second Team, Phil Steele Third Team, College Sports Madness Third Team

Kyle Van Noy: AP Third Team, SI.com Honorable Mention, CBSSports.com Second Team, Phil Steele Third Team, College Sports Madness Third Team

Cody Hoffman: SI.com Honorable Mention

Ezekiel Ansah: Pro Football Weekly Honorable Mention

Women’s Volleyball

Jennifer Hamson: AVCA First Team, Volleyball Magazine Second Team

Nicole Warner: AVCA Honorable Mention, Volleyball Magazine Third Team

Heather Hannemann: AVCA Honorable Mention

Alexa Gray: AVCA Honorable Mention

Postgraduate Scholarships

Miles Batty: WCC Postgraduate Scholarship, NCAA Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship

BYU All-Americans honored

Feb 22, 2013 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 11:40 am | Updated: February 22, 2013 11:56 am | Permalink

PROVO, Utah -- During halftime of the BYU men’s basketball game against Utah State Tuesday, BYU honored its 39 All-Americans from 2012.

Honorees from last year’s winter sports and the recently-ended fall sports were named. Both All-America and Academic All-America awardees were honored.

For a complete list of 2012 BYU All-Americans, see list below.

Junior football player Kyle Van Noy was also presented the College Football Performance Award (CFPA) Defensive Performer of the Year trophy by Bradley C. Smith, Executive Director of the CFPA.

In addition to earning the Defensive Performer of the Year Trophy, Van Noy was previously honored with the 2012 CFPA Linebacker Trophy, becoming the second Cougar to earn national CFPA individual honors, following 2009 tight end recipient Dennis Pitta.

A 6-foot-3, 235-pound outside linebacker from Reno, Nev., Van Noy earned 2012 All-America honors finishing the year ranked tied for No. 2 nationally in both sacks (13) and forced fumbles (6), while also ranking No. 4 in tackles for loss (22) and tied for seventh in blocked kicks (2).

Van Noy led BYU in sacks, tackles for loss, quarterback hurries (8) and blocked kicks. He also set a school record with six forced fumbles. He totaled 53 tackles while adding five pass breakups, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and two touchdowns to become the only player in the nation to record a stat in every major defensive category each of the last two seasons.

A 2012 All-Bowl Team selection, Van Noy also had what many consider the best defensive performance of the bowl season, scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter of BYU's Poinsettia Bowl victory to help the Cougars claim their fourth straight bowl victory.

2012 All-Americans

Women’s Basketball

Kristen Riley: AP Honorable Mention

Men’s Swim/Dive

Brandon Watson: NCAA Second Team

Baseball

Mason Marshall: Louisville Slugger Freshman Team

Softball

Delaney Willard: NFCA First Team, Easton First Team

JC Clayton: Easton Second Team

Stacie Toney: CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team

Women’s Indoor Track

Lacy Bleazard: USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Sarah Edwards: USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Christen Guenther: USTFCCCA Pole Vault Second Team

Katie Palmer: USTFCCCA 800m First Team, NCAA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Nachelle Mackie: USTFCCCA 800m First Team, USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team, USTFCCCA Academic All-America, CoSIDA All-America

Men’s Indoor Track

Miles Batty: USTFCCCA Mile First Team, USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team, USTFCCCA Academic All-America, CoSIDA All-America

Cade Lindahl: USTFCCCA 400m Second Team, NCAA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Ryan Waite: USTFCCCA 800m Second Team, NCAA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Rex Shields: USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Victor Weirich: USTFCCCA Pole Vault Second Team

Men’s Volleyball

Futi Tavana: AVCA First Team

Taylor Sander: AVCA First Team

Women’s Outdoor Track

Nachelle Mackie: USTFCCCA 800m First Team

Allyson Anderson: USTFCCCA Javelin Second Team

Men’s Outdoor Track

Miles Batty: USTFCCCA 1500m First Team

Chris Carter: USTFCCCA 400m Hurdles First Team, NCAA 4x400m Second Team

Jared Ward: USTFCCCA 10,000m First Team

Alden Bahr: USTFCCCA 10,000m Second Team

Jason Hinds: USTFCCCA 4x400m Second Team

Cade Lindahl: USTFCCCA 4x400m Second Team

Shaquille Walker: USTFCCCA 4x400m Second Team

Men’s Cross Country

Jared Ward: USTFCCCA First Team

Tylor Thatcher: USTFCCCA First Team

Women’s Soccer

Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall: NSCAA First Team, Senior CLASS First Team All-America, TopDrawerSoccer All-America First Team

Jessica Ringwood: NSCAA Second Team

Carlee Payne Holmoe: NSCAA Scholar All-America Second Team

Erica Owens: NSCAA Scholar All-America Second Team

Cloee Cholohan: TopDrawerSoccer All-America Third Team

Michele Murphy: TopDrawerSoccer All Freshman First Team

Football

Riley Stephenson: AP Second Team, SI.com Second Team, CBSSports.com Second Team, Phil Steele Third Team, College Sports Madness Third Team

Kyle Van Noy: AP Third Team, SI.com Honorable Mention, CBSSports.com Second Team, Phil Steele Third Team, College Sports Madness Third Team

Cody Hoffman: SI.com Honorable Mention

Ezekiel Ansah: Pro Football Weekly Honorable Mention

Women’s Volleyball

Jennifer Hamson: AVCA First Team, Volleyball Magazine Second Team

Nicole Warner: AVCA Honorable Mention, Volleyball Magazine Third Team

Heather Hannemann: AVCA Honorable Mention

Alexa Gray: AVCA Honorable Mention

Postgraduate Scholarships

Miles Batty: WCC Postgraduate Scholarship, NCAA Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship

Jodi Maxfield on DanceTeacher Cover

Feb 21, 2013 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 5:02 pm | Permalink

Congratulations to BYU Cougarette director Jodi Maxfield who was featured on the March 2013 cover of DanceTeacher magazine. Maxfield came to BYU in 1991 and has built one the nations top college dance programs. Under her direction, the Cougarettes have won 10 National College Dance team champions — eight NDA titles and two hip-hop national championships.  Maxfield was recognized as one of the Nation's Outstanding Directors in 2003 and 2004.

Softball All-Americans honored at men's basketball game

Feb 20, 2013 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 9:13 pm | Updated: February 21, 2013 3:36 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah--Senior shortstop JC Clayton and former Cougar outfielder and second baseman, Delaney Willard and Stacie Toney, were honored Tuesday at the men's basketball game for their All-American awards. The three players earned All-American accolades for their 45-win season in 2012, where they won the Western Athletic tournament championship and went onto the team's eight-straight postseason tournament. Clayton and Willard are just two of the nine softball All-Americans in Cougar history, while Toney is just the second Academic All-American to represent BYU softball. 

JC Clayton

  • Easton Second-Team All-American
  • NFCA All-Region First Team
  • All-WAC First Team
  • Named BYU Offensive Player of the Year by team coaches
  • Only player in the nation ranked in the top-25 in all of the following national categories (final regular season):
    #5 Hits (73)
    #22 Runs scored (50)
    #23 Batting average (.427)
    #25 Triples (4)

Stacie Toney

  • CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team
  • NFCA All-Region Second Team
  • CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 First Team
  • WAC Scholar-Athlete 
  • All-WAC Tournament MVP
  • All-WAC Tournament Team
  • Second player in BYU history to be named Academic All-America

Delaney Willard

  • NFCA First-Team All-American
  • Easton First-Team All-American
  • National Player of the Year Top-25 Finalist
  • WAC Player of the Year
  • NFCA All-Region First Team
  • All-WAC First Team
  • All-WAC Tournament Team
  • Named Team MVP by the BYU coaching staff

Craig Cusick on ESPN SportsCenter

Feb 20, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 4:52 pm | Updated: February 20, 2013 5:06 pm | Permalink

After hitting the game-winning buzzer beater in BYU's 70-68 victory over Utah State, BYU senior Craig Cusick was featured on ESPN's SportsCenter. Cusick talked about what the shot meant for him personally after finding out earlier that day his father had cancer.

Cusick has moved himself into a starting position, getting nine starts this season, and is averaging 4.2 points per game after walking onto the team three years ago as a practice player, meaning he wasn't listed on the official roster. 

UP CLOSE with Kelli Ehardt

Feb 20, 2013 - Posted by Steven Tew at 2:59 pm | Updated: February 20, 2013 4:37 pm | Permalink

Despite the facts Kelli Ehardt is a student and an athlete at the present time, she has different asperations of what she wants to be in the future. In addition to becoming a wife and a mother, Kelli wants to become a fire fighter.

Another fun fact about Kelli is before signing with BYU, she did not really want to come here.

"I actually didn't want to come here, but after my recruiting trip, I really fell in love with the atmosphere and the standards that other schools didn't have to offer."

She also wishes she was a pirate due to her love for Pirates of the Caribbean, and she hates bears. To find out more about the life of this pole vaulter, read on...

Height- 5-4

Hometown- Colorado Springs, Colo.

Major- Exercise science

Track and field events- Pole vault

Favorite movie...

"I love all the Pirates of the Caribbean movies."

Best place to eat in Provo...

"China Garden on State Street, and Sammy's is great too."

Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight...

"Harry Potter. No contest."

If you could be doing anything in 10 years it would be...

"I would love to be married with a family and working as a firefighter and a coach."

Funniest member of the BYU track team and why...

"Do coaches count? If so, then the throws coach, Nik Arrhenius, wins that contest!"

Best catchphrase or line from a book, movie or TV show...

"May the odds be ever in your favor." -Hunger Games

Hidden Talent...

"I know how to do glass etching and how to play the mouth kazoo."

Favorite pro sports team...

Denver Broncos

If you had a time machine, when/where would you go and why...

"I would go back to when there were pirates and be the fiercest pirate in the Caribbean!"

Best athlete in any sport at BYU... 

"I would say Kyle Van Noy."

If you could add one thing to the BYU campus, what would it be...

"Make the RB stairs escalators for going up and have slides in the middle for going down."

Favorite musical artist/band...

"I like a lot of different music, but I really love Hans Zimmer and Carrie Underwood."

Most embarrassing moment...

"When I was eight-years old, I put my gymnastics leotard on backwards and missed the march out. I thought my dad had shrunk my leotard until one of my teammates pointed out the logo that was meant to be on the front was on the back. That was the most red I've ever been."

Something most people do not know about you...

"I have an irrational fear of bears, and it drives my family crazy when we go camping. The funny thing is I really love camping."

Favorite inspirational quote...

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists. It's real. It's possible. It's yours.” -Ayn Rand