BYU Athletics Blog

Opponent previews: Tennessee State

Sep 25, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 2:04 pm | Updated: September 25, 2012 2:06 pm | Permalink

Starting today and continuing until the start of the regular season on Nov. 9, we will give a short synopsis of all of BYU's opponents here on the BYU Basketball Blog.

Tennessee State

Coach: Travis Williams

2011-12 record: 20-13

Ohio Valley conference record: 11-5, 2nd

Postseason: CollegeInsider.com First Round, lost to Mercer

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Top Returners
Robert Covington 6-9 F Sr. 17.8 ppg 7.9 rpg
Patrick Miller 6-1 G Jr. 10.8 ppg 3.6 apg
Kellen Thornton 6-7 F Sr. 9.1 ppg 4.5 rpg
Jordan Cyphers 6-4 G Sr. 8.0 ppg 1.7 rpg

Up Close: Joe Sampson

Sep 25, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 1:47 pm | Permalink

Our next 'Up Close' senior spotlight is No. 1 Joe Sampson, BYU's senior DB from Oakland, Calif.

Nickname: Show Time

Favorite cold cereal: Frosted Flakes

Favorite Bronco Mendenhall Quote: “You can be good or you can be great, it is a choice.”

Before a football game, I: Put my headphones on and enter the “zone”.

How did I spend my off-season: There is no off season!

Who is the best player I’ve ever faced: Rahsaan Vaughn (Oregon Ducks #10 W.R.)

What would I like to do sometime in my life is: I just want to be successful.

If I could play another position, what would it be: Running back was my original position.

Who has had the greatest influence on my football career: My Dad pushed me to be great.

What do I want to be doing 20 years from now: Coaching a successful football team.

How did I select my jersey number: It’s my favorite number, wore it in JUCO.

What is my favorite hobby or activity away from football: Boating.

What is the best book I’ve ever read: Talent is Overrated.

People say I look like: Young Jeezy.

What is my most memorable athletic achievement: Playing in National Championship in junior college.

If I had to give up all of my possessions except one, what would be the one thing I kept and why: My i-phone because technology is taking over my generation. It can do so many things.

My favorite scripture: Phillipians 4:13. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

My favorite website: www.google.com.

If I were on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” the person I’d call for my lifeline is: Duane Busby. He knows everything.

My advice to youngsters: Whatever you want to do, put forth all your effort.

One rule I’d change in college football is: Endzone celebrations.

On game day my friends and relatives: Call me and wish me good luck.

ESPN adds two games to WAC schedule involving BYU

Sep 24, 2012 - Posted by at 3:39 pm | Permalink

DENVER – ESPN has added two November non-conference games to the WAC schedule, both involving Brigham Young.  The BYU-San Jose State game on Nov. 17 and the BYU-New Mexico State game on Nov. 24 will be shown on either ESPNU or ESPN3.  The specific platform will be determined 12 days out for each game.
 
Kickoff for the San Jose State game is currently set for 1:00 p.m. PT while the New Mexico State game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. MT, but both could change if selected for ESPNU.
 
ESPN also announced that this Saturday’s Louisiana Tech-Virginia game in Charlottesville, Va., will be shown on ESPN3 at 3:30 p.m. ET.  Two other WAC teams will be featured this Saturday on ESPN platforms as Texas State hosts Nevada at 1:00 p.m. CT on the Longhorn Network and Utah State hosts UNLV at 6:00 p.m. MT on ESPN3.

Stephenson named CFPA Honorable Mention Punter of the Week

Sep 24, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 12:57 pm | Permalink

BYU punter Riley Stephenson has earned College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Punter of the Week accolades for his performance against No. 24 Boise State.

Though the Cougars fell in a close contest, 7-6, Stephenson made an impact on special teams with punts of 52, 55, 56 and 57 yards. The St. George, Utah, native punted six times for an average of 47.0 yards. Four of the senior’s six punts pinned the Broncos inside their 20-yard line.  

Stephenson is No. 5 nationally in punting with an average of 47.3 yards. Stephenson was also named the FBS Independent Special Teams Player of the Week.

Day 1: Travel 9/23

Sep 23, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 10:38 pm | Permalink

The BYU women's soccer team plays the University of Oregon tomorrow, Monday Sept. 24, so today they spent traveling to Oregon and get settled into their hotel. 

After traffic delayed the team's departure from Provo, they arrived at the airport with just enough time to run to the gate before their plane took off. A quiet flight landed them in Portland, Oregon, where they hopped on another bus and headed to the house of a friend of the team for some lunch. 

The girls went to church in Lake Oswego, Oregon, before getting back on the bus and driving two hours South to Eugene, Oregon, where they were finally able to get off the bus and relax in their hotel. 

Monday's game agains the Ducks starts at 7 p.m. PDT.

BYU at Boise State Fireside

Sep 19, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 9:20 pm | Permalink

The BYU football team held a fireside for nearly 1,700 members of the Boise area Wednesday night, with video being streamed to 12 other buildings in the area.

Those in attendance heard spritual messages from receivers and brothers Marcus and Mitch Mathews. Marcus spoke about gaining the proper perspective on life and set the tone for the meeting. His brother Mitch spoke about battling through ups and downs and bore testimony of the Savior.

Two musical numbers were shared, one by several polynesian members of the team singing Nearer My God To Thee and another with the majority of the team singing We'll Bring the World His Truth.

Head coach Bronco Mendenhall spoke about The Book of Mormon and the power that it holds. He shared his story of how he gained a testimony and the blessings of The Book of Mormon.

President Cecil O. Samuelson was also at the fireside and gave a brief closing testimony.

Following the meeting players stayed behind to visit with members and fans who came to support them.

Hero Ride Update

Sep 18, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 4:22 pm | Updated: September 18, 2012 4:28 pm | Permalink

Day 1 of the Hero Ride for the Holly & Bronco Mendenhall Foundation kicked off yesterday with 87 riders congregating at the football team's practice field and making the first leg of the trip to LaVell Edwards Stadium. 

Nearly every single rider made the trip to LaVell Edwards Stadium before the more experienced riders continued on to complete the first day of the ride in Brigham City, Utah. Click here to see a map of the first day. 

Flat tires and minor crashes didn't deter the riders as they arrived in Brigham City at 2 a.m. to rest for the night and get up this morning for Day 2's journey into Burley, Idaho. Click here to see a map of the second day.

Day 3: Burley, Idaho to Glenns Ferry, Idaho

Day 4, Part I: Glenns Ferry, Idaho to Indian Creek, Idaho

Day 5, Part II: Lucky Peak, Idaho to Boise State Stadium

"Like" the Hero Ride 2012 Facebook page for pictures and other updates.

Utah pre-game fireside

Sep 13, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 2:12 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall, his wife, Holly, and members of the BYU football team will participate in an hour-long devotional Friday at 7 p.m. at Assembly Hall at Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City.

With both players and coaches involved, speakers at the fireside will talk about the meaning of discipleship and what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. A special musical number will be performed by members of the team as well. Messages will focus on how we should seek to follow the Savior’s example in all aspects of our life, and as we do so, we can come to a clear understanding of our purpose here on earth.

The BYU football team has been holding regular firesides throughout the football season since the Cougars’ trip to New Mexico during the 2005 season.

Following is a list of fireside dates and the locations for each fireside during the 2012 season. All firesides are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. local time.
 

2012 Fireside Schedule


Friday, Sept. 14 (Utah)
Assembly Hall
Temple Square, Downtown
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Wednesday, Sept. 19 (Boise State)
Meridian East Stake Center
11443 McMillan Road
Boise, ID 83713

Thursday, Sept. 27 (Hawai'i)
Provo Wasatch Stake Center
1625 South Slate Canyon Drive
Provo, UT 84601

Friday, Oct. 12 (Oregon State)
Spanish Fork Stake Center
1006 East 200 South
Spanish Fork, UT 84660

Friday, Oct. 19 (Notre Dame)
Michigan City Branch Building
402 East Coolspring Avenue
Michigan City, IN 46360

Friday, Oct. 26 (Georgia Tech)
Brockett Ward Building
1974 Brockett Road
Tucker, GA 30084

Friday, Nov. 16 (San Jose State)
San Jose South Stake Center
5700 Comanche Drive
San Jose, CA 95123

Friday, Nov. 23 (New Mexico State)
El Paso Stake Center
1212 Sumac Drive
El Paso, TX 79925

Up Close: Reed Hornung

Sep 11, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 12:04 pm | Updated: September 11, 2012 12:28 pm | Permalink

Our next "Up Close" senior spotlight is No. 96 Reed Hornung, BYU's deep snapper from Anoka, Minn.

Favorite cold cereal: Cap’n Crunch

Favorite Bronco Mendenhall Quote: “There are two ways to lose, you die or quit.”

Before a football game, I: Listen to my i-Pod and walk around the field.

How did I spend my off-season: I don’t have an “off” season.

Who is the best player I’ve ever faced: Michael Floyd.

What would I like to do sometime in my life: Go skydiving.

If I could play another position, what would it be: Linebacker.

Who has had the greatest influence on my football career: Both my parents and my high school coach.

What do I want to be doing 20 years from now: Living the American dream.

How did I select my jersey number: Its the best number in football.

What is my favorite hobby or activity away from football: Golfing and fishing.

What is the best book I’ve ever read: The Message.

People say I look like: Brandon Weedon.

What is my most memorable athletic achievement: Being a scholarship athlete at BYU.

My favorite scripture: Omni 1:26.

My favorite website: www.espn.com.

My advice to youngsters: Don’t let others define you, define yourself.

One rule I’d change in college football is: Helmet to helmet.

On game day my friends and relatives: All text me before and after the game.

BYU enters AP football rankings at No. 25

Sep 09, 2012 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 1:56 pm | Permalink
 
Coming off a 45-13 victory over Weber State Saturday, BYU (2-0) received a No. 25 national ranking in The Associated Press Top 25 poll released Sunday. The Cougars joined UCLA (No. 22), Tennessee (No. 23) and Arizona (No. 24) as new teams in the AP college football poll this week. 
 
BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall's teams have now received a spot in one of the two major national polls during each season since 2006 and are one of 11 programs that have earned a final national ranking in five of the past six seasons. The Cougars, who opened the year with a 30-6 win over Washington State, are listed 30th overall among others receiving votes in this week's USA Today Coaches' Poll. 
 
The top four spots in the AP poll remained the same with Alabama at No. 1 followed by USC, LSU and Oregon. Florida State moved up from No. 6 into a tie with Oklahoma at No. 5. Georgia, South Carolina, West Virginia and Michigan State round out the top 10. 
 
Upcoming BYU opponents also received votes in the AP poll with Notre Dame moving up two spots to No. 20, while Boise State is listed just outside the rankings at 26th, Oregon State at 29th and Utah State at 41st.  
 
Dropping out of the AP poll were Arkansas, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Oklahoma State. Arkansas, which fell from a top-10 ranking in both polls last week after its loss to Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, landed at No. 21 in the Coaches' poll while Wisconsin dropped to No. 22 and Nebraska to No. 24 after losses.  The Cowboys joined idle Boise State in teams dropping out of the Coaches' poll.
 
Alabama also maintained its top ranking by the coaches but LSU was given the nod over USC at No. 2. Notre Dame received a No. 19 ranking by the coaches, while Boise State is listed 26th. 
 
Up next for BYU is in-state rival Utah. The Cougars will face the Utes on Saturday in Salt Lake City in an 8 p.m. MT kick on ESPN2.