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BYU Football Couple's Clinic/Date Night

Jul 31, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 10:50 pm | Updated: July 31, 2012 11:41 pm | Permalink

The lights in LaVell Edwards Stadium were shining late into the night, Tuesday, for the football team's Date Night/Couple's Clinic. Laughs and cheers could be heard as coaches, players and fans gathered for drills, dinner, a short talent show, a comedic performance and a fun atmosphere to celebrate the start of a new BYU football season.

When the couples first arrived they received a t-shirt and nametage, and were treated to a Ruby River dinner with BYU's players and coaches. After dinner and lots of autographs, the couples laughed with Utah comedian Keith Stubbs before being entertained by junior Justin Sorenson's unicycling and juggling.

Basic football knowledge from offensive coordinator Brandon Doman and coach Nick Howell was next on the schedule as the couples gathered to hear about BYU's offense and defense this upcoming season.

To wrap up the eventful night, the couples split up into eight groups and were able to have some one-on-one time with the players. Couples learned a few techniques from players in all different positions and even had a chance to put their knowledge to the test on the field.

US Men's Volleyball Improves to 2-0 in London Olympics

Jul 31, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 2:18 pm | Updated: July 31, 2012 2:20 pm | Permalink

The U.S. men’s volleyball team continued its strong early run at the London Olympics with a quick three-set sweep over Germany Tuesday.

The Americans made quick of the Germans in an 89-minute 25-23, 25-26, 25-20 victory.

Team USA has not lost a set yet and plays No. 1 Brazil on Thursday. The two teams last met in the World Cup in November, where the Brazilians prevailed in four sets.

Former Cougars Russell Holmes and Rich Lambourne continued their contribution to the U.S. team as the starting middle blocker and designated libero, respectively

Clay Stanley led the way by scoring 16 points and Matt Anderson added 15 in the defending Olympic champions’ win. The Germans were led by Georg Grozer with 12.

Holmes and David Lee combined for seven kill blocks as U.S. coach Alan Knipe praised the blocking defense immediately in his post-match comments for the second straight time.

Team USA, ranked fifth in the world, improved to 2-0 with six points in Pool B. The Americans continue Pool B on Thursday against Brazil at 8 p.m. local time (noon PT). Team USA, with three Olympic Games titles to its credit, has now won 10 straight matches in Olympic Games competition.

 

Pool A:
Bulgaria (6 points, 2-0)
Argentina (3 points, 1-1)
Poland (3 points, 1-1)
Italy (3 points 1-1)
Australia (0 points, 0-1)
Great Britain (0 points, 0-1)

Pool B
USA (6 points, 2-0)
Brazil (3 points, 1-0)
Russia (3 points, 1-0)
Serbia (3 points, 1-1)
Germany (0 points, 0-2)
Tunisia (0 points, 0-2)

2012-13 roster preview

Jul 31, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:07 am | Updated: August 28, 2012 9:32 am | Permalink

The roster for the 2012-13 men’s basketball season has been posted on BYUcougars.com. This season’s roster includes 16 players — 13 on scholarship and three non-scholarship players (returning senior Craig Cusick, returned missionary and redshirt freshman Kyle Rose and freshman Cooper Ainge). Here are some of interesting facts to help you get to know this season’s team.

Starting Experience

Nine players on the 2012-13 roster have starting experience (total of 178 starts) and four of those have started the majority of a single season (Brandon Davies, Tyler Haws, Brock Zylstra and Matt Carlino). By comparison, only four players had starting experience entering the 2011-12 season (total of 128 career starts) and one of those was Chris Collinsworth, who played just two games last season before sitting out the rest of the year with a knee injury. Despite fielding a roster that had few players with starting experience and included seven newcomers, coach Dave Rose led the 2011-12 Cougars to 26 wins and a victory in the NCAA Tournament.

Name Career Starts
Brandon Davies 62
Tyler Haws 33
Brock Zylstra 28
Matt Carlino 24
Anson Winder 15
Chris Collinsworth 10
Craig Cusick 3
Stephen Rogers 2
Nate Austin 1

Statistics

The 2012-13 roster returns more statisically in every category except for blocks than the 2011-12 roster did from the previous season. It is also important to note that the numbers for entering 2012-13 do not include any statistics from Tyler Haws's freshman season in 2009-10, when he totaled 397 points, 146 rebounds, 54 assists, five blocks, 26 steals and made 25 3-pointers. He also made his final 48 free throw attempts, a BYU record streak he will look to add to this season.

Statistic Entering 2012-13 Entering 2011-12
Returning scoring 60.9% (1,660 of 2,727 points) 38.6% (1162 of 3,012 points)
Returning 3-point FGs 70.0% (163 of 233 3-point FGs) 26.0% (81 of 312 3-point FGs)
Returning rebounding 68.4% (921 of 1,347 rebounds) 60.0% (856 of 1,425 rebounds)
Returning assists 73.1% (438 of 599 assists) 33.3% (179 of 538 assists)
Returning blocks 57.8% (89 of 154 blocks) 82.0% (123 of 150 blocks)
Returning steals 72.0% (213 of 296 steals) 32.6% (97 of 298 steals)
Returning minutes 67.1% (4,369 of 7,000 minutes) 45.2% (3,379 of 7,474 minutes)

Newcomers

This season's roster includes four newcomers and two returning redshirt freshmen. The newcomers include Cooper Ainge (son of BYU legend Danny Ainge and brother of former Cougar point guard Austin Ainge), Agustin (Ambrosino (transfer from Salt Lake Community College), Cory Calvert (2012 5A MVP in the state of Colorado) and Raul Delgado (transfer from Western Nebraska Community College). The returning redshirt freshmen include Ian Harward (redshirt in 2011-12) and Kyle Rose (redshirt in 2009-10 prior to serving a mission in Salt Lake City). Here are some of the highlights for the newcomers.

  • Ainge averaged 13.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game as a senior at Wellesley High School
  • Ambrosino averaged 9.6 points and 5.3 boards while shooting .498 from the field and .438 from three for a Salt Lake Community College team that went 22-9 in 2011-12
  • Calvert led Chaparral High School to the 2012 5A state title, a 25-3 record and was named the 5A MVP and all-state while averaging 22.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.1 assists
  • Delgado led Western Nebraska Community College to a 26-7 record, was named the Nebraska JC MVP and averaged 18.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game while shooting .485 from the field, .433 from three and .768 from the free throw line

Position Breakdown

Point Guard Wing Post
Cooper Ainge 6-0 Fr. Cory Calvert 6-3 Fr. Agustin Ambrosino 6-8 Jr.
Cory Calvert 6-3 Fr. Raul Delgado 6-2 Jr. Nate Austin 6-11 So.
Matt Carlino 6-2 So. Tyler Haws 6-5 So. Chris Collinsworth 6-9 So.
Craig Cusick 6-2 Sr. Stephen Rogers 6-8 Sr. Brandon Davies 6-9 Sr.
Kyle Rose 6-0 Fr. Josh Sharp 6-7 So. Ian Harward 6-11 Fr.
      Anson Winder 6-3 So. Josh Sharp 6-7 So.
      Brock Zylstra 6-6 Sr.      

Chad Lewis featured by mormon.org

Jul 30, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:06 pm | Permalink

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has created a video featuring former Cougar and NFL tight end Chad Lewis. The video (see below) can be found on mormon.org and features Lewis' football career and his hike up Mt. Kilimanjaro that helped bring attention to the Wounded Warriors Project. Lewis currently works as BYU's associate athletic director for development.

U.S. Men's Volleyball Sweeps Serbia in Opener

Jul 30, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 11:25 am | Permalink

The U.S. Olympic Men’s Volleyball team opened its Olympic Games title defense with a 25-17, 25-22, 25-21 sweep over Serbia Sunday in London.

Former Cougars Russell Holmes and Rich Lambourne contributed in the match as the starting middle blocker and designated libero, respectively. Holmes charted three kills and three blocks for six points in his first Olympic match.

Team U.S.A. out-blocked Serbia 16-11 as both teams served five aces and totaled 19 digs. The Americans held Serbia to a .115 hitting efficiency (34-24-87).

Four years ago, the U.S. men went undefeated in Beijing, upsetting Brazil in the final.

The U.S. is ranked No. 5 by volleyball’s governing body. The team is in a difficult pool in London, joining top-ranked Brazil, perennial powerhouse Russia, Serbia, Germany, and Tunisia. In the other pool are Italy, Poland, Argentina, Bulgaria, Australia, and host Britain.

The U.S. team, ranked fifth in the world, continues Pool B on Tuesday against Germany at 4:45 p.m. local time (8:45 a.m. PT).

 

2012 U.S. Olympic Men’s Volleyball Team
# - Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 - Matt Anderson (OH, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
2 - Sean Rooney (OH, 6-9, Wheaton, Ill., Pepperdine)
4 - David Lee (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Calif., Long Beach State)
5 - Rich Lambourne (L, 6-3, Tustin, Calif., BYU)
6 - Paul Lotman (OH, 6-7, Lakewood, Calif., Long Beach State)
7 - Donald Suxho (S, 6-5, Korce, Albania, University of Southern California)
8 - Reid Priddy (OH, 6-5, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
11 - Brian Thornton (S, 6-3, San Clemente, Calif., UC Irvine)
12 - Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
13 - Clay Stanley (OPP, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Hawaii)
20 - David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)
21 - David McKienzie (Opp, 6-4, Littleton, Colo., Long Beach State)

Head Coach: Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Team Manager: Rob Browning (Newport Beach, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: John Speraw (Irvine, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Gary Sato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Ron Larsen (Lafayette, Calif.)
Technical Coordinator: Chris Jackson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Medical Support: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)
Scout Coach: Andy Read (Garden Grove, Calif.)
Scout Coach: Mike Sealy (Santa Monica, Calif.)

Pool A:
Argentina (3 points, 1-0)
Bulgaria (3 points, 1-0)
Italy (0 points 0-0)
Poland (0 points, 0-0)
Australia (0 points, 0-1)
Great Britain (0 points, 1 points)

Pool B
USA (3 points, 1-0)
Brazil (0 points, 0-0)
Russia (0 points, 0-0)
Germany (0 points, 0-0)
Tunisia (0 points, 0-0)
Serbia (0 points, 0-1)

Schedule

July 29: Bulgaria def. Great Britain 25-18, 25-20, 26-24
July 29: Russia def. Germany 31-29, 25-18, 25-17
July 29: Argentina def. Australia 25-21, 25-22, 25-20
July 29: USA def. Serbia 25-16, 25-22, 25-21
July 29: Italy vs. Poland, 8 p.m.
July 29: Brazil vs. Tunisia, 10 p.m.

July 31: Serbia vs. Tunisia, 9:30 a.m.
July 31: Poland vs. Bulgaria, 11:30 a.m.
July 31: Italy vs. Argentina, 2:45 p.m.
July 31: USA vs. Germany, 4:45 p.m. (8:45 a.m. PT)
July 31: Great Britain vs. Australia, 8 p.m.
July 31: Brazil vs. Russia, 10 p.m.

Aug. 2: Serbia vs. Germany, 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 2: Australia vs. Bulgaria, 11:30 a.m.
Aug. 2: Russia vs. Tunisia, 2:45 p.m.
Aug. 2: Poland vs. Argentina, 4:45 p.m.
Aug. 2: Brazil vs. USA, 8 p.m. (noon PT)
Aug. 2: Great Britain vs. Italy, 10 p.m.

Aug. 4: Germany vs. Tunisia, 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 4: Great Britain vs. Poland, 11:30 a.m.
Aug. 4: Australia vs. Italy, 2:45 p.m.
Aug. 4: Russia vs. USA, 4:45 p.m. (8:45 a.m.)
Aug. 4: Argentina vs. Bulgaria, 8 p.m.
Aug. 4: Brazil vs. Serbia, 10 p.m.

Aug. 6: Australia vs. Poland, 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 6: Russia vs. Serbia, 11:30 a.m.
Aug. 6: Italy vs. Bulgaria, 2:45 p.m.
Aug. 6: Great Britain vs. Argentina, 4:45 p.m.
Aug. 6: USA vs. Tunisia, 8 p.m. (noon PT)
Aug. 6: Brazil vs. Germany, 10 p.m.

Aug. 8: Quarterfinal Matches at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Aug. 10: Semifinal Matches at 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 12: Men’s Bronze Medal Match, 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 12: Men’s Gold Medal Match, 1 p.m.
Aug. 12: Men’s Gold Medal Ceremony, 2:50 p.m.

Cougars in NBA Summer League

Jul 20, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:34 pm | Permalink

Former Cougar and 2011 NCAA National Player of the Year Jimmer Fredette concluded a successful week at the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas with a 19-point, five-assist performance in a 91-82 win over the Boston Celtics.

Fredette, a member of the Sacramento Kings, averaged 18.0 point, 3.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists. Despite struggling shooting from the field, he averaged eight free throw attempts per game and shot 87.5 percent from the charity stripe.

Against the Houston Rockets Fredette posted his best scoring total with 30 points on 10 of 21 shooting.

Fredette's NBA Summer League Stats

Videos on NBA.com featuring Fredette

Trent Plaisted also participated in the Summer League with the Toronto Raptors. He averaged 3.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks while shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from the free throw line. His best game was against the Dallas Mavericks when he posted six points, seven rebounds and two assists.

Plaisted's NBA Summer League Stats

Rose featured in Coaches vs. Cancer commercial

Jul 17, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:12 pm | Permalink

BYU basketball coach Dave Rose is one of the featured coaches in a recent commercial for Coaches vs. Cancer. Rose has been involved with Coaches vs. Cancer his entire career and he was named a member of the National Coaches vs. Cancer Council in April. The council assists Coaches vs. Cancer in its efforts to raise awareness and funding. The council also includes Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Roy Williams (North Carolina), Jim Boeheim (Syracuse) and Mike Brey (Notre Dame).

The Cougars are also one of the featured teams in the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. BYU will host two games in Provo (Nov. 9 vs. Tennessee State and Nov. 13 vs. Georgia State) before playing two games at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Nov. 16 and 17. The other teams that will play on Nov. 16 and 17 are Florida State, Notre Dame and Saint Joseph's. Matchups will be announced at a later date.

Tuesday Encore - Hoffman, Alisa and more ESPN

Jul 17, 2012 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 3:11 pm | Updated: July 17, 2012 7:39 pm | Permalink

Biletnikoff Watch List and Inspiring Actor?

On Tuesday BYU wide receiver Cody Hoffman was named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List, an award given to the nation's top receiver.

The junior from Cresent City, Calif., led BYU with 943 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns last season. He recorded five games with 100 or more receiving yards, including a 162-yard performance in a victory against Oregon State. You can read more here.

In case you missed it, BYUtv released a commercial Monday featuring Hoffman as he "loyally guards the dark halls and studios of BYUtv." You can see the video here

Good Works Team

Junior running back Michael Alisa also received recognition on Tuesday for his off-the-field good works as a member of the BYU football team. Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced 117 nominees for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, including Alisa. As one of college football’s most prestigious off-the-field honors, the award recognizes a select group of college football players committed to making a difference in their communities.  

A junior from Laie, Hawai’i, Alisa enters the 2012 season as BYU’s top returning rusher after totaling 455 yards on 85 carries last year. In his first game as the primary ball carrier last season Alisa rushed for 91 yards on 16 attempts. He averages 5.4 yards per carry and 11.0 yards per reception coming out of the backfield.  Off the field, Alisa is always willing to help others and regularly seeks opportunities to serve in the community. He also spent two years as a missionary in Puerto Rico for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Alisa’s teammate Riley Nelson previously earned selection as a member of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®. The BYU quarterback was one of 11 nominees chosen to the 2010 team. 

You can read more about the Good Works Team here.

More Mendenhall on ESPN

As mentioned in this blog yesterday, BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall has been busy doing some ESPN interviews. Monday afternoon he appeared on ESPN SportsCenter as well as College Football Live. Today, ESPNU College Football released a podcast which headlined ESPN senior writer Ivan Maisel talking with Coach Mendenhall. They discussed, among other things, BYU's position as a football independent, the BYU-Utah rivalry and the emergence of Hoffman and quarterback Riley Nelson.

When asked by Maisel about some tough road games on the schedule, Mendenhall said, "We're not anxious to stay the same, we're anxious to grow, improve and measure ourselves and compete and win against some of the best (teams) in the country in some of the most unique settings. We're not taking a passive approach, we're taking an aggressive approach." 

Maisel and Mendenhall had a good-natured and candid conversation over the first 14 minutes of the podcast. You can listen to the podcast here.

Sander Leads U.S. to Pan Am Gold

Jul 17, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 11:42 am | Updated: July 17, 2012 5:14 pm | Permalink

from USA Volleyball, B.J. Evans 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 14, 2012) – A young group of players from the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team defeated Argentina, 29-27, 25-20, 25-11 to win the gold medal at the Pan American Cup in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The U.S. Men, some of whom could be on the U.S. Olympic volleyball team in 2016, finished the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record. Argentina finished second at 4-1. It is the fifth time the U.S. Men have won the tournament since it started in 2006.

U.S. outside hitter Taylor Sander (Huntington Beach, Calif.) was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Outside hitter Tony Ciarelli (Huntington Beach, Calif.) was named Best Attacker and Dustin Watten (Long Beach, Calif.) earned Best Defense honors.

The U.S. Men led Argentina in kills (46-30), blocks (5-4), aces (3-1) and digs (29-18).

After close contests in the first two sets, the U.S. Men blew the third set wide open, leading 16-6 at the second technical timeout (TTO) and scoring the last three points of the match.

U.S. opposite Carson Clark (Santa Barbara, Calif.) led all scorers with 19 points on a match-high 18 kills (62.1 kill percent, .517 hitting efficiency) and one ace. Sander added 10 points on nine attacks and one block.

Ciarelli finished with seven points on seven kills. Middle blocker Dylan Davis (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) and middle blocker Matt Rawson each scored six points and each had four attacks and two blocks.

Opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.) compiled four points on two attacks and two aces. Outside hitter Garrett Muagututia (Oceanside, Calif.) totaled two points on two attacks.

U.S. setter Kawika Shoji (Honolulu) was credited with 11 assists as he set the U.S. Men to a 48.4 kill percent and a .379 hitting efficiency. Argentina finished with a 30.0 kill percent and a .140 hitting efficiency.

Watten was credited with nine digs and seven excellent receptions. Sander led in receptions with eight.

U.S. Head Coach Shawn Patchell (Huntington Beach, Calif.) started Muagututia and Sander at outside hitter, Davis and Rawson at middle blocker, Clark at opposite, Shoji at setter and Watten at libero.

Ciarelli substituted in the first set for Muagututia and started the rest of the match. Opposite Murphy Troy (St. Louis, Mo.), outside hitter Jordan Dufault (Lakewood, Calif.) and setter Ryan Ammerman (Parker, Colo.) played as substitutes.

In the first set, the U.S. Men held leads of 8-6 and 11-9. Argentina came back to tie the score at 13-13 and the teams traded points. Argentina seemed to have the set in hand when it reached set point at 24-22. But the U.S. came back with a Sander kill, Argentina error and Troy ace to take its own set point at 25-24. The U.S. would take set point again at 26-25 and 27-26. Finally, the U.S. took set point No. 4 at 28-27 on a Ciarelli kill and won the set on Argentina’s error.

With the score tied 9-9 in the second set, the U.S. scored four unanswered points on a Clark attack, block by Sander and two Argentina errors to lead 13-9. Argentina closed the gap at 21-20, but then stopped scoring as the U.S. scored the final four points of the set, including three Argentina errors and a Sander attack, for the victory.

The U.S. Men led 7-5 in the third set when Team USA used a 7-0 run to build a significant lead. Clark had two kills in the run while Sander, Davis and Ciarelli each had one. The U.S. Men went on to lead 16-6 at the second TTO and scored the final three points of the match for the victory.

Seven Cougars named to WCC Honor Roll

Jul 17, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 10:39 am | Updated: July 17, 2012 11:01 am | Permalink

BYU women’s volleyball received seven WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll accolades for the 2011-12 season.

Rookie defensive specialist Tia Withers received Gold Honors, which are given to letterwinners who completed more than 12 graded credit hours per term and maintain above a 3.75 GPA.

In the Silver Honors category, sophomore Kimberli Boswell, sophomore Jennifer Hamson and junior Nicole Warner represented BYU with GPAs higher than 3.5. Sophomore Coriann Clark Thompson, junior Kendalyn Hartsock and freshman Katie Vaughn received Bronze Honors.

View BYU’s official release for a complete list of honor roll award winners.