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Q&A with Ian Harward

Dec 04, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 3:46 pm | Permalink
What’s your favorite thing about BYU and why did you come here?
I love the environment and I love the feeling here. I love all the focus on religion and things that are spiritual. 
 
What’s the best thing about Coach Rose?
His overall desire to win. It shows from when he is talking to us as a team and when he is coaching us. He is very passionate about us doing the things that he and the other coaches have set up for us to do. 
 
What’s something fans may not know about you?
I play the piano and have been playing for about eight years now. One little known fact is that I enjoy singing and I sang choir throughout high school.
 
When did you start playing basketball?
I started playing basketball probably when I was in third or fourth grade because I was always taller than everyone else. 
 
If you could play a different position, what would you play?
I would be a shooting guard; they just run around off screens and just throw shots up.
 
Who’s been the most influential person in your life?
My parents. They helped me and lead me and guided me into person that I am today; specifically those careful nudges that they gave me growing up.
 
Who’s the funniest person on the team?
Brandon is a goofball; he is just the funniest kid. When he gets on a rant and when he is laughing, he is a funny kid. 
 
If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
I would really like to meet my ancestors to see what led them to make the decisions they made to put me where I am at today. 
 
What’s your favorite movie?
My family and I are big Lord of the Rings fans and we love those movies and are excited for The Hobbit to come out.

Haws's hot start featured in Sports Illustrated

Dec 04, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 2:27 pm | Updated: December 4, 2012 2:28 pm | Permalink

The Dec. 3, 2012, issue of Sports Illustrated includes a section titled 'You're Just What We're Looking For (check it out on page 32).' It is described in the following way in the magazine: "Help Wanted: Many teams entered the season with open positions ranging from the point to the paint. It's still early, but these players have answered the call and shown they're up to the job."

Tyler Haws is one of 10 players featured in the section and is described as 'A latter-day Jimmer.' The blurb on Haws discusses how he is in great shape despite having recently served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It then takes a stat straight out of the BYU basketball game notes, mentioning that Haws is only the second Cougar to start a season with six-consecutive 20-point games. See the graphic below.

Brock Zylstra on True Blue, Dec. 3, 2012

Dec 04, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:16 am | Permalink

Senior guard Brock Zylstra appeared on BYUtv's True Blue yesterday to discuss 3-point shooting, the team and this week's home games with Utah State and Utah.

ESPN3 to carry NFF Annual Awards Dinner and Press Conference on Tuesday

Dec 03, 2012 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 7:40 pm | Updated: December 3, 2012 7:44 pm | Permalink

Fans will be able to watch the induction of the 2012 College Football Hall of Fame Class including BYU's Ty Detmer and the announcement of the 23rd winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy.

 

NEW YORK, Dec. 3 2012 - The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced today that ESPN3 will carry live the two main events associated with the 55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, which will take place December 4 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. 

Viewers will be able to watch the morning press conference, starting at 9:00 a.m. ET, and then at 8:00 p.m. ET, fans can view the entire ceremony, which includes the induction of the College Football Hall of Fame Class; the awarding of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments; the announcement of the winner of the 23rd William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth; and the bestowing of the NFF Major Awards. See below for a detailed timeline of events and the honorees.

Click for the direct link to watch the press conference from 9 a.m. to Noon ET. 

Click for the direct link to watch the evening ceremony from 8 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET

ESPN3 is ESPN's live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually, and it is accessible online via WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members. It is currently available to 79 million households at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks. A list of participating providers for ESPN3 can be found HERE. For questions, contact ESPN Customer Care at 1-888-549-3776 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. ET daily. 

Additionally, the events can be found live on the Official NFF mobile and tablet applications. The apps can be downloaded by searching "National Football Foundation" in the iTunes App Store or Android Market. 

 

55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Timeline

(All Times Eastern and Approximate)

  • 8:00 p.m. - Welcome by ESPN studio host and NFF Dinner Emcee Rece Davis
  • 8:02 p.m. - Presentation of the Legacy Awards to Eric Long, Burke Magnus and Craig Silver
  • 8:05 p.m. - Introduction of the college coaches in attendance
  • 8:10 p.m. - Chris Schenkel Award presented posthumously to the late Bob Barry, Sr.
  • 8:14 p.m. - John L. Toner Award presented to Mal Moore
  • 8:27 p.m. - The NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments
  • 8:58 p.m. - The 23rd William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth
  • 9:05 p.m. - The Distinguished American Award presented to George Bodenheimer
  • 9:09 p.m. - The NFF Gold Medal presented to Roscoe C. Brown, Jr.
  • 9:15 p.m. - The 2012 College Football Hall of Fame Class
  • 9:50 p.m. - Hall of Fame Ring Ceremony
  • 9:55 p.m. - Closing Remarks and God Bless America

 

NFF Annual Awards Press Conference Timeline

(All Times Eastern)

  • 9:00 a.m. - NFF Major Award Winners
  • 9:30 a.m. - Hall of Fame Class
  • 10: 20 a.m. - Break for one-on-one interviews
  • 10:40 a.m. - Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Finalists Announcement
  • 10:50 a.m. - NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments
  • 11:15 a.m. - Break for one-on-one interviews

 

Nationally acclaimed ESPN studio host Rece Davis will emcee the dinner ceremony while longtime Texas sports information director Bill Little will moderate the morning press conference. The honorees include: 

The 2012 College Football Hall of Famers: Charles Alexander of LSU, Otis Armstrong of Purdue, Steve Bartkowski of California, Hal Bedsole of Southern California, Dave Casper of Notre Dame, Ty Detmer of BYU, Tommy Kramer of Rice, Art Monk of Syracuse, Greg Myers of Colorado State, Jonathan Ogden of UCLA, Gabe Rivera of Texas Tech, Mark Simoneau of Kansas State, Scott Thomas of Air Force, John Wooten of Colorado and coaches Phillip Fulmer of Tennessee, Jimmy Johnson of Oklahoma State, Miami Fla., and R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M. 

The 2012 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class and Campbell Trophy Finalists: Matt Barkley of Southern California, Rex Burkhead of Nebraska, Cody Davis of Texas Tech, Nick Driskill of Mount Union (Ohio), Nick Florence of Baylor, Nabal Jefferson of Northern Illinois, Barrett Jones of Alabama, Aaron Mullane of West Texas A&M, Ryan Nassib of Syracuse, Nolan Nearhoff of Robert Morris, Ethan Peterson of MIT, Sean Renfree of Duke, Manti Te'o of Notre Dame, Patrick Ward of Northwestern and Shane Zackery of Saint Xavier (Ill.). 

2012 NFF Major Award Winners: Roscoe C. Brown, Jr., NFF Gold Medal winner, ESPN Executive Chairman George Bodenheimer, NFF Distinguished American Award winner, Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore, winner of the NFF John L. Toner Award for superior abilities in athletics administration, and Bob Barry, Sr., winner of the Chris Schenkel Award for excellence in broadcasting.

BYU Coach's Show: Sunday 12/2

Dec 03, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 3:26 pm | Updated: December 3, 2012 3:59 pm | Permalink

In BYU head coach Dave Rose's first Coach's Show on KSL 5 TV he opened with giving a review of how the season has gone so far. The Cougars are eight games into the 2012-13 year and have a 5-3 record.

"This team is trying to find some consistency right now," Rose said. "We've played some really great games and made progress but there's still room for improvement. I think each guy can find something they can do to help the team."

In the "Game Recap" segment, Rose broke down BYU's performance against Montana when the Cougars came away with an 85-60 victory. Rose highlighted Davies' performance who finished with his second double-double of the year with 21 points and 10 rebounds. 

"Montana was a tough opponent for us who could shoot from everywhere but I thought the boys played well."

Rose continued by talking about how Davies and Tyler Haws have been the team's main offensive weapons so far this year but that the coaches are looking for other players to step up. Josh Sharp was highlighted as a player who has improved his game this season. 

The rest of the show was spent talking about BYU's most recent game against Iowa State and breaking down BYU's "big guys" and how they're such an important part of the offense. 

Rose finished by talking about the West Coast Conference, what they're looking forward to and previewing Utah State, BYU's next opponent. 

"This season is going to be really competitive in the WCC. I think it'll be as competitive as it has ever been as I look at how well the other schools are doing and the teams they're beating."

View the full show on KSL.com and don't miss next week's show on Sunday night at 11 p.m. MST on KSL 5 TV.

 

The Next Zig Thing: Ziggy Ansah in the national spotlight

Dec 03, 2012 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 12:51 pm | Updated: December 7, 2012 3:00 pm | Permalink

If you have already had the chance to pick up this week's Sports Illustrated you know that BYU senior defensive end Ezekiel Ansah is featured in a four-page article in the issue currently on newsstands. If you haven't had the chance, pick it up. Ansah is also mentioned on the cover, which features the Indianapolis Colts' quarterback Andrew Luck.

A brief preview of the Sports Illustrated article entitled "The Next Zig Thing" is included below. 

THE NEXT ZIG THING – JEFF BENEDICT (@authorjeff)

He grew up playing soccer in his home country of Ghana and successfully walked on to the BYU track team, but Ezekiel (Ziggy) Ansah’s future in professional sports could lie in being a first-round pick in the next NFL draft. He was recruited to BYU by a sophomore serving his Mormon mission in Ghana in 2007, who played pickup basketball with Ansah and thought the Ghanaian’s 6' 6" 250-pound frame would lend itself to football. Ansah walked on to the Cougars’ team in 2010, and over the final nine games of the 2012 season, was third on his team in tackles (48), second in sacks (4.5) and first in tackles for loss (13).

While he’s not a star in the sport he grew up dreaming about – basketball – Ansah is drawing serious interests from NFL scouts, who are flocking to BYU to check him out. Says one scout: “The combination of his height, weight and speed is probably unmatched. Plus, he’s so strong. He’s got that Jason Pierre-Paul type of physical upside.”

NPR's ONLY A GAME (@DougTribou, @OnlyAGameRadio)

Ansah and the author of the article, Jeff Benedict, also spoke with Doug Tribou on NPR's "Only a Game" as the national radio program originating from Boston's 90.9 WBUR featured Ansah this weekend. 

“I think he has become the kind of football player that NFL teams long to find,” said Jeff Benedict, who wrote profiled Ansah for Sports Illustrated. “He’s got this very unique combination of speed, size and strength. It’s very rare that you find a guy who’s that tall and that big and can run as fast as he does, especially laterally.”

Select the following link to read more about and listen to the NPR interview: NPR's Only a Game

In addition, here are some video highlights of Ansah.

BYU vs. Iowa State preview

Nov 30, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 5:33 pm | Permalink

The BYU men's basketball team (5-2) will play its first true road game tomorrow at 1 p.m. CST against Iowa State. The Cougars and Cyclones have met four times before with Iowa State taking all previous meetings to lead the overall series 4-0.

BYU is on a 3-game winning streak with its most recent win coming over Montana in a 85-60 final. Brandon Davies led all players with his second season double-double on 21 points and 10 rebounds while contributing six assists, four blocks and two steals and also tallying a season-high 17 free throw attempts. Teammates Tyler Haws and Josh Sharp also scored in double digits on 18 and 13 points, respectively. 

The Cyclones are 4-2 on the year after dropping their last two games to No. 22 Cincinnati and No. 18 UNLV. In their last outing against UNLV, Cyclone senior Will Clyburn led his team with 21 points and 15 rebounds. 

Iowa State ended the 2011-12 season after two rounds in the NCAA Tournament, the team's first appearance since 2005, with Kentucky delivering the final loss to end the year. The Cyclones finished with a 23-11 overall record and 16-2 record through Big 12 action to reward head coach Fred Hoiberg with Big 12 Co-Coach of the Year honors. 

Iowa State returns six players who played significant minutes a year ago, including starters Melvin Ejim and Chris Babb.

Media coverage prior to BYU vs. Montana

Nov 28, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:12 pm | Permalink

Montana preview

Nov 28, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 10:03 am | Updated: November 28, 2012 10:14 am | Permalink

The BYU men’s basketball team (4-2) will play its first of two games this season in Salt Lake City at Energy Solutions Arena tonight when they take on Montana at 7 p.m. MST.

BYU is coming off back-to-back home victories over UT-San Antonio, 81-62, and Cal State Northridge most recently in an 87-75 finish.

Against the Matadors, Tyler Haws led all players with a career-high 32 points while teammates Brock Zylstra and Brandon Davies contributed 14 and 12 points, respectively. Haws has now scored 20+ points in all six of BYU’s games this season and is leading the team with 23.3 ppg.

The Griz come to Utah with a 3-1 season record, on a three-game winning streak. Their most recent win came in a 67-66 final over San Diego after Montana overcame an 11-point second-half deficit and scored a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left to win.  

Montana finished the 2011-12 season on a 14-game winning streak for its third-straight 20-win season (a 25-7 overall record). Its final game was a loss in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament to Wisconsin. The Griz returns three starters to this year’s lineup. 

BYU at EnergySolutions Arena

Nov 27, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:20 am | Updated: November 27, 2012 11:46 am | Permalink

Since 1993, BYU men's basketball has played at EnergySolutions Arena (known as the Delta Center from 1991 to 2006) 14 times and has two games scheduled there this season (Nov. 28 vs. Montana and Dec. 29 vs. Virginia Tech). In 1993 and 1994 BYU went 3-2 at ESA in Western Athletic Conference Tournament games.

On Dec. 6, 2003, the Cougars returned to ESA and defeated an Oklahoma State team that advanced to the Final Four at the end of the 2003-04 season. Rafael Araujo scored 32 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in the upset victory. Since then BYU has played at least one game at ESA every year except the 2006-07 season. Other victories at ESA include Lamar in 2005, Utah State in 2008, San Francisco in 2009, Hawaii and Arizona in 2010 and Oregon in 2011.

Date Opponent Result
March 11, 1993 Hawaii* W, 85-71
March 12, 1993 New Mexico* L, 59-68
March 10, 1994 Utah* W, 96-65
March 11, 1994 Fresno State* W, 87-72
March 12, 1994 Hawaii* L, 66-73
Dec. 6, 2003 No. 25 Oklahoma State W, 76-71
Dec. 11, 2004 Washington State L, 46-49
Nov. 30, 2005 Lamar W, 97-74
Dec. 8, 2007 No. 9 Michigan State L, 61-68
Dec. 6, 2008 Utah State W, 68-63
Dec. 5, 2009 San Francisco W, 69-43
Dec. 4, 2010 Hawaii W, 78-57
Dec. 11, 2010 Arizona W, 87-65
Dec. 3, 2011 Oregon W, 79-65
Nov. 28, 2012 Montana
Dec. 29, 2012 Virginia Tech
*WAC Tournament