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Opponent Preview: Montana & Iowa State

Oct 15, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 2:14 pm | Permalink

Montana

Coach: Wayne Tinkle, 2011-12 Big Sky Coach of the Year
2011-12 record: 25-7
Big Sky conference record: 15-1, 1st
Postseason: NCAA second round, lost to Wisconsin
NCAA tournament appearances (last): 9 (2012)
Notables: The Griz finished the 2011-12 season winning 14 of its last 15 games. Montana is coming off its third-straight 20-win season and third-straight NCAA appearance.

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Top Returners
Will Cherry
*First Team All-Big Sky
*Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year
G 6-1 SR 15.8 ppg 3.9 rpg
Kareem Jamar
*FIrst Team All-Big Sky
G 6-5 JR 13.6 ppg 5.6 rpg
Mathias Ward F 6-7 SR 10.9 ppg 3.9 rpg

 

Iowa State

Coach: Fred Hoiberg, 2011-12 Big 12 Co-Coach of the Year
2011-12 record: 23-11
Big 12 record: 12-6, T-3rd
Postseason: NCAA third round, lost to eventual champion Kentucky
NCAA tournament appearances (last): 14 (2012)
Notables: In the 2011-12 season, the Cyclones tied the Big 12 record for biggest turnaround in league history at +8. The team was chosen to finish 8th in the conference preseason poll and actually finished tied for 3rd.

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Top Returners
Melvin Ejim F 6-6 JR 9.3 ppg 6.6 rpg
Chris Babb G 6-5 RS SR 7.8 ppg 4.1 rpg
Tyrus McGee G 6-2 SR 7.7 ppg 3.3 rpg

BYU vs. Oregon State fourth quarter summary

Oct 13, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 5:21 pm | Updated: October 14, 2012 10:43 am | Permalink
Quarter Summary
Oregon State scored off a tipped pass to start the 4th quarter and put them up 28-21. Both teams were forced to punt in the following possessions but the Cougars got the ball back with 11:55 to play and scored a field goal after a 10 play, 69 yard drive. Justin Sorenson kicked the 35-yard field goal. 
 
The Beavers scored two more touchdowns before the end of the game to put the score at 42-24. Their first drive was 5 plays, 77 yards that saw four-straight BYU penalties for a combined 45 yards given up. Oregon State scored their third touchdown of the quarter when Jordan Poyer intercepted a Riley Nelson pass and returned the ball 49 yards into the endzone. 
 
Player Standout
BYU's Jamaal Williams recorded two receptions for 61 yards in the quarter.
 
Highlights
Williams picked up 30 yards for the Cougars after a pitch from quarterback Riley Nelson. The play right after that Cody Hoffman recorded his 10th reception, a career high, giving him a total of 102 yards. Williams' 30-yard reception and Hoffman's catch set the Cougars up for their 35-yard field goal. 
 
Check out the BYU Football Facebook page for photos of the game. 

BYU vs. Oregon State third quarter summary

Oct 13, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 4:27 pm | Permalink

Quarter Summary

Similar to the first two quarters, Oregon State and BYU each got a touchdown in the third quarter. The Beavers scored on a 10 play, 81 yard drive with Storm Woods running the final 16 yards for the 21-14 lead. The Cougars' Jamaal Williams recorded his second touchdown, a two-yard carry, after BYU's 9 play, 75 yard scoring drive to tie the game at 21-21. 

Player Standouts

BYU's Cody Hoffman recorded his ninth reception, tying his career high, to put BYU in scoring position in the third quarter.

Highlights

BYU quarterback Riley Nelson completed passes to Hoffman, David Foote and Kaneakua Friel for a total of 31 yards during their scoring drive. 

Check out the BYU Football Facebook page for pictures of the game. 

Opponent Preview: UT-San Antonio & Cal State Northridge

Oct 12, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 5:05 pm | Permalink

University of Texas-San Antonio

Coach: Brooks Thompson
2011-12 record: 18-14
Southland conference record: 10-6, 3rd west division
Postseason: none
NCAA tournament appearances (last): 4 (2011)
Notables: 2012-13 will be the first, and only, season in the WAC for UT-San Antonio before joining Conference USA.

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Top Returners
Jeromie Hill
*2nd Team All-Southland Conference
*NABC All-District 23 honors
F 6-8 JR 12.5 ppg 6.4 rpg
Michael Hale III G 5-9 SR 9.9 ppg 3.2 apg

 

 

Cal State Northridge

Coach: Bobby Braswell
2011-12 record: 7-12
Big West record: 3-13, T-8th
Postseason: none
NCAA tournament appearances (last): 2 (2009)
Notables: Braswell's 2011-12 team was his youngest ever with half the team as freshman

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Top Returners
Stephan Hicks G/F 6-6 RS SO 15.1 ppg 7.1 rpg
Josh Greene G 6-0 JR 12.4 ppg 2.9 apg
Stephen Maxwell F 6-7 SO 8.6 ppg 6.4 rpg

Oregon State pre-game fireside

Oct 12, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 2:30 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 the Spanish Fork State Center located at 1006 East 200 South in Spanish Fork.

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

Opponent Preview: Saint Joseph's & Notre Dame

Oct 11, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 11:59 am | Updated: October 11, 2012 12:02 pm | Permalink

Saint Joseph's
Coach: Phil Martelli
2011-12 record: 20-14
Atlantic 10 conference record: 9-7, T-5th
Postseason: NIT second round, lost to Northern Iowa
NCAA tournament appearances (last): 19 (2008)
Notables: The Hawks return all five starters from 2011-12; just one nine teams in Division I to record 20 wins after losing 20 games the season before. 

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Top Returners
Carl Jones
*All-Atlantic 10 Honorable Mention
G 5-11 SR 17.0 ppg 3.3 apg
Langston Galloway
*All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team
*All-Big 5 1st Team
G 6-2 JR 15.5 ppg 4.5 rpg
CJ Aiken
*Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year
F 6-9 JR 10.9 ppg 5.1 rpg

 

Notre Dame
Coach: Mike Brey, 2012 NABC District V Coach of the Year
2011-12 record: 22-12
Big East record: 13-5, 3rd
Postseason: NCAA second round, lost to Xavier
NCAA tournament appearances (last): 32 (2012)
Notables: The 2011-12 season saw the the Fighting Irish reach their third straight 20-win campaign and third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. 

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Top Returners
Eric Atkins
*Notre Dame Oustanding Playmaker Award
G 6-2 JR 12.1 ppg 4.1 apg
Pat Connaughton G 6-5 SO 7.0 ppg 4.4 rpg
Jack Cooley F 6-9 SR 12.5 ppg 8.9 rpg
Jerian Grant G 6-5 JR 12.3 ppg 5.0 apg

Ty Detmer to be honored in Saturday's game against Oregon State

Oct 10, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 2:06 pm | Permalink

BYU and the National Football Foundation will jointly honor Ty Detmer, a 2012 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, Saturday in the Cougars' homecoming game against Oregon State. Below is NFF's release on the event. As part of the homecoming celebration, former BYU players from every decade back to the 1950's will be recognized on the field prior to Detmer's presentation.

 

DALLAS, Oct. 10, 2012 – Brigham Young University and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that they will jointly honor Ty Detmer with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments®, on Oct. 13 in Provo, Utah during the game between BYU and Oregon State. Coverage of the game will start at 1:30 p.m. MT on ABC.

“I’m excited about the opportunity,” said Detmer when it was announced in May that he would be inducted. “At the same time I know that it’s definitely a team effort, and I had a lot of team members around me making my job easy.”

The NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute program is a hallowed tradition that began with the inaugural class in 1951, and to this day the salutes remain the first of numerous activities in each inductee’s Hall of Fame experience. During the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, each inductee returns to his alma mater to accept a Hall of Fame plaque that will remain on permanent display at the institution. The events take place on the field during a home game, and many inductees cite the experience as the ultimate capstone to their careers, providing them one more chance to take the field and hear the crowd roar their name.

With a Heisman Trophy, a Maxwell Award, two Davey O'Brien Awards and 59 NCAA records, Ty Detmer left BYU as one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in college football history. Detmer played quarterback for BYU from 1988-81.

“There aren’t many more accomplished players in the history of college football than Ty Detmer,” said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell. “He just about did everything as a Cougar that a college quarterback can do. He is a truly deserving member of the College Football Hall of Fame. It will be a thrill to honor in front of the BYU faithful at LaVell Edwards Stadium.”

Twice named a consensus All-American, Detmer won national player of the year awards from organizations such as UPI, CBS, Scripps Howard and the U.S. Sports Academy. His 15,031 career passing yards and 121 touchdowns were NCAA bests at the time, and the gunslinger still holds nine NCAA records. A three-time First Team All-WAC performer, Detmer led College Football Hall of Fame coach LaVell Edwards' teams to three conference championships, four bowl games, three AP top 25 finishes, a 28-21 win over top-ranked and defending national champion Miami on Sept. 8, 1990 and a 37-13-2 overall record. The NCAA Today's Top VI Award recipient still holds 10 school records, including the season and career marks for total offense, passing yards and 400-yard games.

Detmer becomes the sixth BYU player to be inducted, following (chronological with year of induction) Gordon Hudson (2009), Steve Young (2001), Jim McMahon (1998), Marc Wilson (1996) and Gifford Nielsen (1994). Coach LaVell Edwards also entered the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

Including the 2012 FBS class, only 918 players and 200 coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame from the nearly five million people who have played or coached the game over the past 144 years. In other words, only two ten thousandths of one percent (.0002) of those who have set foot on the gridiron have earned the distinction. For a complete list of players and coaches in the hall, please visit www.collegefootball.org.

The 2012 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted at the 55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, held at New York City’s historic Waldorf=Astoria Hotel on Tuesday, December 4. This year’s hall of fame class includes: Charles Alexander (LSU), Otis Armstrong (Purdue), Steve Bartkowski (California), Hal Bedsole (Southern California), Dave Casper (Notre Dame), Ty Detmer (BYU), Tommy Kramer (Rice), Art Monk (Syracuse), Greg Myers (Colorado State), Jonathan Ogden (UCLA), Gabe Rivera (Texas Tech), Mark Simoneau (Kansas State), Scott Thomas (Air Force), John Wooten (Colorado), and coaches Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee), Jimmy Johnson (Oklahoma State, Miami [Fla.]) and R.C. Slocum (Texas A&M). For more information, please contact Will Rudd at wrudd@footballfoundation.com or by calling 972-556-1000.

Plaisted with the Clippers

Oct 09, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:41 pm | Permalink

Former Cougar Trent Plaisted, who has played professionally in Croatia, Ukraine, Turkey and Lithuania since leaving BYU, is on the LA Clippers training camp roster. The team arrived in China yesterday and will play the defending world champion Miami Heat in exhibition games on Thursday and Sunday. The Clippers' website is covering the team's trip and today the squad visited the Great Wall of China.

While at BYU from 2004 to 2008, Plaisted averaged 13.3 points and 6.7 rebounds and shot .535 from the field. He led BYU to back-to-back conference titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2007 and 2008. The Seattle Super Sonics drafted Plaisted in the second round (46th overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft and traded his rights to the Detroit Pistons. In the summer of 2010 he participated in the NBA Summer League with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Chicago Bulls. That fall he was on the 76ers' training camp roster.

Opponent Preview: Florida State

Oct 09, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 12:11 pm | Permalink

The Cougars will play Florida State in New York as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. ET.


Florida State

Coach: Leonard Hamilton, 2011-12 ACC Coach of the Year

2011-12 record: 25-10

ACC record: 12-4, 3rd

Postseason: NCAA third round, lost to Cincinnati

NCAA tournament appearances (last): 16 (2012)

Notables: In 2011-12 the Seminoles captured the school's first ACC championship since joining the league in 1991-92; Ranked 10th in the Final AP poll.

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Top Returners
Michael Snaer
*only returning starter
*ACC tourney MVP
*All-ACC 2nd Team
G 6-5 SR 14.0 ppg 3.8 rpg
Ian Miller G 6-3 JR 10.3 ppg 2.0 rpg
Terrance Shannon (stats from 2010-11)
*redshirt last season due to injury
F 6-8 RS JR 10.3 ppg 4.4 rpg

More information on "Blackout" helmets

Oct 09, 2012 - Posted by at 11:52 am | Updated: October 9, 2012 1:44 pm | Permalink

The “Y” Logo being used on BYU's “Blackout” helmets was manufactured under a globally patented and licensed technology called ECODOMES.  BYU is the first in the United States to use this technology for football helmets.
 
ECODOMES are a 3-Dimensional, flexible emblem of incomparable beauty, with complex contours and shapes.  The use of unique materials combined with patented fusion technology present durable finishes that are versatile and allow for creative innovation as exhibited on Saturday's “ Blackout” helmets.  The retro, mirrored blue, three-dimensional “Y” is on an oval, mirrored pearl essence, white background.  Both colors are repeated in the helmets middle strips. This chromed effect along with unlimited finishes, textures and color combinations made ECODOMES a perfect match for the pressure sensitive application.

The name “ECODOMES” highlights the fact that the production process does not involve the use of solvents or resin, making ECODOMES an ecologic friendly process. Environmentally friendly, eye-catching chromed effect, durability, the flexible ability to fit contour shapes are but a few of the reasons why BYU has selected ECODOMES-USA to make Saturday’s “Blackout “ helmet logo.  For more information contact Ecodomes.usa@gmail.com

The Athletic Department plans to sell the uniforms with proceeds going back into the football program. The uniforms will first be offered to members of the Cougar Club, followed by the general public if some are still available.

In addition, the BYU Bookstore has created a special ‘blackout’ shirt and other merchandise that is now available at the BYU Bookstore.

Visit Facebook.com/BYUfootball for more photos of the uniforms.