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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.

Ansah, Friel earn CFPA honorable mention

Oct 08, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 3:52 pm | Permalink

Senior Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah received College Football Performance Awards National Defensive Lineman of the Week honorable mention accolades and junior Kaneakua Friel earned CFPA National Tight End of the Week honorable mention for their play in BYU’s 6-3 win over Utah State.

A native of Ghana, Ansah had a career night against Utah State with career highs in tackles for loss (3) and sacks (2), in addition to five total tackles and two quarterback hurries. The 6-foot-6, 270-pounder’s rushing ability helped hold the Aggies without a touchdown. The former 200-meter track star helped stuff the run, limiting Utah State to 41 yards on the ground and helping boost the Cougars to the No. 1 rushing defense rating.

Friel, from Kaneohe, Hawaii, had five catches for 53 yards with a long of 16. Friel was quarterback Taysom Hill’s second favorite target behind Cody Hoffman.

College Football Performance Awards are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific criteria examining how individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.

Opponent Preview: Georgia State

Oct 08, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 3:28 pm | Updated: October 8, 2012 3:29 pm | Permalink

The Cougars host Georgia State in Provo, Utah, on November 13 at 7 p.m. MST.

Georgia State

Coach: Ron Hunter, 2012 Atlanta Tip-Off Club Georgia College Coach of the Year

2011-12 record: 22-12

Colonial Athletic Association record: 11-7, 6th

Postseason: CollegeInsider.com Second Round, lost to eventual champion Mercer

NCAA tournament appearances (last): 2 (2001)

Notables: The 22 wins in 2011-12 was the second-most wins in school basketball history.

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Top Returners
Devonta White
*only returning starter
G 5-10 JR 12.9 ppg 2.9 apg
James Vincent C 6-10 SR 3.2 ppg 1.8 rpg
Rashaad Richardson G 6-4 JR 5.4 ppg 1.4 rpg

BYU vs. Utah State fourth quarter summary

Oct 05, 2012 - Posted by Mason Porter at 11:46 pm | Permalink

Quarter Summary

After the Aggies made a march to the redzone, BYU held its ground as the visitors missed a 38-yard field goal attempt to tie the game. The Cougar offense managed the clock well and converted on a couple of key third down plays to keep possession and run the clock out for the 6-3 victory.

Player Standouts

On the defensive end, Uani Unga recorded the Cougars' third sack of the game. Wide receiver Cody Hoffman exceeded 100-yards receiving on a 28-yard pass from Taysom Hill midway through the quarter. Running back Jamaal Williams had eight carries in the quarter for 42 yards, ending the game with a total of 71. Hill finished the night 24 of 36, throwing for 235 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Highlights

On 3rd-and-8 from the BYU 22-yard line, Taysom Hill threw a 28-yard pass to Cody Hoffman, who reached over his defender's head to make a catch that kept the Cougars' drive alive. With less than two minutes remaining, the Cougars were on their own 28-yard line facing a 3rd-and-6. Taysom Hill pitched to running back Jamaal Williams who turned upfield for a gain of 11, converting the third down play and allowing BYU to run the clock out for the 6-3 victory.

Find pictures from the game at the BYU Football Facebook page.

BYU vs. Utah State third quarter summary

Oct 05, 2012 - Posted by Mason Porter at 11:01 pm | Updated: October 5, 2012 11:02 pm | Permalink

Quarter Summary

It was a defensive battle in the third quarter, which ended as it began with the Cougars leading 6-3. BYU exhibited defensive prowess with an interception and fumble recovery in the third period, but the offense struggled as the Cougars only managed to gain 43 total yards. 

Player Standouts

BYU's defense put on the pressure in the third quarter, forcing two Utah State turnovers. Outside linebacker Spencer Hadley caused a fumble during Utah State's opening drive while defensive back Preston Hadley intercepted the Aggies on the Cougars' 2-yard line. Ezekiel Ansah continued to impress, recording his third TFL of the night.

Highlights

Preston Hadley thwarted Utah State's attempt at a trick play by intercepting Aggie wide receiver Cameron Webb's pass at the 2-yard line. By the end of the quarter, Hadley had totalled six solo tackles and one interception.

Check out pictures at the BYU Football Facebook page.

BYU vs. Utah State second quarter summary

Oct 05, 2012 - Posted by Mason Porter at 10:06 pm | Permalink

Quarter Summary

BYU heads into halftime leading Utah State 6-3. The Cougars were more efficient on offense in the second quarter, tallying 160 yards and scoring on a 61-yard drive to close the quarter. The home team took the lead into the locker room despite missing an extra point and having a field goal blocked.

Player Standouts

Ezekiel Ansah continued to shine on defense, recording his second sack of the game in the second quarter. Taysom Hill also put together another solid quarter, completing 10 of 13 passes for 108 yards and running for another 20. Cody Hoffman caught six passes in the quarter for a total of 78 yards and JD Falslev capped the Cougars' closing drive with a 3-yard touchdown catch.

Highlights

After forcing Utah State to punt with 28 seconds left in the half, the Cougars went 61 yards in four plays to take a 6-3 lead into the locker room.

Check out pictures from the game at the BYU Football Facebook page.