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BYU's McKay Jacobson Becomes Fourth Cougar to Ink NFL Free Agent Deal

Apr 29, 2012 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 6:09 pm | Permalink

BYU wide receiver McKay Jacobson signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Four BYU football players from the 2011 team have signed free-agent contracts with NFL teams since the league’s annual draft concluded Saturday night. 

A 5-foot-11, 193-pound wide receiver, Jacobson was a four-year standout for the Cougars while making 113 catches for 1,836 yards and nine touchdowns. The Southlake, Texas, native averaged 16.2 yards per catch while also averaging 18.6 yards as a kick returner and 13.7 yards as a punt returner during his BYU career. 

Saturday night, offensive tackle Matt Reynolds signed with the Carolina Panthers, while fellow offensive linemanTerence Brown inked a deal with the Miami Dolphins and defensive lineman Hebron Fangupo signed with the Houston Texans.

A 6-foot-5, 305-pound offensive tackle, Reynolds is a two-time team captain who started all 52 games of his BYU career. As a senior, the Provo, Utah, native was an Outland Trophy Watch List honoree, Lombardi Award Candidate and Lowe’s Senior Class Award Nominee, ESPN.com All-Bowl Team and was invited to the East-West Shrine Game. He was named to the FBS All-Independent Team, Yahoo! Sports All-Independent Team and Phil Steele All-Independent First Team.

A 6-foot-4, 305-pound center/guard, Brown was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter for the Cougars playing both guard and center. The Summerville, S.C., native was on the Rimington Trophy Watch List as a senior while helping BYU to a 10-3 season and No. 25 final national ranking. The Cougars won bowl games each of Brown’s three years as a starter.

A 6-foot-1, 323-pound defensive lineman, Fangupo became a force on the BYU defensive unit that finished the 2011 season ranked No. 13 in total defense. From Santa Ana, Calif., Fangupo was named to the Phil Steele All-Independent Second Team and was an FBS All-Independent team honorable mention. A transfer from USC, Fangupo totaled 26 tackles with six tackles for loss, three quarterback hurries and two pass breakups in his one season at BYU.

Having signed as free agents, the players will take part in the upcoming team mini-camps and also participate in summer camps, looking to make their respective team's final roster. Additional signings could still be announced.

California Trip IV

Apr 23, 2012 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 2:53 pm | Updated: April 23, 2012 5:53 pm | Permalink

On Mason Marshall

Mason Marshall will be featured tonight on True Blue on BYUtv, airing at 6 p.m., with replays at 9 p.m. and on Tuesday., Apr. 24 at 12 a.m., 5:30 p.m. MDT.  Marshall told True Blue reporter Robbie Bullough, who stands 5-foot-5, that he stands 5-foot-9.  We list Marshall at 5-foot-8, even though he reported on his information sheet as 5-foot-10.

Marshall’s grandfather Jerry McCleary, who is 6-foot-2, played basketball for the University of Utah (1956-57). Marshall had an uncle who played baseball for the University of Utah. Marshall’s father, Rob, who is 6-foot-1, and Uncle Ron played football for Snow College.

Graduation Activities

Among the visitors watching last Friday’s intersquad scrimmage was former Cougar baseball player Craig Angelos (1985-86), currently the director of athletics at Florida Atlantic University.  Angelos was in town for the graduation of his daughter from BYU.

BYU took a team photo prior to last Friday’s scrimmage. Among those missing from that photo were catcher Wes Guenther who was walking through the graduation ceremonies with his wife, Christen, a pole-vaulter on BYU’s team.

At Stanford

Former BYU baseball third baseman Kevin Bills is the director of baseball operations at Stanford University.  His father Jeff, who was a catcher at BYU, may be down on the Cardinal bench when he is not on the air as an analyst with play-by-play announcer Brent Norton.

Jeff Bills (1973-75) may also be part of a mini-reunion of former BYU baseball players who were under the tutelage of former BYU baseball coach and director of athletics, Glen Tuckett.  Other’s who may join Tuckett at the Stanford game and visiting other places in the Bay area include Tom Fife (1962-67), Mike Staffieri (1970-72) and former BYU baseball second baseman and coach Gary Pullins (1968-69, 1977-1999).

At San Francisco

Pitcher Marc Oslund will be facing his former West Torrance High School catcher Mason Morioka, who is a senior at the University of San Francisco.  Oslund’s father is making the trip to San Francisco.

Seattle Baseball Trip

Apr 11, 2012 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 5:16 pm | Updated: April 12, 2012 4:22 pm | Permalink

On Friday, April 13, BYU will be playing at 6 p.m. (PDT) at Cheney Stadium where Coach Vance Law played as a pro. Coach Law played one month in 1991 for the Tacoma A's while he was under contract with the Oakland A's and in 1979-80 he played a couple times in that stadium while playing for the AAA Portland Beavers.

Depending on the weather, there may be live video streams of all four BYU games against Seattle University. Check the links at www.byucougars.com to see if the video stream is working.

Yesterday, five BYU baseball players did a 12-minute presentation for MComm 320 in the Tanner Building.  Adam Miller, Brock Whitney, Daniel Welch, Jaycob Brugman (in a tux for the Y Awards) and Adam Law dressed in suits and ties, see picture below, with a broken metal bat. Their presentation was on the disadvantages of the new bats which were mandated by the NCAA last year compared to wood bats. To date, this season there have been 14 broken bats of the new model which costs three to four times more than wood bats.

Speaking of Adam Law, he has a great lid collection of 60 caps. He built a hat rack with 30 hooks in high school wood shop, so that makes about two lids per hook.

At last night's Y Awards, there were four nominees from baseball. The unassisted triple play by Andrew Law in last year’s 8-2 BYU victory at host San Diego State in the Mountain West Conference Tournament was a nominee for play of the Year; Jaycob Brugman for Rookie of the Year; and former Cougar Dane Nielsen for the Dale McCann Spirit of Sport and Ed Stein Awards.

Next week co-captain Wes Guenther and his wife will walk through the BYU graduation ceremonies, getting their degrees in exercise science.  At the end of last month, Christen Guenther tied a BYU school record in the pole vaul at the Texas Relays at 4.25m (13-11.25), which was the sixth best leap in the nation. Also graduating next week is co-captain Alex Wolfe, who will be featured in Daily Herald in a story written by Neil Warner that is scheduled to be published this Sunday or Monday.

On our last blog for the Nevada trip, we mentioned Chris Capper's mustache, which was one of about 20 on the team for Mustache March.  Capper kept his mustache after winning at Nevada. Now Capper and Chris Howard, who won last week at Utah, are the only two sporting mustaches on the baseball team, and yes, they dye them.

Game Date Announced for 2012 Poinsettia Bowl

Apr 11, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 12:59 pm | Updated: April 11, 2012 1:08 pm | Permalink

For Cougar fans planning ahead for the 2012 bowl season, here is a release from the folks at the Poinsettia Bowl, detailing game dates and kickoff times:

San Diego Bowl Game Association officials announced today the 2012 kickoff dates and times for the local bowl games - the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl and Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl.
 
Bowl season gets underway in San Diego on Thursday, December 20th at 5 p.m. PT with the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.  The 8th annual contest will match a team from the Mountain West against a bowl-eligible Brigham Young University.
 
One week later the 35th annual Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl will kick off at 6:45 p.m. PT on Thursday, December 27th.  Teams from the Pac-12 and Big 12 will square off for the 14th consecutive year.
 
Both games will be played at Qualcomm Stadium and be televised nationally on ESPN.
 
“We look forward to bringing thousands of football fans to town yet again and filling hotel rooms during San Diego’s two slowest tourism weeks of the year,” said John Wertz, president of the 2012 non-profit bowl games association.  “We are proud of the considerable benefit we provide our community year after year.”
 
The mission of the two bowl games is to generate tourism, exposure, economic benefit and civic pride for San Diego and its citizens by producing the nation’s most exciting bowl games and festivals of events.
 
For more information, visit www.BridgepointEducationHolidayBowl.com and www.PoinsettiaBowl.com

Rose Speaks at NABC Coaches Clinic

Mar 29, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:09 pm | Permalink

Each year basketball coaches from around the country gather at the Final Four for numerous activites organized by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). The attachd photo is of BYU head coach Dave Rose speaking at this year's NABC Coaches Clinic in New Orleans.

Pro Day 2012

Mar 29, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 3:03 pm | Updated: March 29, 2012 3:54 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah (Mar. 29, 2012) - Ten former Cougars worked out and showcased their skills for NFL scouts at BYU's annual Pro Day on Thursday afternoon.

Offensive linemen Matt Reynolds and Terence Brown, defensive linemen Hebron Fangupo and Matt Putnam, defensive backs Corby Eason and Travis Uale, linebackers Jordan Pendleton and Jameson Frazier, wide receiver McKay Jacobson and running back JJ Di Luigi lifted, jumped, ran and went through multiple drills for over 15 NFL scouts.

Friends, family and former teammates looked on as the 10 former Cougar standouts, along with other selected athletes participating, went to the weight room to be measured and tested in the vertical jump and the bench press. Following work in the weight room, the athletes moved over to the Indoor Practice Facility to run the 40-yard dash and participate in various drills.

After the 40 times were recorded and shuttle drills completed, players broke up into position groups to catch passes and demonstrate technique at their respective positions. Some of the passes were thrown by former BYU quarterback Max Hall.

The 2012 NFL Draft will take place on Apr. 26-28 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

BYU Hall of Famer Harold Christensen Passes Away

Mar 28, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:52 pm | Permalink

Former Cougar Harold Christensen, a starter on the 1951 NIT Championship team and a member of the Cougar Club Hall of Fame, died Tuesday at the age of 80.

Prior to coming to BYU, Christensen was a star for B.Y. High School. He was selected to play in the 1949 High School All-Star Game in Kentucky and was named a high school All-American. At BYU, Christensen helped the Cougars win the 1951 NIT, earned all-conference honors in 1952 and 1953 and played in the 1953 East-West All-Star Game in Kansas City.

Christensen graduated from BYU in 1954 with a degree in mathematics and served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force until 1958. He earned a degree in civil engineering from the University of Utah in 1960 and then worked as a civil engineer in Salt Lake City.

From 1981 to 1984 Christensen served as mission president of the California Fresno LDS Mission. He is survived by his wife Joanne, seven children, 28 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Three of the couple's sons — Craig, Kurt and Todd — also played basketball at BYU.

Funeral services will be Monday at noon at the Foothill Stake Center, 1933 S. 2100 East.

Credit: Deseret News and Cougarclub.com

Christensen's Hall of Fame bio.

Nevada Baseball Trip

Mar 28, 2012 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 4:38 pm | Updated: July 6, 2012 9:24 am | Permalink
  • As the bus readied to roll out of the Miller Park lot this afternoon to the Salt Lake City airport for the baseball team flying to Reno, Nevada, Thursday’s starting pitcher Chris Capper came by sporting a well-groomed mustache. “It’s Mustache March,” said Capper, who pointed out that teammates Chris Howard and Mason Marshall also have grown mustaches.  “If I do well, I’m going to keep it.”  Here’s hoping Capper gets his long-awaited first victory in his sixth start so that we can enjoy “Ambience April.”
  • Just before the team departed, catcher Wes Guenther and his wife Christen, a pole-vaulter for BYU’s women’s track and field team, did an interview with a BYU Daily Universe reporter.
  • Not on the bus to Reno was assistant baseball coach Ryan Roberts who was in Arizona recruiting before he joins the team in Nevada.
  • The altitude at Reno, Nevada is 4,400 feet above sea level.  BYU is at 4,553 feet, while the next highest altitude in the West Coast Conference is 1,843 feet at Gonzaga.  In the Mountain West Conference, BYU played at the Air Force Academy 7,258 feet, New Mexico 5,000 feet, and against Utah in Salt Lake City at 4,500 feet.
  • When the Cougars return from Reno, left-handed pitcher Daniel Welch will be doing an interview all in Portuguese next week for BYU International TV.  Welch served a mission to Brazil, as have seven former Cougar baseball players.
  • Here’s more specifics on the mission call reliever Mason Marshall opened earlier this week.  Marshall reports to the Missionary Training Center on July 18 and will be serving in the Philippines Cauayan Mission.  Marshall picked up his fourth save last night in the 9-8 victory at Utah, while fellow reliever Marc Oslund earned the win.  Oslund remarked before getting on the bus for the Nevada trip that he was pleased the Utah public address announcer properly pronounced his name as Ohs-lund instead of Oz-lund.
  • FYI, the BYU-Nevada games will not be broadcast by BYU Radio 960 AM, but will be available through Nevada's live audio, video and livestats. However, the live video is a pay account.
  • Forgot to mention that last week, BYU November signee Hayden Nielsen of Spanish Fork threw a perfect game in a 16-0 win vs. North Sanpete High School.  At last night's BYU-Utah game, current Cougar reserve catcher Jarrett Jarvis, a teammate of Nielsen's last year at SFHS, said he was aware of Nielsen's perfect game and that Jarvis had also caught a perfect game while in a Don uniform.
  • A note from a former Cougar relief specialist, Josh Barrett, who had seven saves in his BYU career from 2004-2006.  Barrett recently wrote, “ I'm living in the UK getting an MBA from the University of Oxford. I have a son now.  Life is good!”

Oregon Baseball Trip

Mar 22, 2012 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 3:23 am | Updated: March 23, 2012 9:26 am | Permalink

BYU's baseball team flew to Oregon yesterday, but Thursday's baseball game with the University of Portland has been postponed to Friday due to rain.

The Pilots and Cougars are scheduled to now play a doubleheader on Friday at the newly-opened Hilken Stadium.  Hilken Stadium is at Concordia University in Portland, one of at least seven four-year schools with the name Concordia--others are located in New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Chicago and Texas.

Saturday's action will not be at Hilken Stadium due to the high demand of soccer for that facility, rather is scheduled for Joe Etzel Field.  For a better look at Hilken Stadium check out this link, where you will notice that the area around the batter's box is even astro-turf.

Speaking of Hilken Stadium, if you look at the link for it on our schedule, you can see the satellite photo which shows it as a pre-construction site. By linking to the specific game, you can also see the current and projected weather forecast for Portland.  Earlier this week, the Pilots were rained out of a scheduled contest against the University of Hawai`i, en route to games for the Rainbows at Gonzaga.

Friday's first game at 11 a.m. PDT will not be broadcast live locally in Utah on Radio 960 AM by Brent Norton.  Game one is scheduled to have a live audio stream from the crew at the University of Portland (all of the Pilot games will have live stats and live audio, but we encourage you to listen to BYU Radio when it is carrying the games).

Norton intends to join that game in progress around 1 p.m., PDT, then call the entire action of game two of that doubleheader, starting around 2 p.m., PDT.  When Norton is on the air this weekend for games two and three, they will also be broadcast live worldwide on BYU Radio - Sirius XM 143. Norton will be joined by former BYU baseball coach Gary Pullins, who is driving up from Klamath Falls, Oregon where he has been assisting his in-laws.

Because of the weather delays, there will now not be any of the three scheduled BYU-Portland games streamed live on video as originally announced.

A couple of notes on the Cougar baseball team:

1) Jaycob Brugman and Alex Wolfe did interviews before the team left with KBYU 11 News; those interviews are scheduled to air live on Friday at noon MDT and will be available on archived video after that newscast.

2) Mission calls; freshman relief pitcher Mason Marshall (who has high school baseball teammats currently playing in North Carolina, at Utah Valley University and Northwestern College in Rangely, Colo.) received his mission call, but plans to await opening it until he returns from the Oregon trip. Teammate Travis Stacey has received his mission call to The Philippines.

3) This Tuesday's Deseret Duel with the University of Utah is at 6 p.m., at Spring Mobile Ballpark in Salt Lake City.  This is the first of thee games with Utah this season (April 3 at Spring Mobile Ballpark and April 17 at Larry H. Miller Field), where the teams will battle for the baseball portion and the final three points in the overall Deseret Duel which has been clinched this year by BYU.  Currently the standings in the overall Deseret Duel are BYU 28, Utah 16.

4) Last Monday, Coach Vance Law and pitcher Mark Anderson were in the middle of the interviews shown on BYUtv's True Blue Show, which can be viewed on this archive link.

5) You can pick up more information like shortstop Tanner Chauncey being the grandson of BYU Hall of Famer Terry Tebbs, by reading the PDF game notes posted at the bottom of game previews.

Day 1 NCAA Women's Championship

Mar 15, 2012 - Posted by Norma Collett at 9:42 pm | Permalink

The No. 10 seed BYU women’s basketball team began its run in the 2012 NCAA Tournament Thursday.

The Cougars along with the band and Cougarettes departed from the Provo Airport, landing in Chicago that evening where two buses awaited their arrival for the short drive to the team hotel just a few miles away. Sandwiches and drinks were passed out to everyone.

On approach to the Chicago O’Hare airport they were able to see a beautiful view of the windy city and their team hotel. A lightning storm in the distance lit the sky as they landed.