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BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose on KSL 5 TV - 2/26/12

Feb 27, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:33 pm | Permalink

Episdoe 11 of 'BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose' aired on KSL 5 TV on Sunday, Feb. 26. Watch the episode below or click here to watch on KSL.com.

League Debut in St. Mary's series

Feb 23, 2012 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 5:39 pm | Permalink

BYU's baseball team made its debut in the West Coach Conference.  Going into the game first-year pitching Coach Wally Ritchie said the feelings are different for him compared to when he was a Major League pitcher because, "I can't get in there and compete myself," saying he now depends on players following his tutelage.

In game one at St. Mary's College, sophomore Kelton Caldwell left his jersey No. 12 at the hotel, so had to borrow jersey No. 23 from pitcher Mark Anderson, who is scheduled to start on the mound on Friday.  Not making the trip to California was sophomore righthander Tyler Westensee so he can be rested for BYU's starting pitcher on Tuesday at No. 4 Arkansas.

In addition to following the games live on AM Radio 960 and live audiocasts, fans can follow the team on Facebook.

On Saturday, BYU's baseball team will stay in California to participate in a fireside at the San Ramon Chapel at 6:15 p.m.  Speakers at that fireside from the team will be Austin Hall, Marc Oslund, Adam Miller and Adam Law.

'The Road to Las Vegas'

Feb 22, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:05 pm | Permalink

Check out Noah Hartsock and Brandon Davies on the WCC's weekly show 'The Road to Las Vegas.'

BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose on KSL Newsradio - 2/21/12

Feb 22, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:00 am | Updated: February 27, 2012 11:45 pm | Permalink

Listen to the 11th episode of 'BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose' on KSL Newsradio.

Rose and Greg Wrubell discussed last week's wins in the Bay Area and the upcoming conference battles with Gonzaga and Portland. Matt Carlino was this week's guest and Rose also answered questions from the fans.

Listen to the show.

No Stars, No Problem

Feb 21, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 4:58 pm | Updated: February 22, 2012 10:53 am | Permalink

Inspired by SI.com's recent article on "two-star" players that are making noise in college football, we'll take a look at BYU's history with two-star or fewer athletes.

The article gave the nod to Riley Nelson and Cody Hoffman as two of the best two-star players heading into 2012. These are some other Cougar greats over the last 10 years who were two stars or fewer and ended up being better than their star-rating led on.

Max Hall
Hall led BYU to a 32-7 record, becoming BYU's winningest quarterback of all time. Hall transferred from Arizona State and racked up three consecutive 3,500-yard seasons, finishing his career with more completions (903), passing yards (11,365) and touchdowns (94) than any other Cougar signal caller not named Ty Detmer.

Dennis Pitta
Pitta wasn't even given a star-rating and walked on at BYU. The once lanky receiver bulked up and transformed himself into arguably one of the best pass-catching tight ends in NCAA history. Growing into a 6-foot-5, 247-pound consensus All-American, Pitta left BYU as the career leader in receptions (221) and third in receiving yards (2,901). He holds the NCAA record for most yards gained by a tight end.

Andrew George
The other half of what might be thought of as the best tight-end tandem in BYU history and one of the best in the NCAA is George. While his numbers weren't as prolific as Pitta, the near-identical 6-foot-5, 251-pound George was every bit as capable and will long be remembered for catching the game-winning touchdown in overtime against Utah in 2009.

Jordan Pendleton
Though often injury riddled, Pendleton was one of BYU's most ferocious defenders in recent memory. Originally coming in as a hard hitting safety, Pendleton grew into a fearsome outside linebacker and at 6-foot-3 and 238 pounds had a rare combination of size and speed. He burst onto the scene in BYU's 14-13 win over No. 3 Oklahoma in 2009 and had his best season as a sophomore.

Harvey Unga
In just three years, Unga became BYU's career leader in rushing yards with 3,455 on 696 attempts. As a freshman, Unga tallied 1,227 yards, a freshman record. Unga had three-straight 1,000 yard seasons and is one of only nine players to rush for at least 1,000 yards and have 1,000 yards receiving for a career.

Jan Jorgensen
Jorgensen played four-straight years for BYU and started all 52 games of his career, tied for a school record, helping the Cougars to a 43-9 record over that span. He set the Mountain West Conference record for career sacks and is second in school history.

Bryan Kehl
Currently an NFL player, Kehl was one of the most athletic Cougars to date. Kehl made plays all over the field for BYU and was an all-conference player in 2006 and 2007. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.

Curtis Brown
Brown is currently BYU's career leader in all-purpose yards (4,996) and was the first Cougar to put together back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons on the ground. Brown became the school's career leader in rushing yards before Unga broke the record a few years later.

Jonny Harline
A first-team All-American by The Sporting News, ESPN, College Football News, CBSSportline and SI.com, Harline came from Ricks College and in two years caught 121 passes for 1,742 yards and 17 touchdowns. He is 20th on BYU's career receiving yards list and has a place in Cougar history for catching the game-winning touchdown from his knees to beat Utah in 2006.

*ratings based off of both Rivals.com and Scout.com

BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose on KSL 5 TV - 2/19/12

Feb 20, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:00 am | Updated: February 21, 2012 3:59 pm | Permalink

Episdoe 10 of 'BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose' aired on KSL 5 TV on Sunday, Feb. 19. Watch the episode below or click here to watch on KSL.com.

BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose on KSL Newsradio - 2/14/12

Feb 15, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:35 am | Updated: February 16, 2012 10:39 am | Permalink

Listen to the 10th episode of 'BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose' on KSL Newsradio.

Rose and Greg Wrubell discussed last week's win against Pepperdine and the upcoming conference battles with San Francisco and Santa Clara. Rose's wife Cheryl was this week's guest and she discussed the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge and the Children with Cancer Christmas Foundation. Rose also answered questions from the fans.

Click here to listen to the show.

BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose on KSL 5 TV - 2/12/12

Feb 13, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:00 am | Updated: February 16, 2012 10:28 am | Permalink

Episdoe 9 of 'BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose' aired on KSL 5 TV on Sunday, Feb. 12. Watch the episode below or click here to watch on KSL.com.

Athletes Celebrate Valentine's with Service

Feb 10, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 1:16 pm | Updated: March 1, 2012 9:53 am | Permalink

PROVO, Utah—BYU athletes descended on Trinity Mission Health and Rehab Thursday for a night of music and dancing in their annual Valentine’s dance.

“I just love music and dancing,” said BYU running back Michael Alisa. “It’s a blast and obviously it feels good because you’re helping other people feel good. I love seeing other people smile.”

The athletes took time out of busy schedules to mingle, talk and dance with the residents through the evening.

Alisa recalled one resident who wasn’t interested in dancing, but drew him into a conversation about the past BYU football season.

“He was really talkative,” Alisa said. “He sure loves talking football, and I have no problem with that.”

Student athletes dance with residents at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab

Bob and Cindy Wakefield, volunteer service representatives, mingle with residents.

(Pictures courtesy of Natalie Stewart)

Adelin Marsh dances with a resident.

Swimmer Daniel Hofstedt dances with a resident.

Tia Withers and Natalie Stewart at the dance.

BYU cheerleaders at the dance.

Adelin Marsh dances with a resident.

Nachelle Mackie and Natalie Stewart pose with one of the residents.

(Photos courtesy of Tia Withers)

Reynolds, Fangupo invited to NFL Scouting Combine

Feb 09, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 1:38 pm | Permalink

Offensive lineman Matt Reynolds and defensive lineman Hebron Fangupo have been invited to the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine held Feb. 22-28 in Indianapolis.

Over 300 players were invited to the combine and all 32 NFL teams will be represented by coaches and scouts to evaluate potential draft picks. In 2011, BYU did not have any players invited to the combine but had three in both 2010 and 2009.

Reynolds, a 6-foot-6, 305-pounder played and started all 52 games of his BYU career. After deciding to return for his senior season, Reynolds was named team captain for a second time and was awarded numerous preseason honors (Outland Trophy Watch List, Lombardi Award Candidate, Lowe's Senior Class Award Nominee). Reynolds finished the season on the Phil Steele All-Independent First Team, Yahoo! Sports All-Independent Team, FBS All-Independent Team and was invited to East-West Shrine Game.

Fans will remember one of Reynolds most recent plays from the 2011 Armed Forces Bowl. After losing his helmet blocking earlier in the play, an unprotected Reynolds ran after a Tulsa defensive lineman chasing quarterback Riley Nelson, pancaking him to the ground, springing Nelson to make a touchdown throw across the field to Cody Hoffman, helping BYU to a 24-21 victory.

The Provo native was also named a freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, Rivals.com, College Football News.com and Sports News. As a sophomore he was part of the College Football News All-Sophomore First Team and as a junior was named Phil Steele All-MWC First Team.

Fangupo, a 6-foot-1, 331-pound transfer from USC helped BYU to another 10-win season and was part of a No. 14 overall defense (312.9 yards allowed per game) and No. 19 in rushing yards allowed (112.08) ypg). Fangupo spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons with the Trojans before deciding to come to BYU for his senior year where he made an immediate impact, playing in all 13 games and starting 10.

Known as the strongest player on the squad, Fangupo is also versitale enough to play both nose tackle and defensive end, where he spent most of the 2011 season. He totaled 26 tackles, including six tackles for loss, good for third-best on the team.

Fangupo was named to the Phil Steele All-Independent Second Team and was an FBS All-Independent Honorable Mention.

To see the full list of invitees for the 2012 Combine CLICK HERE.