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Opponent No. 1 - A look at Washington State

Aug 27, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 11:33 am | Updated: August 27, 2012 3:06 pm | Permalink

With the season kickoff less than four days away we are starting a new series of opponent previews on the football blog. Up first is the Washington State Cougars.

Series Information:

BYU leads: 2-1
Last Meeting: BYU won 50-36, 9/15/90
H/A/N: 1-1/0-0/1-0

Washington State 2011 Recap

The Cougars doubled their win total from 2010 to 2011 with a 4-8 record, with two wins in Pac-12 play. Washington State won three of its first four games, including its conference opener on the road against new conference member Colorado 31-27. WSU, however, would struggle from there on out, winning just one game the remainder of the season, eventually leading to the hiring of new head coach Mike Leach for the 2012 season. Despite the struggles to winning the Cougars still had a potent offense, finishing the year No. 9 in passing yards, scoring nearly 30 points per game. That will serve as a good baseline for Mike Leach and his famed “Air Raid” offense to build on in the upcoming season in Pullman.

WSU Cougars 2012 Outlook

The expectations rise in 2012 for WSU with Coach Leach at the helm of a team rich with talent but lacking in winning experience. Leach will look to change that as his 84-43 record as a head coach will be put to the test. The BYU alumni spent 10 seasons leading Texas Tech, going 7-6 in his inaugural season, putting together a winning season each and every year as coach of the Red Raiders, including an 11-2 campaign in 2008 with a Big 12 title.

WSU returns several key playmakers, including senior quarterback Jeff Tuel and promising sophomore signal caller Connor Halliday. Tuel was injured for most of 2012 and Halliday passed for 960 yards and nine touchdowns in four games, inlcuding one start.

The Cougars return 14 starters (6 off/6 def/2 sp). WSU’s best wide receiver, 6-foot-4, Marquess Wilson returns as a junior. Wilson has had back-to-back 1,000 receiving-yard seasons, including catching 82 passes for 1,388 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2011.

WSU's defense is led by senior linebacker Travis Long. Long, a Butkus, Nagurski and Lombardi preseason watch list honoree totaled 12 tackles for loss and four sacks in 2011.

WSU Key Players to Watch

#86 Marquess Wilson WR
6-4, 185
2011 Stats
83 receptions, 1,388 yards, 12 touchdowns

#10 Jeff Tuel QB
6-3, 221
2011 Stats (Played in 3 games)
Completed 29 of 45 passes, 276 yards, 1 touchdown

#5 Rickey Galvin, RB
5-8, 178
2011 Stats 114 rushing attempts, 602 yards, 5 touchdowns, 28 receptions, 242 yards, 1 touchdown

#89 Travis Long LB
6-4, 245
2011 Stats 42 tackles, 31 solo, 12.0 tackles for loss, four sacks

2012 media guide now available online

Aug 27, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 9:25 am | Permalink

The 2012 BYU women's volleyball media guide is now available online. The guide contains all the information about the 2012 season in one location. BYU media guides are no longer printed.

Visit the 2012 media guide here.

BYU Athletics to auction custom Harley-Davidson

Aug 24, 2012 - Posted by at 5:26 pm | Permalink

Cougar Nation…

A generous donor has given BYU Athletics a one-of-a-kind custom 2011 Harley-Davidson Sportster to auction to the highest bidder. All proceeds from the auction will go directly to the general athletics scholarship fund.

The bike can be seen at Timpanogos Harley in Lindon, Utah.
 
Bidding will close at 5 pm on Friday, Sept. 7.  The top-five bidders will be notified Sept. 7, and allowed to submit a final bid by Sept. 10 at 5 pm.

Minimum required bid – $25,000

Additional information about the bike…
- 2011 Road King Classic
- Two road-hard saddle bags
- Langston Paint Job
- 103 cubic-inches
- six-speed transmission
- ABS brakes
- Just 51 miles on the bike
 
Bids must be submitted to Michael Bowen at (801) 422-1193 or michael_bowen@byu.edu.

Check out the video…
 

Meet the No. 4's

Aug 24, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 11:18 am | Permalink

Next up on our list of Q&A’s with members of the BYU football team are the two players wearing No. 4. 

No. 4 Uona Kaveinga, Sr., LB, Hawthorne, CA

Q: What’s something you like about BYU?
A: I love the dudes around here. I have a lot in common with them.

Q: If you could have one talent besides football, what would it be?
A: I would be very, very, very smart. I want to be a genius, like a doctor.

Q: What’s something funny about one of your teammates?
A: Brandon Ogletree is half bald and he’s only 20-something.

Q: What do you like most about your position?
A: I like running around, making plays and hitting people.

Q: When did you start playing football?
A: I started playing in the fourth grade because it was fun. I really liked the competitive edge.


No. 4 Taysom Hill, Fr., QB, Pocatello, ID

Q: What is your favorite thing about BYU?
A: I think right now the camaraderie that we have as a team, the way we work out and the closeness that we have has been a good experience. I like everything what BYU stands for on and off the field.  To have the opportunity to play Division I football at the highest level as well as the coaching staff, both coach Mendenhall and coach Doman, was very appealing to come here. So that’s probably why I chose BYU. It’s been a great experience so far.

Q: What is the best thing about your hometown?
A: Pocatello is a small town. I would just say the people, the people I was raised with, my friends and my family, that’s what makes home, home.

Q: If you could have one talent, besides football, what would it be?
A: Golf. I would like to be really good at golf. I’m not too bad, maybe like high 80’s golfer but it would be nice to be really good at golf.

Q: Who is your favorite pro golfer?
A: You know, it’s interesting, I like to see Tiger Woods do well. Ultimately, it’s hard to support him after everything that’s come out but I still like to see him do well. I also like Phil Mickelson.

Q: What’s something funny about one of your teammates?
A: The other day we were lifting weights and I was doing some ball throws with Mitch Mathews. His arms are so long, it was just so funny to me. 

Cougar Kickoff

Aug 23, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 4:32 pm | Updated: August 24, 2012 10:09 am | Permalink

In preparation for the upcoming fall 2012 season, BYU athletes and Cougar Nation met together Tuesday evening at Haws Field for the eighth annual Cougar Kickoff. 

Athletes from the football, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and cross country teams signed autographs at the event and ran drills for fans to participate in.

For those that were not able to attend, or those who want to relive the memory, check out BYU football’s facebook page for more pictures. For another look at the event, you can also check out this Daily Herald article.

More on ESPN.com's 50 in 50

Aug 21, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:37 pm | Permalink

Earlier today ESPN.com started its 50 in 50 series in which it is ranking the top 50 men’s basketball programs from the last 50 years (starting with the 1962-63 season to now). BYU was ranked No. 36.

In the breakdown ESPN.com includes the rank by decade, including how many points the program accumulated each decade and where that point total ranks. See below.

Rank by the decade

  • 1962-69: 28 (39th)
  • 1970-79: 23 (T-67th)
  • 1980-89: 50 (T-43rd)
  • 1990-99: 36 (60th)
  • 2000-present: 81 (29th)

Interestingly, BYU’s highest point total by far came from 2000 to now. Granted, that is a little more than a decade, but it is a testament to the job Coach Dave Rose has done in the last seven seasons.

With four conference titles, winning percentages of .690 or above every year (including two .800 seasons), six NCAA Tournament teams (including the Sweet 16 in 2011), a first-team All-American and a top 10 draft pick (anyone heard of Jimmer?), Rose has accumulated 58 points in his seven years, more than any other decade based on ESPN.com’s point system.

Meet No. 3

Aug 21, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 4:57 pm | Updated: August 21, 2012 11:11 pm | Permalink

We’re moving down the roster with our Q&A’s with players on the team.  

No. 3 Kyle Van Noy, Jr., LB, Reno, NV

Q: If you could play any other position, what would it be?
A: If I could play another position, I would play wide receiver because you get to catch the ball and make big plays.

Q: What sport would you play besides football?
A: If I could play another sport, I would play basketball because they get all the girls and because their faces are all over TV.

Q: What's one of your favorite things about coach Mendenhall?
A: I'm grateful that coach Mendenhall let me play here and gave me a second chance. 

Q: What is something you love about your hometown?
A: I am from Reno, Nev., and the part that I love most about it is that everyone is up 24/7.

Q: What have you learned from your position coach?
A: I’ve learned how to play outside linebacker from my position coach. When i got here, I didn’t know how to play it and now I’m pretty good at it. 

Three recruits win bronze medal with Jr. National

Aug 17, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 2:31 pm | Updated: August 17, 2012 2:36 pm | Permalink

Three 2013 BYU men’s volleyball recruits won a bronze medal at the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships in Dallas earlier this month. 

The team won nine of its 11 matches, all by 2-0 scores, to earn a bronze medal out of the 33 teams in its pool. The team finished winning a total of 20 sets and only dropping four. Only one team finished with fewer sets lost. The gold medal team finished winning 21 sets and falling in seven while the second place finishers won 21 sets and lost six. 

Outside/opposite hitter Benjamin Patch, a native of Provo, libero Evan Chang and middle blocker Joseph Grosh were members of the 13-player open team and will join the Cougars this fall, adding national experience to the 2013 roster. 

Meet the No. 2's

Aug 17, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 1:43 pm | Updated: August 17, 2012 1:45 pm | Permalink

Here’s the second installment of Q&A’s with players on the team. We’ll continue working our way down the roster throughout the season.

No. 2 Spencer Hadley, Jr., LB, Connell, WA

Q: What is the most interesting thing about you?
A: My mustache and my nunchucks. The two of them together is equivalent to Chuck Norris.

Q: What’s your favorite road trip that you’ve been on with the team?
A: Hawaii.

Q: When did you start playing football and why?
A: I started playing football in the fifth grade because I was afraid as a child that I would die before I’d ever get to play in my first football game. I’ve always loved football and I’ve always wanted to play and I literally, when I was little, I was scared that I would die before I ever got to play.

Q: What does it mean to you to be playing for a college football team?
A: Especially to play here, it’s really meant a lot. Ever since I was little, I’ve wanted to play football but I also wanted to play at BYU. When I was five years old I got one of those plastic shoulder pad and helmet sets with the jersey. I got a BYU football pad set and literally wore that thing everywhere. I’ve always wanted to play here so it’s been a pretty neat experience and a good blessing in my life.

Q: If you could have any talent, what would it be?
A: I would sing my little heart out like Josh Groban. He’s my favorite. I’m not good at singing but I wish I was. I only sing to myself and to my steering wheel.


No. 2 Cody Hoffman, Jr., WR, Crescent City, CA

Q: What is one of your favorite things about coach Mendenhall?
A: I love his competitive nature.

Q: What is something you like about BYU?
A: I enjoy the people here, because there is such a variety.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your hometown?
A: My favorite part is no one knows about it.

Q: What is one of your favorite things about your position coach?
A: It’s cool that coach Cahoon has a great professional background with playing football.

Q: If you had to play a different position, what would it be?
A: Safety. I like to hit people.

Jennifer Rockwood Featured on BYUtv's "Legends"

Aug 16, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 9:09 am | Updated: August 16, 2012 9:19 am | Permalink

BYU women's soccer head coach Jennifer Rockwood is the subject of the BYUtv series "Legends" in their upcoming episode to air on Monday, August 20, at 6 p.m. MT. 

The show highlights Rockwood's career as a player for BYU and her 17 years as its head coach. The episode can be viewed live on BYUtv or online live at byutv.org.

In her years as head coach for the BYU women's soccer team Rockwood has amassed a 274-85-31 all-time record, making her the 6th winningest active head coach in the NCAA and 7th all-time. Rockwood has coached 35+ All-American awards, won eight conference titles, made 13 NCAA tournament appearances and seen the program through three conference changes. 

"Legends" also did an episode dedicated to BYU assistant coach Aleisha Rose and it can be watched online