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Senior Night tribute

Mar 02, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 11:43 am | Permalink

In BYU's final regular season home game, five seniors were honored for their contributions to the basketball program.

See the video tribute below.

Brock Zylstra, Brandon Davies, Craig Cusick, Chris Collinsworth and Stephen Rogers were all honored before the home game against Gonzaga on Feb. 28. Collinsworth and Rogers haven't played this year due to injuries before the season that have kept them out.  

Zylstra, Davies and Cusick are all starters for this year's squad.

UP CLOSE with Kelsey Brown

Feb 28, 2013 - Posted by Steven Tew at 2:18 pm | Updated: March 5, 2013 3:59 pm | Permalink

If you are a sucker for cookies, double fudge chocolate cake or apple pie, you should make Kelsey Brown one of your baking buddies. Baking is actually her hidden talent, and she even tries to bake something new every Sunday. 

Brown, a transfer from the University of Oklahoma, grew up in Orem and came back to Utah County not only for the great track program at BYU, but also with the hopes of becoming an athletic trainer for the Utah Jazz or a Jazz dancer.

Make sure you read to the end. The most embarrasing moment is definitely a keeper.

Height- 5-8

Major- Exercise Science

Hometown- Orem, Utah

Track and field events-  400, 800, 1500 and Mile

Reason for attending BYU...

"I came here for the wonderful track & field program and to get a top-of-the-line education."

Best part of being on the BYU track and field team..

"Having such a great and large team, or possibly being able to go to the snack shack everyday."

Favorite movie...

"Definitely Bubble Boy. It's a classic!"

Best place to eat in Provo...

"I love Molly's restaurant and catering."

Favorite BYU sport other than track and field...

Men's Volleyball

Funniest member of the BYU track team and why..."

"Laura Young. She has great one liners such as 'I'm NOT dramatic,' or 'I'm DYING coach!'"  

Best catchphrase or line from a book, movie or TV show...

"Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what your gonna get." -Forrest Gump

Favorite pro sports team...

Utah Jazz

Best sport you play/played other than track and field...

Basketball

If you had a time machine, when/where would you go and why...

"I would like to go to the time period when dinosaurs roamed the earth. How cool would it be ride them?"

If you could add one thing to the BYU campus, what would it be:

"An escalator for the RB stairs. Those kill me everyday."

Favorite musical artist/band...

"Its got to be my soul sister Beyonce."

Most embarrassing moment...

"My most embarrassing moment was while I was still attending the University of Oklahoma. The men's and women's teams were on a bus going to a meet, the men were in the back and the women sat in the front. It was only a four hour drive, so I told myself I wasn't going to use the bathroom. Well, a short while into the drive, I already had to go. I was dating a guy named George at the time who was on the team and just happened to be sitting right next to the bathroom. Luckily, when I went back there he was asleep, so I wasn't that embarrassed going back. A little while later, I had to go to the bathroom AGAIN! I must have been really well hydrated. I was debating on trying to hold it for the last hour of the drive, but there was no way that was going to happen. I walked to the back of the bus again. This time, George was awake. As I was walking back, I made eye contact with him. When I looked at him, I just held up two fingers, and mouthed the words 'number two' as I am walking toward the bathroom. After seeing the terrified/disgusted look on his face as he is trying not to laugh, I made the connection on what he thought I said. I instantly fell to the ground in laughter trying to explain to every guy on the bus, and my boyfriend, that what I meant  was it was my second trip back to the bathroom, not that I was literally going to go 'number two'. I don't think I have ever gone to the bathroom so quick in my life, or been so embarrassed."

Favorite inspirational quote: 

"Promise me you'll always remember: you're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." -Christopher Robin to Pooh

BYU Coach's Show: Tuesday 2/26

Feb 28, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 12:11 pm | Permalink

In his weekly KSL radio coach's show, head coach Dave Rose started with a recap of last week with BYU winning at home against Utah State and falling on the road to Saint Mary's. 

"I think our guys were ready to go, and they obviously know it's a challenge against Saint Mary's, but I thought we were prepared. We started the game with a great game plan and physically we were up to the task. We got behind late and just didn't make a few plays that we needed to. Hopefully, though, our guys can take a lot of confidence from that game even though it was a loss."

The possibility of meeting Saint Mary's in the West Coast Conference tournament was discussed with coach Rose saying he'd enjoy another match-up but knows it'd be another tough game. He hopes the guys would be confident going into that game but said the team would have to work to get a good game plan. 

Coach Rose also spent some time previewing next week's games against No. 2 Gonzaga and Loyola Marymount. Gonzaga is the highest-ranked team to play in the Marriott Center. 

"Hopefully the fans will be treated to a great game against Gonzaga. I can promise that the Zags are ever-bit deserving of that high ranking, and I think it's going to be a fun one in the Marriott Center. This will be an interesting week with the two teams we're playing so we'll have to be consistent in our preparation. Consistency is a huge factor for our confidence."

Senior Brock Zylstra joined the show in the later half, talking about life in the WCC and the end of his senior career at BYU. Coach Rose talked about how he first met Zylstra and why they decided to bring him onto the team. Zylstra answered questions from fans before his segment finished.

Coach Rose finished the show by also answering fan questions.

Listen to the full show on KSL.com and don't miss coach Rose in Legends Grille on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. MST. 

Only one more round of coach's shows is left. Sunday night on KSL 5 TV at 11 p.m. and next Tuesday night on KSL radio at 7 p.m.

UP CLOSE with Candace Eddy Carlisle

Feb 27, 2013 - Posted by Steven Tew at 3:46 pm | Updated: February 27, 2013 4:17 pm | Permalink

When it comes to one thing Candace Eddy Carlisle would change or add to the BYU campus, she is all about practicality.

"I would definitely ask for cheaper and more reliable printing," she said. "Free would be nice."

The distance runner from Kaysville, Utah, also feels there are too many wonderful things in life to have just one favorite when it comes to movies, musicians, bands, etc.

Remember, this is not the end. Read more...

Height- 5-4 

Major- Communication disorders

Track and field events- Mile, 1500 meters, 3K

Reason for attending BYU...

"I came here because of the excellent academics, athletics and atmosphere."

Favorite movie...

"There are several: Lion King, Dan in Real Life, What about Bob, Hitch."

Best place to eat in Provo-

"I like lots of different foods, so any place that is not fast food and as long as I have good company."

Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight...

"Call me crazy, but I have not read any of them."

If you could be doing anything in 10 years it would be...

"A wife, mother and maybe have a part-time job volunteering with the Special Olympics."

Funniest member of the BYU track team and why...

"There is no way I can just pick one, but here are the first that come to mind: Andrea Nelson Harrison, Lindsey Sowards Nielson and Jennica Redd."

Best catchphrase or line from a book, movie or TV show...

"I want that."  -Napoleon Dynamite

"I feel good about that." -Jennica Redd

"Can't be replaced." -Sarah Darby

Hidden Talent...

"I am working on that, but for now, let's just say I am good at trying new things."

Favorite pro sports team...

"Sometimes, whoever my husband is cheering for, and other times whoever he is cheering against."

If you had a time machine, when/where would you go and why...

"I would go to the afterlife, but without the physical death part."

Best athlete in any sport at BYU...

"I do not know many of them personally, and I could name quite a few. However, I am going to stick with Shaylynn Baugh Fuller and Kathryn Vidmar. They may not be star athletes, but they sure love what they do, share a contagious sport spirit, and believe in their teammates!"

Favorite musical artist/band...

"Again, I have several: Keith Urban, Jason Mraz, Rascal Flatts, Journey, Shania Twain, One Direction."

Most embarrassing moment...

To keep it short, I wet my pants during a race in high school and had to run passed the whole guys team."

Something most people do not know about you...

"Well, if I were to tell and make it public, that would make it untrue."

Favorite inspirational quote...

"God does not begin by asking us about our ability, but only about our availability, and if we then prove our dependability, he will increase our capability." 
–Elder Neal A. Maxwell

Video: Craig Cusick's journey

Feb 26, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 2:43 pm | Updated: February 26, 2013 3:14 pm | Permalink

Senior walk-on Craig Cusick hit the buzzer beater in BYU's 70-68 win over Utah State just a few hours after finding out his father had been diagnosed with cancer. 

BYUtv featured Craig in one of their recent videos, and also included an extended video with words from teammate Brock Zylstra and assistant coach Tim LaComb about Craig and the Cusick family. 

See both videos below.

Cancer can affect everyone, and certainly the BYU basketball team is no exception. BYU head coach Dave Rose is a cancer survivor, surviving a cancer scare in June of 2009.

Ezekiel Ansah impresses at NFL Scouting Combine

Feb 25, 2013 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 4:03 pm | Updated: February 26, 2013 1:55 pm | Permalink

Former BYU defensive lineman Ezekiel Ansah worked out for NFL scouts, coaches and other NFL personnel at the NFL Scouting Combine on Monday in Indianapolis.

"Ziggy" Ansah, who measured in at just over 6-foot-5 and 271 pounds, was one of 53 defensive linemen invited to this year's combine. The Ghana native ran a 4.63 40-yard dash to turn heads at workouts, coming in at No. 6 among all defensive linemen. Of the five players recording times faster than Ansah, only one weighed more than 250 pounds. Ansah's 10-yard split of 1.56 seconds was also among the top defensive line marks.

In the 20-yard shuttle drill, Ansah had the best time among all defensive linemen with 4.26 seconds and finished the three cone drill in 7.11 seconds, good for 10th among the defensive linemen.

Ansah posted a vertical jump of 34.5 inches, tied for No. 7 among defensive lineman. He also recorded a broad jump of 9 feet, 10 inches (118.0 inches) and put up 21 reps on the bench press.

Receiving a lot of attention throughout the day, check out Ansah's interview on the NFL Network, his 40-yard dash and some additional comments on Ansah from NFL Network commentators.

Ansah interview at NFL Combine on NFL Network

Ansah runs 40-yard dash

Ansah's draft potential

BYU Coach's Show: Sunday 2/24

Feb 25, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 12:38 pm | Permalink

Live from the KSL 5 TV studios, coach Dave Rose began his weekly coach's show with a full recap of last week's games. Last week BYU defeated Utah State 70-68 and fell to Saint Mary's 64-57 on the road. 

"I think our win at home definitely gave us some momentum going into that Saint Mary's game. We couldn't quite get it done but we'll be looking forward to another oppourtunity to play them, hopefully, in the conference tournament."

Against Utah State Rose said he couldn't have imagined a better ending, with Craig Cusick hitting the buzzer beater after earlier that day he found out his father had cancer. Cusick finished with four points in the game and a team-high five rebounds. Tyler Haws's performance was also recognized - the sophomore finished with 27 points, making a career-high 14 trips to the free-throw line and finishing 12 of them. 

"Good win for our guys - but, on a personal note, a great win for Craig after such a tough day."

Coach Rose said he thought the team was ready against Saint Mary's and, defensively, it was one of their best games. Against the Gaels, Brandon Davies' 25 points were praised as the one offensive constant throughout the game. 

Later in the show, Davies' ability to be effective in the post and how the team runs their offense through him was discussed by coach Rose. 

And to wrap up the show, coach Rose talked about how the rest of the West Coast Conference teams are shaping up and what's next on the schedule for BYU. 

Watch the full show on KSL.com and don't miss coach Rose on KSL 5 TV every Sunday night at 11 p.m. MST.

 

Braden Brown performs well at NFL Scouting Combine

Feb 23, 2013 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 4:27 pm | Updated: February 23, 2013 8:37 pm | Permalink

Former BYU offensive tackle Braden Brown is in Indianapolis participating in the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. Brown is one of 58 offensive lineman invited to the combine. 

Brown, who measured at 6-foot-5.5 inches and 310 pounds, participated in workouts on Friday and Saturday and performed in the top 25 consistently during the combine. He recorded a time of 7.43 seconds in the three-cone drill, which ranked No. 5 overall among offensive lineman. The top time was Jeff Baca of UCLA at 7.26. Baca also had the top 20-yard shuttle time at 4.44 seconds along with Eric Fisher of Central Michigan. Brown ranked No. 15 at 4.7 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle.  

A Salt Lake City native, Brown ran a 5.2-second 40-yard dash to rank No. 19 overall among all offensive lineman timed and also ranked 19th with a vertical jump of 28 inches. Terron Armstead of Arkansas-Pine Bluff achieved the top marks in both categories with a 4.71 40-yard dash and 34.5 vertical jump.  

Brown did 26 reps on the bench press, which ranked 23rd overall. Ohio's Eric Herman totaled 36 reps to lead the way. Brown's 100-inch broad jump ranked 26th with Lane Johnson of Oklahoma having the top distance of 118 inches.

Joining Brown at the combine is BYU defensive lineman Ezekiel Ansah, who is scheduled for workouts on Monday in Indianapolis. 

To follow the combine results go to NFL.com.

Van Noy, All-Americans honored

Feb 22, 2013 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 11:48 am | Updated: February 22, 2013 3:36 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah -- During halftime of the BYU men’s basketball game against Utah State Tuesday, junior football player Kyle Van Noy was presented the College Football Performance Award (CFPA) Defensive Performer of the Year and BYU honored its 39 All-Americans from 2012.

Bradley C. Smith, Executive Director of the CFPA presented the award to Van Noy following the All-America presentation. Check out this video of the presentation and some comments from Van Noy afterward as well as his BYUtv interview during the basketball game.

In addition to earning the Defensive Performer of the Year trophy, Van Noy was previously honored with the 2012 CFPA Linebacker Trophy, becoming the second Cougar to earn national CFPA individual honors, following 2009 tight end recipient Dennis Pitta.

A 6-foot-3, 235-pound outside linebacker from Reno, Nev., Van Noy earned 2012 All-America honors finishing the year ranked tied for No. 2 nationally in both sacks (13) and forced fumbles (6), while also ranking No. 4 in tackles for loss (22) and tied for seventh in blocked kicks (2).

Van Noy led BYU in sacks, tackles for loss, quarterback hurries (8) and blocked kicks. He also set a school record with six forced fumbles. He totaled 53 tackles while adding five pass breakups, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and two touchdowns to become the only player in the nation to record a stat in every major defensive category each of the last two seasons.

A 2012 All-Bowl Team selection, Van Noy also had what many consider the best defensive performance of the bowl season, scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter of BYU's Poinsettia Bowl victory to help the Cougars claim their fourth straight bowl victory.

All-America honorees from last year’s winter sports and the recently-ended fall sports were recognized prior to the trophy presentation. Both All-America and Academic All-America awardees were honored.

For below for a complete list of 2012 BYU All-Americans and some photos from the evening.

2012 All-Americans

Women’s Basketball

Kristen Riley: AP Honorable Mention

Men’s Swim/Dive

Brandon Watson: NCAA Second Team

Baseball

Mason Marshall: Louisville Slugger Freshman Team

Softball

Delaney Willard: NFCA First Team, Easton First Team

JC Clayton: Easton Second Team

Stacie Toney: CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team

Women’s Indoor Track

Lacy Bleazard: USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Sarah Edwards: USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Christen Guenther: USTFCCCA Pole Vault Second Team

Katie Palmer: USTFCCCA 800m First Team, NCAA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Nachelle Mackie: USTFCCCA 800m First Team, USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team, USTFCCCA Academic All-America, CoSIDA All-America

Men’s Indoor Track

Miles Batty: USTFCCCA Mile First Team, USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team, USTFCCCA Academic All-America, CoSIDA All-America

Cade Lindahl: USTFCCCA 400m Second Team, NCAA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Ryan Waite: USTFCCCA 800m Second Team, NCAA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Rex Shields: USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Victor Weirich: USTFCCCA Pole Vault Second Team

Men’s Volleyball

Futi Tavana: AVCA First Team

Taylor Sander: AVCA First Team

Women’s Outdoor Track

Nachelle Mackie: USTFCCCA 800m First Team

Allyson Anderson: USTFCCCA Javelin Second Team

Men’s Outdoor Track

Miles Batty: USTFCCCA 1500m First Team

Chris Carter: USTFCCCA 400m Hurdles First Team, NCAA 4x400m Second Team

Jared Ward: USTFCCCA 10,000m First Team

Alden Bahr: USTFCCCA 10,000m Second Team

Jason Hinds: USTFCCCA 4x400m Second Team

Cade Lindahl: USTFCCCA 4x400m Second Team

Shaquille Walker: USTFCCCA 4x400m Second Team

Men’s Cross Country

Jared Ward: USTFCCCA First Team

Tylor Thatcher: USTFCCCA First Team

Women’s Soccer

Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall: NSCAA First Team, Senior CLASS First Team All-America, TopDrawerSoccer All-America First Team

Jessica Ringwood: NSCAA Second Team

Carlee Payne Holmoe: NSCAA Scholar All-America Second Team

Erica Owens: NSCAA Scholar All-America Second Team

Cloee Cholohan: TopDrawerSoccer All-America Third Team

Michele Murphy: TopDrawerSoccer All Freshman First Team

Football

Riley Stephenson: AP Second Team, SI.com Second Team, CBSSports.com Second Team, Phil Steele Third Team, College Sports Madness Third Team

Kyle Van Noy: AP Third Team, SI.com Honorable Mention, CBSSports.com Second Team, Phil Steele Third Team, College Sports Madness Third Team

Cody Hoffman: SI.com Honorable Mention

Ezekiel Ansah: Pro Football Weekly Honorable Mention

Women’s Volleyball

Jennifer Hamson: AVCA First Team, Volleyball Magazine Second Team

Nicole Warner: AVCA Honorable Mention, Volleyball Magazine Third Team

Heather Hannemann: AVCA Honorable Mention

Alexa Gray: AVCA Honorable Mention

Postgraduate Scholarships

Miles Batty: WCC Postgraduate Scholarship, NCAA Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship

BYU All-Americans honored

Feb 22, 2013 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 11:40 am | Updated: February 22, 2013 11:56 am | Permalink

PROVO, Utah -- During halftime of the BYU men’s basketball game against Utah State Tuesday, BYU honored its 39 All-Americans from 2012.

Honorees from last year’s winter sports and the recently-ended fall sports were named. Both All-America and Academic All-America awardees were honored.

For a complete list of 2012 BYU All-Americans, see list below.

Junior football player Kyle Van Noy was also presented the College Football Performance Award (CFPA) Defensive Performer of the Year trophy by Bradley C. Smith, Executive Director of the CFPA.

In addition to earning the Defensive Performer of the Year Trophy, Van Noy was previously honored with the 2012 CFPA Linebacker Trophy, becoming the second Cougar to earn national CFPA individual honors, following 2009 tight end recipient Dennis Pitta.

A 6-foot-3, 235-pound outside linebacker from Reno, Nev., Van Noy earned 2012 All-America honors finishing the year ranked tied for No. 2 nationally in both sacks (13) and forced fumbles (6), while also ranking No. 4 in tackles for loss (22) and tied for seventh in blocked kicks (2).

Van Noy led BYU in sacks, tackles for loss, quarterback hurries (8) and blocked kicks. He also set a school record with six forced fumbles. He totaled 53 tackles while adding five pass breakups, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and two touchdowns to become the only player in the nation to record a stat in every major defensive category each of the last two seasons.

A 2012 All-Bowl Team selection, Van Noy also had what many consider the best defensive performance of the bowl season, scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter of BYU's Poinsettia Bowl victory to help the Cougars claim their fourth straight bowl victory.

2012 All-Americans

Women’s Basketball

Kristen Riley: AP Honorable Mention

Men’s Swim/Dive

Brandon Watson: NCAA Second Team

Baseball

Mason Marshall: Louisville Slugger Freshman Team

Softball

Delaney Willard: NFCA First Team, Easton First Team

JC Clayton: Easton Second Team

Stacie Toney: CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team

Women’s Indoor Track

Lacy Bleazard: USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Sarah Edwards: USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Christen Guenther: USTFCCCA Pole Vault Second Team

Katie Palmer: USTFCCCA 800m First Team, NCAA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Nachelle Mackie: USTFCCCA 800m First Team, USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team, USTFCCCA Academic All-America, CoSIDA All-America

Men’s Indoor Track

Miles Batty: USTFCCCA Mile First Team, USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team, USTFCCCA Academic All-America, CoSIDA All-America

Cade Lindahl: USTFCCCA 400m Second Team, NCAA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Ryan Waite: USTFCCCA 800m Second Team, NCAA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Rex Shields: USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Victor Weirich: USTFCCCA Pole Vault Second Team

Men’s Volleyball

Futi Tavana: AVCA First Team

Taylor Sander: AVCA First Team

Women’s Outdoor Track

Nachelle Mackie: USTFCCCA 800m First Team

Allyson Anderson: USTFCCCA Javelin Second Team

Men’s Outdoor Track

Miles Batty: USTFCCCA 1500m First Team

Chris Carter: USTFCCCA 400m Hurdles First Team, NCAA 4x400m Second Team

Jared Ward: USTFCCCA 10,000m First Team

Alden Bahr: USTFCCCA 10,000m Second Team

Jason Hinds: USTFCCCA 4x400m Second Team

Cade Lindahl: USTFCCCA 4x400m Second Team

Shaquille Walker: USTFCCCA 4x400m Second Team

Men’s Cross Country

Jared Ward: USTFCCCA First Team

Tylor Thatcher: USTFCCCA First Team

Women’s Soccer

Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall: NSCAA First Team, Senior CLASS First Team All-America, TopDrawerSoccer All-America First Team

Jessica Ringwood: NSCAA Second Team

Carlee Payne Holmoe: NSCAA Scholar All-America Second Team

Erica Owens: NSCAA Scholar All-America Second Team

Cloee Cholohan: TopDrawerSoccer All-America Third Team

Michele Murphy: TopDrawerSoccer All Freshman First Team

Football

Riley Stephenson: AP Second Team, SI.com Second Team, CBSSports.com Second Team, Phil Steele Third Team, College Sports Madness Third Team

Kyle Van Noy: AP Third Team, SI.com Honorable Mention, CBSSports.com Second Team, Phil Steele Third Team, College Sports Madness Third Team

Cody Hoffman: SI.com Honorable Mention

Ezekiel Ansah: Pro Football Weekly Honorable Mention

Women’s Volleyball

Jennifer Hamson: AVCA First Team, Volleyball Magazine Second Team

Nicole Warner: AVCA Honorable Mention, Volleyball Magazine Third Team

Heather Hannemann: AVCA Honorable Mention

Alexa Gray: AVCA Honorable Mention

Postgraduate Scholarships

Miles Batty: WCC Postgraduate Scholarship, NCAA Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship