Jan 10, 2013 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 10:00 am | Updated: January 21, 2013 8:15 pm | Permalink
The BYU football team held its annual banquet following the conclusion of the 2012 season on Wednesday night.
KSL Radio's Greg Wrubell served as master of ceremonies for the event held at the Utah Valley Convention Center. Wrubell introduced the evening with various statistics and honors earned from the 2012 campaign.
Patti Edwards, wife of legendary former BYU football coach LaVell Edwards, introduced a special video tribute in honor of Lance Reynolds. After over 30 years involved with BYU football as a player and a coach, Reynolds is stepping aside from football. The video used footage of current and former players looking back on the tremendous impact Reynolds had on them both on and off the field.
Reynolds was also honored with an award from head coach Bronco Mendenhall and later Reynolds spoke briefly about his time with BYU.
The senior captains of the team were able to deliver a message to the team, though David Foote and Brandon Ogletree were unable to attend to due to prior commitments. Senior Riley Nelson spoke of the memories with the team and the great opportunity it was to be a teammate. Coach Mendenhall read a message he received from Ogletree while playing at the Casino Del Sol College All-Star game. Ogletree told the team how much of a privilege it was to play at BYU and the special place the the school is and to not take it for granted.
Mendenhall and members of the university and athletics administrations then honored the Cougar seniors departing the program with their senior blankets.
Check out some of the photos from the BYU football banquet.
Following their dominant performances in BYU's 23-6 win over San Diego State in the 2012 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, linebacker Kyle Van Noy and punter Riley Stephenson were named to the CBSSports.com 2012-13 All-Bowl Team.
Here is what CBSSports.com had to say about each of their performances . . .
LB Kyle Van Noy
"In what was probably the best defensive performance of the bowl season, Van Noy single-handedly won the Poinsettia Bowl for the Cougars. Van Noy had eight tackles, including five solo, 1.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for a loss and scored two touchdowns. He recovered a fumble in the end zone and returned an interception 17 yards for a score as BYU beat San Diego State 23-6."
P Riley Stephenson
"There was a big reason why San Diego State had trouble moving the ball down the field in the Poinsettia Bowl, and it can thank the punter. Stephenson had eight punts, including six inside the 20 and three inside the 5-yard line. Stephenson had punts downed at the 5, 16, 1, 2, 9 and 1."
On his weekly KSL radio coach's show, head coach Dave Rose started the program talking about being 2-0 to start WCC play and BYU's upcoming opponents this week in Pepperdine and Santa Clara.
Rose continued to preview the WCC, how the other teams are shaping up and how tough this conference competition is.
"There's a lot of ball to be played still but everyone's very competitive. Teams play well at home and we'll have to work for a win every game."
Matt Carlino and BYU's other point guards were highlighted as a large part of BYU's winning strategy. Rose said this week's practice the team worked hard through its point guards and they're excited for the rest of the year.
"It really goes to show the character of our players - that we can be looking for a good rotation and still finding a win. These guys are really here to win."
BYU sophomore Tyler Haws joined the show to talk about his experience of coming to BYU and answer questions from fans.
Rose finished the show also answering questions from fans.
Listen to the full show on KSL.com and don't miss head coach Dave Rose live at Legends Grille on BYU campus every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. MST.
In the KSL 5 TV studios, BYU head coach Dave Rose began his weekly coach's show with a recap of last week's action, starting West Coast Conference play with back-to-back wins. Rose gave a full recap of both games.
The Cougars defeated LMU 92-51 behind 21 points from Matt Carlino and USF 80-76 behind 22 points from Carlino and Tyler Haws.
"There's a lot of ways to win games and last week we found two very different ways to win. This is a big step forward for our team because we didn't get the big points out of our usual scorers - it's really growing our team and has been great for us."
Rose highlighted the performance of Carlino in the first two WCC games, leading the team with a combined 43 points, and talked about newcomer Bronson Kaufusi and how Brock Zylstra has stepped up in the last couple games.
BYU's rebounding scheme was talked about by Rose and how the team is using better rebounding to defeat their opponents.
And to finish the show, Rose talked about how the rest of the WCC teams are shaping up and previewed the upcoming week for BYU with WCC games against Pepperdine and Santa Clara.
Watch the full show on KSL.com and don't miss Coach Rose every Sunday at 11 p.m. MST on KSL 5 TV.
Live from Legends Grille on BYU campus, BYU men's basketball head coach Dave Rose started his weekly radio show with an evaluation of where he thinks the team is at this point in the season, where they're headed and the things they've accomplished.
"I believe that we've made some really good progress and learned a lot about our team. Now we're ready for league play. Defensively, I think we're really starting to understand each other and work our zone to our advantage."
Coach Rose previewed BYU's upcoming games with LMU at home on Thursday and San Francisco on the road this Saturday while also taking some time to talk about the team's last two wins over Northern Arizona and Virginia Tech.
Sophomore Josh Sharp joined the show to talk a little about how he decided to transfer to BYU, how he thinks he's grown as a player and answer some questions from fans.
Coach Rose finished up the show answering questions from fans.
Listen to the full show on KSL.com and don't miss Coach Rose at Legends Grille Tuesdays at 7 p.m. MST.
"Ty hit so many huge points for us. There's so many times where you try to explain what's happening but sometimes guys just get the hot hand. Our guys really built off his lead - everyone gets more confidence when one player can lead out like that in a game."
Rose continued the show with a full breakdown of Haws's performance against Virginia Tech, highlighting how he's able to get so many open shots against opponents and how he takes advantage of each one.
To close out the show, Rose previewed the upcoming West Coast Conference schedule and how the other teams are shaping up through this point in the season.
Watch the full show at KSL.com and don't miss BYU head coach Dave Rose on KSL 5 TV every Sunday night at 11 p.m. MST.
Check out the highlights from the game below. BYU is now 10-4 and opens West Coast Conference play on Thursday against Loyola Marymount at home at 7 p.m. MST. Catch the game on BYUtv and KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.
Dec 29, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 8:43 pm | Updated: December 29, 2012 8:47 pm | Permalink
Former BYU football players Harvey Unga and Hebron Fangupo were added to 53-man rosters by NFL teams this week.
Unga, BYU's leader in career rushing yards, was promoted from the practice squad by the Chicago Bears, the team that originally drafted him in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Supplemental Draft. Unga had been waived by the Bears twice before being signed again to the practice squad Dec. 4 and elevated to the 53-man roster this week.
Fangupo, a 6-foot-1, 323-pound nose tackle, was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played one season for the Cougars in 2011 after transferring from USC. Fangupo had been with the Seattle Seahawks since September but was waived on Friday before being picked up by the Steelers.
The BYU men’s basketball team (9-4) will play its second game of the season at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City this Saturday at noon MST against ACC foe Virginia Tech (9-3). The game is just the third all-time meeting between the teams and will be the 15th all-time game for BYU at EnergySolutions Arena.
The Cougars are coming off an 84-54 victory at home over Northern Arizona and have now won 10-straight games at the Marriott Center, dating back to Feb. 2 of last season.
Against the Lumberjacks, Brandon Davies led all players with his second-straight double double on 27 points and 10 rebounds. Tyler Haws and Raul Delgado also finished in double digits with 15 and 11 points, respectively. BYU recorded a season-high 15 team steals in the victory.
Virginia Tech has lost three of its last five game and holds a 9-3 record for the year. Most recently, the Hokies fell 88-52 to Colorado State. Senior Erick Green led Virginia Tech, and all players, with 26 points on 10 of 21 shooting from the field and 2 of 7 shooting from the 3-point line. Green is the team's top returning starter from the 2011-12 season and currently leads the nation in scoring.
The Hokies return three starters to a team that finished last season with a 16-17 overall record and a ninth place finish in the ACC.