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Getting to know Harvey Jackson

Sep 11, 2014 - Posted by McKay Perry at 1:08 pm | Permalink
What is one thing few people know about you?
I like the outdoors, nature. I like to go fishing. I like to watch Discovery Channel. Reading and stuff like that.
 
Why did you come to BYU?
It’s a great place to be. It holds us to a high standard and I stood up to the challenge. I like taking challenges. Also, Mendenhall is a really great coach and I think I can learn a lot from him.
 
What is your favorite professional team?
The Houston Texans. That’s my home city.
 
When/why did you start playing football?
I started playing when I was four years old. I was actually a year too young, but I was tall enough so they let me play. Football was the first sport my mother put me in when I was little. From then, I just stuck with it. It fit me perfectly.
 
Who do you look up to and why?
I look up to my dad. I always looked up to him when I was younger. He’s a great father figure and has done a lot of things to help me out.
 
Do you have any pregame rituals? When/why did you start doing them?
I pray first then I do back pedals on the field. I listen to music and just think about making good plays. I just put it on Pandora and let it play.
 
What’s something outside of football you’re looking forward to? 
I like to watch TV, I like to watch movies. I really like Netflix and ESPN. I like to play with friends. I like to go socialize, play with my puppy when I can.
 
What was the first college/professional game you attended? 
It was actually baseball with my grandpa. It was the Astros versus the Angels.
 
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? 
Probably Brazil. I always thought it would be cool to go there.
 
What is your favorite football memory? (from college, high school, etc) 
I picked up the game winning fumble against Wisconsin to seal the game. I gave the ball to my offense and won the game.

Game Day: How to follow BYU vs. Houston

Sep 11, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 12:35 pm | Updated: September 11, 2014 12:54 pm | Permalink

ESPN will broadcast the BYU vs. Houston game live Thursday, with kickoff at 7:01 p.m. MDT.

BYU encourages those attending the game to be in their seats early for the 9/11 tributes held prior to kickoff. For more information on how the Cougars are observing Sept. 11, read the official release.

Fans who can't attend can watch live on WatchESPN. ESPN is also providing a live SkyCam broadcast, available on ESPN3.

BYU's voice of the Cougars Greg Wrubell is calling the game live on the Cougar IMG Sports Network, available on BYUcougars.com, Sirius XM 143 and KSL Radio 1160 AM/102.7 FM. Game coverage starts at 6 p.m. MDT.

BYUtv has live pregame and postgame coverage on BYUtv and byutvsports.com. Coverage starts at 6 p.m. MDT, and postgame coverage lasts for half an hour after the game. BYUtv will rebroadcast the game starting at 11 p.m. MDT.

Live stats are available through Stat Broadcast.

Friday in Austin for BYU football

Sep 05, 2014 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 10:48 pm | Updated: September 5, 2014 11:13 pm | Permalink

After some meetings and a walk-through in Provo Friday morning, the BYU football team traveled to Austin, Texas, in advance of Saturday’s game against the No. 25 Longhorns.

The team paid a visit to Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, the site of Saturday’s game, during the afternoon and participated in its traditional team fireside in the evening.  

A standing-room-only contingent of BYU fans and members of the local community overflowed the Round Rock Stake Center for the fireside. Senior offensive lineman Michael Yeck, junior linebacker Jherremya Leuta-Douyere and senior linebacker Zac Stout delivered heart-felt messages to the congregation before the team’s defensive linemen gathered together to sing the hymn “I am a Child of God.” A question-and-answer session followed before head coach Bronco Mendenhall offered some brief closing remarks.

The Q&A allowed those in attendance to directly ask questions to member of the team. Players who responded to questions included junior linebacker Bronson Kaufusi, senior running back Paul Lasike, freshman offensive lineman Ului Lapuaho, junior quarterback Taysom Hill, junior wide receiver Devon Blackmon, senior defensive back Craig Bills, junior defensive lineman Remington Peck, sophomore linebacker Sae Tautu, sophomore defensive back Mike Davis and senior linebacker Michael Alisa. Sophomore receiver Mitchell Juergens and freshman receiver Trey Dye offered prayers at the fireside and the entire team sang "We'll Bring the World His Truth" to conclude the meeting.

Check out the photos below to get a feel for the team’s experiences on Friday. 

Viewing options for BYU at Texas

Sep 05, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 10:08 am | Updated: September 5, 2014 10:28 am | Permalink

A live broadcast of Saturday's BYU at Texas game is available on Fox Sports 1 at 6:30 p.m. CDT.

Fans can tune in on DirecTV Channel 219, Dish Channel 150, Comcast Channel 265 or Broadweave Channel 38. Streaming is also available for select TV providers. Find out if live streaming is available to you at foxsports.com.

Live audio with Greg Wrubell is also available on the Cougar IMG Sports Network, which is available online at BYUcougars.com, on the radio at 102.7 FM and 1160 AM in Utah and Idaho, on Sirius XM 143 and on the official BYU Cougars app. Radio coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. CDT.

Fans can also tune in to ESPN Radio for live game coverage. Find ESPN Radio in your area on the ESPN Radio website.

BYUtv's Countdown to Kickoff begins at 5:30 p.m. CDT on BYUtv and online at byutvsports.com. Tune in after the game for the live postgame show.

For live stats, visit texassports.com.

BYU at UConn Broadcast Info

Aug 29, 2014 - Posted by at 6:00 am | Permalink

BYU football plays its season opener tonight against the UConn Huskies, kicking off at 7:02 p.m. EDT/5:02 p.m. MDT at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Live television coverage begins at 6 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. MDT on BYUtv with the Countdown to Kickoff pregame show. Following the game BYUtv will also broadcast a live postgame show providing reaction and analysis of the game. Go to BYUtvSports.com for more information. 

After the pregame show on BYUtv, fans can tune in for live coverage of the game on ESPN at 7 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. MDT.  The game is also available on WatchESPN and on the American Forces Network, broadcasting via closed circuit or low-power radiating facilities on U.S. military installations outside of the USA and U.S. Naval ships at sea outside of U.S. territorial waters.

ESPN will re-air BYU-UConn on ESPN at 3 a.m. EDT Saturday and 12 a.m. EDT on ESPNU. It will also be rebroadcast on Sept. 5 at 3:30 a.m. EDT and 5 p.m. EDT on the Longhorn Network. 
 
Radio coverage of the game can be followed on the Cougar IMG Sports Network with Greg Wrubell. The broadcast begins at 5 p.m. EDT/3 p.m. MDT with the radio pregame show. The radio coverage can be found on Sirius XM 143, KSL 1160 AM and 102.7 FM out of Salt Lake City and online at BYUcougars.com. 
 
Click here for more information on the matchup. 

Football team preps for game day in Connecticut

Aug 28, 2014 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 9:04 pm | Updated: August 28, 2014 9:38 pm | Permalink

Thursday in Windsor, Connecticut, the BYU football team completed its final full day of preparations in advance of Friday’s season opener at UConn.

The day included meetings in the morning, a team practice midday at Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor and visiting Rentschler Field in East Hartford in the late afternoon. After a few coaches met with ESPN in the early evening, many members of the team participated in a fireside at the Hartford Stake Center in Bloomfield.

During the fireside, junior receiver Kurt Henderson, senior kicker Trevor Samson and junior defensive lineman Graham Rowley each gave talks and running backs Adam Hine, Toloa’i Ho Ching, Algernon Brown, Paul Lasike, Nate Carter and coach Mark Atuaia all sang the hymn, “I Need Thee Every Hour.” A question-and-answer session followed with head coach Bronco Mendenhall, Hine, senior defensive back Harvey Jackson, sophomore defensive lineman Travis Tuiloma, junior receiver Mitch Mathews and junior quarterback Taysom Hill all responding to questions from those in attendance.

Check out the photos below to get a feel for the day. 

Week 1 in Review

Aug 27, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 2:14 pm | Updated: August 27, 2014 2:23 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – The season finally kicked off last weekend, but the Cougars are still sitting on the fence waiting for either a first win or a first loss in their upcoming games against Tennessee and Baylor. BYU tied Washington State and Cal State Fullerton over the weekend and played an extra 40 minutes of soccer along the way. The two draws didn't do too much damage as BYU only slipped from 22nd to 23rd in this week's coaches' poll.

Last week also included a coach's show, Jaiden Thornock on Sports Nation along with BYUtv's first broadcast of the season. Check it all out below.

Head coach Jennifer Rockwood on 960 AM The Zone

NSCAA Rankings moves BYU to No. 23 from No. 22

BYU 0, Washington State 0 Highlight Video:

 

BYUtv Postgame Recap:

After two straight draws, undefeated BYU looks to match high projections KSL.com

BYU women settle for a draw Daily Herald

BYU ties with Washington State

Jaiden Thornock on BYU Sports Nation:

No. 22 Cougars tie Cal State Fullerton 1-1

BYUtv Season Preview:

IMG Soccer Coach's Show

New LED video displays added in Smith Fieldhouse

Aug 26, 2014 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 11:07 am | Permalink

In preparation for the upcoming 2014 women’s volleyball season, BYU has installed three new LED video displays around Elaine Michaelis Court at the Smith Fieldhouse.

The main scoreboard at center court has been replaced with a 9 feet by 16 feet, 6 mm LED display. Two new 3 feet by 12 feet, 10 mm displays have been added to the baselines. BYU partnered with YESCO Electronics, a digital signage solutions company out of Salt Lake City, on the production and installation of the new displays.

“We are thrilled to have these new video boards in the Smith Fieldhouse and are very grateful to the generous donors who helped make this possible,” BYU Assistant Athletic Director, Facilities and Events Manager Matt Nix said. “The Smith Fieldhouse is already one of the great volleyball venues in the country and these displays will just enhance the volleyball experience for our fans. In addition to live video and replays, we will also be able to display statistics and other information for all of the fans to see throughout the match. We are excited for this new addition to the already fantastic volleyball experience at BYU.”

In addition to use at men’s and women’s volleyball matches and gymnastic meets, the displays will also be available for use at all other non-athletic meetings and events hosted in the Smith Fieldhouse.

Final game and a little sightseeing

Aug 25, 2014 - Posted by Norma Collett at 6:47 pm | Updated: August 25, 2014 7:11 pm | Permalink

(Monday, Aug. 25, 2014)

Barcelona, Spain

Blog #10

This is the team's final day in Spain. On the day's schedule was some final sightseeing and shopping in Barcelona, and then it was off to the team's final game vs. Femeni Sant Adria (FSA).

Today's blogs are from Hannah Packard who has the information on the activities for the day. Then, Alohi Robins-Hardy will have the game summary from a player's perspective.

What did you do and see today?
Today we woke up and went to the beach for a couple of hours. We went swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, got a couple of volleyball games in and some paddle ball games too. It was lots of fun.

What's your favorite place in Barcelona and what do you like most?
I think my favorite thing in Barcelona was going to the Gaudi cathedral yesterday. It was incredible! All the pictures I took don't even do it justice in showing how big it is. I really like Barcelona. There is a completely different feel here compared to the other cities we have visited.

Are you ready to go home, or would you like to stay for a few more days?
This is the longest trip that I've ever been on, so I'm a little ready to go home. But, I've loved every second of this trip. I've had so much fun touring Spain with my teammates and everyone else. So in that sense I don't want it to be over.

Did you do any shopping and have you bought any souvenirs?
I did a little bit of shopping! I got a couple of little gifts for my friends and family and a souvenir for me that will always remind me of this trip. Oh, and I definitely bought some chocolate to take home with me. European chocolate is just better than the stuff back home.

Alohi Robins-Hardy summarizes our final game in Spain.

Tell us about the game vs. FSA?
I think our team did well. Femeni Sant Adria (FSA) was a pretty well-rounded team.

How were their players and their skill level?
They had a lot of good shooters and their ball handlers weren’t too bad. They also had a couple of players that were able to post up, unlike the other team’s we’ve played.

Where did we play, how was the facility?
The one thing I do know is that it was extremely hot. It was literally like a sauna in there, probably the hottest gym anyone has ever played in.

As a team, how did we play?
We had our highs and our lows, but I think that overall we did really well. I believe we were able to handle the ball a lot better in this game.

Did we get together with the team and/or exchange gifts?
We did not exchange jerseys because no one wanted to.

In Bilbao for sightseeing and third game. Blog #7

Aug 22, 2014 - Posted by Norma Collett at 7:35 pm | Updated: August 22, 2014 8:39 pm | Permalink

Friday, August 22, 2014

Bilbao, Spain Blog #7

Today the Cougar women’s basketball team spent part of the day sightseeing, touring the Guggenheim Museum and then played its third game in Spain.

Head coach Jeff Judkins provides the day’s blog. Maddy Ziering-Smith will give us a summary of tonight’s game.

BYU beat EUS 69-50. The Federation that has been hosting us did an awesome job preparing for the game. The team that we played was very well coached.

What did the team do today?
Today the Basketball Federation was so kind and planned a guided excursion for us on a boat stationed in the harbor. Our team and the EUS team both went on the boat tour. Bilbao has the most modern harbor in Spain. Early on it was known as being very safe. You can apparently swim in the water, but I don’t think anyone will try that soon. This harbor took 15 years to redo and is known as the heart of the city. The first transporter bridge in the world is in this harbor. It was fun to see. It carries (like a gondola) cars, freight, people, etc.

After the boat tour, our team spent some time in the Guggenheim Museum that is here in Bilbao. It was built in 1997 and is made with three things – stone, glass and titanium. One of the highlights for the team was the spider art form called Mother and the Wishing Tree. At night, the Guggenheim’s five fountains in the front all light up with dancing fire. We all also enjoyed the Huge Dog statue made with flowers.

What did you eat today? We had breakfast in the hotel and then for lunch I had a veggie sandwich and two éclairs. After the game, we ate dinner at the hotel as a team. It was the first time that I’ve ever had rice, egg, and tomato sauce for an appetizer. Then we were served salads that we shared. Then we had tuna and white potatoes and warm water from a bottle. So many courses!!!

Maddy Ziering-Smith has tonight’s game summary from a player’s perspective.
We played EUS (Basque National Team) for the second time.

Did they do anything different against us?
The biggest difference was that they switched from man-to-man defense to a zone defense.

Did we do anything differently?
We wanted to come out more aggressively and set the tone for the game. Also, the first game they were successful at pressing so we fixed getting better catches and pushing the ball up the court.

Defensively we switched defensive strategies and lastly we didn’t have any technical fouls or back-court violations:)

Did you play any differently, how did you match up with their players in the second game?
Played more aggressive and forced the guards left. We also ended the game squeezing on pick on balls.

How did we play?
We played a great game and really focused on working on the adjustments. We were successful and won by 19, 69-50

Did we get together with the team afterwards? Any gift exchanges?
After the game we traded jerseys with them and took a group photo wearing them. We became pretty good friends with the National Team and we really enjoyed the experience.

Did you get to have a conversation with a player? What did you talk about?
Prior to the game we were able to go on a boat ride with them. It was a lot of fun getting to know them and talking about our different ways of life. They were fascinated with our currency and I gave them $1 to have for the time when they come to the United States.

Did you find out anything unique or interesting about the players?
They range in age from 21 to 30 years old and their schooling is separate from basketball so it takes them longer to finish their education. They are professional athletes and (are paid approximately 1,00 Euros a month) and only 12 players are allowed on each team.