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Pete Meredith inducted into National Softball Hall of Fame over the weekend

Nov 14, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 12:11 pm | Updated: November 14, 2016 1:49 pm | Permalink

BYU softball assistant coach Pete Meredith was one of eight individuals to be officially inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame, softball's highest honor, on Saturday night. The event took place at the 36th annual celebration at the Shreveport Convention Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. 

The 2016 class includes Ken Eriksen, Jennie Finch, Harry Haroian, Peter Meredith, John Nelson, Tom Penders, Terry Petersen and Mick Renneisen.

Meredith is one of the greatest pitchers in the history of Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball. He is a 12-time ASA All-American, four-time member of Team USA and holds the record for most wins in ASA/USA Championship play (55-27). He pitched the U.S. to a gold medal at the 1998 World Championship and won silver at 1995 Pan American Games.

As a coach, Meredith has been at BYU since 2014. Primarily in charge of pitchers, he has coached Tori Almond and McKenna Bull, who have both broken multiple BYU pitching records in their time as a Cougar.

Read more about the inductees at the Team USA website.

BYU wins 31-7 over SUU

Nov 12, 2016 - Posted by Courtney Lovelace at 4:27 pm | Permalink

Rhett Almond added six points to the scoreboard in two different field goals throughout the fourth quarter to seal the win for the Cougars, 37-7.

With just under seven minutes remaining, SUU attempted 49-yard field goal, which was blocked by Corbin Kaufusi, his second of the season. In the ensuing drive, Tanner Mangum ran for a career-long of 35 yards and totaled 42 rushing yards for the day. He also completed 11 of 13 passes with 121 yards. Harvey Langi led the defense with four total tackles and had an assisted sack with Fred Warner

The score remains 31-7 throughout the third quarter

Nov 12, 2016 - Posted by Courtney Lovelace at 3:47 pm | Permalink

Both teams were scoreless throughout the third quarter and the score stays at 31-7.

Eric Takenaka made his first interception of his career with just over a minute remaining in the game in a last-minute effort to push the Cougars down the field, but to no avail. Mitchell Juergens moved up to the leading receiver of the game with a total of 82 yards and 6 catches. KJ Hall has been active throughout the game with the top rushing yards of the day (47) in addition to 68 receiving yards. 

BYU holds a comfortable lead against SUU, 31-7

Nov 12, 2016 - Posted by Courtney Lovelace at 2:56 pm | Permalink

A 28-yard field-goal from Rhett Almond followed by a touchdown from Colby Pearson added an additional 10 points to the board, while Southern Utah scored its first touchdown of the day with just over two minutes left in the half. KJ Hall finished the half with his first touchdown of his career, bringing the score to 31-7.

Tanner Mangum began the drive in the second quarter and completed 1 of 3 passes. Taysom Hill ended the first half with a total of 286 yards, 26 rushing yards, and 17 of 23 completions. Micah Hannemann leads the defense with three total tackles, two of which were solo, and one break-up pass. Brayden El-Bakri and Mitchell Juergens are tied with 69 receiving yards and four completions. 

BYU leads 14-0 over SUU

Nov 12, 2016 - Posted by Courtney Lovelace at 1:46 pm | Updated: November 12, 2016 1:52 pm | Permalink

After the first quarter of play, the Cougars lead over Southern Utah, 14-0.

The first touchdown of the game was scored within the first three minutes by Taysom Hill in a two-drive set consisting of 47 yards and lasting 27 seconds. A touchdown pass to Nick Kurtz highlighted his longest receiving catch this season with 31 yards. Tomas Laulile also had his first sack of the season for a gain of seven yards. 

Viewing Options: BYU vs. Southern Utah

Nov 12, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 12:54 am | Updated: November 12, 2016 12:55 am | Permalink

Beginning a three-game homestand to close out the regular season, BYU football hosts Southern Utah today at 1 p.m. MST.

The game will be televised live on BYUtv. It will also be streamed online on byutv.org and ESPN3.

Additionally, live television coverage on BYUtv will begin at 12 p.m. MST with the one-hour pregame show, Countdown to Kickoff. Live postgame coverage on BYUtv will follow after the game.

Radio coverage of the game can be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network with the Voice of the Cougars Greg Wrubell. The broadcast begins with the pregame show at 11 a.m. MST on KSL 1160 AM and 102.7 FM. It can also be found online at BYUcougars.com.

Visit the gameday page for additional information on the matchup against Southern Utah.

BYU Dress and Grooming Standards: Beard Exception

Nov 10, 2016 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 1:48 pm | Permalink

Due to questions related to the beard worn by Cougar basketball player L.J. Rose, BYU athletics has released the following statement:

The BYU Dress and Grooming Standards have a Beard Exception for students with a medical need. Like other BYU students with beards, Rose has met with a physician and has been approved by the Honor Code Office to wear a beard.

BYU Beard Exception

Cougars defeat BYU-Hawaii in dominant fashion, 110-63

Nov 09, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 9:06 pm | Updated: November 9, 2016 9:09 pm | Permalink

BYU reached 100 points with three minutes remaining in the second half and beat BYU-Hawaii by a score of 110-63.

The Cougars held the Seasiders to only 28 points in the half.

BYU went on a 22-0 run over the Seasiders that spanned nearly eight minutes beginning at the 16:36 mark. The run extended the Cougar lead to 40, making it 84-44. BYU scored 17 more points in the final five minutes before claiming the final victory.

Freshman Colby Leifson got on the board with two three-pointers within one minute just following the 10-minute mark. He sank two more treys in the half and finished with 12 points. Sophomore Braiden Shaw also found the basket four times in the final five minutes and totaled 11 points for the Cougars.

Kyle Davis led all scorers with 16 points, and Emery finished with 14. Mika added four points to his first half score and finished with 15 points in 14 total minutes played. Haws also finished with 15 points and five assists. Rose totaled only four points but contributed a whopping eight rebounds and 10 assists. Childs finished with 10 points and 10 assists for BYU. 

Cougars on their way to 100 after first half of exhibition contest

Nov 09, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 8:07 pm | Updated: November 9, 2016 8:12 pm | Permalink

BYU found the basket quite a bit in the first half of the Cougars’ exhibition matchup against its island counterpart BYU-Hawaii on Wednesday.

The Cougars scored the first six points of the contest with baskets from senior Kyle Davis and sophomore Eric Mika, and were able to maintain a lead the entire half.

The Seasiders kept the contest close, not letting the Cougars lengthen the lead past nine, but BYU started to pull ahead at the 8:30 mark when freshman Yoeli Childs began to put on a show for fans with back-to-back one-handed dunks. The first came from a behind-the-back pass fed by freshman TJ Haws and the other a put-back slam that got the crowd on its feet. Childs' two baskets lengthened the Cougar lead to 10, 33-23.

BYU extended their lead to 18 by the end of the half with a score of 53-35.

Sophomore Nick Emery and Mika led all BYU scorers with 11 points each. Senior Kyle Davis also scored in double-digits and recorded 10 points. Haws finished the half with seven points and logged three rebounds. Childs' final halftime tally was six points, two rebounds and an assist.

Senior captain LJ Rose and freshman Elijah Bryan both saw their first minutes as BYU Cougars. Rose finished the half with four points, six rebounds and six assists. Bryant contributed two points and an assist. 

Getting to Know: Algernon Brown and Johnny Tapuosa

Nov 09, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 10:33 am | Updated: November 9, 2016 11:41 am | Permalink

Algernon Brown
Senior fullback

Major
Exercise and wellness.

Where did your name come from?
It means prosperous. I was born three months early so they weren’t sure if I was going to live and they gave me a name that fit the situation.

Three things you do in the offseason?
Work out, spend time with wife and do fun things in the valley.

Pregame rituals?
Lay on floor with my feet up on my locker and listen to music for about half an hour. Then 10-15 minutes before we go out I get up and start moving around.

Favorite football memory?
The Nebraska game last year. I’ve never been a part of a Hail Mary play so it was pretty cool to be part of it.

Most embarrassing song on iPod?
Probably a Miley Cyrus song, but I only have one.

One thing people don’t know about you?
I use to play the trumpet from 7th grade to 9th grade in our junior high band.

Dream job?
Besides football, I’ve always liked the idea of coaching but I’ve always wanted to do physical therapy and work with people.

Favorite thing about BYU?
The experience here, and not just from football. I think I’ve grown more from the stuff outside of football, but I’ve learned a lot of life lessons through football too.


Johnny Tapuosa
Freshman linebacker

Why did you want to come to BYU?
I always wanted to come to BYU. I have a lot of family members that played at BYU so it’s always been a dream to come play here. It feels great to finally be here and knowing that all of the hard work paid off.

What is one thing you’re looking forward to besides football?
Creating a network. You can find a lot of connections here and I’m excited to see what I can do with that and through school.

Who is your role model?
My dad. I look up to him because he’s such a positive guy. He’s really humble and I always wanted to be like him. Just seeing how he was able to take care of our family has made me always want to be able to do that as well.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
I would go back home to Laie, I love that place so much. If I could go anywhere I would go there right now just to be with my friends and family, you know, that’s paradise for me.

Favorite things about home?
I love going to the beach. I love the food. I like chicken katsu or kalbi ribs.

Favorite football memory?
I have a lot. One of them was in the high school football game. It was a punt and the guy was running around to catch it and it was coming down and I was on the return team. As our teammate was running I was coming around for the crack back block and there was this big offensive lineman and I was getting ready to lay this guy out. So he was coming and right when he came I put my head right in his chest and right when I hit him, my body just buckled. He just ran me over, ran right through me. Right when I buckled I looked to the sideline and all my friends were laughing and cracking up. That was probably one of the funniest moments of my life, especially in football.

When you’re not playing football what do you do?
I’m hanging out with my wife. I just got married (over the summer). We were high school sweethearts so we’ve been hanging out for a while. I went on my mission and she graduated from BYU and now as I’m starting my freshman football season, she’s in law school here. She danced for Living Legends and they had a tour in New Zealand, Tonga and Samoa. So I flew all the way down there and surprised her in Samoa and then I just proposed to her in one of the villages just at a hotel resort. That’s where I served my mission too, so it was really special to me.