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Braden Brown invited to East-West Shrine Game

Dec 15, 2012 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 3:02 pm | Updated: December 15, 2012 3:10 pm | Permalink

BYU senior offensive tackle Braden Brown has been invited to the 88th Annual East-West Shrine Game®, which will be played on January 19 in St. Petersberg, Fla. The annual all-star game played at Tropicana Field will kick off at 4 p.m. EST and be televised on the NFL Network.  

A selection to the FBS All-Independent Team, Brown has started 38 consecutive games at right tackle, protecting the blind side of left-handed quarterback Riley Nelson in many of those contests. A former tight end and a team leader in knockdown blocks this season, Brown follows former offensive line teammate Matt Reynolds as a participant in the longtime college all-star game. Reynolds, now with the Philadelphia Eagles, played in the 2012 Shrine Game. 

Since 1925, the East-West Shrine Game® has been more than just a football game. It’s been a showcase for the next generation of NFL greats and a priceless benefit event for Shriners Hospitals for Children®. The East-West Shrine Game is the longest-running all-star college football game, combining great football with a great cause and creating experiences for players that will last a lifetime.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

  • Players and coaches visit Shriners Hospitals for Children — Tampa before the game.
  • Games, crafts and other activities bring together college football players and children for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
  • Coaches and players gain a personal understanding of the meaning of the game.

Brown is currently in the midst of preparations for BYU's San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl matchup with San Diego State on Thursday in  San Diego. Good tickets to the game are still available. Poinsettia Bowl Central provides information on tickets, events taking place during the week and the game. 

Media coverage prior to BYU at Weber State

Dec 14, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:00 pm | Permalink

Check out some of the media coverage leading up to BYU basketball's game at Weber State tomorrow at 7 p.m. MST. The game will be televised live on BYUtv and be broadcast live on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.

Frontcourt depth sees improvement, Deseret News

BYU Coach's Show: Tuesday 12/11

Dec 12, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 10:55 pm | Permalink

BYU basketball assistant coach Terry Nashif was on the Tuesday night Coach's Show for head coach Dave Rose this week. Nashif started the radio show talking about BYU postponing its game with Utah State and then spent the majority of the show recaping the Cougars's game with Utah last Saturday.

The Cougars beat Utah 61-58. Matt Carlino led the team with a season-high 19 points. Coach Nashif congratulated the team on their win and talked about Carlino's performance and how he's stepped up this season.

"We're so proud of our guys for overcoming difficult shooting and getting that win. They battled tough for that one."

BYU has now won 11 of the last 12 meetings with the Utes. 

When sophomore Anson Winder joined the show, he talked about coming back from injury at the very beginning of this season and how he hopes to make an impact on the year. Winder also recapped his performance against Utah when he finished with three points in eight minutes, and wrapped up his portion with a short Q&A. 

Coach Nashif finished up the show with his thoughts on how the age change for LDS missionaries might affect recruiting and by answer fan questions. 

Listen to the full show on and don't miss BYU head coach Dave Rose live on Tuesday nights at Legends Grille on BYU campus. 


BYU Coach's Show: Sunday 12/10

Dec 12, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 10:18 am | Updated: December 13, 2012 1:53 pm | Permalink

Dave Rose opened his Coach's Show on KSL 5 TV with a recap of the week, talking about the health of Utah State's Danny Berger and the rescheduling of the matchup for Feb. 19.

"One of the hardest things was just finding a time, or day, that worked for both of us. We got on the phone and found a day, and that day is the 19th of February. We both went to having a week with just one game to every week this season with two games."

A full recap of the 61-58 win over Utah was also talked about with Coach Rose offering insight of how the team adjusted at halftime and was able to make a comeback for the victory. 

"The key for us was the ability to adjust to how they (Utah) were guarding Brandon (Davies) and Ty (Haws), and then finding that third scorer in Matt to get us the win."

Carlino led the Cougars against Utah with a season-high 19 points, going 5 for 10 from beyond the arc. Coach Rose commended Carlino's performance on the night and how he's improved this season. In the "X's and O's" film session, Coach Rose broke down Carlino's performance against Utah. 

To finish the show, Rose talked about how the West Coast Conference is shaping up, previewed next week's matchup with Weber State and talked about the upcoming Children's with Christmas Cancer Foundation party on Wednesday evening that the team is hosting.

Watch the full show on and don't miss Coach Rose on Sunday nights at 11 p.m. on KSL 5.


BYU vs. Utah preview

Dec 07, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 4:28 pm | Permalink

The BYU men’s basketball team (5-3) will host instate rival Utah tomorrow night at 7 p.m. MST in the Marriott Center as part of the Deseret First Duel.

BYU is coming off a 62-83 loss on the road to Iowa State a week ago.

Against the Cyclones, Brandon Davies led all players with 20 points and six rebounds. Matt Carlino also scored in double-figure points with a season high of 12.

The Utes come to Provo with a 6-2 overall record, winning five of their last six games. In its most recent game, Utah defeated Boise State 76-55 behind a game-high 18 points from Jarred Dubois.

Utah went 6-25 last season, finishing the year with a 53-41 loss to UCLA in the Pac-12 Tournament and a 1-11 record through its last 12 games. They return three starters this season in David Foster, Cedric Martin and Jason Washburn. 

Three former Cougars on NFL Pro Bowl Ballot

Dec 07, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 3:22 pm | Permalink

In case you hadn't heard yet, BYU has three former Cougars on the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl Ballot, tight end Dennis Pitta, center Dallas Reynolds and defensive end Brett Keisel.

Fans can vote for their favorite players at There is no limit to the number of times you vote. Voting closes on Dec. 17. The teams will be announced Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 7 p.m. ET on NFL Network's "Total Access." The annual contest of the AFC and NFC's best will take place at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawai'i and will be televised live on NBC.

Pitta, in his third year with the Baltimore Ravens, has 45 receptions for 442 yards and four touchdowns. Pitta has become one of the premier tight ends in the league and is one of quarterback Joe Flacco's favorite red zone targets with the second-most receiving touchdowns on the AFC North Division leaders.

Reynolds has started 10 of 12 games for the Philadelphia Eagles in his first season as a starter. The Eagles' offensive line has provided push for a ground game averaging 133.6 yards per game, good for No. 9 in the league.

Keisel, an 11-year veteran with the Pittsburgh Steelers, has totaled 38 combined tackles in 2012 and 3.0 sacks. The Steelers are currently in second place of the AFC North and have the NFL's top-rated defense, allowing just 259.8 yards per game.

Q&A with Cory Calvert

Dec 07, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 3:06 pm | Updated: December 7, 2012 3:07 pm | Permalink

Why did you choose to come to BYU?

I love the school and the tradition it has. The basketball program is great, so it was kind of an easy choice.

If you could do one thing extremely well, besides basketball, what would that be?

Probably golf, which I’m really bad at.

When did you start playing basketball?

At three or four years old I started shooting hoops, so I’ve pretty much always played. My dad loves basketball so he kind of got me into it.

If you could play any position in any other sport, what would you play?


Who’s been the most influential person in your life?

My parents have been awesome. They’ve been great examples of how to live your life.

Who’s the funniest person on the team?

I actually think Agui (Agustin Ambrosino) is pretty funny. He’s got kind of a dry sense of humor but I think he’s pretty funny. Plus his accent is fun.

What’s something unique about you that most people don’t know?

My dad’s name is Cory also, so I’m a Jr.

What’s your favorite meal?

Steak and mashed potatoes.

Who’s your favorite athlete?

Probably Ty Lawson because he plays on my favorite team, the Nuggets, and he’s a lot of fun to watch.

Omaha Day 2

Dec 06, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 9:43 pm | Updated: December 7, 2012 10:23 am | Permalink

Following prepping for finals and film, the team headed to the CenturyLink Center for the prematch press conference and practice. After Shawn Olmstead, Heather Hannemann and Jennifer Hamson addressed the media, the Cougars got their first look at the volleyball court.

After practice, the team went to the Winter Quarters Visitors Center to see the pioneer museum and the gingerbread house display. Families and groups from the area created the gingerbread houses for the display.

The team then walked around the temple grounds, the pioneer cemetery and monuments.

Q&A with Nate Austin

Dec 06, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 12:08 pm | Permalink

Why did you choose to come to BYU?

It was a dream come true to play here, more than anything. I grew up going to all the football games. Before I committed here I was probably a bigger BYU football fan than I was a BYU basketball fan. It’s still probably pretty close. It’s always been a dream of mine, so when BYU offered, it was a done deal.

What’s the best thing about Coach Rose?

He’s very passionate about the game. Big competitor. He’ll do whatever it takes to win. He and the other coaches obviously spend tons of time making the scouting reports. He’s just really passionate and wants to win.

If you could do one thing extremely well, besides basketball, what would that be?

I think it would be cool to do the eating contests, like the Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contests. I don’t know how those guys just pound it down, but I think that would be fun to do.

When did you start playing basketball?

I’ve played basically all my life. I had a Little Tikes hoop when I was about three or four years old and I would shoot around with my little brother. I guess as I grew up, like literally, as I got taller I thought this must be the sport for me. I’ve always loved playing football, but my body was built to play basketball and that’s fine with me. I love this sport.

If you had to play a different position, what would you play?

I like where I play. I like playing power forward more, being able to play with your back to the basket or stepping outside and shooting. I think that’s perfect for me. I’m not a typical center where you just play back-to-the-basket the whole time. I like to take the outside shot sometimes, too.

Who’s been the most influential person in your life?

My parents. They’ve always been there for me, always given me advice and I can talk to them about anything.

What’s something unique about you that people don’t know?

I love the series 24. This offseason, with my shoulder recovering, I watched 6 seasons of the show and just finished the eighth season a couple weeks ago. Once I finished it was like a piece of me was gone. I don’t have anything to watch on Netflix anymore.

If you could meet anybody from history, who would it be?

Probably Kevin Garnett. He’s my favorite basketball player. I love his game, I love how hard he plays. He works hard on both sides of the floor, so I try to shape my game after his a little bit.

Omaha Day 1

Dec 06, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 11:12 am | Updated: December 6, 2012 11:14 am | Permalink

After an evening of travel with lots of airplane turbulence, the BYU women's volleyball team landed safely in Omaha, Neb. They checked into their hotel, right by the CenturyLink Center, where they will play against Oregon Friday at 4 p.m. CST.