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Media Day 2011: Fun with JJ Di Luigi

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 3:07 pm | Permalink
JJ talks about his dog and this year's touchdown celebration...

Media Day 2011: Fun with Jake Heaps

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 3:04 pm | Permalink

Talkin bout some more "undisclosed" locations. And Japan.

Media Day 2011: Interview with Ty Detmer

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 2:52 pm | Permalink

Athletic Marketing interview with Ty Detmer

Media Day 2011: Behind the Scenes at the Legends show

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 2:35 pm | Permalink

BYU cameras went behind the scenes at the Legends Show to capture a few candid moments from a great broadcast.

Media Day 2011: KSL Radio Broadcast Photo Gallery

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 2:33 pm | Permalink

Coach Bronco Mendenhall visits with KSL's Greg Wrubell.

Media Day 2011: Fun with Tom Holmoe

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 2:23 pm | Permalink

Athletic Marketing catches up with Tom Holmoe.

Media Day 2011: Joe DuPaix Interview

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 2:17 pm | Permalink

BYU cameras caught up with BYU Runnning Backs Coach and Recruiting Coordinator Joe DuPaix and talked about BYU football and Media Day.

 

Media Day 2011: Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 2:13 pm | Updated: July 12, 2011 4:32 pm | Permalink

Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer took a minute to talk with Athletic Communications between Football Media Day sessions.

Detmer, who played for the Cougars from 1987-1991, said he enjoys coming back to BYU.

“I always enjoy coming back and getting to see old friends and friendly faces,” Detmer said. “The facilities just keep getting better and better. The broadcast building is great. It’s really impressive what’s going on here. I think everyone is real excited about the future.”

Detmer shared his thoughts on what independence will bring for BYU.

“For exposure, you can’t beat it,” Detmer said. “You have the contract with ESPN. You have national media coming in for this event. You’re going to play a lot of high profile games that people are going to tune in to. Hopefully we’re putting on a good show and people are getting excited about. “

Personally, Detmer is most excited for the Cougars to come to Texas.

“BYU plays UT and I’m living in Austin and so I’ll be able to be at that game,” Detmer said. “Everyone, including myself, is just excited about the future and upcoming teams. There is the possibility of playing anybody. We’re free to schedule any team any time anywhere and that’s exciting for all of us.”

As an independent team, BYU will gain national exposure, which Detmer believes will ignite an excitement among Cougar Nation.

“Most of the games BYU has played on ESPN have been pretty exciting games,” Detmer said. “People have always enjoyed watching BYU and the style of play they have. Even when I was playing here we had fans at every location. No matter where we played, there's always a fan base. That’s going to create more excited in the fan base. People in Mississippi are going to get the Cougars right there in their backyard. People in Texas, we have them coming in twice. All across the country, BYU fans will get the chance to see BYU play in person. “

Detmer said BYU, who no longer is affiliated with a football conference, will miss some of the old rivalries and being able to win a conference title. However, he said players have a big reason to be excited.

“As a player you’re excited because you’re going to get more exposure,” Detmer said. “If you do well, everyone in the country will get to see it. As a player today, those guys have to be excited to jump out there and show people what they can do.”

To sum it up, Detmer said being independent allows BYU an opportunity they otherwise wouldn’t have.

“We want to be respected and show we have a top program here in Provo and we’re getting the opportunity to do that,” Detmer said.

Media Day 2011: Interview with Lane Olson

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 1:46 pm | Permalink

 cameras caught up with Lane Olson, Football Video Coordinator, to talk about Media Day.

Media Day 2011: Romney Fuga

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Taylor Wilson at 1:39 pm | Permalink

Romney Fuga, a senior defensive lineman for BYU, has never experienced the organized chaos of media day. Fuga is excited about the prospect of media day and independence bringing more national attention to the Cougars. 

"This is my first ever media day experience," Fuga said. "I'm excited about this because it will get more people aware of the BYU football program and our independence. I'm hoping that today will get some fans around the country excited about what we can accomplish in the upcoming season. There are a lot of TV stations and reporters here and it feels like a pretty big deal." 

Making the transition from a member of the Mountain West Conference to independent changes a lot about the BYU football program. It also alters the mindset of the players as they head into their first season without the goal of winning a conference championship. 

"I would say we as a team are more committed than ever before to perform on the field," Fuga said. "We aren't focused on a conference schedule or a conference championship because its more about the national scene. We set the expectations for ourselves and we set them higher than anyone taht watches or follows us. We expect to win and dominate every game and I think we are capable of that."

Fuga, a native of Huntington Beach, California, is excited about the prospect to head to Hawaii to take on the Warriors in the final game of the 2011 season.

"I am looking forward to playing Hawaii because I am polynesian, so it's like playing against your brothers when you play there," Fuga said. "I am also looking forward to traveling to Texas to play the Longhorns. They are one of the biggest teams we play and they have such a great tradition. It will be an exciting game."