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Joshua Weeks honored as NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete

Oct 16, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 3:37 pm | Updated: October 16, 2012 3:40 pm | Permalink

DALLAS - The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the five winners of the 2012 NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards with each recipient selected as the best of the best from their region of the country at the high school level. Joshua Weeks, who signed a national letter of intent with BYU in 2012, is among the five winners who are being recognized solely for their previous accomplishments in high school. 

"The NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards honor the absolute finest from the gridiron at the high school level," said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. "The accomplishments of this year's five honorees clearly place them among the most elite student-athletes in the country. Their contributions both on and off the field set the standard for their peers to follow, and we are extremely proud to highlight their accomplishments on our national stage."

Selected from the 450,000 high school football players covered by the NFF Chapter Network, the five scholar-athletes will be honored for their high school accomplishments during the NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon presented by Under Armour Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. First bestowed in 1991, the NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards have become one of the most prestigious high school honors in the country. Criteria for the award include but are not limited to academic achievement, athletic accomplishments and leadership in the community.

West Region
Valley of the Sun (Ariz.) Chapter

An extremely productive performer in high school, Weeks earned four letters at Show Low High School while seeing playing time as a quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back. He was three times named an All-State and Max Preps All-American honoree. Weeks participated in the inaugural Semper Fi All-American Bowl in 2011. With career marks of 187 receptions for 3,851 yards and 46 touchdowns, Weeks set multiple state records. He also set Arizona Class AAA single-season records in 2010 by posting 1,561 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns.

Weeks recorded a 4.0 GPA with numerous AP and honors courses, which placed him in the top 10 percent of his graduating class. He was a member of Show Low’s Principal 4.0 Honor Roll every semester of his high school career. A National Honor Society member, Weeks was named an All-American in football by the Arizona Coaches Association and the United Dairy Council of Arizona for his academic, personal and athletic excellence.

A Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout, Weeks was a member of Student Council and a Pride Leader. He was a four-year letterman in basketball, where he earned Class AAA All-State Honorable Mention accolades. As a member of the track and field team he set school records in the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes. He served as a three-year mentor at a camp for developmentally disabled adults and served as a scholastic mentor for fellow students. Weeks presently attends Brigham Young University.

For more information, see the complete release.

Van Noy named to Midseason All-America Second Team

Oct 16, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 3:13 pm | Updated: October 16, 2012 3:19 pm | Permalink

The 2012 midseason All-America Team in college football, voted on by staff, writers and bloggers from was announced recently. BYU junior linebacker Kyle Van Noy was recognized with second team honors.

Van Noy has registered 7.5 sacks to lead BYU and rank No. 4 in the nation. His 7.5 sacks in seven games tops his 2011 season total of 7.0. The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder also has a team-high 11.5 tackles for loss, good for No. 11 nationally. Van Noy also has eight quarterback hurries, five pass breakups and three forced fumbles.

The complete Midseason All-America Team

Opponent Preview: in-state games

Oct 16, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 12:50 pm | Permalink

Utah State

Coach: Stew Morrill
2011-12 record: 21-16
WAC record: 8-6, 4th
Postseason: championship game, lost to Mercer
NCAA tournament appearances (last): 20 (2011)
Notables: Last season, the Aggies extended their current school records for consecutive 20-win seasons and postseason appearances to 13-straight as one of just five schools nationally to win 21 games in each of the last 13 years along with Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas and Syracuse. Furthermore, Utah State's current run of 13-straight postseason appearances is tied for the 11th-longest active streak in the nation.


Top Returners
Preston Medlin
*All-WAC First Team
G 6-4 JR 17.0 ppg 3.4 rpg
Kyisean Reed
*WAC All-Newcomer Team
F 6-6 SR 10.0 ppg 5.1 rpg
Danny Berger G/F 6-6 JR 6.6 ppg 3.4 rpg



Coach: Larry Krystkowi
2011-12 record: 6-25
Pac 12 record: 3-15, 11th
Postseason: None
NCAA tournament appearances (last): 27 (2009) 


Top Returners
David Foster
*starter in 2010-11, stats from that season
C 7-3 RS Sr 2.9 ppg 5.2 rpg
Cedric Martin G 6-4 SR 7.4 ppg 3.2 rpg
Jason Washburn C 6-10 SR 11.4 ppg 6.2 rpg



Weber State

Coach: Randy Rahe
2011-12 record: 25-7
Big Sky record: 14-2, 2nd
Postseason: seond round, lost to LMU
NCAA tournament appearances (last): 14 (2007)
Notables: In 2011-12 the Wildcats advanced to their fourth-straight post-season tournament appearance. 


Top Returners
Scott Bamforth
*All-Big Sky 2nd Team
G 6-2 SR 14.5 ppg 3.6 rpg
Kyle Tresnak
*All-Big Sky Honorable Mention
C 6-10 JR 10.0 ppg 3.8 rpg

Fun with names

Oct 15, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:54 pm | Permalink

The NBC Sports College Basketball Talk blog posted its Unified College Basketball All-Name Team today and 'honored' three Cougars for their appellations.

Sophomore guard Anson Winder was named to the All-Country Club Second Team. On Dec. 27 he'll face a fellow Country Club second teamer in Gaellen Bewernick of Northern Arizona.

Freshman guard Cooper Ainge earned a spot on the All-Southern Dandy First Team along with Calib Tannehill (Oral Roberts), Grey Cooksey (Cal State Northridge), Judson Hall (Charleston) and Keegan Hornbuckle (UC Santa Barabara).

Senior guard Brock Zylstra earned a spot on the least flattering team, the All-Disease Team. Hopefully numerous BYU opponents will be complaining about serious cases of Brock Zylstra this coming season.

Up Close: Riley Stephenson

Oct 15, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 2:34 pm | Updated: October 15, 2012 2:35 pm | Permalink

Up-Close with senior punter #99 Riley Stephenson:

Nickname: Nine-nine, Riles, Nines, the Kicker.

Favorite cold cereal: Honey Bunches of Oats!

One place I would like to visit: the Cook Islands.

How did I spend my off-season: With my family/Cali Vacation/moved my parent into a new house/chillin with my girlfriend.

What would I like to do sometime in my life is: Drive my jeep on the Rubicon Trail.

If I could play another position, what would it be: Defensive End or Linebacker

Who has had the greatest influence on my football career: My Mom and Dad because they have been there with me through everything

What do I want to be doing 20 years from now: Have a family and be successful.

How did I select my jersey number: Back in my high school years I was brought up from the freshmen team to kick on varsity and it was the last number on the rack so I’ve stayed with it ever since.

What is my favorite hobby or activity away from football: Hanging out with my girlfriend, my family and playin’ in my Jeep

What is the best book I’ve ever read: The Book of Mormon.

What is my most memorable athletic achievement: The Armed Forces Bowl made last year’s ESPN All-Bowl Punter

My favorite scripture: All of them. Too many good ones to just pick one.

My favorite website:

My advice to youngsters: Always work hard at what you do and it will pay off in the end! Never give up on your dreams.

If I could invite any three people to dinner, who would they be: My girlfriend, my family and grandparents

Opponent Preview: Montana & Iowa State

Oct 15, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 2:14 pm | Permalink


Coach: Wayne Tinkle, 2011-12 Big Sky Coach of the Year
2011-12 record: 25-7
Big Sky conference record: 15-1, 1st
Postseason: NCAA second round, lost to Wisconsin
NCAA tournament appearances (last): 9 (2012)
Notables: The Griz finished the 2011-12 season winning 14 of its last 15 games. Montana is coming off its third-straight 20-win season and third-straight NCAA appearance.


Top Returners
Will Cherry
*First Team All-Big Sky
*Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year
G 6-1 SR 15.8 ppg 3.9 rpg
Kareem Jamar
*FIrst Team All-Big Sky
G 6-5 JR 13.6 ppg 5.6 rpg
Mathias Ward F 6-7 SR 10.9 ppg 3.9 rpg


Iowa State

Coach: Fred Hoiberg, 2011-12 Big 12 Co-Coach of the Year
2011-12 record: 23-11
Big 12 record: 12-6, T-3rd
Postseason: NCAA third round, lost to eventual champion Kentucky
NCAA tournament appearances (last): 14 (2012)
Notables: In the 2011-12 season, the Cyclones tied the Big 12 record for biggest turnaround in league history at +8. The team was chosen to finish 8th in the conference preseason poll and actually finished tied for 3rd.


Top Returners
Melvin Ejim F 6-6 JR 9.3 ppg 6.6 rpg
Chris Babb G 6-5 RS SR 7.8 ppg 4.1 rpg
Tyrus McGee G 6-2 SR 7.7 ppg 3.3 rpg

BYU vs. Oregon State fourth quarter summary

Oct 13, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 5:21 pm | Updated: October 14, 2012 10:43 am | Permalink
Quarter Summary
Oregon State scored off a tipped pass to start the 4th quarter and put them up 28-21. Both teams were forced to punt in the following possessions but the Cougars got the ball back with 11:55 to play and scored a field goal after a 10 play, 69 yard drive. Justin Sorenson kicked the 35-yard field goal. 
The Beavers scored two more touchdowns before the end of the game to put the score at 42-24. Their first drive was 5 plays, 77 yards that saw four-straight BYU penalties for a combined 45 yards given up. Oregon State scored their third touchdown of the quarter when Jordan Poyer intercepted a Riley Nelson pass and returned the ball 49 yards into the endzone. 
Player Standout
BYU's Jamaal Williams recorded two receptions for 61 yards in the quarter.
Williams picked up 30 yards for the Cougars after a pitch from quarterback Riley Nelson. The play right after that Cody Hoffman recorded his 10th reception, a career high, giving him a total of 102 yards. Williams' 30-yard reception and Hoffman's catch set the Cougars up for their 35-yard field goal. 
Check out the BYU Football Facebook page for photos of the game. 

BYU vs. Oregon State third quarter summary

Oct 13, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 4:27 pm | Permalink

Quarter Summary

Similar to the first two quarters, Oregon State and BYU each got a touchdown in the third quarter. The Beavers scored on a 10 play, 81 yard drive with Storm Woods running the final 16 yards for the 21-14 lead. The Cougars' Jamaal Williams recorded his second touchdown, a two-yard carry, after BYU's 9 play, 75 yard scoring drive to tie the game at 21-21. 

Player Standouts

BYU's Cody Hoffman recorded his ninth reception, tying his career high, to put BYU in scoring position in the third quarter.


BYU quarterback Riley Nelson completed passes to Hoffman, David Foote and Kaneakua Friel for a total of 31 yards during their scoring drive. 

Check out the BYU Football Facebook page for pictures of the game. 

Opponent Preview: UT-San Antonio & Cal State Northridge

Oct 12, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 5:05 pm | Permalink

University of Texas-San Antonio

Coach: Brooks Thompson
2011-12 record: 18-14
Southland conference record: 10-6, 3rd west division
Postseason: none
NCAA tournament appearances (last): 4 (2011)
Notables: 2012-13 will be the first, and only, season in the WAC for UT-San Antonio before joining Conference USA.


Top Returners
Jeromie Hill
*2nd Team All-Southland Conference
*NABC All-District 23 honors
F 6-8 JR 12.5 ppg 6.4 rpg
Michael Hale III G 5-9 SR 9.9 ppg 3.2 apg



Cal State Northridge

Coach: Bobby Braswell
2011-12 record: 7-12
Big West record: 3-13, T-8th
Postseason: none
NCAA tournament appearances (last): 2 (2009)
Notables: Braswell's 2011-12 team was his youngest ever with half the team as freshman


Top Returners
Stephan Hicks G/F 6-6 RS SO 15.1 ppg 7.1 rpg
Josh Greene G 6-0 JR 12.4 ppg 2.9 apg
Stephen Maxwell F 6-7 SO 8.6 ppg 6.4 rpg

Oregon State pre-game fireside

Oct 12, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 2:30 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall, his wife, Holly, and members of the BYU football team will participate in an hour-long devotional Friday at 7 p.m. at the Spanish Fork State Center located at 1006 East 200 South in Spanish Fork.

With both players and coaches involved, speakers at the fireside will talk about the meaning of discipleship and what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. A special musical number will be performed by members of the team as well. Messages will focus on how we should seek to follow the Savior’s example in all aspects of our life, and as we do so, we can come to a clear understanding of our purpose here on earth.

The BYU football team has been holding regular firesides throughout the football season since the Cougars’ trip to New Mexico during the 2005 season.

Following is a list of fireside dates and the locations for each fireside during the 2012 season. All firesides are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. local time.

2012 Fireside Schedule

Friday, Sept. 14 (Utah)
Assembly Hall
Temple Square, Downtown
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Wednesday, Sept. 19 (Boise State)
Meridian East Stake Center
11443 McMillan Road
Boise, ID 83713

Thursday, Sept. 27 (Hawai'i)
Provo Wasatch Stake Center
1625 South Slate Canyon Drive
Provo, UT 84601

Friday, Oct. 12 (Oregon State)
Spanish Fork Stake Center
1006 East 200 South
Spanish Fork, UT 84660

Friday, Oct. 19 (Notre Dame)
Michigan City Branch Building
402 East Coolspring Avenue
Michigan City, IN 46360

Friday, Oct. 26 (Georgia Tech)
Brockett Ward Building
1974 Brockett Road
Tucker, GA 30084

Friday, Nov. 16 (San Jose State)
San Jose South Stake Center
5700 Comanche Drive
San Jose, CA 95123

Friday, Nov. 23 (New Mexico State)
El Paso Stake Center
1212 Sumac Drive
El Paso, TX 79925