Cougars to Honor 19 Players on Senior Day

Team captains Matt Reynolds, Travis Uale, Bryan Kariya and Jameson Frazier are four of 19 Cougars to be honored on Senior Day this Saturday. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

Below are a few bullet points highlighting each member of the 2011 BYU football senior class. This year there are 19 seniors, including 18 current players and former player Steven Thomas, now a student assistant with the program. There are 10 defensive players, 9 offensive players, 7 players from Utah, 4 players from California, 4 players from Hawaii and 4 players named Matt.

Come out to see the seniors and the rest of the Cougars play in their final home game of the season against New Mexico State at 8:15 p.m. MT. Tickets are still available or follow live on ESPNU, espn3.com or on KSL Radio at ksl.com.


Offensive lineman Terence Brown
Summerville, S.C. / Summerville High
2011 Rimington Trophy candidate
Three year starter has started in every game since sophomore year
Played in 47 of 48 career games
2010 All-MWC honorable mention
2009 College Football News All-Sophomore Team honorable mention
 
Running back JJ Di Luigi
Canyon Country, Calif. / Canyon High
No. 11 BYU Career Rushing Yards (1,670 yds)
No. 18 BYU Career All-Purpose Yards (2,907 yds)
Currently 89 receiving yards away from becoming 10th player in BYU history with 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in a career
2010 All-MWC Second Team
Leads team in rushing yards, attempts, and yards per game in 2011
Led team in all rushing categories, touchdowns, all-purpose yards and receptions in 2010
Career-high 134 yards rushing vs. San Diego State in 2010
Two-year starter
 
Defensive back Corby Eason
Columbus, Ga. / Erie CC
No. 5 in the nation in pass breakups in 2011
No. 19 in the nation in passes defended in 2011
No. 2 BYU season pass breakups (12)
No. 3 (tied) BYU career pass breakups (15)
Started every game in 2011
Two-time Academic All-MWC (2009, 10)
Played in 35 of 36 games during his three-year career
Career-high 7 tackles, including 1.5 TFL, 0.5 sack and a forced fumble at Colorado State in 2010
 
Tight end Matthew Edwards
Salt Lake City, Utah / Woods Cross High
Two-year letterman
Played in three games (OSU, ISU, Idaho) in 2011
Saw time vs. UNLV and Utah in 2010
 
Defensive lineman Hebron Fangupo
Santa Ana, Calif. / USC
Played in all 10 games and started in seven in 2011
Has 21 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 3 QBH and 2 PBU in 2011
Career-best 6 tackles vs. UCF
Strongest player on the team
 
Linebacker Jameson Frazier
Draper, Utah / Alta High
2011 Lott Trophy Watch List
Has 25 tackles, 5 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 5 QBH and a fumble recovery in 2011
Career-high 7 tackles and an interception at Utah 2010
Two-year starter has started 13 games in his career
Two-time Academic All-MWC
Former walk-on
 
Wide receiver Spencer Hafoka
Kahuku, Hawaii / Kahuku High
Four-year lettterwinner
Career-high three catches and 31 yards vs. TCU in 2009
Made diving catch to convert third down vs. Utah in 2009
 
Wide receiver McKay Jacobson
Southlake, Tex. / Southlake Carroll High
Currently No. 25 on the BYU career receiving yards (1,751 yds) and BYU career receptions (108) lists
Four-year starter with 33 career starts
Has 20 catches for 238 yards and one touchdown this season
Averaged 24.2 yards per catch, ranking No. 4 in the nation among receivers who averaged at least one catch per game in 2009
Caught game-winning touchdown vs. No. 3 Oklahoma
Returned first-ever punt return 77 yards for a touchdown as a freshman vs. Wyoming in 2006
Totaled three 100-yard receiving games, including 111 yards vs. Florida State, including an 80-yard touchdown, in 2009
 
Running back Bryan Kariya
Kaysville, Utah / Davis High
Has 220 rushing yards and a team-high 4 rushing touchdowns in 2011. Also has 81 yards receiving and 1 touchdowns reception
Two-year starter with 14 career starts
Voted team captain in 2011
Two-time Academic All-District (2010 & 2011)
2010 ESPN Academic All-American (only Div. I running back) -- 2011 All-Americans still to be announced
Three-time Academic All-MWC
Two-time Academic MWC Scholar-Athlete
Had 537 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns in 2010
 
Linebacker Aveni Leung-Wai
Alea, Hawaii / Grossmont JC
Played in three games in 2011 with 3 tackles on the year
Started twice and played in nine games in 2010 after transferring from Grossmont JC
Totaled nine tackles in 2010, including four vs. Florida State
 
Wide receiver/holder Matt Marshall
Salt Lake City, Utah / Skyline High
A utility man for BYU, has primarily been the holder on field goals but also played quarterback in wildcat formations, been used as a receiver and played on special teams.
In 2010 completed 2 of 2 passes for 21 yards including a 16-yard completion for a first down on a fake field goal attempt vs. San Diego State
Has 15 total tackles on special teams over last 3 seasons
Has run the scout team in weeks playing Air Force and other “option offense” teams
 
Linebacker Jordan Pendleton
South Jordan, Utah / Bingham High
Three-year starter with 22 career starts
Started seven games of 2011 before suffering season-ending knee injury vs. TCU
Has 32 tackles, team-leading 8.5 TFL, tied for team-high 4 sacks, 2 quarterback hurries and 1 pass breakup in 2011
Started first five games of 2010 but had surgery after sixth game that ended season. Had 38 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 quarterback hurry and 1 pass breakup
Started 10 games in 2009 and played in all 13. Had 52 tackles, 6.0 TFL, 3 sacks, 5 quarterback hurries, 3 pass breakups, 1 fumble recovery and 1 interception.
Part of a total defense in 2011 ranked No. 19, in 2010 ranked No. 24, in 2009 ranked No. 28
 
Defensive lineman Matt Putnam
Brigham City, Utah / Box Elder High
Has 6 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 3 pass breakups, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery in 5 games played of 2011
Had  31 tackles, 5 TFL, 2 sacks, 7 pass breakups, 2 quarterback hurries and 1 forced fumble in 2010 and started 9 of 13 games played
Played in 25 games freshman and sophomore seasons combined, totaling 33 tackles, 4 TFL, 3 sacks, 3 pass breakups, 2 quarterback hurries, 1 interception and 1 forced fumble over two years
Has 9 career starts
 
Offensive lineman Matt Reynolds
Provo, Utah / Timpview High
Four-year starter has started every game of college career (49 starts)
All-America candidate has 119 pancake blocks in 2011
On Outland Trophy Watch List, Lombardi Award Watch List, Lowe’s Senior Class Nominee
2011 Preseason All-American by ESPN.com, USA Today, CBSCollegeSports.com, Athlon, Lindy's, Sporting News and Phil Steele, among others.
2011 Phil Steele Midseason All-Independent First Team
Two-year team captain
 
Defensive back Steven Thomas
Chino Hills, Calif. / Chino Hills High
Had to end football career to due to career-ending concussion after three games in 2010
Started first three games of 2010 and had 10 tackles, 0.5 TFL and 1 pass breakup
Played in 10 games of 2009 season and returned 3 kicks for 53 yards
 
Offensive lineman Marco Thorson
Ramona, Calif. / Ramona High
Played in 27 career games, including one start this season
Has helped a keep BYU as one of the best teams on third-down conversions (No. 7 at 51%)
Protected quarterbacks and ball carriers to be able to affectively move the football forward as BYU is No. 2 in tackles for loss allowed per game.
Two-time Academic All-MWC
 
Safety Travis Uale
Hawaii Kai, Hawaii / Kamehameha High
Fifth on the team with 40 tackles, tied for team-leading 3 interceptions. Also has 3 pass breakups
Voted team captain in 2011 and has started every game
Two-year starter with 18 career starts
Started nine games in 2010 and played in 12. Had 42 tackles, 1 pass breakup and 1 fumble recovery
Left University of Utah to walk-on at BYU after his mission
 
Defensive lineman Simote Vea
Hau'ula, Hawaii / BYU-Hawaii
Earned time on defensive line and special teams in 2011
Has 3 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 QBH in 2011
Career-best two tackles vs. Idaho
Earned letterman honors as a junior, playing in five games with one tackle in 2010
Played 3 seasons after transferring from BYU-Hawaii
 
Linebacker Jadon Wagner
Lethbridge, Alberta / LCI
Was the 44th overall pick in the 2011 CFL draft but opted to return for senior season
Has 31 tackles and 2 TFL in 2011
Played in all 12 games as a junior in 2010 and started nine
Had 37 tackles, 6.5 TFL and 1 sack in 2010
Two-year starter with 12 career starts