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New book by former Cougar Brock Richardson

Apr 15, 2016 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 9:06 am | Updated: April 15, 2016 9:09 am | Permalink

Former BYU defensive lineman Brock Richardson (2007-08) recently published a book entitled Latter-day Warriors — Stepping Into Your Spiritual Strength. Currently a seminary teacher for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Richardson interviewed several formal BYU football players and their wives to learn what it takes to become physically and spiritually strong.

Using examples from on and off the football field, each shares personal thoughts on physical and spiritual strength. Perfect for youth and young adults, Latter-day Warriors isn’t so much about football as it is about life choices, setting goals, overcoming adversity, growing, changing and becoming a better person.  

The book is entertaining and spiritually uplifting. It is currently available through Deseret Book.

Brock Lance Richardson was raised in Idaho Falls. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Montevideo, Uruguay. He later played football at Snow College and BYU. Richardson is currently a Seminary teacher and is part of a non-profit organization called “Marked Generation,” organizing events and seminars for children that have lost parents.

Recent reviews of Latter-day Warriors — Stepping Into Your Spiritual Strength…

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April Baseball Blog

Apr 07, 2016 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 11:10 am | Permalink

CONGRATULATIONS: Trent Pratt was named assistant coach of the year at the Y Awards last month.

MISSIONARY NEWS: Jackson Cluff received his mission call to Atlanta, Georgia, reporting to the MTC the day after the College World Series ; Bryan Call has his mission papers in process. Word is Danny Gelalich and Easton Walker may soon be processing missionary papers.

ENGAGED: Tanner Chauncey, Grant Hodges, Mason Marshall, Rhett Parkinson and Jordan Wood all are engaged to be married this summer after the season ends.

MARRIED PLAYERS: There are six married players on the team: Keaton Cenatiempo, Hayden Nielsen, Hayden Rogers, Mike Rucker, Eric Urry, and Connor Williams all of whom wear a silicon wedding ring on game days, as do the BYU coaches. The flexible silicon ring is more comfortable to wear under gloves and when hitting than the regular gold band.

SPECIAL VISIT IN PORTLAND: Some of the BYU entourage made a trip to the home Nike Employee Store in Portland for extra gear.

HELPING CHILDREN: At Primary Children's Hospital, five players went to Salt Lake City: Casey Jacobsen, Noah Hill, Jordan Wood, Rhett Parkinson and Jackson Cluff. Coaches Brent Haring and Mike Littlewood, along with Scott VanPelt from NuSkin also participated. They played bingo with 100 other patients on closed-circuit TV along with five patients in person, to whom they told jokes and sang songs.

COUGARS IN PRO RANKS: Former Cougars have now received their pro assignments: Jaycob Brugman AA Midland, Texas (Oakland A's); Jacob Hannemann to the AA Tennessee Smokies (Chicago Cubs); Taylor Cole AA rehabbing injured shoulder (Toronto Blue Jays); Adam Miller AA Mobile, Alabama (Arizona Diamonbacks); Kolton Mahoney staying in Tampa Bay for extended spring training (New York Yankees); Adam Law AA Tulsa, Oklahoma (Los Angeles Dodgers); Jeremy Guthrie AAA El Paso Texas (San Diego Padres) and Coach Littlewood's son Marcus to AA in Jackson, Tennessee (Seattle Mariners).

WHAT IS A FIRESIDE: A color analyst asked in preparation for TheW.tv video stream of BYU's Friday game at Portland, "What is a fireside?," after he read about a fireside the Cougars held in Alabama. So we sent him the following response: A fireside is generally an evening meeting not in the traditional three meetings on Sunday with our faith. Sometimes they are held on mornings as part of the weekday seminary program before regular school begins. Usually a fireside is held on a Sunday night and is a meeting for the youth. No fire is present, but the term probably evolved from meeting in someone's home with a fireplace. They can be as large as a Sunday gathering in the 18,987-seat Marriott Center where we play basketball. Or they can be at any Mormon meetinghouse, sometimes referred to as a stake center (not steak, rather like a stake holding down a tent). Former BYU baseball coach Glen Tuckett adds the term fireside perhaps got its origin from U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Fireside Chats.

WHAT IS AN RM? Players not of the Mormon faith learn quickly about LDS (Latter-day Saint) terms like FHE (Family Home Evening) and RM (returned missionary). However, some reporters and broadcasters recently have made mistakes referring to Cougars Brennon Lund and Colton Shaver as returned missionaries. Both are RM's, but you decide what the "M" should stand for, returning monster…?

URRY's GRANDFATHER IN COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Eric Urry's grandfather Herb Urry played for the 1951 University of Utah baseball team that was 2-2 in the College World Series. Herb, who passed away last year, was a left-handed pitcher for the Utes. Urry's father found several copies of a 1951 notebook that had been prepared celebrating that event and shared copies with us.

PALYMRA, N.Y.: Niagara’s head coach was mystified along with his team about what a BYU radio announcer said regarding the hometown of the New York-based team pitcher hailing from Palmyra, “this was probably the only stadium (Miller Park) in the country where fans know exactly where Palmyra is and over half of them have been there.”

BYU defeats Creighton 88-82 in NIT quarterfinals

Mar 22, 2016 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 9:12 pm | Permalink

BYU opened the second half with three layups in two minutes, giving them a 44-39 lead.

After two lead changes within a minute, the Cougars extended their lead to five on two layups by Kyle Davis, giving them a 52-47 advantage with 14 minutes to play. Nick Emery extended their lead to eight on a three-point play, 54-47.

Creighton responded with four straight points, but a three-point play from Chase Fischer and a 3-pointer from Zac Seljaas gave the Cougars their first double-digit lead of the night, 61-51, with 11:20 to play in the game.

Seljaas’s fifth 3-pointer of the night extended BYU’s lead to twelve and a trey from Emery pushed the score of the game to 67-52 with 10 minutes on the clock.

BYU shot 4-of-4 from the floor during the span of 1:20, including a jumper from Fischer to give BYU a 69-54 advantage. After a three-minute scoring drought, Emery drove through the middle of the Blue Jays’ defense to make it 71-57 with five minutes to play in the game.

Creighton brought the game within seven with two minutes to play, but strong free-throw shooting led the Cougars to an 88-82 victory and a trip to the NIT semifinals.

Five Cougars ended the game in double-digits. Seljaas led all BYU players with 19 points and also contributed seven rebounds. Davis had 18 points and three rebounds and Fischer added 13 points and five rebounds in the win. Emery added 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists and Kyle Collinsworth had 11 points, five rebounds and four assists. Kaufusi had seven points and four rebounds.

BYU leads Creighton 38-37 at halftime of NIT quarterfinals

Mar 22, 2016 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 7:57 pm | Updated: March 22, 2016 7:59 pm | Permalink

BYU or Creighton didn't put up a basket until the 17:53 mark, when Creighton hit two 3-pointers to go up 6-0. Corbin Kaufusi scored the first five points of the game for the Cougars, but a layup from the Blue Jays gave them an early 8-5 advantage with 15 minutes to play.

Two Creighton 3-pointers and a Nick Emery 3-pointer took the score to 15-9 with 13 minutes to play.

Kyle Collinsworth entered the game after the first five minutes of the half. His first basket came on a layup underneath, followed by a Kaufusi layup, narrowing the Cougars' deficit to five.

An 8-0 run over 1:30 increased Creighton's lead, putting them up 27-15 with eight minutes to play. Zac Seljaas's 3-pointer from the left corner ended the run and took the lead down to single digits for the Blue Jays.

Kyle Davis's five points in the span of a minute made it 29-23 for the Blue Jays with 6:30 to play in the first half. Kyrie Thomas hit a 3-pointer from the top of the arch to end Creighton's three-minute scoring drought, putting the Blue Jays up 34-28.

Seljaas hit two 3-pointers to bring the Cougars within three with two minutes to play. A three-point play from Kyle Davis made it 36-34 for Creighton and two free-throws tied the game at 36 with a minute to play. BYU took its first lead of the game with 25 seconds to play on a dunk from Davis.

Seljaas led BYU at the half with 11 points and two rebounds. Davis had 10 points and Collinsworth finished the half with four points, two rebounds and three assists. Kaufusi added seven points and two rebounds.

Fischer leads BYU to 80-77 win over Virginia Tech

Mar 18, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 9:47 pm | Permalink

The Cougars didn’t score a field goal until the 18:32 mark  in the second half when Chase Fischer got things rolling for the team, scoring a layup to push the lead to 42-38. After gaining early momentum, BYU was scoreless for two and a half minutes and did not score a field goal for five minutes. Finally ending the streak, a 3-pointer from Zac Seljaas put the Cougars up 50-47 with 12:33 on the clock.

For three minutes, the only points BYU scored outside of the charity stripe was a fast break layup from Kyle Collinsworth set up by Jordan Chatman, which made Virginia Tech’s lead just one at 57-56 with 9:34 left to play.

After trading the lead multiple times, Fischer scored nine points in a row for the Cougars, six of which came from beyond the arc. His steal for the easy layup put BYU up 77-73 with 3:02 remaining.

Virginia Tech scored again, making it 77-75. Turnovers and missed shots in the last few minutes of the contest built up the intensity and kept BYU up front. Fischer hit free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

Fischer led all scorers with 24 points, including four 3-pointers, and six rebounds. Collinsworth had 18 points and 10 assists for another double-double. Nick Emery and Seljaas also scored in double figures with 10 and 11 points, respectively.

BYU leads Virginia Tech 38-34 at the half

Mar 18, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 8:20 pm | Permalink

Both teams got off to a slow start with the first point being scored at the charity stripe by Kyle Davis with 18:17 on the clock. Back-to-back threes from Chase Fischer and Nick Emery sparked the offense, getting them up from 7-0 with 17:20 to play in the half.

The Cougars went on an 8-2 run to push the lead to 20-11 with 11:29 until the break. The run included another 3-pointer from Emery after Fischer hustled to keep the ball away from defenders and dished it to Emery.

BYU got a little sloppy, turning the ball over four times, which allowed Virginia Tech to go on a 7-0 run to tie the game for the first time at 24-24. A hook shot from Davis ended the run, giving the Cougars back the lead at the 6:24 mark.

The Hokies kept fighting, however, taking their first lead with under four to play. The two teams traded the lead twice before threes from Fischer and Zac Seljaas gave the Cougars a 38-34 lead heading into the break

Collinsworth led the team with 10 points, seven assists and three rebounds. Fischer and Emery both added six points in a balanced scoring effort against Virginia Tech.

Cougars down Blazers 97-79 in opening game of the NIT

Mar 16, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 9:49 pm | Updated: March 16, 2016 10:05 pm | Permalink

Out of the break, BYU struggled to get something going. UAB went on a 9-1 run to close in on the 58-47 lead. After making five 3-pointers in the first half, the Blazers made were 5 of 7 from beyond the arc in just the first eight minutes of the second half.

Zac Seljaas sparked some life into the Cougars’ offense with a three at the 15:02 mark to push the lead back to double-digits, 61-50. However, sharp shooting from UAB brought the lead back to single digits, getting the lead down to 65-61 with under 12 minutes to play.

With 10:21 left to play, Nick Emery stole the ball to get the layup, sparking the crowd. After Seljaas drilled another 3-pointer, Kyle Collinsworth got another bucket to cap off a 6-0 BYU run, pushing the lead back to double digits, 77-66, with 9:12 on the clock.

Chase Fischer propelled the team, scoring five of six buckets, including four 3-pointers, to blow the lead back open for the Cougars, extending it to 94-72 with four minutes to play and forcing a timeout for the Blazers.

BYU would hold on to the lead, taking the 97-79 win. Fischer led BYU in scoring with 27 points, including seven 3-pointers. Collinsworth recorded his 12th triple double with 19 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Nick Emery had 22 points and five assists in the win.

BYU leads UAB in first half of NIT first round

Mar 16, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 8:46 pm | Updated: March 16, 2016 8:50 pm | Permalink

The Cougars got to work fast in the first half with Kyle Davis scoring five quick points, including a 3-pointer at the 19:16 mark. Back-to-back threes from Chase Fischer pushed BYU on a 9-0 run, making it 11-2 with 17:03 left in the half.

With under 14 minutes to play, Kyle Collinsworth stole the ball and found Nick Emery on the breakaway. Collinsworth got down the court in time for Emery to set him up with an alley oop, allowing Collinsworth to throw it down. At the 11:49 mark, he dunked again, putting the Cougars up 25-12.

For five minutes, BYU and UAB traded buckets, neither team able to go on a run. Four consecutive baskets from the Cougars were split between Emery and Fischer, leading the way for the team. Capped off by two-straight from Corbin Kaufusi, BYU went on a 6-0 run to extend its lead to 41-26 with 2:54 left in the half.

BYU ended the half on a 10-2 run, including a 3-pointer with four seconds left in the half to go into the locker room with a  51-30 lead over UAB.

Emery led all scorers in the first half with 17 points on 7 of 10 shooting, including three treys. Fischer added 11 points with three 3-pointers of his own. Collinsworth had six points, six rebounds and nine assists in the half.

March Baseball Blog

Mar 10, 2016 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 3:45 pm | Updated: March 10, 2016 5:13 pm | Permalink
APRIL GRADUATION: Senior outfielder Eric Urry is graduating in psychology and team manager Brett Adams is graduating in with his master's in public administration this April season, 15-16. Former BYU baseball players also graduating in April include Andy Isom, Jarrett Jarvis, Derek Speigner and Parker Starr.
 
HOSPITAL VISITS:  On the morning of March 23, members of BYU's baseball team will be at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City reading to patients. Earlier this month a dozen of BYU's team joined the coaching staff on a visit to the Primary Children's Unit at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.
 
ALABAMA FIRESIDE:  Urry, Hayden Nielsen and Mike Rucker spoke at the team's fireside last month in Birmingham, Alabama.
 
GLOVES WITH FLAGS:  The Lone Star flag of Texas adorns the gloves of pitcher Triston Busse and infielder/catcher Noah Hill.  On Urry's glove is flag symbol of the Dominican Republic where he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. On the glove of pitcher Mason Marshall is a replica of the flag of the Philippines where he served his mission. 
 
CHAUNCEY IN ESPN MAGAZINE: You can attribute a couple stories in this month's issue of ESPN Magazine about Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals to BYU's Tanner Chauncey who grew up with Harper.  Click on this link.
 
MATCH NICKNAMES: Can you match the nicknames of Mantis, Giraffe, Baby Rhino and Chief to the following BYU players? Marshall, Keaton Cenatiempo, Hayden Rogers and Nielsen.
 
BUFFALO BUFFO: Maverik Buffo rides a big Honda motorcycle when he isn't going to class or pitching baseballs. A closer look at his cycle shows a flattened Buffalo-head nickel coin as a fastener/clasp on the pouch atop the gas tank.  That Buffalo-head nickel was already installed on the motorcycle before he bought it.
 
MUSTACHES:  Several of BYU's team have been sporting mustaches. One player who started out doing so was Colton Shaver, but "Shave" shaved it off in Las Vegas last month when he went hitless in a game against Saint Louis and remains clean shaven now that his bat has come alive.
 
MORE MUSTACHES: More players are joining the mustache ranks on the team as part of the #mustachemafia hashtag on Twitter.  The word is those sporting the hairy upper lip won't shave them off until the Cougars lose a weekend series.

Sitake commended by the Utah Attorney General's Office

Mar 03, 2016 - Posted by McKay Perry at 3:59 pm | Updated: March 3, 2016 5:09 pm | Permalink

BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake traveled up to the Utah State Capitol building Thursday after practice to accept a Certificate of Commendation from the Utah Attorney General's Office for his contribution to education and athletics and for being an ambassador for the State of Utah.

Attorney General Sean Reyes and Governor Gary Herbert posed for pitcures and congratulated Sitake along with Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham, who also received the honor. 

Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham, Utah Governor Gary Herbert, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake.

Attorney General Sean Reyes (center) pictured from left to right with BYU director of football athlete relations Jasen Ah You, head coach Kalani Sitake and Assistant to the Athletic Director for Student Services Fui Vakapuna.

Kyle Whittingham and Kalani Sitake were honored on the floor of the House Chamber of the Utah State Capitol.

Attorney General Sean Reyes along with his Chief Communications Officer, Missy Larsen, presented the certificates.

Kyle Whittingham, Governor Gary Herbert and Kalani Sitake posed for a photo.




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