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College Sports Madness puts 19 players on Preseason All-Independent Teams

Jul 22, 2016 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 2:18 pm | Permalink

The staff at College Sports Madness has picked the top players in college football for the 2016 team. Headlining the 2016 Preseason All-Independent Teams are 19 players from BYU's squad.

Senior defensive back Kai Nacua was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year on the preseason list. Nacua grabbed six interceptions last year, tying a program record and finished tied for No. 7 nationally. He also returned two picks for touchdowns. 

Including Nacua, nine players made the first team. Fellow defensive back Michael Davis, linebackers Harvey Langi and Fred Warner along with defensive lineman Sae Tautu all earned spots on the first team defense.

On offense, running back Jamaal Williams, offensive linemen Brad Wilcox and Tejan Koroma and wide receiver Nick Kurtz were recognized as first teamers.

The second team defense included defensive linemen Logan Taele and Travis Tuiloma. The second team offense highlighted quarterback Taysom Hill, running back Algernon Brown, wide receiver Mitchell Juergens, tight end Tanner Balderree and offensive linemen Ului Lapuaho and Tuni Kanuch.

Special teamers Jonny Linehan (punter) and returner Riley Burt also made the second team.

Click see the entire College Sports Madness Football Preseason All-Conference Teams. 

Bravo to play with Team Mexico for third year

Jul 05, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 11:07 am | Updated: July 5, 2016 11:13 am | Permalink

For the third year in a row, Gordy Bravo will play for the Mexican National Team this summer, playing in two tournaments in July.

From July 5-10, Bravo and Team Mexico will participate in the U.S. World Cup of Softball XI in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mexico will face off against China, USA, Japan, Czech Republic, Canada and New Zealand.

Dates, times and locations of the games can be found at the official website for the World Cup, along with live streaming options.

The other tournament Mexico will play in is the 2016 WBSC Women’s World Softball Championship in Surrey, British Columbia, starting July 15. Mexico will play Australia, Serbia and Switzerland. Games after that will be determined on results.

Information on the WBSC Championship can be found on its home page.

Bravo, a centerfielder from Corona, California, recently completed her collegiate career at BYU. The 2015 West Coast Conference Player of the Year capped off her time as a Cougar by marking her name in the record books. In her BYU career, she is fourth in batting average (.368), seventh in runs (141) and sixth in hits (238).

Bravo recently visited BYU Sports Nation to preview the summer with Team Mexico.

Cougars on to Beijing

May 15, 2016 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 7:45 am | Permalink

BYU concluded its Nanjing leg Saturday morning and has arrived in Beijing. While in Nanjing, the Cougars played three matches and took in some sightseeing. The team experienced the Nanjing Massacre Museum, walked on the Nanjing City Wall and got in some karaoke with some Nanjing locals. The Cougars had a great time in Nanjing and is looking forward to a great stop in Beijing. 

Cougars prepare for national championship match against Ohio State

May 06, 2016 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 5:03 pm | Updated: May 7, 2016 8:14 am | Permalink

BYU men's volleyball took to the court at Rec Hall Friday morning for a 90 minute practice. Following the training session, players Ben Patch, Jake Langlois, Erik Sikes and head coach Shawn Olmstead met the media for a press conference. The team studied film on Ohio State during the afternoon and evening in preparation for Saturday's match against the No. 3 seed Buckeyes. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and BYU Radio - Sirius XM 143. 

May Baseball Blog

May 05, 2016 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 2:24 pm | Updated: May 6, 2016 7:59 pm | Permalink

MORE MISSIONARY NEWS:  Easton Walker received his mission call to Cusco, Peru, joining Bryan Call who has his call to Taiwan and Jackson Cluff who has his call to Atlanta, Ga.

ANOTHER ENGAGED PLAYER:  Brock Hale is the latest Cougar engaged to be married this summer.

SOUTHERN BBQ:  An item from last February is that the father's of Noah Hill and Casey Jacobsen drove to Birmingham, Alabama, pulling a BBQ smoker and prepared brisket, pork and ribs for the Cougars after one of their games against Samford.

WALK-UP MUSIC:  Here's the names of walkup songs (the non-R rated segments) for several of the BYU Cougars:

ESPNU ANNOUNCER:  The play-by-play announcer for the May 21 game on ESPNU against Santa Clara is expected to be Mike Couzens. Couzens was a play-by-play broadcaster for the Big Ten Network and also served as the broadcasting and media relations manager for the Fort Wayne TinCaps, the Single-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.  The color analyst is yet to be named.

CENATIEMPO & FATHER:  Keaton Cenatiempo says he and his father Kris, who played baseball at Washington State in 1986, have competed on seven of the same college fields.  They are BYU, Pepperdine, Gonzaga, Cal Poly Pomona, San Diego State, Portland and Cal State Northridge.

SUMMER BALL ASSIGNMENTS:  Here are the summer ball assignments for some of the Cougars once they finish with the work at hand this season:  

WRISTBANDS FOR RILEY:  Actually the Cougars started wearing orange wristbands and writing the initials K.G. on their hats in support of  Kennadi, the 10-year-old sister of pitcher Riley Gates who was diagnosed last month with leukemia. The players and coaches also have the initials K.G. on their hats.

SANS STACHES:  Following the series losses at Saint Mary's and against Creighton all of the Cougars shaved their mustaches, but say #mustachemafia will return when they get an NCAA Regional bid.

BYU prepares for Long Beach State

May 04, 2016 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 8:11 pm | Updated: May 5, 2016 2:06 pm | Permalink

BYU men's volleyball took to Rec Hall for its first practice at the foreign Penn State gym Wednesday morning. Following an intense hour and a half practice, Ben Patch, Brenden Sander, Jake Langlois and head coach Shawn Olmstead participated in a press conference for the media. After studying film in the afternoon, later that night the team took part in team photos and the Final Four banquet where Michael Hatch was honored with the Elite 90 award - given to the student-athlete at the championship with the highest cumulative GPA while being a significant contributer on his team.

Cougars travel to Penn State in preparation for Final Four

May 03, 2016 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 9:18 pm | Updated: May 3, 2016 9:19 pm | Permalink

BYU men's volleyball took to the court early Tuesday morning for one final practice at the Smith Fieldhouse before traveling to Penn State. The team then took a charter flight from Provo, Utah, direct to the University Park Airport, with a pit-stop for gas in Des Moines, Iowa. After dinner, the Cougars returned to their hotel to mentally prepare for practice on Wednesday.

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…

http://www.tristipinkston.blogspot.com/2015/12/book-review-latter-day-warriors-by.html

http://www.melsshelves.blogspot.com/2015/12/blog-tourreview-latter-day-w...

https://www.ldsliving.com/3-Lessons-from-LDS-Athletes-How-to-Find-Courag...

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.




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