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Hatch and Hunt named to Preseason Award Shortlist

Jul 27, 2015 - Posted by knielsen at 10:15 am | Permalink

Junior forward Ashley Hatch and junior defender Paige Hunt were named to the 2015 AllWhiteKit.com College Soccer Award Preseason Award Shortlist. Hunt was named to the Defender of the Year shortlist, while Hatch was named to the Forward of the Year shortlist.

Hunt was an NSCAA All-West Region Second Team selection and started every game at center back for the Cougars before leaving to serve in the Indianapolis, Indiana mission. She scored a goal and made two assists from the backline in 2013.

Hatch scored 18 goals and made six assists during her sophomore campaign where she was named West Coast Conference Player of the Year in 2015. Last year, she had a top five season in BYU history in goals, shots and points. Her five multiple goal games were the second most in a season in BYU history and her hat trick against Portland was the first at BYU in nine years. She was also top 10 nationally in goals and points per game and total goals.

BYU opponents who also made the shortlist includes six goalkeepers, five defenders, four midfielders and three forwards. For the full shortlists, visit AllWhiteKit.com

Hatch chosen as breakout star in 2015 by DI coaches

Jul 10, 2015 - Posted by knielsen at 10:12 am | Permalink

In a survey of Division I coaches done by TopDrawerSoccer.com’s J.R. Eskilson, Ashley Hatch was one of eight players to be chosen as a breakout star this season. 

The junior forward scored 18 goals and made six assists during her sophomore campaign where she was named West Coast Conference Player of the Year. Last year, she had a top five season in BYU history in goals, shots and points. Her five multiple goal games were the second most in a season in BYU history and her hat trick against Portland was the first at BYU in nine years. She was also top 10 nationally in goals and points per game and total goals.

Hatch was named one of the top 10 forwards in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com earlier this summer. To see the other results of the survey, read the whole story at TopDrawerSoccer.com.

Bravo shines as Mexico finishes World Cup of Softball

Jul 06, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 10:40 am | Updated: July 7, 2015 2:35 pm | Permalink

IRVINE, Calif. – BYU center fielder Gordy Bravo wrapped up action at the World Cup of Softball X as Mexico finished in sixth place with a 6-5 loss to the USA Junior Women’s Team Sunday, trying to avenge a 10-3 setback just a day earlier.

Bravo, the reigning West Coast Conference Player of the Year, finished the tournament with a .385 batting average and a .500 on-base percentage, collecting five hits, scoring three runs, drawing three walks and driving in two runs.

Mexico picked up three wins in a row beginning with a 9-3 victory over Venezuela last Wednesday. The team then beat Argentina 3-2 and Puerto Rico 4-2.

In the final four games of the tournament, Bravo hit 5-for10 with two runs scored and two RBI, including an RBI single for Mexico’s early 2-0 lead in the top of the second of the July 5th game.

Bravo contributes two hits as Mexico wins 9-3 over Venezuela

Jul 01, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 3:19 pm | Updated: July 1, 2015 3:21 pm | Permalink

IRVINE, Calif. – BYU center fielder Gordy Bravo helped Mexico pick up its first win in the World Cup of Softball X Wednesday.

Bravo collected her first hit of the tournament as she went 2-for-3 with two singles and an RBI.

Her first single of the game came on a 3-0 pitch, scoring Oregon's Koral Costa for the 3-1 Mexico lead.

Venezuela came back to tie it heading to the bottom of the sixth. A solo home run, a two-run double and a three-run home run put the game out of reach to seal the 9-3 win for Mexico. Bravo also had an infield single to the shortstop in the bottom of the sixth.

Mexico continues play in the World Cup of Softball with a game against Argentina Thursday at 2 p.m. PDT.

For live stats and video for every game of the tournament, visit teamusa.org.
 

BYUtv live coverage of Media Day

Jun 26, 2015 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 11:34 pm | Updated: June 27, 2015 12:03 am | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – BYUtv televised 21 consecutive hours of BYU football programming during the fifth-annual BYU Football National Media Day on June 24. Four hours of live programming was featured on BYUtv during the day as well as three hours of live online chats. BYU coaches and staff participated along with more than a dozen players on the 2015 team and 70 football alumni from the past 40 years. Select the links below to watch the new live programs and chats that took place on Media Day. 

BYUtv Live Shows

State of the Program

BYU Sports Nation (special two-hour episode)

Four Decades of Dominance

 

Live Online Chats

Web Chats (8 a.m.)BYU Associate AD Duff Tittle & BYUtv Sports Senior Coordinating Producer Mikel Minor; former QB Ty Detmer & former DB Derwin Gray; former DL Chris Hoke & former DB Omarr Morgan.

Web Chats (12 p.m.) - Tejan Koroma (OL) & Ului Lapuaho (OL); Bronson Kaufusi (DL/LB) & Harvey Langi (LB); Terenn Houk (IR) & Devon Blackmon (WR); Bronco Mendenhall (head coach) & Jamaal Williams (RB).

Web Chats (3 p.m.) - Taysom Hill (QB) & Mitch Mathews (WR); former DE Jan Jorgensen & former TE Dennis Pitta; *Mitchell Juergens (IR) & Garrett Juergens (DB); *Adam Hine (RB/KR) & Kyle Johnson (OL). 

*includes chat in Spanish

Radio Coverage of BYU Football Media Day 2015

Jun 25, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 3:52 pm | Updated: June 26, 2015 10:38 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – Six different radio stations originated their programming live at BYU Media Day, broadcasting a combined 44 hours of football interviews and content throughout the day. Check out many of those interviews below.

KSL Newsradio

Bronco Mendenhall, head coach: Interview link

Robert Anae, offensive coordinator: Interview link

Taysom Hill, QB: Interview link

Mitch Mathews, WR: Interview link

Mitchell and Garrett Juergens, WR and DB: Interview link

Jamaal Williams, RB: Interview link

 

BYU Radio/SiriusXM 143

The Matt Townsend Show

Bronco & Holly Mendenhall, head coach & wife: Interview link

BYUtv Simulcast

BYU State of the Program: Audio link (BYU AD Tom Holmoe, head coach Bronco Mendenhall, offensive coordinator Robert Anae, football performance director Frank Wintrich, QB Taysom Hill, RB Jamaal Williams)

BYU Sports Nation: Audio link (BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall, former players Glen Kozlowski (WR) & Jonny Harline (TE), QB Taysom Hill, RB Jamaal Williams, WR Mitch Mathews, DE/LB Bronson Kaufusi

Four Decades of Dominance: Audio link (More than 70 former players in attendance with nearly two dozen interviewed)

 

1320 KFAN

Monty in the Morning

Guy Holliday, receivers coach: Interview link

Ty Detmer, former BYU QB: Interview link

Chris Hoke, former BYU DL: Interview link

Glen Kozlowski, former BYU WR: Interview link

Remington Peck, DL: Interview link

Bronson Kaufusi, DL/LB: Interview link

Derwin Gray, former BYU DB: Interview link

Jonny Harline, former BYU TE: Interview link

Kurt Henderson, WR: Interview link

Harvey Langi, LB: Interview link

Devon Blackmon, WR: Interview link

Manoa Pikula, LB: Interview link

Tejan Koroma, OL: Interview link

Mitch Mathews, WR: Interview link

Gunther in the Afternoon

Robert Anae, offensive coordinator: Interview link

Jamaal Williams, RB: Interview link

Travis Tuiloma, DL: Interview link

Adam Hine, RB/KR: Interview link

Bronco Mendenhall, head coach: Interview link

Taysom Hill, QB: Interview link

Mitchell Juergens, IR: Interview link

Kelly Poppinga, OLB coach/special teams coordinator: Interview link

Napoleon's 2015 BYU Media Day Guide

 

1280 The Zone

DJ & PK
Kelly Poppinga, OLB/Sp. Tms. coach: Interview link

Ty Detmer, former BYU QB: Interview link

Mitch Mathews, WR: Interview link

Omarr Morgan, former BYU DB: Interview link

Guy Holliday, WR coach: Interview link

Bronson Kaufusi, DL: Interview link

Remington Peck, DL: Interview link

Jake & Tony
Derwin Gray, former BYU DB: Interview link

Glen Kozlowski, former BYU WR: Interview link

Harvey Langi, LB: Interview link

Jonny Harline, former BYU TE: Interview link

Devon Blackmon, WR: Interview link

Hans & Scotty G
Manoa Pikula, LB: Interview link
 
Chris Hoke, former BYU DT: Interview link
 
Gary Sheide, former BYU QB: Interview link
 
 
 
Robert Anae, offensive coordinator: Interview link
 
 
 

The Big Show
Bronco Mendenhall, head coach: Interview link

Jason Beck, QB coach: Interview link

Algie Brown, RB: Interview link

Guy Holliday, WR coach: Interview link

 

ESPN 700

TK in the Midday
Ty Detmer, former BYU QB: Interview link

Glen Kozlowski, former BYU WR: Interview link

Jherremya Leuta-Douyere, LB: Interview link

Harvey Langi, LB: Interview link

Manoa Pikula, LB: Interview link

Kurt Henderson, WR: Interview link

Mitch Mathews, WR: Interview link

 

ESPN 960

Cougar Sports with Ben Criddle
Taysom Hill, QB: Interview link

Tejan Koroma, C: Interview link

Travis Tuiloma, DT: Interview link

Jamaal Williams, RB: Interview link

Algernon Brown, RB: Interview link

Omarr Morgan, former BYU DB: Interview link

Bronco Mendenhall, head coach: Interview link

Guy Holliday, WR coach: Interview link

Media Day Print Roundup

Jun 25, 2015 - Posted by knielsen at 2:17 pm | Updated: June 29, 2015 10:52 am | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – On Wednesday, 21 media companies and 65 media members participated in BYU football media day. Below you will find several of the articles from print outlets:

Deseret News

Return of Hill, Williams provides BYU with plenty of optimism for 2015 season:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865631322/BYU-football-BYU-to-play-Toledo-in-2016-Taysom-Hill-Jamaal-Williams-to-be-ready-for-start-of.html

10 memorable quotes from BYU football media day:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865631377/Video-10-memorable-quotes-and-reactions-from-BYU-football-media-day.html

Mendenhall opens up about BYU’s independence in the new-world reality:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865631373/Mendenhall-opens-up-about-BYUs-indepedence-in-the-new-world-reality.html

Defense aims to turn things around in 2015:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865631359/BYU-football-Defense-aims-to-turn-things-around-in-2015.html

Media day roundup: Williams’ health, scheduling and Frank Wintrich:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865631335/BYU-Media-Day-roundup-Jamaal-Williams-health-scheduling-and-Frank-Wintrich.html

 

KSL.com

Williams, Hill ready to go for BYU’s season opener at Nebraska:

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=272&sid=35224009

BYU adds Toledo to 2016 home schedule in media day announcement:

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=272&sid=35219924

 

Performance coach emphasizes whole-player training, team-first attitude

http://www.heraldextra.com/sports/college/byu/football/performance-coach-emphasizes-whole-player-training-team-first-attitude/article_c38296cb-0351-5753-ba1c-8eddd7799cb8.html

 

Salt Lake Tribune

Offensive stars recovering from injury:

http://www.sltrib.com/home/2662115-155/byu-football-offensive-stars-recovering-from

Wounded Cougars tone down the hype at media day:

http://www.sltrib.com/sports/2661923-155/byu-football-wounded-cougars-tone-down

September will define BYU’s 2015 football season:

http://www.sltrib.com/sports/2661035-155/kragthorpe-september-will-define-byus-2015

Media day topics include stars’ health, defense’s depth:

http://www.sltrib.com/sports/2655806-155/byu-football-media-day-topics-include

 

Standard-Examiner

BYU working to avoid repeat of defensive meltdown:

http://www.standard.net/Sports/2015/06/26/BYU-Football-Media-Day-Feature.html

 

The Spectrum

BYU’s Hill, Williams return from injuries to lead team:

http://www.thespectrum.com/story/sports/2015/06/24/byus-williams-hill-return-injuries-lead-team/29251255/

Game time, TV plans announced for BYU-Nebraska game

Jun 12, 2015 - Posted by at 10:31 am | Updated: June 12, 2015 1:59 pm | Permalink

Game time and television plans for BYU's season opener at Nebraska on Sept. 5 have been determined. The Cougars will kick off their 2015 season in a 2:30 p.m. CT/1:30 p.m. MT nationally featured Saturday afternoon matchup on ABC.

Played at historic Memorial Stadium,  the 85,000-seat Memorial Stadium has been home of the Huskers since 1923. Nebraska currently holds the NCAA record for consecutive sellouts with an amazing 340-straight football games selling out, a streak that dates back to 1962.

The Sept. 5 matchup in Lincoln, Nebraska, marks the first meeting between the Cougars and Huskers of the Big Ten.

2015-16 college football bowl schedule announced

Jun 09, 2015 - Posted by at 3:45 pm | Updated: June 9, 2015 9:00 pm | Permalink

ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, has determined the date, time and network for each of the company’s 13 owned and operated bowl games for the 2015 season, including possible bowl destinations for the BYU football program.

ESPN and BYU previously announced the Cougars have accepted an invitation to play in either the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl or the Hawai’i Bowl following the 2015 football season if bowl eligible and not selected to participate in the College Football Playoff.  

Four bowls on Saturday, Dec. 19 kick off ESPN Event’s bowl season – Celebration Bowl, Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, and Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. All 13 ESPN Events bowls will be aired on ESPN with the exception of the newly created Celebration Bowl and the Las Vegas Bowl, both to be broadcast on ABC on opening day of the bowl season.

Overall, the ESPN family of networks – including ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC – will offer live television coverage of 39 games, including the national semifinals on Dec. 31 and the national championship game. 

The Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl is set for Saturday, Dec. 19, on ABC at 3:30 p.m. The 24th annual game will be played at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas featuring BYU or a Mountain West school against the sixth pick from the Pac-12 Conference.

The Hawai‘i Bowl will be played on Christmas Eve (Thursday, Dec. 24) for the 11th time from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. In its 14th year, the bowl will be aired on ESPN at 8 p.m. and pits teams from the American Athletic Conference against the Mountain West Conference or BYU.

The complete college football bowl schedule for 2015-16 was also unveiled on Tuesday. The 2015-16 college football postseason will begin with five bowl games on Sat., Dec. 19 and will include a record-setting number of matchups involving schools from all 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences.

In all, 41 postseason games will be played, with 40 of those contests coming in a 2-week window between Dec. 19 and Jan. 2, 2016. New additions to the schedule this season are the Arizona Bowl (Tucson, Ariz.) and the AutoNation Cure Bowl (Orlando, Fla.)

The second College Football Playoff National Championship Game will wrap up the collegiate schedule on Mon., Jan. 11, 2016, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Select the following link to see the complete postseason schedule, with dates, kickoff times, conference matchups and television partners.

Athletics recognized at The Golden Hashtags

May 28, 2015 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:07 pm | Permalink

The BYU University Communications team hosted the third annual BYU Social Media Awards – The Golden Hashtags, an event to recognize departments and affiliated organizations for their savvy online efforts.

The Athletic Department received the award Best of Show for the #BYU50 giveaway that was held prior to the 2014 football season. For #BYU50, BYU athletic marketing placed boxes of BYU merchandise in different states each day. Fans then raced to claim the boxes using photo clues shared on the BYU Cougars Twitter account.

The campaign was organized by David Almodova, director of athletic marketing, and his team, and Stuart Call, director of social media.

Click here for more info on the #BYU50 campaign.

Click here for more info on the Golden Hashtags.

 

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