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Williams named Madness Independent Offensive Player of the Week

Sep 27, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 12:51 pm | Updated: September 27, 2016 12:58 pm | Permalink

Jamaal Williams has been named the College Sports Madness Independent Player of the Week following his performance against West Virginia on Saturday.

Williams rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries against the Mountaineers. This was the 12th time of his career and the second time this season that he has rushed for over 100 yards.

This is the second Madness Player of the Week award for the Cougars after Butch Pau’u was Madness Defensive Player of the Week after the win over Arizona.

Massachusetts linebacker Steve Casali was named Madness Independent Defensive Player of the Week. For the national Madness awards, Colorado quarterback Steven Montez received the offensive honor while Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt took the defensive honor.

BYU returns home to face off against Toledo in Provo on Friday at 8:15 p.m. MDT.

Team retreat reminds gymnasts to focus

Sep 27, 2016 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 10:41 am | Updated: September 27, 2016 11:26 am | Permalink

BYU gymnastics went on an overnight team retreat in Pleasant Grove, Utah, over the weekend to build team chemistry and increase focus.

Head coach Guard Young’s parents offered their home for the retreat while BamBams BBQ catered the event.

“There is never a time when all the girls are under one roof in one room sleeping, hanging out and enjoying each other’s company,” Young said. “The fact that you can do that once a year is fun. It’s good for the girls.”

They participated in team activities, played games, relaxed and watched movies Friday night. Playing pool, air hockey, ping pong and fooseball brought out the competition among the gymnasts and staff but also united them. 

The team created a "vision board" to post in the locker room where they can see it every day. It reminds them of the reason for the grind and the goals they are working to accomplish. 

Young spoke to the gymnasts not only about finding and maintaining focus, but also how to do so amidst hard times and distractions. 

“We try to keep our focus and eliminate distractions the best we can,” Young said. “We need to manage the distractions because they’re always going to be there.”

BYU gymnastics concluded the retreat by completing an escape room activity at Getout Games Saturday in Provo.

“I was really impressed with how much the girls jumped in and got it done,” Young said. “I was always one step behind them, thinking ‘how in the world did you figure this out?’”

Other photos of the retreat can also be seen on the team’s Facebook page.

(All photos by Natalie Broekman)

Viewing Options: BYU vs. West Virginia

Sep 24, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 11:37 am | Updated: September 24, 2016 11:38 am | Permalink

BYU will play West Virginia today at FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins, in Maryland today at 3:30 p.m. EDT.

The game will be televised live nationally on ESPN2. It will also be streamed online on or with the WatchESPN app.

Additionally, live television coverage on BYUtv will begin at 2:30 p.m. EDT with the one-hour pregame show, Countdown to Kickoff. Live postgame coverage on BYUtv will follow after the game.

Radio coverage of the game can be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network with the Voice of the Cougars Greg Wrubell. The broadcast begins with the pregame show at 1:30 p.m. EDT on KSL 1160 AM and 102.7 FM. It can also be found online at

Visit the gameday page for additional information on the matchup against West Virginia.

Getting to Know: Fred Warner and Squally Canada

Sep 21, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 12:37 pm | Updated: September 21, 2016 1:09 pm | Permalink

Fred Warner
Junior linebacker

Outside of football, what is he looking forward to
I always look forward to sleeping at the end of the day. I just like it; I’m a homebody. At home, I like to hang out, play video games and watch TV. I like watching ESPN on TV, but I don’t really have a favorite show.

Favorite type of video game
Any type of sports game. Madden, NBA2K, whatever. I’ll compete with other guys on the team, but I am the best at Madden, 2K, FIFA, anything. Ask anybody, I’m the best.

Pre-game rituals
I do the same thing no matter where the games are. When we run out onto the field for the coin toss, I’ll run to the opposite end zone to the field goal post and I’ll say my own prayer at the field post and then run back to the sideline. It’s something I started doing last year and it’s something I always do.

Most embarrassing song on iPod
I can’t remember names of songs, but probably something Justin Bieber. I like the Biebs sometimes. New stuff and old stuff, but mostly new. 

Favorite football memory
My freshman year when I got a pick-six at Boise State. That was pretty exciting. That catapulted me and my career. It was midway through the season, my first big play 

Dream job besides NFL
I’m not sure yet. I’m still feeling around what I like. I’ve thought about being a firefighter before. 

How did you spend summer your summer?
Lot of grinding, working out. I had an internship with NuSkin in the marketing department. Hanging out with friends was a highlight.

Favorite ice cream flavor
I’m a vanilla bean person. I like it simple and sweet. It’s classic.

Squally Canada
Junior running back

What made you decide to come to BYU?
I had a friend of mine commit here, and so he ended up telling me about it.

When did you start playing football?
I started playing organized football when I was when I was four and tackle football when I was seven.

What is your favorite sport besides football?
I have never played anything but football. My girlfriend plays soccer, so we’ll go with soccer.

What do you like to be doing when you are not playing sports?
Playing video games, watching Netflix. I am definitely not a Pokémon Go person. It’s not safe. People are playing the game in their cars, walking in the middle of the street, walking off cliffs.

What is something that people don’t know about you?
Not much. I put everything out there; I am a pretty open person. But my friends around me know…I can’t swim. They are actually taking us to go swimming soon, so I don’t know what’s going to happen. My plan is just to stay in the shallow end. Five feet and lower.

What is one of your favorite football memories?
One would be my senior year, in the championship game. I scored four touchdowns: three rushing, one receiving. And my favorite touchdown was the receiving one because I only caught the ball twice that year. So I catch the ball on third and 10, run up the sideline, make three people miss and score.

What was the highlight of your summer?
I went back home to California for a week. So I got to see my family and we went to a water park. But I had my life vest on! I only stayed in the wave pool, with my life vest on. Everybody was making fun of me.

How did you get the nickname Squally?
My dad gave it to me when I was a kid and it just stuck. It used to be Boo-squally, but as I got older we dropped the Boo.

Butch Pau'u added to 2016 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award Watch List

Sep 20, 2016 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 2:12 pm | Permalink

HONOLULU - BYU linebacker Butch Pau'u was added to the 2016 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award Watch List on Tuesday announced by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. 

Pau'u leads BYU and is ranked No. 3 nationally with 37 total tackles through three games. He had 19 of them against UCLA, tying the school record for most tackles in a single game since 2000. 

The sophomore from California is also tied for No. 13 in the nation with 5.5 tackles for loss. 

The Cougars already had more players on the list than any other school with six before the season began. Adding Pau'u brings the BYU total to seven with defensive linemen Harvey LangiTravis TuilomaLogan Taele and Sae Tautu along with offensive lineman Ului Lapuaho and defensive back Kai Nacua.

The Watch List candidates have been selected based on past performance and future potential. Additions to the list may be made as the 2016-2017 season progresses. The finalists and the winner will be chosen by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee, which includes Coaches Dick Tomey (Chairman), LaVell EdwardsRon McBride and Dick Vermeil, past NFLPA President and Inaugural Inductee Kevin Mawae, ESPN Sportscaster Neil Everett, NFL player personnel legend Gil Brandt and Honolulu Sportscaster Robert Kekaula.

Click here for the complete list.



Week 5 Review (Sept. 11-17)

Sep 19, 2016 - Posted by Jack Urquhart at 11:02 am | Updated: September 19, 2016 11:10 am | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – In two wins, BYU's trio of starting forwards each netted goals for the No. 6 Cougars as they beat No. 19 Ohio State 3-0 in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday, and Utah State 3-1 in Logan on Saturday.

Three polls—the NSCAA, Hero Sports and Top Drawer Soccer—all placed BYU at No. 6 at the beginning of the week.

The Deseret News previewed Monday's game with a feature on senior forward Ashley Hatch. The Salt Lake Tribune wrote a story about versatile junior forward Carla Swensen Haslam.

Following their win against the Buckeyes, the Cougars got some good ink from Ohio and national sources:

Ohio State's The Lantern

Soccer America

Head coach Jennifer Rockwood was on BYU Sports Nation to discuss the win and preview the game against the Aggies.

The Cougars punctuated their week with their sixth win in a row and 13th win in 13 games against Utah State.


Bruins best Cougars 17-14

Sep 17, 2016 - Posted by Andrew Cook at 11:58 pm | Updated: September 18, 2016 12:04 am | Permalink

On the opening drive of the fourth quarter, UCLA missed a 38-yard field goal wide right at the 13:33 mark and the score remained 17-7 in favor of the Bruins. 

With 2:16 remaining in the game, BYU got the ball back and drove 91 yards for a touchdown to make the score 17-14 with 37 seconds remaining. Taysom Hill found Nick Kurtz in the end zone for a 23-yard tocuhdown pass. 

Kurtz caught eight passes for 83 yards while Moroni Laulu-Pututau finished with six receptions and 51 yards. Hill passed for 250 yards on 26 completions while Jamaal Williams rushed for 28 yards and a touchdown. Butch Pau'u ended the night with 19 tackles, tied for the most tackles in a single game by a BYU defender since 2000. 

BYU down 17-7 to UCLA after 3rd quarter

Sep 17, 2016 - Posted by Andrew Cook at 11:08 pm | Updated: September 17, 2016 11:12 pm | Permalink

With 7:24 remaining in the 3rd quarter, UCLA scored its second touchdown of the game with a 33-yard pass to cap off a 76-yard drive. 

On the ensuing possession, the Cougars put together a 75-yard drive and Jamaal Williams scored his first rushing touchdown of the season on a 1-yard run to make the score 17-7 with 3:07 remaining in the quarter. At the end of the quarter Taysom Hill was 14 for 29 with 123 yard passing in the game. 

Butch Pau'u made four more tackles to set a new career record with 13 total tackles. 

BYU trails UCLA 10-0 at halftime

Sep 17, 2016 - Posted by Andrew Cook at 10:03 pm | Updated: September 17, 2016 10:06 pm | Permalink

UCLA opened up the scoring with a 6-yard touchdown pass with 12:50 remaining in the first half. 

With 8:51 left in the second quarter, the Bruins picked off Taysom Hill and took possession on BYU's 39-yard line to set up a 24-yard field goal. On the very last play of the second quarter, UCLA blocked a Jake Oldroyd field goal attempt from 55 yards. 

Butch Pau'u continued his stellar defensive performance, finishing the half with nine tackles, tying his career high. 

On the offensive side of the ball, receivers Nick Kurtz, Colby Pearson and Moroni Laulu-Pututau finished the half with two receptions and 11 yards each.  


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