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BYU Athletics Blog | October 2010 and Coverage

Oct 27, 2010 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:30 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

More preseason predictions and rankings have been released.

Gary Parrish of ranked BYU sixth among schools not from a non-BCS conference. He names Fredette the best among all teams from the non-BCS programs. He also blogged about his interview with Fredette.

Steve Megargee of ranks the Mountain West Conference as the seventh best in the nation. He picked BYU to finish second, named Jimmer Fredette and Jackson Emery the best backcourt in the league and Fredette the preseason player of the year. He also selected Emery as the league's most underrated player.

Trip to the Boys & Girls Club

Oct 25, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 10:05 am | Permalink

The team paid a visit to the Boys & Girls Club Friday night. To read more about the trip and watch a video, visit

Thursday's Hero - Davey Smith

Oct 22, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 8:46 am | Permalink

Davey was left paralyzed after a shotgun accident in December 1984. He spent three months in Primary Childrens’ Hospital in critical condition.

To read more about Davey and see a video of his visit with the team, visit

Eight Cougars Named Phil Steele Midseason All-MWC

Oct 20, 2010 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 1:38 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah (Oct. 20, 2010) - Eight members of the BYU football team were named to an All-MWC team by Phil Steele.

Second team honorees include junior JJ Di Luigi at running back, junior Bryan Kariya at fullback and junior Matt Reynolds as an offensive tackle. Defensive second-teamers were junior linebacker Jordan Pendleton and senior safety Andrew Rich.

On the All-MWC third team were two BYU offensive linemen, senior Jason Speredon and sophomore Braden Hansen along with senior placekicker Mitch Payne.

The Cougars, currently 1-2 in the Mountain West and 2-5 overall, host Wyoming at 12 p.m. MT on Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

TCU Pregame Fireside

Oct 19, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 11:49 am | Permalink

Saturday’s fireside was held at the Colleyville Stake Center in Colleyville, Texas.

To read more about the fireside visit

Thursday's Heroes - Wimmer Children

Oct 18, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 9:39 am | Permalink

Nathan and LeNina Wimmer are the proud parents of four children, three of which have a neurological disease known as NF1.

To learn more about the Wimmer children and watch a video of their visit with the team, visit

Preseason Rankings, Previews and Top Assistants

Oct 13, 2010 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 7:31 pm | Permalink

Thomas Emerick from AOL Fanhouse wrote a nice preview for the upcoming 2010-11 season. Check it out here.

Jeff Goodman of Fox Sports released his preseason top 25 and has the Cougars at No. 25.

Goodman also ranked the top assistants in the Mountain West and listed BYU's Dave Rice at the top.

San Diego State Pregame Fireside

Oct 11, 2010 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 9:29 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

Friday night's fireside was held at the Provo Wasatch Tongan Stake Center and featured many of the team's Polynesian players and staff members.

The night started with a musical number, "I Know That My Redeemer Lives," sung by Mark and Liz Atuaia, accompanied by Robert Anae on the guitar.

Travis Tuiloma, a true freshman defensive lineman from Topeka, Kan., was the first speaker. He opened by pointing out that the Latin word for "disciple" translates into "learner".

Referring to a talk given by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, he said, "The more we fill our hearts and minds with the message of the risen Christ, the greater our desire is to follow Him and live His teachings. This, in turn, causes our faith to grow and allows the light of Christ to illuminate our hearts."

Travis then shared 2 Nephi 31:13, "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I know that if ye shall follow the Son, with full purpose of heart, acting no hypocrisy and no deception before God, but with real intent, repenting of your sins, witnessing unto the Father that ye are willing to take upon you the name of Christ, by baptism—yea, by following your Lord and your Savior down into the water, according to his word, behold, then shall ye receive the Holy Ghost; yea, then cometh the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost; and then can ye speak with the tongue of angels, and shout praises unto the Holy One of Israel."

A quartet of players, including, Algernon Brown, Walter Kahaiali'i, Manaaki Vaitai and Travis Uale, sang the hymn, "Lord I Would Follow Thee."

Junior defensive lineman Simote Vea was the second speaker of the night, focusing his talk on the power of prayer. He shared several personal experiences involving prayer and how his testimony has been strengthened.

"You must be specific when praying," he said. "The righteous desires of your heart will be granted to you, just maybe not in the way you expected."

In 1 Corinthians 10:13 it reads, "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."

"We are not alone," said Simote. "God is there to help us with what we need."

He closed with a quote by President James E. Faust, "Many think that the price of discipleship is too costly and too burdensome. For some, it involves giving up too much. But the cross is not as heavy as it appears to be. Through obedience we acquire much greater strength to carry it."