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Thursday's Hero - Robert Hamblin

Mar 25, 2011 - Posted by Carey Hoki at 11:31 am | Permalink

The ultimate BYU fan, Robert was an offensive lineman for the Cougars from 1948-1952. During a homecoming game against Wyoming, he had both of his front teeth knocked out. This resulted in him singing, “All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” at a Christmas party that year.

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Former Cougars, Senior Honored at Tribute Banquet

Mar 11, 2011 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 5:10 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah (Mar. 9, 2011) - The BYU football team honored its 2010 season senior class along with former coaches Andy Reid and Barry Lamb at the annual Senior Tribute Banquet on Wednesday.

A total of 13 seniors were honored: offensive lineman Nick Alletto, wide receiver Luke Ashworth, defensive back Brandon Bradley, linebacker Shane Hunter, safety Landon Jaussi, defensive back Brian Logan, linebacker Zeke Mendenhall, kicker Mitch Payne, wide receiver BJ Peterson, safety Andrew Rich, defensive lineman Vic So'oto, offensive lineman Jason Speredon and linebacker AJ Van Valkenburg.

Before honoring the senior class of 2010, BYU associate athletic director for development Chad Lewis, formerly a tight end for the Cougars and an All-Pro under Reid, presented the coach with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Reid was offensive lineman at BYU before becoming a graduate assistant for a season after graduating in 1981. He helped the Green Bay Packers win Super Bowl XXXI as an assistant coach before being named the Philadelphia Eagles' head coach in 1999. Reid's winning percentage is currently 11th-best in NFL history and has resulted in numerous Coach of the Year awards and an NFC championship in 2004.

"I'm so fired up to be here I can't tell you," Reid said upon receiving the award. Reid then went on to give advice to the audience.

"In our sport there is nothing more important than trust," he said. "Go out there and be an energy-giver."

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall next took the podium to present former BYU assistant coach Barry Lamb with the Robbie Bosco Award.

Lamb retired prior to the 2010 season as the Cougars’ outside linebackers coach after a 33-year career that included 16 seasons at BYU and stints at six different schools. Overall, he helped BYU earn a 129-66 record during his Cougar career with six conference championships and nine bowl invitations.

"Nobody loves BYU and has been more loyal to me and to LaVell Edwards, while he was here," Mendenhall stated.

Lamb offered his own thoughts on what he learned during his great career.

"It's not the physical toughness that wins," he said. "It's all the other kinds of tough that wins."

Following the presentations, 2010 captains Andrew Rich and Matt Reynolds were both honored for their leadership.

After a highlight film featuring each of BYU's 13 seniors, the players were given their jersey and helmet from their time at BYU.

Pro Day 2011

Mar 09, 2011 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 2:57 pm | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah (Mar. 9, 2011) - Eight former Cougars with hopes of making the NFL jumped, lifted and ran for NFL scouts on BYU's annual Pro Day on Wednesday.

Wide receiver Luke Ashworth, defensive back Brandon Bradley, defensive back Brian Logan, linebacker Zeke Mendenhall, kicker Mitch Payne, safety Andrew Rich, defensive lineman Vic So'oto and offensive lineman Jason Speredon ran through drills for over two hours.

With family, friends and former teammates looking on, the eight players each tested their vertical jump and bench press before heading over to the Indoor Practice Facility for various drills.

Once there, the NFL hopefuls ran the 40, competed in shuttle drills and caught passes thrown by one of the scouts.

The 2011 NFL Draft will run Apr. 28-30 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

TCU Game Switched to ESPN

Mar 09, 2011 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 10:35 am | Permalink

PROVO, Utah (Mar. 8, 2011) - The BYU football team's game against TCU during the upcoming 2011 season will be televised live to a national television audience on ESPN, a change from the Cougars' original release announcing the matchup.

Previously slated to be broadcast on ESPN2, BYU will play the Horned Frogs next season on the network's main channel in a neutral site matchup at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The game will be played on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. CT (6 p.m. MT).

The 2011 college football season marks the beginning of an eight-year agreement between ESPN and BYU for exclusive rights to BYU home football games across multiple ESPN platforms. As part of the deal, ESPN receives first selection rights to all BYU home games and any neutral site matchups in which the school is the designated home team. Games can be televised on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays across ESPN, ESPN on ABC, ESPN2 and ESPNU with simulcasts on, ESPN Mobile TV and ESPN GamePlan.

The Oct. 28 matchup features two of college football’s most successful programs over the past five seasons. BYU and TCU are two of only seven FBS programs to win 10 or more games at least four of the last five seasons, and are two of only 11 teams that have won 50 or more games during that span. TCU is coming off a 13-0 season and No. 2 final ranking after its 21-19 Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. The Cougars and Horned Frogs are also two of only 11 programs to win at least four bowl games in the past five years. BYU is coming of a 52-24 New Mexico Bowl victory over UTEP.

In addition to the TCU game, ESPN announced that it will air both the BYU-UCF game on Sept. 23 and the BYU-Utah State game on Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. MT on ESPN. Additional broadcast plans and game times for the 2011 season are yet to be determined.