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BYU Athletics Blog | August 2017

Getting to Know: Matt Bushman and Jonah Trinnaman

Aug 23, 2017 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 1:04 pm | Updated: August 23, 2017 2:28 pm | Permalink

Matt Bushman
Freshman tight end

What do you like to do in the offseason when you're not playing football?
I like to go fishing with friends. I’ve been fishing ever since I was a little kid.

Hidden talent?
I can juggle.

What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
I like Taylor Swift, I know that might be a little embarrassing for a football player, but I like her music.

If you could play any Olympic sport, what would it be?
The skiers that just go off the jumps super high and they just fly.

Favorite thing about BYU?
Just the atmosphere. We’re all friends, we all just get along. It’s a great place to be, lots of great things to do here in Utah.

Jonah Trinnaman
Senior wide receiver

Favorite food?
I love eating salmon and steak, but if it’s something that my parents make its tater-tot casserole. It’s freaking good. At least once a month we’ll have tater-tot casserole. I’m a big fan of my dad’s tater-tot casserole. 

Hidden talent?
I used to be really good at sound effects when I was younger. I was really good at instruments, like a trumpet. I got really good at the trumpet. 

Guilty pleasure?
I love 80's music. I’m big into 80's music, I’m talking like Wham! 80’s pop type music. My mom used to listen to it all the time, so I listened to it all the time growing up.

Do you have any pregame rituals?
I put dollar bills in my socks. I’ve been doing it since high school and at Snow College. I just put a dollar bill in each sock. 

Dream job?
Obviously, I would love to play in the NFL, but if that doesn’t work out, it would be a pediatrician. I wouldn’t want to go to school for it, but it would be my dream job. I’m not super great at the whole medical side, but just being able to work with and hang out with kids. They’re always so fun and easy to talk to, a lot easier than adults.

Isom Named to Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Best XI

Aug 14, 2017 - Posted by Tatiana Monsen at 12:38 pm | Permalink

Senior defender Taylor Isom has been named to the Top Drawer Soccer Women's Division I Preseason Best XI First Team for the 2017 season. 

A captain, Isom leads one of the best defenses in the nation. In 2016 Isom was named as the West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year and has already been named to the 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy watch list. 

Mentioned along with Isom are Stanford's Andi Sullivan, South Carolina's Savannah McCaskill, Rutgers Casey Murphy and Georgetown's Rachel Corboz. 

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Freshman Quick Kicks: Josie Guinn, Savanna Empey and Emma Bailey

Aug 01, 2017 - Posted by Jack Urquhart at 2:33 pm | Updated: August 1, 2017 2:45 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – Josie GuinnSavanna Empey and Emma Bailey are part of the influx of freshmen that will write the next chapter for BYU women's soccer.

All three were drawn to the program's tradition of excellence.

"The program is amazing," said Guinn, a native of Murrieta, California. "Even before I came to camp as a freshman, it's been a dream."

Guinn's parents attended BYU, as did her brother Gavin, who played basketball for the Cougars, and her older sister.

Empey also has connections to BYU athletics. Her father, Mike, is on the football coaching staff. She has a brother who will join the football team as a lineman and a sister committed to the soccer team for 2020.

A goalkeeper, Empey is excited to work with new assistant coach Brent Anderson, who was a keeper on Utah State's club team before becoming a coach.

"I'm pumped about that," she said. "Brent has been awesome to get to know and work with so far."

Bailey doesn't have a family tradition of attending BYU, as she'll be the first Cougar from her family. She tore her ACL twice in high school and is grateful BYU has stuck with her as she's recovered.

"They were so supportive the first time it happened," she said. "I wasn't worried about them dropping me the second time because I knew them, and they had supported me before."

The trio joins the team with high expectations.

"We hope to win the national championship," Guinn said. "It's a really big goal, but I think our team is capable of winning it."

Empey agreed.

"We've only been here a month or two, but the program is great and eveyone works so hard," she said. "So how do you expect anything less than that?"