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For those of you that haven’t heard, Coach Mendenhall announced today that the team will be wearing the words “Tradition,” “Spirit,” and “Honor” on the backs of their jerseys this season (and beyond if Coach has anything to say about it). According to former Offensive Linemen Terrence Brown, Bronco tried to push through this change a few years ago, but it was voted down by the players. Apparently, he did not allow the players to vote this time, and has stated that the jerseys will remain this was as long as he’s the coach.
Is the change a bit gimmicky? Sure. Is it sure to be poo-pooed by fans and media alike? Without a doubt. Is it unfortunate that the players don’t get the individual recognition of having a jersey with their name on the back? Definitely. Will it make player identification more difficult? Certainly. But, I can see some good coming from this change and I’ll explain why:
1. The mission statement of the BYU football program is ”To be the flag bearer of Brigham Young University through football excellence, embracing truth, tradition, virtue and honor as a beacon to the world.” Football is a promotional tool of the University, not the other way around. One of my favorite Bronco quotes is:
“I would really hope that the fans understand the worldwide interest in BYU through the football program. My vision of the program is that football, in and of itself, is important because so many people learn about BYU and the church through sports. When you consider the move to independence, you’re now talking about worldwide exposure on a much different level. I’ve always argued that the people who see us only as a football team miss the entire reason we’re even playing the game and that’s to convey the message behind our belief through the way we play. I want us to have an exceptional team so it intrigues people to say: ‘Who are these guys?’, ‘Why are they like that?’, and then ‘What do they believe?’ That is my hope…That’s my perspective and that’s what I share with the team.”
Football is a tool to attract eyeballs to the University and its mission. Now, people will see the words on the back of the jerseys and ask “Why did they do that?”, “What does that mean?”, and they’ll see that it’s something unique and different, just like the University. And more people will be drawn to investigate our beliefs through football. If one more person is led to the Gospel because of this change, was it not worth it?
2. Team unity will increase. Similar to Real Salt Lake’s “The Team is the Star,” BYU Football uses the “Band of Brothers” mantra to remind players that they’re all part of the team and every player is equally important to the success of the team. They each need to give their maximum effort in system knowledge, preparation, and execution of schemes in order for the team to perform its best and have the best chance to win. Individual accolades won’t be diminished just because their name isn’t on the back of the jersey, but the change will serve to remind the players of their common goals as brothers.
Finally, I’m not sure how the change will be received on the recruiting trail, but it certainly isn’t out of line with the mission of the program that the coaches are presenting to these players. BYU is a unique place unlike any other school. With the honor code, they know that if they come to BYU, it’s about something higher than football. And just because the Coach is making a strange change to embrace that peculiarity doesn’t mean it will be a bad thing.
To kill some time during the offseason, we’ve updated the Basketball Roster HERE! Assuming rumors of Ian Harward’s departure are confirmed, the coaches still have 3 scholarships to hand out for the 2013-14 season. Note that BYU has outstanding offers to 6’7″ F Sai Tummala (SLCC) and 6’8″ PF Tanner Lancona (Tesoro HS, California) and has also shown interest in the following available players: 6’6″ F Jamal Aytes (JSerra Catholic HS, California), 6’0″ SG Mahlon Jones (Hesston College, Kansas), 6’2″ SG Trey Mason (Loyola HS, California), 6’1″ PG Trey Dickerson (God’s Academy, Texas), and 6’0″ PG Eris Winder (Palo Verde HS, Nevada).
Here is a list of returned missionaries on the basketball team:
||Brazil Porto Alegre North
||Philippines Quezon City
||Texas Houston South
Here is a list of the record NINE basketball players currently serving missions, including five who’ve recently received their calls:
||Nevada Las Vegas West
||Argentina Buenos Aires West
||Argentina Buenos Aires North
It will be interesting to see who Coach Rose brings onto the roster in the coming weeks. In the meantime, have a great offseason and keep checking the roster for updates as new players are added to the group. Go Cougars!
Below is our attempt at a Depth Chart following the addition of yesterday’s 26 new signees. There are still a few question marks going into Spring football (Will guys like Tanner Mangum, Houston Reynolds, Taumata Tofi, Aulelio Olomua, Cameron Comer, Mike Hague, and Trevor Bateman be here? Will Taysom Hill be back to 100%? Will Austin Holt be switched to the Defensive Line as rumored? Will Tui Crichton compete at Nose Tackle or remain with the O-Linemen?). Hopefully, we’ll get some answers in the next 25 days before Day 1 of Spring Football. Either way, it will be interesting to see exactly what the roster looks like when camp opens on March 4th.
We have also updated the 2013 Roster, the NEW Scholarship Tracking Sheet, and the Missionary Lists. Enjoy!
As always, let us know if you have any comments on format or content by using the comment feature or emailing us at BYURoster@gmail.com. If you prefer, you can also access the PDF version of the Depth Chart.
NOTE: Updated to include Ragin and Shipley de-commits, a missionary leaving, and 13 new walk-ons
Total on Scholarship: 80
Available Scholarships: 5
RMs: 50 (62%) plus an additional 6 who plan to serve after the 2013 season
Class Breakdown: 24 Freshmen, 19 Sophs, 20 Juniors, 17 Seniors
RMs: 42 (89%)
Class Breakdown: 23 Freshmen, 13 Sophs, 5 Juniors, 6 Seniors
Position Report (Full Report Here)
DL: We lose 7 and gain 7
LB: We lose 6 and gain 12
DB: We lose 8 and gain 7
OL: We lose 7 and gain 8
TE: We lose 1 and gain 3
RB: We lose 5 and gain 5
WR: We lose 3 and gain 5
QB: We lose 2 and gain 5
Specialists: We lose 2 and gain 2
Updated to reflect Ragin and Shipley de-commits, Lesatele leaving on mission, and 13 new Walk-ons.
You may have seen the recent report by Brandon Gurney in the Deseret News about the 2013 BYU FB signing class. If not, you can read it here. At byuroster.com, we thought it would be a good idea to look beyond who is signing in 2013, to who will actually be on the roster in 2013.
You won’t see at least ten of the 2013 signees for 2 years. Five defensive players (DL Ma’ataua Brown, LBs Nathan DeBeikes and Rylee Gautavai, DBs Garrett England and Ku-J Tapusoa) and five offensive players (OL Keegan Hicks, WRs Talon Shumway and Inoke Lotulelei, RBs Patrick Palau and Francis Bernard) will serve missions before they ever take a snap for the Cougars.
Eathyn Manumaleuna was granted a medical redshirt so we lose 7 DL and gain 8. We were correct that J. Peoples will be on the DL NOT the OL.
Mission Losses: Roman Andrus, Tyson Brook
Graduation Losses: Ezekiel Ansah, Ian Dulan, Romney Fuga, Russell Tialavea, Simote Vea
Signees: Kalolo Utu, JonRyheem Peoples, Merrill Taliauli, Addison Pulsipher (will greyshirt 2013).
RMs: Chris Copier, Matthew Jensen, Tuni Kanuch
Other Additions: Taumata Tofi
We lose 6 LBs and gain 12.
Mission Losses: Nate Sampson, Butch Pau’u, Rhett Sandlin, Lene Lesatele
Graduation Losses: Uona Kaveinga, Brandon Ogletree
Signees: Trajan Pili, Chasen Andersen
RMs: Toloa’i Ho Ching, Joey Owens, Matthew Relei, Sae Tautu
Walk-ons: Jared Richardson, Matthew Relei, Tanner Huber, Nathan Bayles, Milo Jenkins, Eric Thornton
Assuming that Mike Hague gets a medical redshirt, we lose 8 DBs and gain 9.
Mission Losses: Matt Hadley, Micah Hannemann, Connor Noe, Sawyer Powell, Morgan Unga
Graduation Losses: Robbie Buckner, DeQuan Everett, Preston Hadley
Signees: Samuel Lee, Trent Trammell, Dallin Leavitt, Jordan Preator (will greyshirt 2013), Kai Nacua, Johnny Tapusoa, Garrett England
RM: Levi Gifford
Other Additions: Trevor Bateman, Cameron Comer
Assuming that Houston Reynolds returns from injury (not a sure bet) we lose 7 and gain 9.
Mission Losses: Quin Ficklin, Austin Hoyt, Ryan Jensen
Graduation Losses: Braden Brown, Ryan Freeman, Braden Hansen, Famika Anae (injury)
Signees: Brayden Kearsley, Thomas Shoaf, Josh Carter, Tim Duran, Edward Fusi, De’Ondre Wesley
RMs: Jordan Black, Cole Jones
Walk-on: Chris Hardinger
We lose 1 and gain 3.
Mission Losses: Trevor Brown
Signee: Moroni Laulu-Pututau
RM: Bryan Sampson
Walk-on: Kevin O’Mary
We lose 5 and gain 5.
Mission Losses: Brayden El-Bakri, Bryan Engstrom, Daniel Lacey
Graduation Losses: David Foote, Zed Mendenhall
RMs: Algernon Brown, Garrett Juergens, Zane Mendenhall, AJ Moore
Walk-on: Nate Carter
We lose 3 and gain 5
Mission Losses: Alex Kuresa, Dylan Collie, Taggart Krueger
Signees: Michael Davis
RMs: DJ Doman, Mitchell Juergens, Luke Nelson
Walk-on: Travis Frey
We lose 2 and gain 5.
Graduation Losses: James Lark, Riley Nelson
Signee: Billy Green
RMs: Brad Heap, Dallin McEwen
Walk-ons: Blake Decker, David Laird
We lose 2 and gain 2.
Graduation Losses: Riley Stephenson, Reed Hornung
RMs: Matt Gulbrandsen
Walk-on: Parker Dawe
The following pages have been updated in preparation for the 2013 season:
The previous four pages can be accessed at any time through the “Rosters” page by clicking the tab above or the links in the sidebar.
These pages can be accessed at any time through the “Missionaries” tab above.
*Keep in mind that all updates represent a snapshot of how we expect things to look as of August 31, 2013, when BYU plays the season opener against Virginia. Therefore, new recruits who will sign on February 6th are shown on the roster or missionary list accordingly. Players like Bryan Sampson and Algie Brown who are currently in the mission field, but will return from missionary service prior to the season are shown as “Returned Missionaries.”
As always, please let us know if you have any updated information or corrections. The only way we find out about things is through site comments, feedback, and emails, so let us know if your cousin on the team got his mission call, etc.
Until then, keep counting down with us…42 days until Signing Day!
We are so excited that one of our football dads has sent us this picture of six Cougars who have put football on hold to serve the Lord! From left to right are OL Corbin Kaufusi (Korea Seoul Mission), DB Gavin Fowler (California Long Beach Mission), RB Colby Hansen (Chile Concepcion South Mission), LB Zach Newman (Chile Antofagasta Mission), LB Creed Richardson (Costa Rica San Jose Mission), and TE Grant Jones (Nevada Las Vegas West Mission). All 6 are expected to return and rejoin the team in time for the 2014 season. We wish them and all of our missionaries the best!
BYURoster has received mission information for nine addtional players. We’ve learned that Wide Receiver Will Cowan recently returned from the Texas Houston South Mission.
Also, the following four football players have received their mission calls: OL Dallas Doane will enter the MTC June 27, 2012 and will serve in the Philippines Bacolod Mission. OL Manu Mulitalo will report to the MTC June 6, 2012 and will serve in the Oklahoma Tulsa Mission. DL Steven Richards will enter the MTC June 13, 2012 and will serve in the New York New York North Mission. LB Creed Richardson will go into the MTC on May 30, 2012 to serve in the Costa Rica San Jose Mission. These four athletes will rejoin the team for the 2014 season. We wish them all the best in their missionary service!
It has also been revealed that DB Brett Adamson is serving in the Iowa Des Moines Mission and will likely rejoin the team in 2014. Finally, TE commit Matt Sumsion is serving in the Mississippi Jackson Mission and will rejoin the team in 2014.
All of these updates have been posted to the Missionary lists, both returned and currently serving. We’d like to thank all of our sources and encourage everyone to continue to provide information as it becomes available.
One special request: the final returned missionary for whom we are lacking information is Uani Unga. If anyone knows in which Guatemala mission he served, please email us here.
The news that top BYU recruit Troy Hinds recently received his mission call to Mississippi Jackson is the “kick-off” of mission call season. There are still 11 current or future players awaiting their mission calls. We will update our rosters when these calls are received.
There are 49 BYU football players who are currently serving missions or who have recently received their mission call. We have posted mission locations for all but one (Matt Sumsion) here. If you know where Matt is serving, please let us know.
We also recently learned that Matt Santos and Cole Herrmann are officially no longer part of the Football program.
BYURoster has learned that Colby Hansen, McCoy Hill, and Phillip Amone have received their mission calls. Colby Hansen will report to the MTC this July to serve in the Chile Concepcion South Mission. McCoy Hill will enter the MTC in May to serve in the Texas McAllen Mission. And, Class of 2012 recruit Phillip Amone will report to the MTC August 1st to serve in the Chile Osorno Mission. Phillip lives in Orlando, Florida where he is on track to graduate from Dr. Phillips High School this June. We caught up with him briefly to get his thoughts on his mission call:
BYURoster: Congratulations! How do you feel?
Phillip Amone: I’m excited. I’ve waited my whole life for this.
BYUR: FYI, you’ve been called to the same mission as BYU teammates walk-ons QB Josh Hamblin (just returned) and WR Jimmy Ralph (will return Nov 2013).
P.A.: No way! That’s crazy! It seems like BYU has a connection over there.
BYUR: Seriously. Maybe Elder Ralph can be your trainer. He can carry the ball and you can light him up.
P.A.: [Laughs]. That’d be too crazy!
BYUR: So, when do you leave?
P.A.: I don’t report until August 1st.
BYUR: Sweet. Well, we’ll all be cheering you on during your mission and then on the field in 2014! Good luck with school and finals!
P.A.: Thank you, sir!
Amone plans to return from his mission in time to join the team for fall camp in 2014. He’ll have five years to play four and will likely enter the 2014 season as a redshirt candidate behind fellow Middle Linebackers Zac Stout (RS Senior), Manoa Pikula (RS Junior), Teu Kautai (RS Junior), and Joey Owens (RS Fresh.).
To view a complete list of currently serving players, click here. To view a now complete list of returned missionaries currently playing for BYU, click here.