BYU Athletics Blog | July 2016 | BYU Cougar Club

BYU Athletics Blog | July 2016

Taysom Hill one of 32 players on 2016 CFPA Performer of the Year preseason watch list

Jul 28, 2016 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 7:35 pm | Updated: July 28, 2016 7:47 pm | Permalink

Senior quarterback Taysom Hill was one of 32 players named to the 2016 National Performer of the Year preseason watch list by the College Football Performance Awards on Wednesday.

The list features 22 FBS quarterbacks and 10 running backs, honoring the nation's best collegiate performer.

In the 2015 season opener against Nebraska, Hill accounted for three touchdowns with two coming on the ground and another through the air. He had 268 passing yards and 72 rushing in the game before leaving with injury. Hill is the school's leader in quarterback rushing yards (2,212) and is No. 13 in career passing yards (4,606).

The CFPA National Performer of the Year Trophy will be announced on January 11, 2017.

BYU gymnastics participates in Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Parade

Jul 26, 2016 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 3:27 pm | Updated: August 17, 2016 4:07 pm | Permalink

SPANISH FORK, Utah – BYU gymnastics, along with Cosmo, the stunt team and women’s volleyball, participated in the Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Parade Monday. 

Some of the gymnasts tumbled in the streets and walked on their hands while others skillfully performed on a moving trailer pulled in the parade. They were able to shake hands and interact with local members of the community. 

“It’s fun to be a part of the community, it’s easy to get involved,” BYU head coach Guard Young said. “We just want to be a part of it. We want to know them and for them to see us.”

The Cougars also participated in the Grand Parade as part of the Orem Summerfest festival earlier this summer. 

“We keep doing these parades because the girls want to do them,” Young said. “I ask them every year—we do it because of the girls. The girls are driving this thing.”

To view a photo gallery of the team in the Fiesta Days Parade, click here

College Sports Madness puts 19 players on Preseason All-Independent Teams

Jul 22, 2016 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 2:18 pm | Permalink

The staff at College Sports Madness has picked the top players in college football for the 2016 team. Headlining the 2016 Preseason All-Independent Teams are 19 players from BYU's squad.

Senior defensive back Kai Nacua was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year on the preseason list. Nacua grabbed six interceptions last year, tying a program record and finished tied for No. 7 nationally. He also returned two picks for touchdowns. 

Including Nacua, nine players made the first team. Fellow defensive back Michael Davis, linebackers Harvey Langi and Fred Warner along with defensive lineman Sae Tautu all earned spots on the first team defense.

On offense, running back Jamaal Williams, offensive linemen Brad Wilcox and Tejan Koroma and wide receiver Nick Kurtz were recognized as first teamers.

The second team defense included defensive linemen Logan Taele and Travis Tuiloma. The second team offense highlighted quarterback Taysom Hill, running back Algernon Brown, wide receiver Mitchell Juergens, tight end Tanner Balderree and offensive linemen Ului Lapuaho and Tuni Kanuch.

Special teamers Jonny Linehan (punter) and returner Riley Burt also made the second team.

Click see the entire College Sports Madness Football Preseason All-Conference Teams. 

Bravo to play with Team Mexico for third year

Jul 05, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 11:07 am | Updated: July 5, 2016 11:13 am | Permalink

For the third year in a row, Gordy Bravo will play for the Mexican National Team this summer, playing in two tournaments in July.

From July 5-10, Bravo and Team Mexico will participate in the U.S. World Cup of Softball XI in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mexico will face off against China, USA, Japan, Czech Republic, Canada and New Zealand.

Dates, times and locations of the games can be found at the official website for the World Cup, along with live streaming options.

The other tournament Mexico will play in is the 2016 WBSC Women’s World Softball Championship in Surrey, British Columbia, starting July 15. Mexico will play Australia, Serbia and Switzerland. Games after that will be determined on results.

Information on the WBSC Championship can be found on its home page.

Bravo, a centerfielder from Corona, California, recently completed her collegiate career at BYU. The 2015 West Coast Conference Player of the Year capped off her time as a Cougar by marking her name in the record books. In her BYU career, she is fourth in batting average (.368), seventh in runs (141) and sixth in hits (238).

Bravo recently visited BYU Sports Nation to preview the summer with Team Mexico.