2014 BYU Cougars football team

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2014 BYU Cougars football
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Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches #23
AP #21
2014 record 3–0
Head coach Bronco Mendenhall (10th year)
Offensive coordinator Robert Anae (8th year)
Offensive scheme Multiple formation
Defensive coordinator Nick Howell (2nd year)
Base defense 3–4
Captain Taysom Hill
Captain Paul Lasike
Captain Craig Bills
Captain Remington Peck
Home stadium LaVell Edwards Stadium
(Capacity: 63,470)
Seasons
« 2013 2015 »
2014 Division I FBS independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#21 BYU               3 0  
#9 Notre Dame               3 0  
Navy               2 1  
Army               1 1  
As of 23:55, 13 September 2014 (UTC); Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014 BYU Cougars football team represents Brigham Young University in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Cougars, led by head coach Bronco Mendenhall, play their home games at LaVell Edwards Stadium. This is the fourth year BYU competes as an independent.

Before the season[edit]

After a season in which the entire offensive staff was changed, BYU is expected to have stability in the coaching ranks as every coach is expected to return.

2014 Recruits[edit]

The Cougars have signed 17 high school seniors, 2 junior college transfers, and 2 FBS transfer for the 2014 class. A few members will be going straight out onto their LDS mission. Details on each signee will be added within the next couple of weeks. The class includes 12 defensive and eight offensive players representing seven different states with seven recruits signing out of California, four from Utah, three from Texas, two from both Arizona and Kansas, and one each from Alabama and North Carolina. On defense, BYU adds six recruits at defensive line, three at linebacker and three in the defensive backfield, while signing four wide receivers, three offensive linemen and one tight end on offense. BYU also has two mid-year enrollees that will bolster their ranks.

2014 Returning Missionaries[edit]

18 return missionaries will join BYU for the 2014 season.

2014 Departures[edit]

5 BYU players were invited to the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine and will not return as they are graduating seniors. The five feature two of BYU's all-time leaders in Kyle Van Noy and Cody Hoffman. Uani 'Unga, Eathyn Manumaleuna, and Daniel Sorensen round out the list of Cougars invited to the Combine. All five are expected to be taken in the 2014 NFL Draft. Only 13 programs had more than BYU's 5-players invited to the Combine, and out of those 13 only 3 had more than BYU's defense: Alabama, Florida State, and Florida.[1]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Jason Munns 11 QB 6'5" 249 Senior Kennewick, WA Graduated
Kaneakua Friel 82 TE 6'5" 261 Senior Kaneohe, HI Graduated
JD Falslev 12 WR 5'8" 175 Senior Smithfield, UT Graduated
Cody Hoffman 2 WR 6'4" 210 Senior Crescent City, CA Graduated
Skyler Ridley 17 WR 6'0" 172 Senior Murrieta, CA Graduated
Manaaki Vaitai 79 OL 6'3" 317 Senior Euless, TX Graduated
Mike Hague 32 DB 5'10" 190 Senior Salt Lake City, UT Graduated
Adam Hogan 16 DB 5'11" 180 Senior Los Angeles, CA Graduated
Scott Lefrandt 33 DB 5'11" 190 Senior Seattle, WA Graduated
Blake Morgan 27 DB 5'11" 195 Senior Greeley, CO Graduated
Daniel Sorensen 9 DB 6'2" 208 Senior Colton, CA Graduated
Eathyn Manumaleuna 55 DL 6'2" 305 Senior Anchorage, AL Graduated
Tyler Beck 45 LB 6'1" 220 Senior Murrieta, CA Graduated
Spencer Hadley 34 LB 6'1" 227 Senior Connell, WA Graduated
Austin Jorgensen 34 LB 6'2" 232 Senior Mount Pleasant, UT Graduated
Uani 'Unga 41 LB 6'1" 317 Senior Rancho Cucamonga, CA Graduated
Kyle Van Noy 3 LB 6'3" 245 Senior Reno, NV Graduated; Selected in 2014 NFL Draft by Detroit Lions with 40th pick[2]
Justin Sorensen 37 K 6'1" 243 Senior South Jordan, UT Graduated
Kevin O'Mary 96 DS 6'4" 240 Senior San Diego, CA Graduated
Tanner Cox 96 LB 6'4" 226 Junior Pleasant View, UT Graduated
Andrew Crawford 68 OL 6'5" 222 Sophomore Fairfax, VA
Tui Crichton 52 OL 6'3" 343 Junior Provo, UT
Michael Doman 93 DL 6'4" 240 Sophomore Portland, OR Transferred to Portland State[3]
Cole Jones 65 OL 6'6" 282 Sophomore Centerville, UT
Benson Manwaring 31 WR 5'5" 180 Junior Boise, ID
Ammon Olsen 15 QB 6'3" 209 Sophomore Draper, UT Transferred to Southern Utah[4]
Brad Wilcox 75 OL 6'7" 300 Freshman Edmond, OK
Rylee Gautavai 46 LB 6'0" 219 Freshman Bountiful, UT LDS mission (returning in 2016)
Porter Hansen 38 LB 6'3" 205 Freshman La Crescenta, CA LDS mission (returning in 2016)
Trajan Pili 47 LB 6'1" 225 Freshman Las Vegas, NV LDS mission (returning in 2016)
Addison Pulsipher 71 OL 6'5" 264 Freshman Temecula, CA LDS mission (returning in 2016)
Thomas Shoaf 56 OL 6'7" 255 Freshman Columbus, IN LDS mission (returning in 2016)
Nephi Stevens 22 WR 5'11" 190 Freshman Aiea, HI LDS mission (returning in 2016)
Merrill Taliauli 46 DL 6'2" 312 Freshman Salt Lake City, UT LDS mission (returning in 2016)
Iona Pritchard 5 RB 6'0" 232 RS Junior South Jordan, UT Graduate Transfer to Oregon State[5]
Billy Green 10 QB 6'2" 206 Sophomore Woodway, WA Transferred[6]
JonRhyeem Peoples 94 DL 6'4" 339 RS Freshman Rigby, ID Transferred[7]

Media[edit]

Football Media Day[edit]

Football Media Day is scheduled to take place in June 2014 and will air live on BYUtv and have player interviews conducted through byutvsports.com.

Cougar IMG Sports Network Affiliates[edit]

KSL 102.7 FM and 1160 AM- Flagship Station (Salt Lake City/ Provo, UT and ksl.com)
BYU Radio- Nationwide (Dish Network 980, Sirius XM 143, and byuradio.org)
KIDO- Boise, ID [football only]
KTHK- Blackfoot/ Idaho Falls/ Pocatello/ Rexburg, ID
KMGR- Manti, UT
KSUB- Cedar City, UT
KDXU- St. George, UT
KSHP- Las Vegas, NV [football only]
BYUCougars.com[8]

Roster[edit]

2014 BYU Cougars football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 2 Moore, HunterHunter Moore Fr
QB 4 Hill, TaysomTaysom Hill (C) Jr
QB 7 Stewart, ChristianChristian Stewart Sr
QB 10 Hill, McCoyMcCoy Hill Fr
QB 15 Griffits, HaydenHayden Griffits Fr
RB 21 Williams, JamaalJamaal Williams Jr
RB 24 Brown, AlgernonAlgernon Brown So
RB 26 Carter, NateNate Carter Jr
RB 28 Hine, AdamAdam Hine So
RB 32 Welsh, PeterPeter Welsh Fr
RB 33 Lasike, PaulPaul Lasike (C) Sr
RB 34 Moore, AJAJ Moore So
RB 36 Whippy, JoshuaJoshua Whippy So
TE 17 Jorgensen, ColbyColby Jorgensen Fr
TE 80 Sumsion, MattMatt Sumsion Fr
TE 84 Mahina, DevinDevin Mahina Sr
TE 85 Sampson, BryanBryan Sampson So
WR 1 Apo, RossRoss Apo Sr
WR 3 Pearson, ColbyColby Pearson So
WR 5 Kurtz, NickNick Kurtz Jr
WR 9 Leslie, JordanJordan Leslie Sr
WR 10 Mathews, MitchMitch Mathews Jr
WR 11 Houk, TerennTerenn Houk Jr
WR 13 Henderson, KurtKurt Henderson Jr
WR 18 Kessler, DavidDavid Kessler Sr
WR 19 Nelson, KeanuKeanu Nelson Jr
WR 82 Ziolkowski, JakeJake Ziolkowski So
WR 82 Frey, TravisTravis Frey So
WR 83 Kessler, DavidDavid Kessler So
WR 86 Dye, TreyTrey Dye Fr
WR 86 Frei, ChaseChase Frei Jr
WR 87 Juergens, MitchellMitchell Juergens So
OL 50 Fusi, EdwardEdward Fusi Sr
OL 54 Dawe, ParkerParker Dawe So
OL 55 Kearsley, BraydenBrayden Kearsley So
OL 56 Koroma, TejanTejan Koroma Fr
OL 57 Wesley, De'OndreDe'Ondre Wesley Sr
OL 58 Larson, ChaseChase Larson Jr
OL 61 Lawlor, QuinnQuinn Lawlor Sr
OL 66 Mulitalo, ManuManu Mulitalo So
OL 67 Johnson, KyleKyle Johnson So
OL 68 Rawlinson, BrianBrian Rawlinson Fr
OL 70 Alletto, TerranceTerrance Alletto Jr
OL 71 Lapuaho, UluiUlui Lapuaho Fr
OL 72 Mathews, RykerRyker Mathews Jr
OL 73 Kafu, SolomoneSolomone Kafu Sr
OL 74 Stringham, BrockBrock Stringham Sr
OL 78 Kanuch, TuniTuni Kanuch Fr
OL 75 Wilcox, BradBrad Wilcox So
OL 77 Yeck, MichaelMichael Yeck Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 1 Jackson, HarveyHarvey Jackson Sr
DB 1 Lee, SamSam Lee Jr
DB 2 Leavitt, DallinDallin Leavitt So
DB 4 Daniel, RobertsonRobertson Daniel Sr
DB 6 Johnson, JordanJordan Johnson Sr
DB 7 PoVey, SkyeSkye PoVey Redshirt.svg Sr
DB 11 Preator, JordanJordan Preator Fr
DB 12 Nacua, KaiKai Nacua So
DB 13 Trammell, TrentTrent Trammell Jr
DB 15 Davis, MichaelMichael Davis So
DB 16 Shelton, MichaelMichael Shelton Fr
DB 17 Badger, ChrisChris Badger So
DB 20 Bills, CraigCraig Bills (C) Sr
DB 23 Juergens, GarrettGarrett Juergens So
DB 30 Wadsworth, MichaelMichael Wadsworth Jr
DB 35 Fonua, KavikaKavika Fonua Fr
DB 37 Jones, GrantGrant Jones Fr
DL 44 Peck, RemingtonRemington Peck (C) Jr
DL 48 Laulile, TomasiTomasi Laulile So
DL 62 Taele, LoganLogan Taele Jr
DL 76 Kaluhiokalani, KamalaniKamalani Kaluhiokalani Fr
DL 89 Richards, StevenSteven Richards Fr
DL 91 Tuiloma, TravisTravis Tuiloma Fr
DL 92 Rowley, GrahamGraham Rowley Jr
DL 93 Carter, JoshJosh Carter Sr
DL 94 Tausinga, KesniKesni Tausinga Fr
DL 95 El-Bakri, BrackenBracken El-Bakri Fr
DL 95 Gulley, JaterriusJaterrius Gulley Fr
DL 96 Ingersoll, AdamAdam Ingersoll So
DL 97 King, TheodoreTheodore King So
DL 99 Johnson, MarquesMarques Johnson Sr
LB 5 Fua, AlaniAlani Fua Sr
LB 22 Pikula, ManoaManoa Pikula Jr
LB 25 Kautai, TeuTeu Kautai Jr
LB 31 Tautu, SaeSae Tautu So
LB 34 Warner, FredFred Warner Fr
LB 36 Hinds, TroyTroy Hinds Fr
LB 39 Amone, PhillipPhillip Amone Fr
LB 41 Heder, AustinAustin Heder So
LB 42 Alisa, MichaelMichael Alisa Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 43 Leuta-Douyere, JherremyaJherremya Leuta-Douyere Jr
LB 45 Ho Ching, Toloa'iToloa'i Ho Ching Fr
LB 46 Langi, HarveyHarvey Langi So
LB 47 Stout, ZacZac Stout Sr
LB 49 Egbert, JordanJordan Egbert So
LB 50 Doman, DJDJ Doman So
LB 51 Niumatalolo, Va'aVa'a Niumatalolo Fr
LB 53 Takitaki, SioneSione Takitaki Fr
LB 88 Cook, TylerTyler Cook Fr
LB 90 Kaufusi, BronsonBronson Kaufusi Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 23 Arellano, ScottScott Arellano Sr
P 28 Miller, JordanJordan Miller Jr
P 39 Brown, ChasenChasen Brown Fr
K 27 Samson, TrevorTrevor Samson Sr
K 29 Mikkelsen, AndrewAndrew Mikkelsen Fr
K 38 Bingham, Vance "Moose"Vance "Moose" Bingham So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible

[9]

  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster

Schedule[edit]

The 2014 schedule features a lot of returning opponents in Texas, Houston, Virginia, UCF, Boise State, Utah State, Middle Tennessee, and Nevada. While it is not regarded as being as difficult as the 2013 schedule, it is regarded as being the first schedule that will play in every major recruiting state BYU targets: Texas, Florida, and California. Times and networks for most games are still pending.[10] Should BYU be bowl eligible, they will play in the 2014 Miami Beach Bowl.[11]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 29 5:00 PM at UConn Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, CT ESPN W 35–10[12]   35,150
September 6 5:30 PM at #NR/25 Texas Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX FS1 W 41–7[13][14]   93,463
September 11 7:00 PM Houston #25/NR LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT ESPN W 33–25[15]   57,630
September 20 1:30 PM Virginia #21/23 LaVell Edwards Stadium • Provo, UT ESPN      
October 3 8:15 PM Utah State LaVell Edwards Stadium • Provo, UT (Beehive Boot & The Old Wagon Wheel) ESPN      
October 9 5:30 PM at UCF Bright House Networks StadiumOrlando, FL ESPN      
October 18 TBA Nevada LaVell Edwards Stadium • Provo, UT      
October 24 7:00 PM at Boise State Albertsons StadiumBoise, ID ESPN or ESPN2      
November 1 1:30 PM at Middle Tennessee Johnny "Red" Floyd StadiumMurfreesboro, TN CBSSN      
November 15 TBA UNLV LaVell Edwards Stadium • Provo, UT      
November 22 1:00 PM Savannah State LaVell Edwards Stadium • Provo, UT BYUtv      
November 29 TBA at Cal California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA      
daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Mountain Time.

Game Summaries[edit]

Connecticut[edit]

BYU at UConn
1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 14 14 0 7 35
Huskies 0 7 0 3 10
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
First Meeting



Texas[edit]

BYU at Texas
1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 3 3 28 7 41
#NR/25 Longhorns 0 0 7 0 7
Sources:[16]
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–1 2013 BYU, 40–21



Houston[edit]

Houston at BYU
1 2 3 4 Total
UH Cougars 0 15 0 10 25
#25/NR BYU Cougars 16 7 3 7 33
Sources:[17]
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2013 BYU, 47–46



Virginia[edit]

Virginia at BYU
1 2 3 4 Total
Cavaliers 0 0 0 0 0
#21/23 Cougars 0 0 0 0 0
  • Date: September 20
  • Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium
    Provo, UT
  • TV announcers (ESPN/BYUtv): Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, Andy Boyce, & Lauren Francom (BYUtv)
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
1-3 2013 Virginia, 19-16



Utah State[18][edit]

Utah State at BYU
1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 0 0 0 0 0
Cougars 0 0 0 0 0
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
28–16–1 2013 BYU, 31–14



UCF[edit]

BYU at UCF
1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 0 0 0 0 0
Knights 0 0 0 0 0
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2011 BYU, 24–17



Nevada[edit]

Nevada at BYU
1 2 3 4 Total
Wolf Pack 0 0 0 0 0
Cougars 0 0 0 0 0
  • Date: October 18
  • Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium
    Provo, UT
  • TV announcers (ESPN Network/BYUtv): Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, Andy Boyce, & Lauren Francom (BYUtv)
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
5-2-2 2013 BYU, 28-23



Boise State[edit]

BYU at Boise State
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 0 0 0 0
Cougars 0 0 0 0 0
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–3 2013 BYU, 37–20



Middle Tennessee[edit]

BYU at Middle Tennessee
1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 0 0 0 0 0
Blue Raiders 0 0 0 0 0
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2013 BYU, 37–10



UNLV[edit]

UNLV at BYU
1 2 3 4 Total
Rebels 0 0 0 0 0
Cougars 0 0 0 0 0
  • Date: November 15
  • Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium
    Provo, UT
  • TV announcers (ESPN Network/BYUtv): Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, Andy Boyce, & Lauren Francom (BYUtv)
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
15–3 2010 BYU 55–7



Savannah State[edit]

Savannah State at BYU
1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 0 0 0 0
Cougars 0 0 0 0 0
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
First Meeting



Cal[edit]

BYU at Cal
1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 0 0 0 0 0
Golden Bears 0 0 0 0 0
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2005 Cal, 35–28



Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP RV RV 25 21  
Coaches' RV RV RV 23  
CFP Not released Not released


References[edit]

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  4. ^ Call, Jeff (January 21, 2014). "Backup quarterback Ammon Olsen transferring to SUU". Deseret News. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ Drew, Jay (May 30, 2014). "BYU FB Iona Pritchard transferring to Oregon State". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  6. ^ Call, Jeff (May 30, 2014). "Backup fullback Pritchard, quarterback Green are leaving program". Deseret News. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
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