BYU tight end Kaneakua Friel was on Tuesday named as one of 37 players nominated for the John Mackey Award, given to the nation's most outstanding tight end.
Friel becomes the third BYU player named to a preseason award watch list, joining teammates Kyle Van Noy and JD Falslev (see below).
BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy on Monday received the first of what should be multiple college football award nominations, named as one of 75 players on the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the college defensive player of the year by the Maxwell Football Club.
Last season, Van Noy was a preseason watch list nominee for the Bednarik, Bronco Nagurski (most outstanding defensive player) and Rotary Lombardi (lineman/linebacker of the year) Awards, but his most prominent recognitions came for his performance in the Poinsettia Bowl.
Team USA is off to a 2-0 start to pool play at the World University Games, defeating the Czech Republic 96-53 on Monday, in a game that tipped off at 3:00 a.m. MT from the Basket Hall in Kazan, Russia.
BYU's Tyler Haws played 12 minutes and scored two points, following up on a 11-minute, four-point performance in Team USA's tourney-opening win over the United Arab Emirates on Sunday.
On a day when the only question was whether Team USA could possibly win by a hundred points or more, USA Basketball's World University Games squad got its preliminary round off to a rousing start on Sunday, running away from the United Arab Emirates by a score of 140-46.
In the Group C opener for both sides, played at the Basket Hall in Kazan, Russia, BYU's Tyler Haws saw his first international action, playing 11 minutes off the bench and becoming the first BYU player in 30 years to wear the Team USA jersey in competition.
Haws made one of his three field goal attempts and both free throw attempts for four points; he added seven rebounds and two assists, finishing with a game-high four personal fouls.
Following two exhibition games at the World University Games' main basketball venue in Kazan, Russia, Team USA and BYU guard Tyler Haws are ready to open competition.
Saturday's Opening Ceremonies will precede Team USA's first game of the preliminary round on Sunday morning, when the Americans will meet the United Arab Emirates.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- For BYU's Tyler Haws, the journey began with an invitation to USA Basketball's World University Games Training Camp. For we who covered Haws this week in Colorado Springs, the journey began at 11:00 p.m. Wednesday night, after a busy BYU Football Media Day.
We learned earlier Wednesday that Haws had survived Team USA's initial training camp cut-down from 26 to 16 players, with a final cut to 12 coming up on the weekend. I had previously decided to make the trip over to Colorado Springs in the event that Haws made the first cut, then recruited KSL's Dave Noriega and BYU's Kyle Chilton to make the road trip with me. We were all in--as long Haws was still in the team.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- On the day that Team USA determined its official 12-man roster for the World University Games, BYU's Tyler Haws and his teammates played before a crowd for the first time.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- After what BYU guard Tyler Haws called a "crazy night" of waiting and wondering, the news he was hoping to hear came right before breakfast: he was one of 12 players to survive final cuts and make it onto Team USA'a World University Games roster.
"Your mind was was just kind of thinking about (final cuts) the whole night," said Haws after a Saturday morning practice on the U.S. Olympic Training Center complex in Colorado Springs. "Everyone was kind of on edge, so we ended up going to a movie as a team try and get our minds off stuff."
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Brigham Young University's Tyler Haws has been selected as one of 12 players who will represent Team USA at the upcoming World University Games in Russia.
Following a week of tryouts that involved 26 of the country's top collegians, Haws got the word from coaches early Saturday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
He will become the first BYU basketball player since Devin Durrant in 1983 to represent the United States in international competition. Durrant was on that year's World University Games squad that also featured Karl Malone and Charles Barkley.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- It's up to the coaches now.
The 15 players trying out for USA Basketball's World University Games squad scrimmaged tonight in Colorado Springs, leaving one last impression before the bench bosses were scheduled to congregate and make final cuts, making official the team's 12-man roster.
A decision on which three players to cut is expected late tonight, with BYU's Tyler Haws joining his tryout teammates in hoping for the best. To perhaps take their minds off the anxiety, the team headed out to see a movie on Friday night. It could be that upon their return to the U.S. Olympic Training Center campus, they'll get the news that will set the roster.
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