Saying practices have been "very competitive," Bronco Mednenhall led his team into its second week of spring workouts on Monday.
Asked if he likes the competition at one spot over another right now, Mendenhall said "Not necessarily. I like what's happening at tight end, I like what's happening at receiver, I like what's happening at running back, I like what's happening in the secondary, at linebacker."
"It's almost more 'what position don't I like' where the competition is," said Mendenhall.
BYU head coach Dave Rose wants his team to play with "no fear" in its Sweet 16 matchup with Florida Thursday in New Orleans.
Rose and players Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery and Noah Hartsock met the local and national media in a Monday afternoon Marriott Center press conference; you can hear the individual media sessions by clicking on the respective "play" buttons in the "Cougar Cuts" box to the right.
30 years after a singular talent led the BYU Cougars to their only Sweet 16, another once-in-a-generation player is taking his team to one of college basketball's dream destinations.
A trip to New Orleans and the Sweet 16 awaits the winner of tonight's BYU-Gonzaga game here in Denver.
The NCAA Tournament Third Round meeting presents an unusual situation reflecting the current state of both teams: the 11th-seeded Bulldogs are favored to beat the third-seeded Cougars.
A day before future conference foes face off in the NCAA Tournament, the BYU Cougars and Gonzaga Bulldogs prepared for their Third Round meeting with Pepsi Center practices and media obligations here in Denver.
You can hear the podium sessions featuring the BYU and Gonzaga players and coaches by clicking on their respective "play" buttons in the "Cougar Cuts" box to the right.
The third-seeded BYU Cougars have survived and advanced at the NCAA Tournament.
A day after dispatching the Wofford Terriers, the Cougars will hit the practice floor later today, in preparation for another collection of canines--the Bulldogs of Gonzaga. The Zags are the Southeast Region 11 seed, but certainly don't look like one. GU smoked the region's six seed last night, cruising past St. John's 86-71--the Zags' tenth win in a row.
BYU head coach Dave Rose along with players Jimmer Fredette and Jackson Emery met the media this afternoon at the Pepsi Center before a 40-minute open-to-the-public practice. The Cougars held a more comprehensive practice at a Denver athletic facility earlier in the day.
Five years and a week after they last played a game in Denver, the BYU Cougars return to the Pepsi Center floor this afternoon.
The Cougars are scheduled for a 4:25pm practice session (open and free to the public) on the eve of their NCAA Tournament Second Round meeting with the Wofford Terriers.
If the BYU Cougars are going to advance in the NCAA Tournament, the team is going to need to get more out of its new look, and some of its old faces.
Since Brandon Davies' suspension, BYU has played five games, including its three lowest scoring games of the season.
On a perfect March day, Bronco Mendenhall led his 2011 BYU Football team through its first organized practice of the spring practice season--a one hour and 45 minute session that featured new coaches in new roles, and a defined starter at quarterback.
The BYU Cougars matched the highest NCAA Tournament seeding in school history on Sunday, earning a 3 seed in the Southeast Regional, and opening with the Wofford Terriers on Thursday in Denver (5:15pm MT tipoff, 4:00pm pregame on KSL Radio).
You can hear post-selection reaction interviews with BYU head coach Dave Rose, and players Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery, Charles Abouo and Noah Hartsock by clicking the "play" button in the "Cougar Cuts" box to the right.
The BYU Cougars played in the first-ever Mountain West Conference Tournament title game, and like that encounter with UNLV in 2000, BYU's last MWC tourney ended with a loss on championship Saturday in Las Vegas.
Weakened by the loss of center Brandon Davies and with three starters averaging better than 35 minutes per game over three games, the Cougars ran out of steam against San Diego State, falling 72-54 in the Cougars' lowest-scoring game of the season.
The bar has been raised, so high that it is hard to believe these heights will be reached again.
It's not just Jimmer Fredette's 52 points scored in last night's 87-76 win over New Mexico at the Mountain West Conference quarterfinals.
It's not just Fredette's BYU single-game, single-season, and career scoring records, all earned in the last two days.
The Cougars have shot the ball better, but you'd be hard-pressed to find too many games in which they competed harder or battled more to win a basketball game.
Thursday in Las Vegas, top-seeded BYU showed up with the hard-hat and lunch pail on the way to a 64-58 win over 9 seed TCU in the Mountain West Conference Tournament quarterfinals, with the victory setting up a Friday night meeting with New Mexico.
Following a morning charter flight to Las Vegas, the 8th-ranked BYU Cougars held a Cox Pavilion practice before walking downstairs to meet the media on the eve of their Mountain West Conference opener at the Thomas & Mack Center.
You can hear group interviews with head coach Dave Rose and players Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery and Charles Abouo by clicking their respective links in the "Cougar Cuts" box.
The re-shaping of the BYU Basketball team is underway with tournament play approaching.
During his final KSL Radio show of the season last night at a packed Legends Grille, BYU head coach Dave Rose talked about his team moving forward without starting center Brandon Davies, saying "our schemes will change a little bit, and that might help us."
MWC Co-Coach of the Year Dave Rose met the media after a closed Marriott Center practice Monday afternoon, three days before his 8th-ranked Cougars open conference tournament play in Las Vegas.
Rose said he had no particular feelings about this being his final Mountain West Conference tourney, noting that "I'm just trying to get through the first game."
For the first time in the 12-year history of the Mountain West Conference, the league has a three-time First Team all-MWC selection, and BYU's Jimmer Fredette is also a unanimous selection as the MWC Player of the Year.
Fredette led BYU's postseason awards parade on Monday afternoon. Teammate Jackson Emery was named to the all-conference Second Team, with Emery also doubling up as the league's Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the All-Defensive Team. BYU Sophomore center Brandon Davies was named as an all-league Third Team selection.
As expected, BYU took a bit of a hit in the national polls today, following a 1-1 week in which the Cougars lost at home to an unranked New Mexico squad.
The Mountain West Conference all-league honors will be announced at 2:00pm this afternoon, and here is how I voted on my ballot (note: no write-ins were allowed. To make the online vote for a player in a particular category, the player had to be listed by the league as a nominee):
Player of the Year
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