Cougar seniors reflect on the end of the road

Counting redshirt years, both offensive tackle Matt Reynolds and running back Bryan Kariya spent five years in BYU's football program. Now, both will be playing their final game on Friday when BYU takes on Tulsa in the Armed Forces Bowl. Both players recently shared some memories and emotions with the media.

Matt Reynolds

- On whether he regrets returning for his senior season: "No. I feel like there was some things I needed to do, and I feel like I've done what I was supposed to and I'm excited for the next stage."

- On what he's proudest of: "Probably just being able to start every game. If I remember right, this will be my 52nd start at the bowl game. I think that's the record, so that to me is really important. It just shows that I was able to play through a whole lot of different situations, different injuries and stuff like that."

- On what he remembers from his first start, against Northern Iowa in 2008: "I remember that it wasn't as hard as I thought it was gonna be, and then I gave up a sack that caused a fumble and they scored on it, so some good things and some bad things."

- On whether his BYU career went by quickly or slowly: "Very quickly, and then obviously there's some slow moments. Fall camp doesn't go by necessarily as fast as you want it to, but overall it's been a fast five years."

- On what he would tell someone joining BYU's football program: "It would probably be a long conversation. There's a lot of unique things that come with being a Cougar, a lot of fun things, a lot of things that are harder, so that would be something that would take a long time to explain."

Bryan Kariya

- On what he'll remember about practicing with his teammates: "Just getting out here, and just the chemistry I think with the other guys out here playing, and just having that unity as a team to go out and accomplish something that is greater than any one of us individually I think it what is going to stand out to me."

- On finishing up his Cougar career: "It's a great feeling to know that we've been able to accomplish a lot of good things out here and that I've been able to be a part of that. And I look back and we've had a lot of successful years that I've been able to contribute to and be a part of, and hopefully I'll always just be able to look back and … have good memories about what we were able to do and the fun I was able to have out here."

- On how his BYU experience matched up with his expectations: "When I first came, I was expecting it to be the hardest thing that I had ever done, and every single day just being exhausted. And really the first year that I played when I redshirted, it was. It was a grueling process to go through each day. As you mature and kind of acclimate to what happens out here, you realize that it's not impossible to come out here and give it everything you have every day and try to get better."

- On what his expectations for playing time were as a young walk-on: "I didn't think that I was ever gonna play at all. Things have turned out a lot greater than I ever could have expected as far as my involvement with the team. I figured I might be a special teams player for a few years and then who knows what will happen after that. But as I've stuck with it, my role's expanded and I've been given opportunities to be able to help and just had a lot of fun doing it."

- On what his personal highlight out on the field was: "That [Oklahoma] game stands out just because it was a special game – the first game of the season and a great, great place and against a great opponent, and I was able to come out and make a couple plays and really be a part of a really special game that I think was just a great team win that we were part of. It was just a great highlight."

- On what would mean the most to him in his final game as a Cougar: "As far as the outcome, obviously we want to win, but I just want to be able to play as well as I can, and what I'm hoping is just to put everything together that I've learned throughout the years that I've been here, and just hopefully play as close to a perfect game as I can. Obviously you make mistakes and things here and there, but I would love to just be able to come off the field and know that I gave it everything I had, and that I didn't make any mental mistakes."

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