Former BYU coach LaVell Edwards was in attendance at BYU Football Media Day and was reunited with many of his former players of the 1996 BYU football team that broke an NCAA record of 14 wins in a single season.
Here is LaVell Edwards being greeted by former Cougar running back Ronnie Jenkins and Robbie Bosco.
Known as “The Blanket,” Omarr Morgan gives his old head coach a hug. To have Morgan back in the fold is a very welcome sight.
Former Cougar cornerback Omarr Morgan smiles upon seeing his old head coach while attending BYU’s football media day events. Morgan solidified BYU’s 19-15 victory in the 1996 Cotton Bowl victory over number 14th ranked Kansas State with an interception to seal the victory.
Former BYU middle linebacker Shay Muirbrook was a force in the middle of BYU’s defense. Muirbrook would go on to be selected as an All-WAC First Team player, WAC Defensive Player of the Year, and was selected as the Defensive MVP of the 1997 Cotton Bowl.
Also a member of the 1996 team, Ben Cahoon made one of the most spectacular diving catches ever recorded by a Cougar football player. Cahoon stretched out and caught a diving, shoelace catch over the middle against a tough Texas A&M team to help defeat the Aggies 41-37 in the Pig Skin Classic in the season opener. Cahoon fielded questions from the media during BYU’s media day.
Back at BYU, BYU offensive line coach Mike Empey has rejoined the Cougar staff under head coach Kalani Sitake. Coach Empey is an outstanding recruiter and coach who is getting early commits from top LDS lineman across the country. On this day of BYU’s media day, Coach Empey picked up another commit in 6-6, 290-pound sophomore out of Minnesota, Jacob Smith. Coach Empey has a lot to smile about.
Mr. Heisman himself, Ty Detmer had a busy day during BYU’s media day doing radio interviews, television appearances, and meeting with the general media themselves. Former BYU Cougar, and two-time NFL Pro Bowler, Chad Lewis said, “Ty Detmer is the smartest player to ever wear a BYU uniform.” Detmer’s intellect and offensive mind will come in handy as BYU’s offensive coordinator.
BYU is known as the original “Quarterback U” and with many outstanding tight ends coming out of the program under Lavell Edwards and after BYU was also being known as “Tight End U.” With the hiring of Steve Clark under new head coach Kalani Sitake, BYU is back on track to regaining that tight end title once again.
BYU coaches raved about outside linebacker Fred Warner during BYU’s media day. Warner is heading into his junior year and will play a major role in Ilaisa Tuiaki’s revamped Cougar defense.
Cornerback Michael Davis enters his senior season and will be looking to lock down one side of the field for BYU's defense in 2016.
Senior quarterback Taysom Hill joins a panel of fellow Cougars for a televised edition of BYU’s media day. Hill was named among those considered for a Heisman Trophy last season prior to suffering a season-ending injury. Hill will compete this fall in an effort to regain the starting quarterback position for the 2016 season.
Hill also met with members of the media to field questions concerning his return to the team, his health status, and about the upcoming season.
Following his LDS mission, middle linebacker Harvey Langi transferred from the University of Utah to BYU. Langi will play a major role in BYU’s defensive middle and looks ready to take on the 2016 schedule.
Sophomore BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum in the television studio set alongside Taysom Hill, Jamaal Williams, and Fred Warner.
Senior running back Jamaal Williams is back for his final season as a BYU Cougar. The running back rejoins the team after suffering from a season ending injury in 2014 and withdrawing from school for the 2015 season. Williams will play a major role in Coach Detmer’s offense, both as a runner and pass catcher out of the backfield.
When the activities of BYU’s media day were over, father Tom Sitake walks away with his son Kalani Sitake. It was a very eventful day filled with happy reunions, trips down memory lane, and all the BYU football entertainment to fill a heart’s desire. After all the photos, cameras, and media attention, father and son enjoy a quiet moment together.null