June 29, 2016
Summer is usually a quiet time around the BYU football program, but Monday and Tuesday of this week – in advance of media day on Thursday – brought a fair amount of news.
On Monday, former walk-ons Parker Dawe and Garrett Juergens were awarded scholarships for their senior years. Dawe, a center from Pleasant Grove, has gotten valuable experience this spring while incumbent starter Tejan Koroma was sorting out his issues. Juergens, who has also played defensive back in his career at BYU, had some nice punt returns last season before suffering a season-ending injury.
I know this happened yesterday but congrats on Garrett Juergens & Parker Dawe for earning scholarships! Love seeing hard work paying off!
— Harvey Langi (@LANGI21) June 28, 2016
On Tuesday the Cougars got a visit from royalty – Prince Ata of Tonga, a recent convert to the LDS Church. The prince spoke to the team and was given a tour of the football facilities. Coaches of Tongan decent, including head coach Kalani Sitake, wore traditional Tongan garb during the visit.
Not something you see every day.
Prince Ata of Tonga recently joined the LDS faith and visited with his Tongan brethren on the BYU football staff. pic.twitter.com/RsuMjxkn8Q
— Total Blue Sports (@TotalBlueSports) June 28, 2016
And finally, BYU received a commitment for the 2017 season from offensive lineman Seth Willis from Connecticut. Wilis was being recruited by a handful of FCS school back east but at 6-foot-6 and 315 pounds, is a project the Cougars can spend some time developing.
Media day is on tap for Thursday and the Daily Herald will have a full report of the proceedings. Make sure to check back throughout the day for updates at heraldextra.com.