Tight end George hoping to draw attention from NFL
Provo » If anyone was negatively affected by BYU quarterback Max Hall 's hate-filled rant against Utah football fans after the Cougars beat the Utes 26-23 last month, it was the guy who caught the game-winning touchdown pass, Andrew George .
Coincidentally, George was the only other BYU player in the interview room when Hall made the comments. But he said earlier this week that the fact that Hall's comments took some of the attention away from his big touchdown is not a big deal to him.
"It's fine," George said. "I don't really care. I don't feel like I need a lot of media attention, or whatever."
As for his reaction to Hall's comments, George said he was shocked.
"It was like, 'I can't believe he is saying that,'" George said. "I looked at him, like, 'Are you really going to say that?' But he kept on saying it."
George, a senior, is accustomed to taking a backseat, having played behind All-American tight end Dennis Pitta his entire career at BYU.
Because of that, George doesn't have big numbers like Pitta has, but he does have the same dreams of playing in the NFL someday.
"Absolutely," he said. "That's something I want to do. I have always wanted to play in the NFL. It's been a dream of mine."
George said he has been contacted by a few agents who think he has a shot at getting drafted.
"I have gotten some good advice from some former players, so I will just take my time with it and find someone who is a great fit," he said.
Royal blue repeat
The Cougars announced on Friday that they will wear the same royal blue uniforms that they wore in their 26-23 overtime win over Utah in next week's Las Vegas Bowl. They will do so to pay tribute to the 1984 national championship team at BYU that wore that color.
"The seniors were so passionate after the game. ... They were excited to wear them, but after the game, they wanted the chance to wear them one more time. And the motive was, simply, if they could draw attention to the national championship team on an even broader scale or perspective, that would be a great thing for the program," BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said.
Athletic director Tom Holmoe said the uniforms will not be worn again soon after the bowl game.
"We would only consider wearing them again for a very special and unique occasion -- every once in a royal blue moon," he said.
The Cougars are 2-2 in the Las Vegas Bowl under Mendenhall. The coach said he won't alter the routine or practice model much from what he's done in the past.
"There are a few tweaks here and there, because of the timing of the game, when during the week it happens, and we shape each one a little bit different, based on the team we have and the team we are playing. It is similar in concept. Not identical, but similar," he said.
The Cougars will practice at Clark High School near downtown Las Vegas, which has a new artificial turf field. ... The Cougars will leave Friday for Las Vegas on a chartered airplane, but it took a week for the operations staff to find the ride. "We finally landed one [Friday]," Mendenhall said. "I don't know how many seats are on the plane, whether it is propeller [plane]. I don't know if it is one of those with skis on the bottom ... but we got the word today that we got one."
Dec. 22, Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, No. 15 BYU vs. No. 16 Oregon State, 6 p.m. MST