Have a great year playing Russ!! Be safe!
Just another piece of the puzzle for 2012 National Championship! Yay! Go Bronco
and BYU Cougars. National Champions!
Welcome back Russell.Those asking about G. Rowley, from Waialua HI.has departed,
or soon to depart on his Mission.Russell has timed his return perfectly.Coach
Bronco will welcome him with open arms,and with a great wide grin on his face.
If all goes right, there may be three returning starters on the fron line.That
should make all of us smile!
re: jpjazz @ 4:56pm: Agreed. Tough to imagine Tialavea making the decision to
go on a mission after his junior year if he had gone to any other school.
The Tialava story bring to focus the true goals of BYU athletics. My hope is the
the program will continue to draw the attention of it's supporters regardless of
conference affiliation, BCS bowl invites and records versus it's rivals. Thanks
go to coaches like Bronco for understanding and teaching such principles and
boosters and alum that fill the stadiums and follow the teams through the media.
Does anyone know why Graham Rowley won't be playing? I didn't think he was a
senior, and expected him to be contributing this year.
SoCalTrueBlue2 you strained at a gnat and swallowed and elephant about what was
Welcome home Elder! I really enjoyed the story and didn't get any sense of the
reporter being annoyed with Russell. Studs like Tialavea are the
reason I am and expect to always be a BYU fan. Can't wait 'til the fall!
Looking at the returning players, I am stoked about our chances to have a great
season. Welcome back to all the returning missionaries.
re: Pugman @6:43am: The BYUCougars site--I found that if I added the "dot
com", my comment got rejected--says, "Parents are Richard and
Robyn", and he is from Oceanside. Likely one and the same!
Great story! What an example. I had to laugh when I read "he has reportedly
slimmed down to around 260 pounds post-mission." There was another former
d-lineman a number of years ago who returned from his mission equally slimmed
down. As he was providing his mission report to the high council, I remember
thinking, "how is this guy going to be a defensive lineman?" Over
about a 2 year period, this gentleman promptly bulked up to 320 lbs. Good luck
to Russell. We especially like our San Diego County brethren playing for the
Does anyone out there happen to know who Russell's parents are. Back in 1980 my
senior companion in the missionfield was Richard Tialavea. He was from Oceanside
Calif. and a remarkable man. I've been wondering if the Tialavea kids at the Y
have been his sons.
SoCal: I didn't find the reporter's story irritating at all. And I didn't think
it was anywhere close to being a "cheap shot". He merely stated the
facts and it gave me some insight into Tialavea's personality and demeanor. I
appreciated the reporter sharing those facts with me. I'm excited to have
Russell back again too. He was awesome and will add a big boost to the D-line in
the coming season.
Russell is one of several RM's who could have a big impact on the team in his
first year back. Looking forward to seeeing him in September.
Welcome back Russell!... Looking forward to seeing him play this fall, BYU
should have a very solid DL with Eathyn, Romney and Russell.
Funny, and a little annoying, to read about a reporter's irritation with a
player that doesn't like interviews. I could care less whether Russell gives a
single interview. In fact, if I were Russell, I would walk way from Gurney after
his cheap shot about invalid excuses for declining interviews before the
mission. I am just excited to see Tialavea play once again as he was awesome
before his mission. Welcome back, Russell.