BYU football: Travis Uale's unique journey offers different perspective on rivalry

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  • justathought Draper, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 11:08 a.m.

    I watched this young man grow up and he comes from a good family. He has a great family legacy that he has learned from over the years being around family. His grandfather is Ed Parker (Mom's Dad). Ed Parker is the founder of Kenpo Karate. He for many years have had self defense tournaments held in so cal. High profile people attended such as Chuck Norris,,,etc. His Dad is I believe the first Samoan Judge in Hawaii. Very will respected individual who has worked very hard to be where he is today.
    People can knock on him all you want and so what? At the end of the day he has a good wife and child to go home to and a family who surrounds him whether you agree with his playing or not. Justathought.

  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    Sept. 14, 2011 9:54 p.m.

    Chris B | 8:57 a.m. Sept. 14, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT

    It's just another practice for an AQ team against a non-AQ team.

    Nothing to care about here, unless you're the non-AQ team and it makes you feel like one of the big-boys for a few hours.

    utah 31
    byu 17

    And we don't even care about this game anymore.

    Chris B.

    You sure care enough to post on every BYU article. And what exactly has utah proven as an AQ team? right now your 0-1 against the pac-12. We will see who the better team is on saturday, im just curious to see what your excuse will be if BYU wins.

  • Pagosa Kid SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Sept. 14, 2011 9:08 p.m.

    I hate to say it but Uale missed 2 sure tackles that could have changed the game last Saturday. Other than that, good story. Wrap up next time!

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    Sept. 14, 2011 6:04 p.m.

    JDL: Understood. That's why I prefaced my comment with with "consistency." I've simply watched too many games where he hasn't done that on a regular basis. He bounces off a number of tackles. But, I'm a Cougs fan and certainly want him to succeed- along with the rest of the defense. Seems like quite the stand-up guy, which this team is full of. Go, Cougs!!

  • Big J Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 14, 2011 4:27 p.m.

    Nice story! He seems like a nice guy. I'm glad it has worked out for Uale. Best of luck!

    I will be enjoying the game at LES Saturday.

    Go Utes!

  • JDL Magna, UT
    Sept. 14, 2011 1:53 p.m.

    Pipes & So Cal Reader:

    I saw only one play where it was obvious he didn't wrap up. He had 7 tackles and 1 interception against Texas. The missed tackle was partly due to the cutback and speed of the freshman Brown. BYU's defense was stellar in both games so far, the offense on the other hand has been less than stellar but show signs of greatness.

    Give the kid some credit, His teammates would not have elected him captain if they didn't trust him, he's worked hard and has earned his captain bars.

    Perhaps we could all take a cue from BYUtv's slogan, "See the good in the world"

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    Sept. 14, 2011 12:22 p.m.

    Re: Pipes "Now if he will just wrap up, he might be able to make a tackle." Amen, brother! That was my exact first impression when I saw the article. Don't get me wrong, the dude obviously has the respect of his teammates in being voted as a defensive captain. But, I would like to see more consistency in his tackling & coverage skills on a consistent basis. With that being said, let's go, Cougs!!! My freshman son will be attending this game for his first football game at LaVelle Edwards Stadium. Pretty good first game to catch, huh?

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    Sept. 14, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    Another awesome young man turns down a scholarship somewhere else to walk on at BYU. The money sentence:

    "After contemplating the situation, Uale decided to turn down a scholarship from Utah and go to BYU, paying his own way, and starting over again, as a walk-on."

    Has anyone ever turned down a scholarship at BYU to walk on at the U? C'mon, it's gotta be an epidemic now that they are a BCS school, right?.

    Has anyone ever heard of someone who applied to both schools and was accepted by BYU but rejected by the U? Anyone? Hello?

    Go Cougars!

  • JayDee West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 14, 2011 11:39 a.m.

    It would be pretty easy to guess Chris B's top five priorities.
    By the way, how is Chris B's comment in any way on topic?
    And, I happen to find nearly everything he posts offensive. But, that's just me, I suppose.

    Travis Uale's story is tremendous. Those who have attended the Y can identify with much of what he says about his experience there. Articles like this remind me of the reasons I'm passionate about BYU football and why I should take the Y's onfield success (or lack thereof sometimes) in stride.

    Go Cougars! Throttle the Utes! (in a figurative way)

  • wardu Fallon, NV
    Sept. 14, 2011 11:28 a.m.

    BYU has some unfinished business to take care of with the utes. I see the score like crissy says, but with the teams switched. The offense wakes up and the defense shuts down the Utah O which has had nothing to get excited about after that epic fail in last year's bowl.

  • CT98 Saint George, UT
    Sept. 14, 2011 11:23 a.m.

    I have total respect for the Utah coaches. I think they are great men. I love this rivalry and I love when the fans keep it civil and respectful. Their are great coaches and players on both sides of the ball. John White is the real deal. That kid has some incredible speed. Hopefully Uale can catch him in the backfield if White burts through the line.

    Go Cougs.

  • Starfarer Mesa, AZ
    Sept. 14, 2011 10:20 a.m.

    Chris B

    Funny that you put all your stock now into being in a AQ conference. It used to be that utah fans would talk about how good they were, their great D, and the type of team they fielded. Now it is all about thumping your chest because you were back door, third choice to get into the pac 10.

    The problem with all your hyperbole is that utah hasn't done anything since 2008. That's 4 seasons ago. What you are remembered for now is caving at ND, losing to TCU and imploding at your bowl game.

    What happens when the BCS implodes? Or better yet, when Oklahoma and Texas join your share of the PAC 10? It is laughable that you talk about speed an athletes and then try to convince us that u will be able to hang with those teams.

    You can jab all you want at BYU, but no one's scared of your utes, especially at home in front of 60K+.

    I don't do predictions. Never had. But you can mark this down.

    The Cougars fear no one. Especially a team that hasn't done anything in their last 6-7 games.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Sept. 14, 2011 10:12 a.m.

    Dear Chris B: Quite obviously, you don't even care about this game any more. That's why you're always practically the first one to post about it every time.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Sept. 14, 2011 9:56 a.m.

    This is a great story, but someone should have proof read it. Sorry.

    Good for him. He's a great guy and he made the right decision to come to the place where he could grow the most. Having attended both schools, I can tell anyone that the environment at BYU is light years better than that at Utah. Sorry, but there's just no contest.

  • Axe-man OREM, UT
    Sept. 14, 2011 9:53 a.m.


    Bronco Mendenhall noted the (low) percentage of college players that make it in the NFL, and the lower percentage that star for any length of time. He has also pointed out that after playing in the NFL, a high percentage of young men are divorced, bankrupt, or many other problems. He created an ordered list, and he has a (forthcoming) book called "Football comes fifth" or something like that. Bronco recognizes that other things must come before football, or he won't produce well-rounded men from his program.

    The order is as follows:
    1. Faith
    2. Family
    3. Knowledge
    4. Friends
    5. Football

    From a pre-order page for his book at BroncoMendenhalldotcom, Bronco says, Lasting happiness and eternal significance come through the four most important things in my life: faith, family, knowledge, and friends. These are the building blocks of personal integrity and success. Their influence in your life will create the person you can become.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 14, 2011 9:51 a.m.


    Not the correct order but I think it is:
    Personal conduct or something related.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 14, 2011 8:57 a.m.

    It's just another practice for an AQ team against a non-AQ team.

    Nothing to care about here, unless you're the non-AQ team and it makes you feel like one of the big-boys for a few hours.

    utah 31
    byu 17

    And we don't even care about this game anymore.

  • GAmom Athens, GA
    Sept. 14, 2011 8:42 a.m.

    I'm interested. Uale said. "(Mendenhall) talks about how football is fifth on our list. That really made an impression in my head coming off a mission, serving in the church and making football fifth and a lot of other things before that, was really appealing to me". Does anyone know what the other 4 priorities are that the coach emphasizes? Please, no silly sarcastic answers! I am really interested in knowing.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 14, 2011 7:23 a.m.

    Now if he will just wrap up, he might be able to make a tackle.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2011 11:34 p.m.

    Fifth? And that is why Byu football will be even more irrelevant when the superconferences are formed and Byu is left out for good. Byu will be competing with weber for the recruit leftovers.