BYU football: Russell Tialavea returns for senior season after unexpected mission service

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  • Carolejean Garland, UT
    Aug. 2, 2012 2:41 p.m.

    Have a great year playing Russ!! Be safe!

  • BYUfaninWashSt Everett, WA
    Feb. 13, 2012 8:27 p.m.

    Just another piece of the puzzle for 2012 National Championship! Yay! Go Bronco and BYU Cougars. National Champions!

  • Blue Chelan56 Chelan, WA
    Feb. 11, 2012 2:14 p.m.

    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!

  • Cougar Passion Riverton, UT
    Feb. 10, 2012 6:11 p.m.

    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.

  • jpjazz Sandy, UT
    Feb. 10, 2012 4:56 p.m.

    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.

  • atlcoug Atlanta, GA
    Feb. 10, 2012 3:56 p.m.

    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.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    Feb. 10, 2012 2:59 p.m.

    SoCalTrueBlue2 you strained at a gnat and swallowed and elephant about what was written.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    Feb. 10, 2012 1:51 p.m.

    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!

  • MJB Tooele, UT
    Feb. 10, 2012 12:46 p.m.

    Looking at the returning players, I am stoked about our chances to have a great season. Welcome back to all the returning missionaries.

  • Cougar Passion Riverton, UT
    Feb. 10, 2012 11:06 a.m.

    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!

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Feb. 10, 2012 9:40 a.m.

    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 Cougs!

  • Pugman TREMONTON, UT
    Feb. 10, 2012 6:43 a.m.

    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.

  • BigCougFan Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 10, 2012 5:59 a.m.

    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.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Feb. 9, 2012 10:40 p.m.

    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.

  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    Feb. 9, 2012 10:07 p.m.

    Welcome back Russell!... Looking forward to seeing him play this fall, BYU should have a very solid DL with Eathyn, Romney and Russell.

  • SoCalTrueBlue2 San Diego, CA
    Feb. 9, 2012 6:16 p.m.

    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.