#SportsFail: BYU football players share their most embarrassing moments on the field

BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum says his most embarrassing moment happened during his freshman season. (Photo by Dave Blackhurst/UV360)

BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum says his most embarrassing moment happened during his freshman season. (Photo by Dave Blackhurst/UV360)

When you’re on the field in front of thousands of fans, the answer to the question, “Did anyone see that?” is always “yes.”

At the beginning of the season, we asked a few members of the BYU football team what was their most embarrassing moment they’ve had on the field. Here’s to hoping they won’t have a new #SportsFail in their San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl against Wyoming on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. PST. Until then, enjoy these face-palm moments.

Kalani Sitake, BYU head football coach

“One time I just really needed to urinate and it was really hard for me. I finally had an opportunity to run to the locker room and do it and I think it was the fastest I’ve ever ran. Some people were saying if I had timed a 40, that would have been my fastest 40.”

(He may have joked about a new training technique for the team.)

Tanner Mangum, quarterback, sophomore

“This past season right before halftime I ran into the locker room because I thought the half was over. I was going to have the trainer’s tape my leg so my pants were down, but then I found out that the half wasn’t over, so I ran back on the field with my pants undone.”

Jamaal Williams, running back, senior

“Probably my freshman year when we were playing Oregon State here. I don’t know what happened, but I ended up flipping. I don’t how it happened, but I ended up flipping. I was just sitting there on my butt. But it cool though. It was my first time flipping in the game.”

Jonny Linehan, punter, junior

“Probably the most embarrassing sports fail happened at practice when we tried to run a fake and Bronson Kaufusi put me on my backside.”

Kai Nacua, defensive back, senior

“It would have to be in high school actually. At the state semifinals, on our first offensive play I fumbled the ball and they scooped and scored, so it wasn’t the best start to the game.”

Corbin Kaufusi, defensive linebacker, sophomore

“I’ve had a lot. I can’t think of a specific one, but just running down the court once and I just fell flat on my face. No one was around. I’ve done it on the field too where you just catch it and go down.”

Tuni Kanuch, offensive lineman, junior

“Boney Fuller just posted a video of me on Twitter tripping over the ropes in practice with some music on it. It’s pretty funny.”

Handsome Tanielu, defensive lineman, junior

“I put my pants on backwards.”

Taysom Hill, quarterback, senior

“There’s been multiple times where there’s a ball on the ground and because of the form of the ball and how it bounces around, it is impossible to judge where it’s going to go, so I feel like at multiple times I’ve looked totally unathletic trying to capture the ball.”

Kesni Tausinga, defensive lineman, junior

“Probably today at practice when I told the other team our play before the play on accident.”

Algie Brown, running back, senior

“I think just dropping the ball. I’ve dropped the ball in front of tons of people. In the stadium, it’s just embarrassing to be that guy. There’s a first down right there and you’re the guy that screwed everything up.”

Michael Davis, defensive back, senior

“On the field, it might have been my freshman year against Notre Dame, I got my first PI. That was the most embarrassing thing.”

Micah Hannemann, defensive back, junior

“I don’t know if those are funny or not. They’re kind of sad. Last year against Michigan, it wasn’t bad coverage, but this guy made a one-handed catch on me, an old Odell Beckham catch, and I’ve been on every highlight film because of him. Every college top placement, I’ve been on his play where he’s going like that and I’m just the corner watching him catch it.”

If you need another story to hold you over until the Poinsettia Bowl game, read “BYU football players share the funniest thing a fan has ever said to them.”

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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