The Teams Behind the Team
Fans converge on LaVell Edwards Stadium and tune in to watch the playmakers on the field, but game day wouldn’t be game day without the special teams behind the scenes, from the field painters to the stand sweepers.
Jonathan G. Quist (BS ’92) consistently puts up big numbers all over the field—and yet he’s never had a single mention on ESPN. But give Quist and his crew three days, 70 gallons of paint, and the linear precision of a rope line, and they can turn a patch of turf into a perfectly proportional football field.
Or how about the snaps taken each game by BYU’s Jaren S. Wilkey (BA ’01)? During an average home game, the BYU Photo manager quietly gets about 3,800, capturing iconic images and sending an almost instantaneous photo stream to media and fans worldwide.
Quist and Wilkey are just two of more than 2,000 BYU employees, students, vendors, and volunteers who work on and off the field to make LaVell Edwards Stadium one of the country’s premier athletic venues. In the days before each home game, these special teams coordinate logistics, rehearse, choreograph, and prepare for the competition, the national spotlight, and the needs and expectations of 64,000 local fans plus millions watching and listening from afar.
Here’s BYU Magazine’s tribute to the TV talkers, the tuba toters, the helmet stripers, the bleacher blasters, the ticket takers, the Cougar Tail makers, the T-shirt flingers, and the sod and seed slingers. Last October, seven photographers from BYU Magazine and BYU Photo captured the work of these behind-the-scenes players in 20,220 images, throwing a long-overdue bucket of ice-cold Powerade directly on the shoulders of these teams behind the team.
KICKOFF at 8:26 p.m.
MIDNIGHT, At 12:01 a.m. the game ends.