BYU Player: Home Crowd ‘Brings Us Down’

Nov 1, 2018, 3:14 PM | Updated: 7:43 pm
The Brigham Young Cougars football team takes the field at the start of their game against the Bois...
The Brigham Young Cougars football team takes the field at the start of their game against the Boise State Broncos at LaVell Edwards Stadium on October 6, 2017 in Provo, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)
(Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)

PROVO, Utah – A BYU defensive back has made waves after saying he prefers playing away from Lavell Edwards Stadium because of “downer” fans in Provo.

The comments came from senior Michael Shelton during media availability after practice. He said the overall atmosphere was a lot better on the road.

“I am going to give you an honest opinion. I like playing on the road because to me I think the atmosphere is a lot better than our atmosphere at home,” Shelton said.

The Cougars have a 2-3 record at home this season, with losses to California, Utah State and Northern Illinois. BYU has a 4-7 record at Lavell Edwards Stadium over the last two seasons.

Shelton said the home crowd wasn’t helping them out.

“Sometimes our fans can be a downer, and it brings us down,” he said.

Listen to Michael Shelton’s comments:

Some BYU fans used Twitter to agree with Shelton’s comments. Despite the lack of scoring and big plays at home during the 2018 season, user @Timpanogas83 said the fans should bring more excitement to the games.

Twitter user Josh Pugmire said the team has looked better on the road, but the energy leaves Lavell Edwards Stadium too fast.

Others were disappointed with his statements.

Former BYU and NFL linebacker Brady Poppinga said the Cougars need to earn the support of the fans with better performance.

On KSL Unrivaled, former Utah and NFL quarterback Scott Mitchell told listeners about being booed at home for five years by Detroit Lions fans.

BYU fans haven’t booed the team at LES, but Shelton said the crowd was too quiet. Mitchell said speaking out to the media about your home crowd was not the way to win them over.

“Seriously, you CAN NOT say this,” Mitchell said.


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