New Mexico Bowl, BYU Vs. UTEP: A Former Cougar Looks Back

In anticipation of BYU's matchup with UTEP in this weekend's New Mexico Bowl, SB Nation blogger and former Cougars linebacker Markell Staffieri reflects on what he cherishes the most about his postseason experiences as a player. You may be surprised to learn his best memories have nothing to do with the game:

When I arrived on campus in 2001 as a freshman, I was so excited to be a part of BYU football's bowl game tradition.  In fact, I basically expected the fact that BYU would go to a bowl game every year I was there.  I didn't know that it could be any other way.  What I didn't know as an 18 year old, was how changing the bowl game approach, would change my BYU experience, and my life forever.
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So this time of year, as the Cougars head off to New Mexico, most people will be focused on the outcome of the game on Saturday.  For me it stirs the emotions of the opportunities we were given throughout the bowl week, to give back to the community and touch the lives of people we have never met, nor will see again!

The 2010 New Mexico Bowl kicks off at 2 p.m. EST. Browse our complete 2010 college football postseason schedule, and connect with UTEP and BYU fans at SB Nation's Miner Rush and Vanquish The Foe.

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