BYU football team truck lifts off for cross-country hike to USF

PROVO, Utah – One of the best things to come out of BYU football in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic was the love of the team truck.

BYU has always had a team truck, just like any FBS team. In its less popular days, the team truck featured a truck wrap with former wide receiver Mike Rigell diving for a touchdown. That was the best wrap the BYU truck has ever had.

But that truck did not have the popularity that the equipment truck has today. After the impromptu trip to the Carolina coast in 2020 without knowing the Chanticleers were officially on the show, the BYU team truck has taken on a life of its own within the BYU football fan.

Two years later, the truck tracker is still working. BYU Equipment truck drivers Hal Morrell and Fili Taufa left the Student-Athlete Building for another cross-country trip. This time it’s for No. 25 BYU facing the USF Bulls in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday (2 pm, ESPNU & KSL NewsRadio).

BYU’s new team manager, Josh Hewitt, tweeted a video of the two truckers leaving the team facility as they began the 2,346-mile trek to Raymond James Stadium.

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BYU Football Equipment truck has a loyal following

To highlight the popularity of the BYU team truck since that memorable trip to Conway, South Carolina, two years ago, the BYU store now sells replica BYU team trucks for fans to purchase.

Hal and Fili will rack up a lot of miles this season. Along with the trip to Tampa, they will also head to the Pacific Northwest to Eugene, Oregon, home of the Oregon Ducks. They will then go to Las Vegas for a clash with Notre Dame at Allegiant Stadium. Other trips include Boise, Idaho, for one last visit to the blue turf against Boise State, the Bay Area to face Stanford on Thanksgiving weekend, and another cross-country trip to Lynchburg, Virginia, for a visit unique to Liberty Flames in October. .

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday 12-3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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