PROVO — With the football team taking a bye week, it’s time to investigate one of the major mysteries surrounding BYU sports.
No, not the disappearance of the Cougars’ offense.
The conundrum we’re examining is this: Who in the heck is Boney Fuller?
If that name isn’t familiar to you, then you probably don’t have a Twitter account.
And if you are one of @boneyfuller’s 11,000 followers on Twitter, or have seen @boneyfuller’s work on the popular social media site, he’s probably either made you laugh out loud or infuriated you.
Given the Cougars’ dismal 1-3 start to the season, @boneyfuller is providing some BYU fans with a way to smile amid their tears.
While @boneyfuller is a satirical account that revolves mostly around BYU sports, the original Boney Fuller was a former Cougar football player. According to the BYU football media guide, Boney Fuller lettered at BYU from 1922-1926.
A couple of BYU fans turned his evocative name into an enigmatic Twitter handle that launched in August 2014. They enjoy good-naturedly skewering BYU opponents, opposing fan bases and opposing players.
Leading up to last September’s first-ever meeting between BYU and West Virginia at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, for example, @boneyfuller lampooned a West Virginia tourism video, featuring plenty of footage of people riding pigs, that’s been viewed more than 89,000 times.
Even Mountaineer fans responded positively.
“How is this guy cranking out high quality dank memes about WVU. I want BYU in the Big 12 for @boneyfuller alone,” tweeted @McBeeWVU.
One of the inspirations behind @boneyfuller is @FauxPelini (Fake Bo Pelini), a parody account owned by an anonymous Nebraska fan living in Chicago. It has about 584,000 followers. When the Cougars played the Cornhuskers a couple of years ago, @boneyfuller and @FauxPelini exchanged messages.
The people behind the @boneyfuller account granted the Deseret News a rare interview, but it was done via email, of course, to protect @boneyfuller’s anonymity.
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