PROVO — "BYU Football with Bronco Mendenhall" aired in front of a raucous crowd Wednesday night in the President's Loge at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Coming off a tough loss at Virginia, Coach Mendenhall addressed the game and gave his assessment on what he learned about his team after watching the game film and what was the difference in the game.
"Our team played collectively harder than what I thought they were playing on Saturday," Mendenhall said. "If we are able to convert more on third down … I think the game becomes quite different."
PROVO — The BYU Cougars are well aware of the statistics Texas put up in their season opening win against New Mexico State. The Longhorns put up 715 yards of offense last weekend. As Texas visits LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday, the Cougars enter the game confident against the Longhorns. "Texas is a good team," cornerback Rob Daniel said. "With all the preparation we're doing, there (is) nothing special about them."
Coach Bronco Mendenhall was asked if he likes the fact that his team isn't intimidated by the Longhorns. "No disrespect to anyone we play, and Texas is a good team...we're not afraid of anyone."
"I'm looking forward to it (playing Texas)" Bronco said. Our team is looking forward to it; I think we have a good chance...I think we'll have a good chance in every gamey; certainly we need to improve and improve substantially, but I'm looking forward to the game."
PROVO — After the offense stalled in a 19-16 loss to the University of Virginia last Saturday, offensive coordinator Robert Anae is looking to jump start his crew before they take on Texas this week by shaking up the offensive line.
"We're going to do some shuffling of the line, and we're going to see how some other guys respond," said Anae. "We have four guys right now who look to hold their spots...and we only want the best players on the field."
Those starters will be Michael Yeck switching from right tackle to left tackle, Manaaki Vaitai at left guard, Terrance Alletto remaing at center, and Brock Strigham taking over right tackle. The starting right guard position is still open to competition. Anae said the purpose of the change is to find unity up front to allow both the pass and run games to prosper. "That's been our primary focus this week — to develop ourselves as a group," said Anae. "A group that not only goes fast but can go hard."
BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall says despite a disappointing season-opening loss at Virginia, he is "encouraged" by the team's performance, while at the same time acknowledging the 19-16 defeat "was a hard loss... really hard."
"I thought we played really hard," said Mendenhall on Monday after practice. "It didn't mean we necessarily played well."
PROVO — The year's first "BYU Football with Bronco Mendenhall" show aired Wednesday in front of over 100 fans at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Mendenhall said the team is excited fall camp is over and that it's finally time to open the season against the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday.
"Fall camp did not seem shorter," Mendenhall said. "If anything, it seemed longer. I think fall camp is a week too long. Ask me again when I see us play Saturday to make sure on that, but … I think we could do it in a week less, and it would be better for the game and for the players."
PROVO ‐ BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall described Wednesday's practice as, "no pads; shorter, recovery-oriented (and) assignment-oriented. Similar format tomorrow with the intent to get our team as fast and as healthy and as recovered and assignment-sound as possible…next we'll just have to play and see where we are."
With Saturday's season opener against Virginia just days away, players and coaches were putting the final touches on their game plan for the Cavaliers. As is the case with most programs before a new season, it's hard to gauge where the team is without a game under its belt. "I don't think I absolutely know anything about this team until we play a game," Bronco said.
"I think they'll try hard; if I had to say what I most likely know, it's that."
"I'm going to read off fifteen words," my statistics professor Daniel Ho said, "and then give you a chance to write down as many words as you can remember."
Professor Ho read the words, waited fifteen seconds, and then told us to start writing. Once we had all finished, we repeated the exercise with a second set of fifteen words.
Once the second exercise had concluded, Professor Ho said, "Raise your hand if you remembered seven or more words from the first list." About half the hands went up.
PROVO — Four days away from the BYU football team's season opener at Virginia, offensive coordinator Robert Anae should be working on a game plan to pile on the points on the Cavaliers.
There's some of that. But Anae, who returned from a two-year sabbatical as co-offensive coordinator at Arizona, has enough to worry about with his own team.
The Cougars could start any one of nine guys on the offensive line, with only sophomore center Terrence Alletto cementing himself in the trenches. Every other position on the two-deep depth chart features co-starters, including junior Michael Yeck — the only lineman who saw time in every game a year ago.
On a day that BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall unveiled a post-camp depth chart, the Cougars continued game-week preparation for their season-opener at Virginia, with the team holding a typical "Tuesday" practice on Monday in Provo.
"It was very physical, it was fast, we got a lot of plays in," said Mendenhall of the late-afternoon session. "Lots of special teams emphasis; Justin Sorensen continues to kick the ball very well."
"I think we're deep at running back, and I think that we have plenty of receivers to throw the ball to."
PROVO — In ksl.com's final set of build-up previews to the 2013 college football season, this week's assignment is to make each in-state team's case as "Best in State."
My job is to state the case for the Cougars, so here we go:
Beehive Boot bragging rights
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