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
Head coach Bronco Mendenhall called it "one final chance to get a look at a few situations," after watching his team go through a Wednesday morning scrimmage at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
With most first-stringers held out, Mendenhall said the exercise had as its primary objective the identification of personnel depth, "to see if we could solidify any extra players that we might want to take with us when we go to Virginia (for the season-opener on Aug. 31)."
The West Coast Conference released its 2013-14 Men's Basketball schedule on Tuesday, with the travel-partner format restored, as Pacific joins the fold to form a ten-team league.
BYU will open its conference season with the Los Angeles road swing through Loyola Marymount (Saturday, Dec. 28) and Pepperdine (Saturday, Dec. 30), before opening the home slate the following weekend, with San Diego visiting the Marriott Center on Saturday, Jan. 4. The Cougars will close out their WCC campaign by visiting the Toreros on Saturday, March 1st, following an in-week bye.
BYU's two byes come early (Thursday, Jan. 2), and late (Thursday, Feb. 27) in the conference season. From Thursday, Jan. 9 through Saturday, Feb. 22, BYU will play Thursday-Saturday every weekend, for seven consecutive weekends.
New faces in new places were the order of the day Monday in Provo, as the BYU football team opened its last day of a camp two-a-days with a morning session at the outdoor practice fields.
Due to multiple injuries, three players have been added to the 105-man roster, while at the same time, three players have been assigned to the defensive backs group--a position group hit hard by injuries over recent months.
The BYU Cougars neared the two-week mark in camp with another day of two-a-days on Friday.
The morning session (which reporters observed for the final 20-25 minutes) concluded with three series of 11-on-11 work; quarterbacks Taysom Hill, Ammon Olsen and Jason Munns each led one drive.
No touchdowns were scored in the no-shoulder pads, no-hitting "team" session.
PROVO — BYU announced its 2013-2014 men's basketball non-conference schedule on Thursday. In total, the Cougars will play 13 non-conference games; six at home, three on the road, and four at a neutral site.
After two preseason games at home against Colorado College and Alaska Anchorage on Oct. 26th and Nov. 2nd, the Cougars will begin the regular season at home against Weber State on Nov. 8th. The Cougars will then travel to Stanford on Nov. 11th to face the Cardinal in Palo Alto.
BYU has been invited to participate in the College Basketball Experience Hall of Fame Classic. The tournament will feature home games on Nov. 14th and 16th, and then the championship round at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on Nov. 24th vs. Texas; followed by a matchup with either Wichita State or DePaul on the 26th.
Heading into spring ball, BYU first-year defensive coordinator and secondary coach Nick Howell thought his cornerback spot had never looked better.
Field corner Jordan Johnson was returning for his junior season after breaking up 15 passes in 12 starts last year. Junior college transfer Trent Trammell was expected to immediately compete and likely replace Preston Hadley at boundary corner. Football/baseball cross-over Jacob Hannemann was penciled in to push for playing time. Veteran corner/safety combo players Mike Hague and Skye PoVey were projected to contribute, juco recruit Sam Lee boosted corner depth, while freshman Dallin Leavitt was another standout addition from the recruiting Class of 2013.
"We, I believe, had more depth than BYU has ever had at corner," said Howell this week. "Healthy bodies, good players...and now, things change fast, so you've gotta adjust on the fly and you've gotta go--that's what happens."
BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall on Wednesday abbreviated a scheduled morning practice, calling for "a slight break today."
Citing injuries and fatigue, Mendenhall said "I thought we started to lose some momentum in camp." He said the team did not do any 11-on-11 work today, but instead worked on individual/unit assignments, wanting to "work on some recovery, physically, and focus on treatment," before "looking to gear it up again."
Mendenhall said the practice was conducted at "walk-through" tempo; the session ended before reporters arrived, so the scheduled media observation period was not held.
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