Bronco: "I'm Seeing (UNR's Kaepernick) In My Sleep."

Bronco: "I'm Seeing (UNR's Kaepernick) In My Sleep."

Posted - Sep. 20, 2010 at 9:56 a.m.



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Saying his team is "looking forward to coming back to LaVell Edwards Stadium," BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall met the media at his weekly press conference this morning.

You can hear his podium remarks and interviews with DLs Romney Fuga and Vic So'oto by clicking on the audio links in the "Cougar Cuts" box below.

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Looking ahead to Saturday's home game with Nevada, Mendenhall said "you're going to see an offense that's very similar to Air Force, except with a downfield throwing game and a drop-back passing game that is exceptional."

On Wolfpack quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Mendenhall said "I'm seeing him in my sleep. This quarterback is very good. At any one point he can rush the football for a hundred yards and make it look effortless, and he's fast, and he's big and he throws it well. Between Locker, Jefferson, Ponder and now (Kaepernick), it's kind of the 'who's who' of quarterbacks this year. It'll be a good test for us."

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Mendenhall termed the team's injury situation "not good" after the Florida State setback. He said 13 players were on his injury report, saying he believed that Matt Reynolds, Terence Brown, Andrew Rich and Brian Logan had "MRIs pending." He expected an update by Tuesday.

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The coach said he was "not willing" to name a starting quarterback for Saturday's game, but said he "should be able to give a really clear idea" on his quarterback call by Wednesday's media availability.

Mendenhall said after meeting with the coaches on his staff, "it's becoming more and more clear to me kind of how and what direction we need to go, but a little premature to say that at this point."

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Bronco hinted that his two-quarterback system could be scaled back, in addition to rotations at other spots on the field.

"You'll probably see fewer players playing. One of the things that was problematic once I made the decision to play two quarterbacks--the biggest issue--was number of plays and volume of plays to really execute. Those reps were having to be divided. We just haven't played the same players in the same scheme running the same plays, together enough. So, rather than depth chart changes, you'll probably see fewer players playing in the game with a more concise plan. That would probably be the biggest thing you'll notice."

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Looking back at the Florida State game, Mendenhall said the BYU defense played "overall, one of its better games of the year," handling "'sudden change' and poor field position opportunities at a pretty high level." He did note that in some "critical situations, we didn't tackle as well as we needed to."

Asked why he stuck with QB Jake Heaps for more than three quarters of the game, Bronco said the Seminoles' base-zone coverage meant BYU could take advantage and "move the football down the field, through the air. Jake, in my opinion, was and is a little bit more accurate passer with more of a variety of throws he can make; Florida State was lending itself to his type of game."

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Asked to expand on his decision to likely wait until Wednesday before publicly naming a starting quarterback for the Nevada game, Mendenhall said the decision would be "mostly for Saturday (and not the season). Any decision I make at this point, I'm hesitant to go any farther than what I pass on a day at a time. Our practice structure will reflect possibly the way I'm thinking earlier than (Wednesday), but to share anything with the media prior to talking with my coaches and my team, that's not the order I like to go in."

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Acknowleding that BYU is "used to being the favorite," Mendenhall says his team has "earned" underdog status against Nevada. Our team hasn't performed "at a high enough level... and Nevada has."

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Bronco refused to call the Nevada game a 'must-win': "I know the anticipation and anxiety around the program to win and win as quickly as possible is great; I can promise you no greater than in my own mind. It's going to take some time. I'm learning as much as I can about this team to make the appropriate choices necessary to help us execute, which is really the bottom line. This is a season's worth of work; to say that it's going to be a polished and finished product this week, I'm not willing to say that."

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On a BYU defense that currently ranks 98th in yards allowed and 119th against the run, Mendenhall said "I actually think they're hanging in pretty well and playing hard and showing a lot of toughness and and handling some pretty adverse situations. I think they'll look forward to the (Nevada) challenge; formidable test and a very unique scheme."

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