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Scott's Thoughts: "Yoke"

Scott's Thoughts: "Yoke"

By Scott Johnson | Posted - Nov. 19, 2010 at 7:01 a.m.



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At one point during BYU's 49-10 win last Saturday over the Colorado State Rams, the Cougar offense, facing 3rd-and-1, lined up in the "I" formation.

Everybody watching on TV, listening to the radio, and watching live from Hughes stadium could guess the play call. Even the ten CSU Ram defenders stacking the box (one safety deep) knew what was coming; a run by tailback Bryan Kariya led by a fullback Zed Mendenhall block.

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"BK" sneaked through a small hole, got the first down, and was immediately met by two Ram defenders. What looked to be a short three-yard gain ended up with Kariya driving both defenders back, and literally throwing one would-be tackler to the side. He kept his legs driving, plowing forward so hard that he tore out some of the artificial turf.

He tripped, put his hand down, somehow regained his balance after being suspended horizontally in the air, and kept running down the visitor sideline for another seven yards. It was a simple play, but the entire BYU sideline erupted as they watched.

After the play, as he jogged off the field, his teammates surrounded him and patted him on his back for his effort. It was barely a ten-yard gain. In fact, it was actually a relatively unimportant run considering the game was already out of reach. It did, however, represent what has brought this team together to win four of its last five games. "Grit-Determination-Trust-Will-Drive."

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Last year Bryan Kariya earned the nickname "Yoke" from me as I watched him throw up crazy amounts of weight in the weight room. For those not familiar with the term, a person who is "yoked" has a body-builder physique - lean, mean and strong beyond normal human capacity. When you have opportunity, take a look at that man's arms--you know what I'm talking about. Kariya characterizes everything that this current team is about and has become.

As the last few weeks of college football wind down, it seems that this BYU football team is just getting started. They are gaining momentum and could very possibly be a part of one of the most memorable turnarounds in recent history. Go seniors and Go Cougars!

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Scott Johnson

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