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BYU X's & O's: Rich and Ashworth



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PROVO - As the BYU regular season comes to a close, coach Bronco Mendenhall reflects on two plays made by Andrew Rich and Luke Ashworth, senior members of the team.

"Both Andrew and Luke are phenomenal players," Mendenhall said. "We hope to recruit players similar to the two again."

Coach Mendenhall first showed a play where Rich was able to effectively commit to a Colorado State player to intercept the pass. Rich was responsible for covering two players, committing to the one, or stepping back to watch the curl.

The key, Mendenhall said, was that Rich kept his eyes on the quarterback, allowing him to know where the quarterback was going to throw the ball. By keeping his eyes on the ball, Rich committed to the curl, intercepting the pass.

The second play reviewed by Mendenhall involved Ashworth getting an easy touchdown after beating Colorado State's safety.

The play was designed with Ashworth as the only receiver in the set, with two tight ends and two backs. With a fake handoff, the safety's commit to the run, allowing Ashworth to put distance between the back safety, without being touched for the easy touchdown.

Josh Furlong

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