Cougars Kickoff Fall Camp

Cougars Kickoff Fall Camp

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by Jillian Williams, BYU Athletic Communications

PROVO, UT (August 3, 2007)--Football camp kicked off Saturday afternoon when the Cougars stepped onto the practice field fully invested in the 2007 season.

Freshmen and transfers began practice 30 minutes before the veterans. The newcomers ran position-specific drills until they were joined by the veterans Cougars.

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall said it was clear the team was focused and had worked hard over the summer.

"It was a nice start for the season," Mendenhall said. "The team did a really good job this summer getting ready for camp. What I saw today was exactly what I would have hoped for."

The team focused on position-specific drills until the end of practice where the offense and defense faced off with the usual 11-on-11 non-contact drill.

Max Hall led the offense down field going 11-for-20, passing for 128 yards during his first day. He connected with Bryce Mahuika on a 17-yard touchdown pass and threw one interception when Brandon Howard's interception stopped the offense's attempt to enter the end zone.

"There was a lot of intensity out here today," Hall said. "It felt good to be out here again. The team looks good and I think we can do a lot of good things this year."

His teammates stand behind him as the starting quarterback.

"Max Hall is a competitor, a winner and he is ready to play," senior linebacker Bryan Kehl said.

Freshmen and transfers practice will continue to begin 30 minutes before the veterans join through Monday's practice.

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