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Doman prepares for his biggest challenge

By Jeremiah Jensen | Posted - Jul. 18, 2011 at 2:26 p.m.



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PROVO - Brandon Doman isn't having fun this summer which is good news for BYU fans.

The former BYU quarterback is preparing for the biggest challenge of his career as he begins his first season as offensive coordinator.

"It is a significant opportunity and one that I'm excited to have," Doman said about his new responsibility.

BYU has a long tradition of high-powered, high-scoring offenses and no one knows that more than Doman. As a quarterback he led a BYU offense that averaged 542 yards and 46.8 points per game in 2001. He understands what is expected of him.

"If we do it right and I believe we will, we will be tough to stop offensively." he says. "BYU offenses traditionally, over the years, no matter who they are playing against, have been difficult to stop and I hope that's the case for us."

Doman's promotion to offensive coordinator after 6 years of coaching the quarterbacks was popular among the players, specifically starting quarterback Jake Heaps.

"When I heard the news about Coach Doman being the offensive coordinator I think I did a couple laps screaming and yelling," recalls Heaps. "I came here for him and to be able to work with him and to be coached by him because I knew he was going to make me the best player I could be."

Doman began putting his stamp on the offense during Spring football and the players rave about his performance.

"We have so much more energy going into this season with our offense and so many different looks that we're doing and different plays," says senior running back J.J. Di Luigi. "It's even hard for our defense who goes up against us everyday to try and stop our new offense."

No one has more confidence in BYU's new play-caller than Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall.

"I believe in Brandon," says Bronco. "I love his leadership. I love his competitive spirit. I love his relationship with our players. He's a fantastic recruiter. Players flock to play for him."

Mendenhall believes Doman has the tools at his disposal that will lead to success this fall.

"He has a nice group of players from quarterback to running back, to receiver, to offensive line, to tight end. So the resources are there with the right leadership and I'm anxious to see how fast he can develop the right chemistry."

Jake Heaps has certainly bought in and believes Doman will help take the offense to a higher level in 2011.

"I think our fans will have a lot of fun watching our offense this year."

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Jeremiah Jensen

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