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Dupaix brings excitement to BYU sidelines.

By Dave Noriega | Posted - Jul. 23, 2011 at 11:21 p.m.

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There has been massive coaching changes at BYU in the past 9 months.

Joe Dupaix, who led Skyline High School to a state championship in 1990 for his father Roger, is one of the new faces on Bronco Mendenhall's staff.

Dupaix is the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator.

Philosophy is simple.

"I expect them to play with complete, complete effort on the field, every down they are on the field." said Dupaix.

Another point of extreme emphasis is ball security.

Dupaix puts the weight of the team on the running backs shoulders. "We need to take care of the football at all times. When you are carrying the football that is part of who we are." said Dupaix. "We are carrying the entire football team when we are carrying that football."

Dupaix has a difficult task ahead of him, but it's a good problem to have.

The Cougars have three major contributors coming back. Seniors J.J. DiLuigi, Bryan Kariya and sophomore Juice Quezada. The seniors have won a lot of games and put up big numbers, but Quezada has a ton of potential and will make a major push for playing time.

"Kids can handle the truth and to be honest with everyone of my players. To let them know exactly where they stand and what to expect." said Dupaix.

"The way you keep them happy, is you help them understand this is about the team. Period. When guys understand that it's about us, a football team, working with one cause to win a bunch of games, then the rest of it's easy." said Dupaix, "Because they want the best player out there at all times."

As the recruiting coordinator, Dupaix has seen a major improvement in recruiting since the move to independence and the new T.V. contract with ESPN.

"I think independence and recruiting go hand in hand. Then to have the exclusive contract with ESPN on top of it." said Dupaix. "To come play at Brigham Young University right now in this era in this chapter of our existence, it couldn't be better."

Dave Noriega


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