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by Jillian Williams, BYU Athletic Communications
PROVO, UT (August 18, 2007)--Saturday's 40-play scrimmage focused on establishing depth for backups, but playing football became secondary when the team was visited at the end of practice by a family who has been battling cancer.
"I would say their visit was the most important part of the day," BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "We had a scrimmage and Fall Camp is coming to a close, but to see the players really caring for others is what is really impressive. Vic So'oto approached me about helping the family and then he and the team really took over."
After the scrimmage a local family came and met with the team on the 50-yard line, where they were presented with a flag signed by the football team and a helmet, as well as some other gifts.
Three family members, including the father, the mother and a son, are all battling various forms of cancer.
The short scrimmage was focused on allowing backups to show what they were capable of to determine the depth at various positions and on special teams.
"Today wasn't about ones against ones or twos against twos, all we wanted was to develop depth and narrow down players," Mendenhall said. "We could see a lot of younger players on defense and we are asking the younger offensive players to do the same."
Max Hall had a 73 percent completion percentage and passed for 126 yards, including one 32-yard completion to Matt Allen, who made a tough, diving stretch to make the play.
The running game continued to show dominance. Freshman Harvey Unga demonstrated his rushing capability with 41 rushing yards, including one 27-yard touchdown drive where he blew past defenders.
"After a redshirt season last year, I am more confident and I am working hard," Unga said. "I have been raising my standards and focusing on my goals for this season. I have been able to learn a lot from the great running backs here at BYU."
Of the Cougars 219 offensive yards, the running game contributed almost half of the total yards, with Manase Tonga and Wayne Latu also seeing a significant amount of play.
The Cougars will continue Fall Camp while they prepare for their season opener against Arizona Sept. 1.
"We have been working on position mastery, increasing execution and obtaining competitive greatness during camp and we are well on our way," Mendenhall said. "There are a lot of things to work on and we are looking to capture those teaching moments."