Emptying the "Question Box"



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Going back over the last few days, and answering a few questions posed in the "Comments" section of Cougar Tracks...

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A question was posed about Bronco's decision to limit contact in camp and how it might leave the Cougars "soft" for their opener:

I support any tactic that lessens the possibility of serious injury in camp, and while it may take a few missed tackles for the defensive players to get adequately warmed up on game day, I don't think it will take long for both sides of the ball to get the feel for full-speed football. Having said that, working out any kinks against Northern Iowa is preferable to learning on the fly vs. Pac-10 opponents.

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A question was asked about WR O'Neill Chambers being used as a "secret weapon" of sorts this season:

The way BYU has used its receivers in the past, it will be tough for Chambers to carve out a regular spot in the rotation, assuming Austin Collie returns to full health. Right now, Collie and Reed are the clear top two receivers, and since BYU only occasionally uses three wideouts on any given play, Chambers will be battling Luke Ashworth and Byrce Mahuika in particular for playing time. A third receiver always emerges in the Cougar attack (Matt Allen was that player most recently), and certainly as the season progresses, Chambers may prove a more and more reliable third option. Right now, though, there's plenty of competition for that role.

Think about next season for a moment: Collie, Ashworth, Chambers and Hafoka will be rejoined by McKay Jacobson--not to mention the returning tight ends Pitta and George. One of the deepest BYU receiving corps ever? Absolutely...

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A question was asked about the yellow covers some players wear on their helmets in practice:

During special teams work (punt and kick cover in particular), the helmet covers simply designate the respective sides of the ball, since players wearing both blue and white jerseys are on the same "team" in those drills.

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A question was asked about the north end zone scoreboard construction:

(Updated info): The new scoreboard will feature 3 LED video screens--one large "main" screen in the center for the game feed and replays, etc., with the two smaller screens (lower left and right) available for adverts, and other marketing-related media. The resolution on the new screens will be vastly better than the north end zone video board, which was installed in 1996.

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It looks like former SDSU Aztec Kevin Craft has earned the starting QB job at UCLA. As a redshirt freshman with the Aztecs in 2006, Craft played BYU in his first career start. He was 20 of 32 for 216 yards and an interception in BYU's 47-17 win at Edwards Stadium. After throwing 4 tds with 6 ints in 2006 at SDSU, he went 44/10 at Mt. SAC last season.

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