Pre-Practice Notes



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I'm looking forward to this morning's practice, at which time we should see a scout team for the first time. The scout team is a solid indicator of which players will be redshirt candidates.

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I've spent some time this morning previewing Bronco Mendenhall's interview for Sunday night's "Bronco Mednenhall Show" on KSL Channel 5.

One of the interesting comments I noted refutes my speculation that Riley Stephenson would end up handling kickoff duties in the season opener. I based my speculation on the fact that during my "live" camp observations, Stephenson was the only kicker to put balls in the end zone. I didn't chart every kick in every session (and some sessions were closed to the media), but when BYU scrimmaged special teams, Stephenson was the one reaching the end zone.

Despite that fact and Stephenson's powerful punting leg, Bronco tells Channel 5 that that Mitch Payne "will most likely" handle kickoff duties, in addition to his placekicking assignment.

I imagine there is still time for the coach's opinion to change, but as of now, my speculation is contrary to Bronco's mindset, and only one us draws up the depth chart.

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Last year's kickoff specialist Justin Sorensen is serving an LDS mission in Georgia, and I'm told by brother Josh that one of Justin's proselyting subjects is the punter for Georgia Southern University.

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Sorensen is a Bingham High grad, and while I've mentioned it in this space before, it bears repeating that Bingham will follow the BYU Cougars into Cowboys Stadium as part of a high school "quadruple-header" on Labor Day Monday.

Bingham will play Euless, Texas' Trinity High School at 9:30am MT that day, and the game will be televised on Fox Sports Net. In addition, a viewing party will be held that morning at the Megaplex at the District Theaters in South Jordan, with free admission and giveaways. Fans are strongly encouraged to wear "Bingham blue" to the viewing party.

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Hoops note: BYU's Jonathan Tavernari played 11 minutes, scoring 5 points (1/4 3pfg, 2/2 ft), with two rebounds and two steals, as Brazil beat Venezuela 87-67 to improve to 2-0 at the FIBA Tournament of the Americas Thursday in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Brazil meets Argentina at 11:30am MT today.

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