Bronco Mendenhall took a look back at his team's loss to Florida State and previewed the Cougars' conference opener with Colorado State during last night's "Bronco Mendenhall Show," and my show recap is as follows...
: Bronco said Bobby Bowden told him the Seminoles weren't as good as they should have been in a 19-9 win over Jacksonville State because they had already been preparing for BYU.
: player feedback was that the Cougars believed they were "further ahead" than they really were and that they thought FSU was "further behind" where they really were, and that some "assumed everything would work out all right" because they were playing at home, where BYU had won 18 in a row.
: Bronco said his players did not play with the same "edge" they had versus Oklahoma and Tulane.
: relative to BYU's struggles playing catch-up, the coach said "we get worse when we change," indicating BYU needs to stay within its game plan even when faced with a significant deficit.
: RB Harvey Unga is "slightly improved," but is "not 100%" and "was not completely pain-free versus Florida State." Bronco said Unga will be used in a manner "similar to last week," and that he will have to "back off" when the hamstring tighten up. Bronco noted that in practice Harvey only goes full speed to necessitate the timing of handoffs, but that after handoffs, he's "never more than three-quarter speed."
: NT Jordan Richardson is back on the defensive line after a one-week cameo on the O-line; Braden Hansen's return to LG and Russell Tialavea's knee injury at nose necessitating the switch back. TE/OL Braden Brown remains working with the offensive line.
: Safety Scott Johnson (concussion) is cleared to play, while LB Matt Bauman (knee) could be sharing snaps with others at middle linebacker.
: Bronco says CB Brian Logan is "as good as or better than any field corner" he has coached at BYU.
: the coach says the MWC continues to get better and that this could be the year a team wins the league with "one or two losses." He says he never thought a team would go undefeated in any of the last five years, in which the league champ was indeed undefeated at the end of the conference campaign.
: Bronco says CSU has made "remarkable progress" similar to the progress made at BYU. He says the Rams are "very solid," full of "grit and determination," with an offense that resembles the best CSU attacks of the '90s; featuring a power run game and screens, with play-action setting up deep throws.
: Bronco acknowledged that the four turnovers per game BYU is averaging in its last four losses are too many, "if you want to win."