Hatch of Knowledge: 2013 Fall Camp Day 2
Jake Hatch - August 5th, 2013
Tags: BYU, College, Football, Cougar Sports with Alema Harrington
BYU Fall Camp Day 2 Report
Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall: http://1280thezone.com/index.php/audio/listen/byu_football_bronco_mendenhall_head_coach1
Outside Linebackers Coach Kelly Poppinga: http://1280thezone.com/index.php/audio/listen/byu_football_olb_coach_kelly_poppinga
Offensive Line Coach Garret Tujague: http://1280thezone.com/index.php/audio/listen/byu_football_ol_coach_garret_tujague
Defensive End Bronson Kaufusi: http://1280thezone.com/index.php/audio/listen/byu_football_de_bronson_kaufusi
Running Back Michael Alisa: http://1280thezone.com/index.php/audio/listen/byu_football_rb_michael_alisa
The cornerback position saw some changes on Monday evening with Dallin Leavitt running with the “ones” at boundary corner with Jordan Johnson manning his field corner position. Adam Hogan was the back up at boundary, while Robertson Daniel ran with the second team at field corner after spending Saturday’s practice at boundary. Jake Ziolkowski and Trevor Bateman were running with the third team at boundary and field corner, respectively.
At safety the presumed duo of Daniel Sorensen and Craig Bills ran with the first team. Bills saw time as the first team nickel, and was replaced at free safety by Skye PoVey when making the shift. PoVey appears to have fully recovered from his season ending injury suffered a season ago in fall camp. PoVey also saw some reps at boundary corner during pass skeleton drills. Michael Wadsworth and Blake Morgan made up the second string safety tandem at KAT and free safety, respectively. OLB Coach Kelly Poppinga said that there's a good chance that Alani Fua could see time at the nickel position as a way to get him on the field with Kyle Van Noy and Spencer Hadley.
Inside linebacker has been a position for observers to keep an eye on, especially with the battle between Tyler Beck and Manoa Pikula at the “Buck” position. Monday saw Beck continue to run with the first team, while Pikula was on the second team. Uani Unga has a stranglehold on the “Mike” position but he was backed up on Monday by fifth year senior Austen Jorgensen. Matthew Relei (MLB), Toloa’i Ho Ching (MLB), and Tanner Cox (BLB) saw time with the third team.
Nose Tackle position was a position that didn’t change much from Saturday to Monday. Marques Johnson ran with the first team defense, while Tuni Kanuch ran with the “twos.” Coach Mendenhall delineated the depth chart as such and also added that Kalolo Utu, Meti Taliauli, and JonRyheem Peoples would be in contention for the third position at this point.
Depth at the defensive end position is pretty well established at this point with Eathyn Manumaleuna, Bronson Kaufusi, and Remington Peck making up the core rotation but Monday saw true freshman Tomasi Laulile see time with the second team defense. There are a lot of players vying to be included in the rotation alongside Laulile including converted tight end Austin Holt and Logan Taele.
Moving to offense, Taysom Hill and Ammon Olsen remained as one and two on the QB depth chart but running the third team during the sessions the media was able to watch was senior Jason Munns, supplanting Christian Stewart.
The battle for the “X” receiver position between Ross Apo and Skyler Ridley gained some new life on Monday. Ridley was still running with the first team and made a fantastic 46 yard catch over Adam Hogan in 7-on-7 drills. Apo countered by making the play of the day, ending practice by stretching his 6'3" frame out to secure a 35 yard TD pass from Ammon Olsen. It was a play that was met by a mob of the offense celebrating the catch. Apo seemed to be more engaged Monday than he was on Saturday and his efforts appear to have made an impression on his teammates.
The offensive line is still a work in progress. JUCO transfers Tim Duran, Josh Carter, and Edward Fusi were not seen practicing and the media were not given an updates as to their situation(s). OL Coach Garret Tujague said that no position is settled yet and he is watching film every day to evaluate where his players are best suited to play. He said he doesn't think it will be hard to find a core group of 8-10 guys that will play the bulk of the minutes in 2013. You can find his interview above. The three-deep depth chart on the line shook out as follows:
· LT-Ryker Mathews, Brad Wilcox (Mathews still limited in team drills and was replaced by Wilcox with the first team), Thomas Shoaf
· LG-Solomone Kafu, Tui Crichton, Quinn Lawlor
· C-Terrance Alletto, Manaaki Vaitai, Brayden Kearsley
· RG-Brock Stringham, Kyle Johnson, Andrew Crawford
· RT-Michael Yeck, De’Ondre Wesley, Addison Pulsipher
Tight end is a position that appears to be in flux still as fall camp progresses. Monday’s practice that the media watched saw none of the “traditional” tight ends for BYU (Friel, Mahina, Wilson) see action but Brett Thompson ran with the “ones”, Terenn Houk with the “twos”, and Stehly Reden with the “threes.” Reden had an impressive snag on a ball thrown behind him which he tipped up and secured before being whistled down.
Kicking has taken a big emphasis this fall camp and the media was privy to observe a special teams field goal segment where the kickers rotated kicking, starting at the 20. All 3 contenders (Justin Sorensen, Trevor Samson, Vance “Moose” Bingham) went 2/3 from the 20, going 6/9 overall. All 3 kicks missed to the right, which continues the “wide right” trend from Saturday. When the kickers moved back to the 25 yard line, all 3 kickers hit their only attempts, with one snap being bobbled by JD Falslev. Coach Mendenhall stated that he feels Justin Sorensen is responding well to the competition in camp but it appears that the battle to start is far from over. Coach Mendenhall also said he's seeing the ball go through the uprights more and seeing more power in the kicks, which pleases him.
Last note personnel-wise is to highlight the play of walk-on RB Nate Carter, who flashed great hands and good lateral ability out of the backfield. Carter is moving his way up the depth chart currently is splitting time with Adam Hine on the second team.
Players that sat out of drills on Monday included JonRyheem Peoples (ankle), Michael Alisa (arm), and AJ Moore. Spencer Hadley also was in street shoes during most of the team drills, along with Bronson Kaufusi. Kaufusi clarified that the coaches held some of the experienced players out of team drills to keep them fresh.
Michael Alisa said that he recently underwent a second surgery on his arm for what he termed was a "hardware upgrade." He said that doctors took out the old plate in his arm and put in a new one, which will require him to sit out of contact for much of fall camp. He also acknowledged that the injury wouldimpact his chances to play and get reps at running back but that he was pleased with the depth and play of the other backs in fall camp currently. You can hear his thoughts by clicking on his interview above.
Play of the day belongs to Ross Apo for the 35 yard TD reception he had. It will bear watching to see if making that type of play can jumpstart Apo’s camp and propel him to playing at a higher level.
The conditioning of the offense is going to at least match the defense, if not surpass it. It is apparent that the offensive coaching staff is taking the conditioning of their players very seriously and the offensive players are putting lots of work after practice conditioning.