Hatch of Knowledge: 2013 Fall Camp Day 4
Jake Hatch - August 8th, 2013
Tags: BYU, College, Football, Cougar Sports with Alema Harrington
BYU Fall Camp Day 4
Bronco Mendenhall: http://1280thezone.com/index.php/audio/listen/byu_football_bronco_mendenhall_head_coach2
Guy Holliday: http://1280thezone.com/index.php/audio/listen/byu_football_guy_holliday_wide_recievers_coach
Ryker Mathews: http://1280thezone.com/index.php/audio/listen/byu_football_ryker_mathews_offensive_tackle
Marques Johnson: http://1280thezone.com/index.php/audio/listen/byu_football_marques_johnson_nose_tackle
Practice started a bit earlier than was originally announced to the media so I was late getting down to BYU so personnel notes will be light today. Expect a double dose on Saturday when the team scrimmages in full pads and we get a better look at how players respond when action is live.
Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall stated that he’s been impressed with the response of all 3 kickers that the Cougars have in camp. He stated that the competition was bringing the best out of all 3 players. Justin Sorensen said that he enjoys having the competition and increased reps because he said it is allowing him to learn from other guys and also prove that he’s the better option overall.
Mendenhall said that the depth chart at corner is still in flux, especially at the boundary position. Robertson Daniel is currently the backup at both field and boundary corner, with Jordan Johnson and Dallin Leavitt occupying the starting positions. There’s still a long ways to go in fall camp but the scrimmage on Saturday should be good to see how the corners respond after getting torched in drills today.
The wide receiving core is starting to spread its wings and show how formidable they can be. Mitch Mathews had 2 long receptions for 45 and 42 yards, respectively, along with Ross Apo and Kurt Henderson hauling in TD passes during team drills. WR Coach Guy Holliday said that a day like today would be interesting because he wants to see how his guys respond tomorrow after having a big day.
After practice and conditioning was completed freshman Brayden Kearsley was seen working on his snaps with Taysom Hill, QB Coach Jason Beck, and OL Coach Garret Tujague. Tujague was using all kinds of sounds and movement to get Kearsley to flinch or snap the ball early but Kearsley acquitted himself quite well. An improved depth chart of the offensive line should become clearer on Saturday after the scrimmage. You can hear left tackle Ryker Mathew’s thoughts on the line in the interview posted above.
JonRyheem Peoples still is out with an ankle injury but is still considered day to day. Michael Alisa is still being held out of drills with a non-contact cast on his forearm. Edward Fusi is still a “few tests” away from joining the team but Coach Mendenhall said he didn’t have an ETA on Fusi's joining the team.
Play(s) of the day went to Mitch Mathews and Dallin Leavitt. Mathews finished practice by snagging a perfectly thrown 40 yard bomb by Taysom Hill and tip-toed into the endzone. Leavitt broke up a would-be touchdown pass to Apo by ripping the ball out of Apo’s arms right as he went to secure the ball. Tomorrow marks the first day that BYU will don full pads. Practice is closed to the media on both Thursday and Friday so the next Hatch of Knowledge report will come Saturday after the Cougars scrimmage at LaVell Edwards Stadium. As a reminder, that scrimmage is open to the public and will begin at 10 AM MT.