Hatch of Knowledge-August 26 Practice Report
Jake Hatch - August 26th, 2013
Tags: BYU, College, Football, Cougar Sports with Alema Harrington
8/26/13 BYU Practice Report
Bronco Mendenhall: http://1280thezone.com/index.php/audio/listen/byu_football_bronco_mendenhall_head_coach5
Remington Peck: http://1280thezone.com/index.php/audio/listen/byu_football_remington_peck_defensive_end
Michael Alisa: http://1280thezone.com/index.php/audio/listen/byu_football_michael_alisa_running_back
Terrance Alletto: http://1280thezone.com/index.php/audio/listen/byu_football_terrance_alletto_offensive_lineman1
The big news coming out of today's post practice interviews was the announcement by Bronco Mendenhall that team captains had been selected by his team. Wide Receivers JD Falslev and Skyler Ridley will represent the offense, while KAT Safety Daniel Sorensen and Mike Linebacker Uani 'Unga will represent the defense. Coach Mendenhall noted that 3 of the 4 are former walk-ons (Falslev, Ridley, "Unga) and indicated that the program has a history of selecting such players, highlight Matt Bauman, Scott Johnson, Kellen Fowler, Sete Aulai, and Cameron Jensen as former surprise picks as captains. Mendenhall said "he's very excited" for the 4 players and that his team "elected strong players and strong leaders."
Coach Mendenhall mentioned that he believed being a named a starter on the squad meant something "for maybe a series" as he expects players rotate in and out of the games as a fast enough clip that reps will be evenly distributed.
Mendenhall explained that Eric Thornton had been switched back over to the offensive side of the ball, based on the play of fellow converted wide-out Michael Davis' play at field cornerback. Mendenhall said that the decision was also in part due to the healthy return of Mike Hague, explaining that Hague can play any of the five secondary positions (field corner, boundary corner, free safety, KAT safety, and nickel back). "Thornton still has a chance to switch back over to defense if a need arises" Mendenhall elaborated. The depth chart at field corner goes Robertson Daniel, Michael Davis, and Mike Hague/Eric Thornton. At boundary corner, the depth chart fills out as "a combination of Mike Hague, Skye PoVey, and Dallin Leavitt" according to Coach Mendenhall.
The defensive line depth chart was explained in detail by Bronco this evening. Mendenhall explained that he expects Eathyn Manumaleuna, Remington Peck, and Bronson Kaufusi to man the end spots while Marques Johnson has re-emerged at nose tackle. Logan Taele and Tomasi Laulile have both been cross trained at nose tackle in addition to their defensive end positions. Mendenhall said that he thought Taele would be his 3rd string nose behind Johnson and Manumaleuna. Freshman JonRyheem Peoples got a concussion during Saturday's practice and was expected to travel to Virginia with the team but that is now up in the air as Peoples will have to pass concussion protocols to get back onto the field. Peoples has been mentioned in the past as a guy who can play both the nose and defensive end positions.
On the offensive front, Coach Mendenhall said that he expects 10 players to not only travel, but also to see action against Virginia. Ryker Mathews, Brad Wilcox, Solomone Kafu, Brayden Kearsley, Terrance Alletto, Brock Stringham, Manaaki Vaitai, Michael Yeck, and De'Ondre Wesley are the 9 players on the depth chart as listed in BYU's game notes so one would surmise a player like Josh Carter, Tim Duran, or Kyle Johnson to be that tenth player on the team plane to Charlottesville. Alletto was surprised by the news of his being named a starter saying he hadn't been informed of that announcement until he was told by the media about it. Coach Mendenhall said these 10 players would be the most linemen that they have ever rotated stating in the past that the rotation went "seven, maybe eight" guys deep.
As the attention turns to preparing for Virginia this weekend, Coach Mendenhall said that the reference point for his coaches and himself rests on the Virginia coaching staff to begin with, stating also that there's some familiarity with new Virginia OC Steve Fairchild form his time as the head coach at Colorado State. Mendenhall said that he looks at film for "a series, maybe two" to get an idea of how player looks but doesn't go much deeper than that since no game film with current Virginia schemes exists. He further elaborated the focus for him was more on his team and how they performed in the season opener rather than focusing on the Cavaliers.
Overall the team seems upbeat and ready to get the season underway against the Cavaliers. Multiple players indicated they are ready to hit someone other than their own teammates and that they are excited to open the season on the road in Charlottesville on Saturday afternoon. That's your report from today's practice. Let me know what questions and/or concerns you may have in the comment below. Until next time, Go Cougars!