BYU football: Enthusiasm high as Cougars open fall camp
With so many returning players, there are few position battles to be won. But that doesn't mean this camp won't be spirited.
"I think the competition will actually be even more fierce between better quality and not as many unknowns," Mendenhall said. "It's how the reps will be divided. My hope is that I'm looking for a higher level of performance from our team through camp at a faster pace than what we've had before because it's a difficult early schedule."
The Cougars also spent considerable time Saturday working on special teams.
"I think our special teams needs to perform at a higher level," Mendenhall said. "We're putting an increased emphasis on that. Hopefully it will show this year."
O'Neil Chambers attended practices and was actively involved with some coaching from the sidelines.
As has become tradition, the true freshmen took the field with some hideous hairdos, courtesy of the upper-classman barber shop. Lene LeSatele donned what looked to have received the worst of it, followed closely by Ryker Mathews.
True freshman Teu Kautai was working out as a defensive back, although he signed with BYU as a linebacker. Stehly Reden, as anticipated, donned the white jersey which is designated for the defense with recently returned missionary, Solomone Kafu having switched over from defensive line to the offensive line.
The first day saw freshman Houston Reynolds running with the ones along the offensive line at the left guard spot. Braden Hansen was in at right guard, with Terence Brown at center, Matt Reynolds and left tackle and Braden Brown at right tackle.
The second group has Ryker Mathews at left tackle, Marco Thorson at left guard, Blair Tushaus at center, Walter Kahaialii at right guard, and Famika Anae at right tackle.
Notable recruits at practice included Cougar commit Brayden Kearsley, and Pleasant Grove's Brandon Fanaika.
BYU camp report
DAY 1: On a hot afternoon with temperatures in the 90s, BYU opened camp with a one-hour session for newcomers, followed by a 90-minute session with the veterans.
STANDOUTS: Wide receivers Ross Apo and Rhen Brown each caught a touchdown pass from Jake Heaps, who completed 8-of-9 passes for 108 yards.
INJURIES: Running back Joshua Quezada sat out due to a moderate ankle sprain.
NEXT UP: BYU will return to practice Monday afternoon with a session for the newcomers, followed by a session with the veterans.
Contributing: Brandon Gurney
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