BYU football notebook: Depth chart will be kept secret until game week

Published: Monday, Aug. 13 2012 9:35 p.m. MDT

PROVO — BYU's depth chart is starting to take shape, although coach Bronco Mendenhall isn't sharing too much about it publicly.

After last Thursday's scrimmage, the Cougar coaching staff began finalizing a depth chart in preparation for the season-opener against Washington State on Aug. 30.

"We'll kind of keep it internal. We have a pretty good idea of what the depth is now," Mendenhall said after Monday's practice. "I didn't see the need to keep it public yet. It will be announced during game week anyway, just like normal. I think that's the best way to handle it after thinking about it. Still a lot could happen in another week at a few key positions."

Among those positions coaches continue to watch are tight end, running back and receiver.

"Anxious to see tight end-wise, the health of Austin (Holt) and Richard (Wilson) and how they might fit into it," Mendenhall said. "We have some running back decisions to make, not who plays but how they're going to be used. Depth at receiver — maybe not the first four receivers, but maybe 5, 6, 7."

Mendenhall did say the fourth receiver, behind Cody Hoffman, Ross Apo and JD Falslev, would be redshirt freshman Mitch Mathews.

The battle for the starting strongside outside linebacker spot, between Spencer Hadley and Alani Fua, could continue during the season, Mendenhall said.

During Monday's afternoon session, the team got some situational work done, particularly two-minute offense drills.

"Right now when the team gets into competitive situations with a lot of pressure, it becomes more individual than team," Mendenhall said. "A lot of execution and composure work is still necessary. They've gone against each other enough now where grudges from four days ago play out. … I'd like to have a little bit more composure and maturity — both sides — when it gets chaotic and frantic at the end."

Mendenhall said there is another scrimmage planned for Thursday.

VAN NOY MAKING NOISE: Outside linebackers coach Kelly Poppinga said star linebacker Kyle Van Noy has settled into his role in BYU's defensive scheme.

"To be honest with you, with the talent that he has, we've used him the same way from his freshman year to his sophomore year to this year," Poppinga said. "Things have evolved a little bit, with the way we used him last year in certain nickel situations, and certain fronts and calls that we have, but he's doing the same exact thing since his freshman year. Now, he knows just what to do, when he's supposed to do it, and how to do it. He understands the scheme of things."

TAPERING DOWN ACCESS: Mendenhall is cutting down the amount of practice he is allowing reporters to watch in fall camp.

On Monday, the media was allowed into practice for the final 30 minutes — rather than the entire practice.

Mendenhall said he is trying to "transition smoothly" from fall camp media access to in-season access. Reporters are not allowed to watch any practices once the season begins.

Email: jeffc@desnews.com

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