BYU rush defense vs. Weber State
There was exactly nothing to complain about concerning BYU’s ability to defend the run against Washington State. WSU finished with -5 yards rushing, although it didn’t try all that much to establish a ground attack.
Weber State presents a ride-style option attack much like Texas presented in the second half of last year’s game. Quarterback Mike Hoke was the team’s leading rusher last game with 31 yards on 12 carries, with 21 of those yards coming on one attempt. Its leading running back is CJ Tuckett, who rushed the ball 10 times for 24 yards against Fresno.
Cougar question mark
Will BYU maintain gap discipline and not consistently be caught being too aggressive like it did against Texas last season? No one should mistake the rushing attack by Weber for Texas, but the principles in defending a ride-option remain the same.
“It’s all about focusing on our own execution and what we do to be effective more than what our opponent does,” said safety Mike Hague. “We respect Weber State and we respect what they do on offense, but our focus is on us, and that’s largely the same for every opponent we play.”
BYU should fare well against a rushing attack that didn’t do much last week against Fresno State. Look for Weber to get down early and scrap a lot of the run attempts it otherwise would employ.
BYU pass defense vs. Weber State
BYU did very well last week defending against WSU’s wide-open passing attack. Cornerback Jordan Johnson stepped up big as did his defensive back teammates. The pass rush was also adequate in limiting WSU to just 229 yards passing and no touchdowns.
Weber’s passing attack is led by receivers Shaydon Kehano (5-11, 190) and Jordan Clemente (6-4, 220.) Kehano led the team in yards last week (59) while Clemente led the team in receptions (9.) Overall, the Wildcats threw for 202 yards.
Cougar question mark
How much nickel defense will the Cougars present against Weber State and how will they choose to rush the quarterback? Last week saw a lot of nickel packages and a variety of blitz packages. How aggressive Mendenhall chooses to be in defending the Wildcats will be worth noting.
“Weber State is a balanced offense that does a lot of the same things other teams have done against us,” said Hague. “They’ll run a lot of different stuff off of their ride-spread offense, so we need to stay disciplined with our assignments and be ready for anything.”
Fans can expect Mendenhall to go with soft zones should his team get off to an early lead. Weber should gain close to 200 yards passing as a result.
Weber State shouldn’t give BYU much trouble with what it presents on both sides of the football. Look for BYU to get off to a big lead early and then cruise to a comfortable win.
Final score: BYU 42, Weber State 7
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