Dick Harmon: BYU's terrific defense might need to start scoring points itself to overcome Cougars' anemic offense

Published: Saturday, Sept. 22 2012 7:44 p.m. MDT

While offensive coordinator Brandon Doman is catching heat and senior quarterback Riley Nelson is being criticized for playing injured and ineffective, it all starts up front with the young offensive line.

Poor blocking and inadequate pass protection is blowing up Doman's plays and sending his quarterbacks running and improvising. They have little time to execute.

Unless this gets fixed fast by knowledge or accelerated skill acquisition, the only remedy for this Doman offense is playing inferior teams.

The inability to execute against good defenses has hobbled Doman in creating an offensive identity. What is this offense? A power run game, a spread offense, an option attack or a drop-back passing game? Is its roots that of a West Coast offense or hybrid form of Air Force's option attack?

Unfortunately, because Doman must dip into all of these attacks, none of it becomes a polished product. It just looks bad.

And that leaves things to the defense.

How many points can the defense score?

That may be the next frontier for Mendenhall.

Dick Harmon, Deseret News sports columnist, can be found on Twitter as Harmonwrites and can be contacted at dharmon@desnews.com.

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