BYU football: QB Olsen shines, suffers injury during BYU's spring game
"Taysom and I are good buds. Obviously, we compete really hard. We've both been playing pretty well, getting used to this offense and getting used to the new speed and new signs. He couldn't play today because of his knee. I think I played pretty well for the first time running against a full-speed defense. We'll see how it goes in the summer and fall."
The coaching staff decided to have the quarterbacks participate in "live" play, but opted to keep Hill out.
"Because it was live, I didn't want him around any of that action," offensive coordinator Robert Anae said of Hill. "He's having a good spring and doing well."
For the spring game, the team was divided into two squads, BYU East and BYU West. The West, with Olsen leading the first-team offense, prevailed, 16-14.
Jamaal Williams, representing the West, scored the first touchdown of the game on a three-yard run.
Junior quarterback Christian Stewart, an Orem native and Snow College transfer, led the second-team offense and directed a 12-play, 80-yard drive on his first series, capped by a three-yard touchdown pass to Terenn Houk.
Stewart finished the day having completed 5-of-8 passes for 46 yards. Freshman QB Tanner Mangum also led a touchdown drive that ended with a 32-yard run by Paul Lasike. Mangum, who is scheduled to depart for a mission later this year, completed 8-of-8 passes for 73 yards and had a three-yard TD run on a QB keeper. Freshman Billy Green completed 4-of-6 passes for 26 yards.
"I loved to see the whole offense — the one's, two's and three's — drive down and score," Olsen said. "That's what we want. That's what football is."
"A lot more touchdowns in general for a spring game," Mendenhall said of the 80-play scrimmage. "(The offense is) coming along nicely. Certainly we can improve. I like the tempo and I thought our execution was pretty good. It was a positive day overall offensively."
Once again, Anae stressed the importance of his offense playing fast and playing hard.
"Whatever you write in your goofy columns, write that — we've got a long way to go before we get to the point where I'm satisfied with how fast we play and how hard we play," Anae told reporters.
Beck's assessment of the quarterbacks?
"I thought Ammon came out and executed sharp early. He executed his reads. He took some throws down the field when he had them, dumped them off when he had them, made some plays with his feet. I was impressed with his decision-making. I thought Stewart did a nice job as well. ... Tanner and Billy did a nice job with their opportunities."
Anae was encouraged to see that his quarterbacks did not turn the ball over.
"The quarterback is the No. 1 position for securing the football," he said. "We did that. I'm very pleased with that. Ammon got a little dinged up. We'll see where he is on Monday, where he's at."
NOTES: Placekicker Tyler Jackson missed his first PAT attempt, but later drilled a 45-yard field goal. Placekicker Justin Sorensen also missed a PAT and hit a 33-yard field goal. Lasike led all rushers with 78 yards on nine carries. Most of the projected starters, particularly on defense, were held out of action Saturday as a precaution. Linebacker Alani Fua had 1½ sacks and a pass breakup. Linebacker Jordan Egbert recorded two sacks, while linebacker Tyler Beck and defensive lineman Michael Doman each tallied one sack. Cornerback Jordan Johnson had one pass breakup. Defensive back Trevor Bateman had an interception, taking the ball away from wide receiver Ross Apo, but that was negated by a penalty.
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