“We also want to develop great characters in the community,” Mallory said. “We want to develop some pride in the program that hasn’t been here for a long time. We have some of the best facilities in the state now — facilities that are on par with the top programs in the state — so we definitely feel the pressure to be equal to those facilities, and equal to the best programs in the state. That’s the ultimate goal for Provo and I’m confident we can get there, if not this year, then in the near future.”
Provo Bulldogs at a glance
Coach: Cody Mallory was the defensive coordinator at Frankfurt High School in northern Michigan before taking the Provo job. He helped Frankfurt to an 8-3 record in his final season.
(6 returning starters; spread)
Big changes are coming to the Bulldog offense this season. Mallory let go of his triple option last season in favor of the trendy spread system run by the majority of Utah County teams.
"When in Rome, I guess," Mallory said. "We're right across the street from BYU and kids grow up wanting to play like they do at BYU, so we feel like running a system they can relate to and are excited about will help. I don't feel players bought into our offense last year, so I changed it and I think we'll see a lot of success with it."
It takes a good group of receivers to run an effective spread and Mallory likes his group.
"We have three solid playmakers at receiver this year along with (Brandon) Holden, who is going to be great," he said. "We have Travis Heiner, Brayden Hinckley and Isaiah Jones. All of them are dependable and guys we think will make a lot of plays for us this year."
(5 returning starters; 4-2-5)
Mallory is shaking things up on defense as well, going from a traditional 4-3 base to a 4-2-5.
"We'll rotate our three starting linebackers in throughout games and that should work well in keeping them fresh and active," Mallory said. "Jake Francis and Christian Wendelboe will be our starters and should be great players. Defensive line is where we need guys to step up."
Coach’s preseason Region 8 straw poll: Seventh
Deseret News preseason prediction: Seventh
Bottom line: There's no way to go but up for the Bulldogs. Look for them to be more competitive in Mallory's second year. Region 8 may be a bit down this year, which could pave the way for a couple of wins for Provo. A playoff run seems unrealistic for this season, but Mallory is putting things in place necessary for Provo to become competitive in the near future.
Provo coaching history
2012-current — Cody Mallory (0-10)
2008-2011 — Saia Pope (18-24)
2004-2007 — Clint Christiansen (21-22)
1999-2003 — Frank Henderson (17-37)
1995-1998 — David Mills (9-28)
1993-1994 — Ed Larson (6-12)
1992 — Jess Christensen (4-5)
1991 — Duane Johnson (5-4)
1981-1990 — Frank Henderson (77-34)
1979-1980 — Unknown (11-8)
1977-1978 — Dick Henderson (6-12)
1976 — Paul Gillespie (10-2)
1973-1975 — Jack Branin (12-15)
1972 — Bry Lake (10-3)
1954-1971 — Dick Hill (81-71-6)
1943-1953 — Max Warner (39-51-6)
1942 — Glen Simmons (3-2-1)
1939-1941 — Griffith Kimball (16-9-2)
1936-1938 — Unknown (8-13-3)
1923-1935 — Glen Simmons (49-39-7)
1908-1922 – Unknown (14-17)
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2009 — Likio Pope, OL
2009 — Maka Unufe, Specialist
2006 — Austin Alder, Specialist
To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.