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BYU football: How the Cougars can fix the offensive line

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 2 2015 11:27 a.m. MDT

Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Riley Nelson (13) looses the ball at the goal line which would have been a touchback except for a facemask call by Utah in the end zone during the first half as the University of Utah and BYU play football Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Tom Smart, Deseret News) Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Riley Nelson (13) looses the ball at the goal line which would have been a touchback except for a facemask call by Utah in the end zone during the first half as the University of Utah and BYU play football Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

Even with improvements against Hawaii, BYU's offensive line has struggled for much of the season so far, according to BYUfootblog.

Throwing the ball quickly can be very frustrating for a pass rusher, according to the article. Quick passes stop defensive linemen from trying their hardest on every play which can also open things up on the ground.

A well-designed screen pass can throw off a defensive line and stop the opposing team from rushing the passer, according to the article. Having the offensive linemen release on their blocks and then tossing the ball to the running back. Bubble screens thrown to the receiver can also be good at frustrating pass rushers because the ball is out of the quarterback's hands before they have any time to hit him.

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