The top 10 developments from BYU's spring camp

Published: Wednesday, March 27 2013 3:58 p.m. MDT

PROVO — Each spring practice session includes many key developments in preparation for the coming season.

Most of the news is good during any team's practice session, but there are occasional bad news items that creep up. Injuries, fatigue and player role issues regularly pop up during spring camp, and the BYU Cougars have been no exception this year so far.

Fans will only know whether or not most of the ills that plagued BYU football last season are resolved come August, but in the mean time, a number of interesting headlines have emerged from the gridiron in Provo. Most of these headlines bode well for the BYU faithful, while others do not.

Here's a look at the top 10 developments to come from BYU spring football camp that is set to conclude in a little more than a week's time.

Email: bgurney@desnews.com; Twitter: @BrandonCGurney

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Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Nice report. On a previous article, a poster opined that Ammon Olson was wresting the number one focus away from Taysom. I thought at the time, and still wonder, any corroboration on whether Ammon is showing particularly well?

Because it seems to me the number one spot is Taysom's to lose, recovery notwithstanding, and if Ammon is in the thick of it, then he must be showing exceptionally well.

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RBN
Salt Lake City, UT

Brandon Gurney, you always do a great job reporting on BYU. Nicely done. I wish the DNews had someone similar covering the Utes or wish the Trib had someone as good as Jay Drew covering the Utes. Barring serious injuries, the Cougars look to be better on offense and possibly not quite as good on defense. Should be an interesting year.

I would add #11: Robert Anae has shown himself to have no skills in dealing with the media.

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

Contrary to the previous comment, I think Robert Anae has skills dealing with the media, just not the kind RBN thinks he should have. Anae seems to not have a lot of patience or tolerance for stupid questions. Maybe that is a lack of "skill" when it comes to media relations but I see it as using a different skill early on so he won't get stupid questions in the future.

RBN
Salt Lake City, UT

All Robert is doing is assuring that he'll be treated unsympathetically in the media if his offense struggles. If the offense is successful, then he won't have to worry about it.

So Nellie, how do you think the world would view the LDS church if President Hinckley had taken Coach Anae's approach when he was on 60 minutes with Mike Wallace? I keep hearing that BYU's football program should be an extension of the four-fold mission of the church. How does Coach Anae's "different skill" with the media correlate to the church's mission?

CWEB
Orem, UT

The reporter could probably care less about the questions he asks...however, the fans love the insights gained from many types of questions. Anae needs to be nice...period. This issue was part of the team problems during his last stay. Many players could not stand him. Why would it be different? Why can't the man just be nice???

ParkerCoug12
Parker, CO

I don't understand Mike Hague playing at corner, and why any one would see him as an option. This is not his natural position and seems like a a disaster in my opinion. Nothing against him, but this position really worries me.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

I'd much rather read articles like this than the multiple articles on uniforms and apparel. Hopefully there will be a part 2, covering some other positions, and who may be in the two deep.

Who are the back-ups at middle and outside linebacker?
How is the competition for #2 QB?
What's going on with the punting game?
Who's winning the battle at TE?
Now that it's been a couple of weeks, how is the up-tempo offense working?

There's been a lot of coverage about Anae and Holladay. How are the other new offensive coordinators doing and fitting in?

Feliz
Kaysville, UT

The sky is the limit for this team. I'm predicting big things (BCS).

panamadesnews
Lindon, UT

Coach Anae could see that some of the media had a cetrain agenda when asking their questions. So he answered, "What is the purpose of your question?" That, I believe, is to get them to think about it before they asked their questions, why were they asking certain questions. If they think before asking, some of the questions whose answers are obvious, perhaps will not be asked. The media needs to stop asking questions that invite controversy. The media seems to thrive on controversary, which breeds infighting among the different groups of people. Just my thoughts on the subject.

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