BYU football: Cougars looking to restore 'BYU brand of offense' and 4 other storylines at fall camp

Published: Friday, Aug. 2 2013 8:03 p.m. MDT

PROVO — Over the course of four decades, BYU built its national reputation on the strength of its prolific, pass-happy offense.

But last season, the Cougars’ strength was definitely their defense, which ranked No. 3 in the nation. Meanwhile, the offense sputtered and struggled to produce touchdowns on a consistent basis.

BYU’s victory over San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl last December was emblematic of the 2012 campaign. Star linebacker Kyle Van Noy did what the offense could not by scoring a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

The school once known for its quarterbacks has been receiving considerable recognition for its linebackers. Somewhere, Ty Detmer is shaking his head in disbelief.

Well, coach Bronco Mendenhall, the mastermind of BYU’s defense, decided to overhaul the offense by replacing the entire offensive coaching staff, headlined by the return of Robert Anae as offensive coordinator.

As the Cougars open fall camp Saturday — with the season opener set for Aug. 31 at Virginia — all eyes will be on the offense.

Will Mendenhall’s changes pay dividends?

Anae is confident that he can return the Cougar offense to glory.

"We’re looking forward to living up to the BYU brand of offense," Anae said at media day in June. "BYU’s got a national brand, and I would like to live up to that."

The Cougars, who are looking to bounce back from a mediocre 8-5 season, face perhaps their toughest schedule in history, with games against opponents like Texas, Utah, Georgia Tech, Wisconsin and Notre Dame.

Here are five storylines to look for at BYU’s fall camp:

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River Falls, WI

I'm nervous about the "go fast go hard" offense given the lack of experience on the O-line. Changing things up on them can definitely backfire. Of course, it might work magnificently too and our offense returns to yesteryear, lighting it up. Let's hope for the latter. Go cougs!

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

"Go fast... Go hard" t-shirts?

Slogan t-shirts always work out so well for BYU....

west valley city, utah

Hey Howie, I would be happy to pick you up one of those T'shirts so you can wear it to your ute games. Who knows, maybe your team will learn something from the slogan. The utes will need all the help they can get for this up coming season. Go cougs!!

Spanish Fork, UT

Once again I'd like to thank all the Cougar-haters/Ute trolls who love to read BYU articles because: coverage is based upon readership. The more you read BYU articles the more we'll get. So keep reading and keep commenting. Thanks for making BYU the best covered school in Utah.

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