BYU football: BYU's victory over Texas offers some important sub-headlines

Published: Sunday, Sept. 8 2013 4:24 a.m. MDT

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All the defensive accolades continue to go to Kyle Van Noy and Eathyn Manumaleuna — and rightfully so. But this is a defensive front with a ton of talent across the board, and the attention being paid to Van Noy is giving those lesser-known guys a chance to shine.

BYU faithful certainly know who Bronson Kaufusi is. But Saturday night may have been a national coming-out party for the Cougar defensive lineman who might be a bigger NFL prospect than Ezekial Ansah. Kaufusi was disruptive to the Texas offense all night long. Whether he was clogging up the middle, grabbing Longhorn running backs in the lanes or pressuring the quarterback, Kaufusi was the lynchpin in BYU’s bullying defense.

Meanwhile, playing opposite to Van Noy, Alani Fua and Uani Unga showed tremendous amounts of speed and tackling prowess. For a guy with a 6-foot-5 frame, Fua demonstrated great body control and instinct on the field while the 6-foot-1 Unga seemed to be involved in every play he was on the field. Like they were to Texas, these two are likely to be a thorn in the side of Cougar opponents for the rest of the season.
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Bountiful, UT

BYU punter Scott Arellano has GOT to speed up his approach when punting. Texas was loading up for bear early in the game and very nearly blocked one. As long as he continues going as slow as molasses in January teams all year long will be gunning for him.

Mission Viejo, CA

I agree with most comments on this list. The glaring issue is passing. I'm hopeful that Hill will be able to bring that around, but frankly, he's been terrible at hitting his receivers. I watched the game with a more analytical eye and saw a three or four balls too low, a couple behind the receiver, and a couple overthrown.

He got a lot better in the 2nd half, but clearly this needs to be a focus.

The big difference between Hill and Oregon's Mariotta is passing. Mariotta is a much better passer. But to be fair, Hill is still a Sophomore. He's a sophomore. I have to keep telling myself that.

Bountiful, UT

Good point about Hill's passing. There are actually 3 options with BYU's read option attack. The first is the FB dive, 2nd is the QB keeper based off what the QB reads from the DL. The 3rd option is when he keeps and is running and he sees the DB committing to the run he can step back and throw over the top.

Hill has only been using the first 2 options and so far the only times he's passed the ball are with designed passing plays. Knowing how the utes tend to over pursue in an effort to take something away, this 3rd option if used can pop some big plays in the passing game when the utes aren't planning for it.

With BYU having 2 weeks to prepare I'm hoping to see us use this 3rd option often and take advantage of them cheating or over-committing and burn them deep. I'm hoping these next 2 weeks we'll see a big improvement in Taysom's passing.

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