Breaking down the in-state rivalries in 2013: Utah at BYU

Published: Monday, Sept. 16 2013 2:32 p.m. MDT

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Taysom Hill returns to the starting role as quarterback after sustaining a season-ending injury in the Utah State game last October. Though Hill has only started four games including this season, he has enough experience and ability to lead the offense. Backup Ammon Olsen could see playing time as well.

Expect Hill to run first and throw second under Robert Anae’s new up-tempo offense. Aside from Hill, Jamaal Williams stands as a substantial rushing threat.

Cody Hoffman returns for his senior season as BYU’s primary receiving threat. Hoffman racked up more than 1,000 receiving yards last season and shouldn’t have a problem matching last year’s total as long as he can get open, though his play this season has thus far been limited because of a tweaked hamstring muscle. Ross Apo and JD Falslev are also expected to make major contributions as receivers.

On defense, linebacker Kyle Van Noy returns, and Van Noy can accurately say he scored more points in the Poinsettia Bowl against San Diego State than the entire Cougar offense did. He should be able to achieve on an extremely high level again this year with multiple pass breakups and quarterback hurries, though matching last year's total number of tackles and sacks could be difficult.

Though the cornerback position started out strong, the loss of Trent Trammel and Jordan Johnson to season-ending injuries has thinned out the secondary considerably. Slot receiver Eric Thornton has moved over to one of the spots to help shore it up.
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sandy, ut

This article has to be the least insightful and least interesting sports article I've read in a very long time.

Sooooooooooooooo lazy. The rivalry deserves better analysis than this.

Sandy, Utah

WOW. What a boring article... You should have just stated "BYU and Utah play for the last time in 2 years and it should be a good game".

Salt Lake City, UT

Agreed that the article is lackluster. This article more looks like a preseason primer. I do wonder about the OT loss for the Utes. In my opinion it is more demoralizing than it is motivating. Think of BYU vs St Mary's last year in basketball. That was the turning point in the season in many regards. A hard loss on the home turf in a very abrupt fashion.

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