Brandon Gurney

Deseret News


BYU football: Top 10 storylines for spring practices

By Brandon Gurney

Deseret News

Published: Sunday, March 2 2014 6:09 p.m. MST

BYU's football team kicks off its spring practice Monday with a lot of accompanying storylines. Here are 10 such storylines we'll be keeping a close eye on over the coming month:
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The Deuce
Livermore, CA

There is only one story line that we want to hear, and it is about winning. Bronco has typically put too much hype and nonsense into the Spring season of football. I want to hear how the program will start to move forward with a change in coaching staff and about recruiting impact players. All else is a noice story line for TV.


I would think the kicking game would be of some concern. Sorenson was actually quite reliable last year. Punting was an up and down affair.

water rocket
Magna, UT

BYU was one of the teams most responsible for the West Coast Offense that revolutionized college and pro teams from a "run first" philosophy to a "passing attack". Now that pretty much every team in college and pro football has learned how to play and defend it, it is time to "revolutionize" the offense once again. BYU has some very good recruits, but lets face it, they can't out recruit teams on the east and west coasts, especially those in power conferences and in larger population centers. Plus, they have such high academic standards that many of the muscle jocks simply don't have the interest in academics BYU requires. So maybe it is time that BYU takes a lesson from basketball and utilize tandem (two at the same time) QB's, where one is the play making, signal calling, under center point guard/quarterback, and the other is in a drop back or wing "set up" position, for a quicker passing attack. Talk about "go fast, go hard", it would be even faster than the current system and present challenges for opposing defenses that no other team offers.

Provo, UT

The football team seems to always look good on paper but they have not looked good on the field. Hopefully that one day they will live up to the hype that we hear every spring ball.

Fort Benning, GA

I'm not sure that I like the idea of Kaufusi and Alisa playing linebacker positions. Why switch players from their natural positions to play something else (I know Alisa was a LB prior, but how long since he played a meaningful snap at that position...)? What does it matter if you have the best athletes on the field, but they don't know their positions very well?

Hopefully the receivers will really stretch the field and Taysom has been working on his accuracy! He has a lot of weapons this year.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

We all hope that these changes will combine to make BYU a more effective football team. The problem with coaching still creativity in the offense and lack of ability or desire to make critical changes at half time. No matter how strong the talent may prove to be, if we continue to run the same plays time after time we'll be stopped time after time. Likewise, the best receivers in the world are of limited value if the quarterback can't pass to them.

Bill Shakespeare
Salt Lake City, UT

BYU used to be fun to watch, even in losses, back in the old days. Now it's three draw plays up the middle then a punt.

Riley Mendenhall
Provo, UT

Who is still buying all the talk?

Concentrate one football, not on what cutesy names to put on the back of the jersey, or the catchy slogan that will be on the T-shirts.

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

Wouldn't it be interesting to have Mike Leach coaching BYU? At least weekly interviews would be entertaining.

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

I would love to see some in-game coaching adjustments as needed but perhaps more importantly,
some pre-game planning that would be more specific to the competition instead of the we-just-
need-to-execute-at-a-higher-level mentality. I'm getting tired of the focus on "we're doing it
our way" instead of preparing for each game with the opponents strengths and weaknesses being considered.

Hopefully the coaches will consider giving our punter and defense a bit more of a rest this
year instead of hurrying up the offense just because they can, without any consideration of
implementing a play that will result in a first down. A 37 second time of possession series is
no fun to pay to see over and over and over.


I can't wait to see the starting skilled players get into there three point stance to run onto the field.

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