BYU football: Post spring practice position overview

Published: Wednesday, April 9 2014 12:42 a.m. MDT

PROVO — BYU concluded its spring football practices last Friday after providing better clarity of each position group heading into fall camp. Several players saw their stock rise throughout the session while others will look to make an impact this fall.

So how does each position group look and what can fans expect come the fall practice session and into the regular season?

Brandon Gurney was there for every open session and gives his best glimpse into what's on tap heading into the 2014 season.

Email: bgurney@desnews.com Twitter: @BrandonCGurney

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Aberdeen, ID

You forgot to mention special teams.

Cinci Man

I would like to add one observation that was not covered in the article. It is true that many of the offensive players can make a significant impact. But some players' ability to make an impact depends largely on whether or not the offensive coordinator knows how to utilize them. If Hill cannot locate receivers, he will run far too often and the offense will struggle. If receivers are not thrown the ball accurately, they will have little chance to make an impact. If coaches don't run plays to receivers, including good patterns and using tight ends, the offense will struggle. My point is that coaching has to improve to give players an opportunity to make an impact, especially with some offensive positions. So I will wait for the report card on offensive coaches, which report card will begin to be shown on the field during the first game. Bring it to the field Cougars. We are hoping for great improvements and a great season.

Baltimore, MD

Cinci Man

Every one of your concerns has been abundantly stressed during spring practice, and will undoubtedly be stressed even more during fall camp.

Anae was very successful running plays to his tightends when he had Harline, Coats, George, and Pitta, and throwing to his running back when he had Brown and Unga.

Stop The Nonsense
El Paso, TX

Whatever happened to that kid who transferred from Notre Dame? (I think his last name was Badger.) He plays safety, right? I can't remember when he transferred, but is it possible we could see him at some point this year?

Idaho Falls, ID

Almost sounds like we have too many receivers. How many of those listed are on scholarship. I was surprised Kurtz wasn't getting first team reps. He should be our best go to guy.

I feel bad for the tight ends. I don't think they are in Anae's plans. He prefers a slot over a TE. We didn't see many plays to TE's last year, I doubt we'll see many this year.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

ONe thing's for sure, there are a lot of Heisman contenders in that list.

Spanish Fork, UT

The author points out the number of receivers and wonders who will be starters. They could all be to some degree. One strategy with a quick offensive scheme like the Cougars now run is to keep sprinting receivers down the field play after play by rotating guys in quickly. In this way it is hard for the defender to catch their breath. 3-6 plays into a drive they are gassed from chasing a receiver that isn't being thrown to. So they start cheating a little and that creates opportunity.

Not saying that is how it will work. But with this much potential, it is certainly an obvious strategy.

Darren Rowe
Heber City, UT

Reply to Stop the Nonsense:

Chris Badger is on the team, healthy, and eligible. We will see him, but it will not be very often. I'm not saying he won't get any meaningful minutes, but it will be few and far between. He will probably only play when another team has made a long drive and Bills and Daniel get tired. Picture the role that Blake Morgan played last year.

Everyone assumes that because he came from Notre Dame, he is amazing. The truth is, I don't think he will do a lot in his career. At least not this year.

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