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5 things to ponder as BYU embarks on fall camp

Published: Saturday, Aug. 2 2014 6:50 p.m. MDT

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Coach Bronco Mendenhall is turning over the task of defensive play calling to defensive coordinator Nick Howell, who’s entering his second season in that position. Mendenhall will still be involved, and could make some crucial calls, but it's Howell's responsibility to be the play caller.

“Nick has been with me for seven years,” Mendenhall said. “We’ve been in every meeting together and he knows exactly how the system runs. I think he’s ready and capable. That’s the plan.”

Don’t expect Howell’s style to vary much from Mendenhall’s, though Howell has said he likes to be aggressive. That means Howell could dial up more blitzes for the Cougar defense in 2014.

BYU is looking for a continuation of strong play from the defense, just like the previous few seasons. Last year, for instance, the Cougars were No. 12 in yards-per-play defense, No. 16 in pass efficiency defense and No. 22 in scoring defense.


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Y Ask Y
Provo, UT

If BYU wants to prove that we can play with "the big boys", we need more (some?) big boys on our schedule!

Family First, Red & Blue
SLC, UT

Howells play calling will be very easy especially blitz if he can find some shut down Corners with speed. Not the ones running with the 1s or 2s last Saturday. They all got beat for multiple TD's. Any agressive speedster on the Secondary. Defends was solid minus CBs.

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