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Published: Saturday, Aug. 6 2011 9:00 p.m. MDT

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West Jordan, UT

I can't wait for the season to start in less than a month! This will be a fun team to watch, and I believe they are a team that could really make some noise. Go Cougars!

Alpine, UT

Best news I've heard in years. Anae's offense was boring, predictable and easy for teams with quality athletes to defend. I can't wait to see the combination of aggressive, innovative play calling with highly talented players. This should be fun!

Captain L
Provo, UT

Sounds great, this should be an exciting and fun season, getting everyone up to speed will be the chanllenge, but I'm confindent they will be good. Go Cougs.

Idaho Falls, ID

"They knew exactly what we were going to do, knew what our personnel groups were going to be all the time," said one player afterwards. "No more."

This was the hallmark of the Anae offense, and no team knew our offense and could predict our plays better than TCU. I truly, truly hope than under Doman's reign, teams like TCU will be forced to play us honest.

The hype about the Cougs this year is through the roof! I'm cautiously optimistic. I can only hope that we're half as good as we are hyped up to be.

One question: Why is Bronco holding open (to the media) practices, unveiling a new offense?

Captain L
Provo, UT

I just hope we can stay pretty injury free, if we can things will be exciting and fun.

Murray, UT

What we saw Saturday was a multi-dimensional West Coast offense designed to make a defense cover the entire field on every play. And not be predictable.

Glad we have a New OC with fresh ideas and creativity, this offense is gonna be alot of fun to watch this season.

Independence Is Bliss
San Jose, CA

Love it! I think Apo was the leading receiver today with 55 yds receiving. Can't wait for him to get up to speed with the offense.

Agua Dulce, TX

Gary Patterson is wringing his hands with glee in anticipation.

Sandy, UT

While Boise State was still playing Division 2, BYU had already been running this stuff for a generation.

Tis Boise who copied BYU.

Remember it was Virgil Carter who first implemented the West Coast Offense with Bill Walsh at Cincinatti. BYU wrote the book on the modern forward pass in College Football, when teams were still running the Wishbone and I formations. Three yards and a cloud of dust was the norm. BYU broke the mold and the College football World followed.

It's about time BYU got back to it's roots. Things got stale in the eighties nineties with Chow. The Detmer years excluded. Chow needed a change to get back to his roots as well.

Let's hope the flanker returns also, remember the Bellini's? Bring it on.

Orem, Utah

Love the fact that Doman has researched plays, is building his library of'em. This might be the most "out of the box" offense BYU's had in quite awhile.

Surprised that Apo didn't learn much during his redshirt year. "Swimming out there"? Good thing they're going to get his feet wet right away, instead of working him in over the year.

Still, swimming your way to being the day's leading receiver is nice news! Can't wait to see the Jake-Apo show for real. With Hoffman on the opposite side, neither of these guys can get double-teamed without someone being wide open, somewhere.

Judging by what I've read about Ole Miss's tall, fast receivers, BYU's "short" defense will need practice against Apo & Hoffman.

I had a nightmare last night that BYU's inagural independent season was marred by losses due to questionable ref calls and some key injuries.

Now that that's said (knock on wood), it should be a season to remember (for all the right reasons).

Frisco, TX

There is plenty of talent on the offensive side of this team. If they can execute at a high level, they will be very good. 29 practices should be enough to get them clicking on all cylinders.

I'm almost as excited to see what DuPaix does with the run game, as I am to see what Doman does with the entire offense. I think we'll see some wrinkles that we have haven't ever seen before.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

This will be an exciting season. I'm looking forward to watching every game.

Iowa City, IA

Good news from camp! Very tantalizing to hear about the new offense. Hope with hard work it all comes together so "magic happens".

Where's Stockton ???
Bowling Green, OH

The lack of a multiple dimensional offense was what was wrong with the Anae years. I'm actually amazed that BYU had the five 10 win seasons under his guidence...and that it took the other conference teams that long to finally pick his offensive scheme apart. It was admittedly... pitifully predictable and so lacking in imagination... that it's hard to understand why it succeeded...especially with the lack of any real passing threat. BYU will never be a predominantly running team...ever!!! Somehow Anae just couldn't grasp that. I'd have to attribute the success to great athleticism on the part of the players...more than Anae's offensive genius. I know that some will say that BYU actually passed more than it ran the ball... but a down and out schematic used to set up the run is not...nor ever will be an effective passing attack. Thank Goodness that Doman can see the difference and won't be afraid to stretch it out in the multiple passing lanes that BYU teams under Chow and Scovil... Edward's two best coordinators... previously blazed. It was like day versus night immediatly after Anae left and Doman took over. Things really are beginning to click.

Salt Lake City, UT

Execution is the key to a successful offense and that takes lots of repetition. Nice to talk about variety and creativity, but if the plays are not practiced enough the offensive mistakes will not need much of defense to mire the team in multiple 3rd down and 20 situations. Boring may be predictible, but when executed it works. This sounds to much like a BYU recently fired head coach to give much confidence to me.


Doman will be put to test very quickly against an SEC defense in Ole Miss. September 3rd can't get here soon enough!!

Arlington, VA

The reason Bronco elevated Brandon to OC is becoming apparent. With a wealth of talented players, Brandon is setting the table for a very exciting, very agressive, and very productive offense. No more sitting on the ball at the 20 and counting on a 37-yard FG try to win the game for you.

With Heaps triggering the offense and Doman calling the shots, this could be the most exciting offense BYU has had since McMahon and company were lighting up the scoreboard in 1980.

Idaho Falls, ID

I think modern college football has shown us that a balanced attack is the most effective. Leaning to your strengths (pass or run) is fine but it is important for BYU (a passing team) maintain a decent running game to keep the opposition off balance. Hopefully BYU will use the run in a more unpredictable way. Last year you could pretty much guarantee that the 1st down play would be a run up the middle, 2nd down a run or 2 yd pass, and 3rd down a 2yd pass.

Farid @ Pocatello
Pocatello, ID

I agree with Idablue that the balanced attack is the most effective. That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the 70's and 80's and all those 55 pass-attempt games. But two problems emerge with that kind of offense:

First, when BYU came up against teams with above average secondaries, they usually lost because they were dared to run and couldn't. In other words, they had no "Plan-B."

Second, there is no way that BYU will be able to successfully recruit top running backs like Curtis Brown, Harvey Unga and Joshua Quezeda when they will be limited to a handful of draw plays and receptions out of the backfield. So they end up with lesser quality backs and are then forced to pass more. It's a vicious circle.

While those Dewey Warren days (actually, just one year) were fun, I'd much rather have an offense that can pass for 300 yards and have a running back that can run for 100 yards in a game. I don't want to see those 550 passing yard games any more.


I agree with many of you that we need to focus on both run and pass schemes in order to proper confuse and intimidate defenses. The reason the pass worked so well in the beginning with Warren, was because no one really knew how to defend against it, and ironically, if you'll remember, that passing attack created the nation's leading rusher Pete Van Valkenburg. It takes more intelligence and planning to play football now than it did back then. When you have a full arsenal of weapons to run and pass, you do both! It's the fun way to play. Oh man I'll die if this season doesn't begin soon!

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