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Published: Monday, July 23 2012 8:29 p.m. MDT

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Mildred in Fillmore
Salt Lake City, UT

Bronco is a defensive genius.

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

The funny thing is that Mildred is closer to the truth than he wants to admit. Bronco's defenses tend to be quite strong.

rafinsure
Elk Grove/U.S.A., 00

It concerns me that it's a small back field, PAC-12 and Big 10 teams have players that are 6'0" or over. Sorensen is the only guy they mention who is 6'0". Hopefully, they have at least a lot of speed. They might have difficulties against tall and fast wide receivers.

Floyd Johnson
Broken Arrow, OK

No mention of O'Neal Chambers. Is he still returning this year? The plan was to move him to the defensive backfield. I look forward to watching him compete.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Bronco's Defense is AMAZING! Last year, the Y's Big "D" held their big brother to only 481-yds of total offense, and a meager 38-pts. I'm surprised SEC coaches don't fly to WACistan to learn defensive strategies from cougar coaches. Why, the last time anyone from SEC country flew up to Provo...

...they wanted to meet with Kyle.

So weird!

DC
Alexandria, VA

I'll admit - I'm more comfortable with our defense on the field than I am our offense.

Yerffoegn
Maricopa, Az

Ya Vet, you have about 4 more months to refer the WAC in any regard. However, as usual, beating a dead horse is your specialty.
Cougsrock!

metamoracoug
metamora, IL

Rafinsure: I could be wrong but neither Tim McTyer nor Omar Morgan were especially big, but may have been BYU's best corners.

LDS-BYU Convert
ALPINE, UT

Brandon-

I'm not sure where you got your facts about BYU's defensive ranking but in the most important stat (points scored against), they were 22nd...see NCAA.com/football/stats.

kaspercasey
gilbert, AZ

Seems like a good group in a secondary that only a couple years ago was the team's weakness. I hope BYU can get some more JC kids to restock the system when a lot of this group turns over at the end of the year.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Navy Boy and Milly:

Last year BYU finished in the top 25. utah was no where to be seen. sad.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

Tom in CA

Last year BYU built its record on top of horrible teams...

Papa Smurf UTE
Herriman, UT

All these amazing stats came against the WEAK teams of college football. Had the Y actually played some decent teams, with a QB that could actually throw the ball, and not play teams that were ranked over 100 in total offense, this stats might actually look good. Let's see where they are at once they play some quality teams. Washington St could become a quality team under Leach, but it may take time. Bronco has a great defensive mind, but he doesn't have the player for it. Van Noy is the only player on the D that is worth anything.

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

Re: Papa Smurf

Kyle Van Noy is the only player on D that is worth anything.

"Anything?" He isn't the only player on defense that is worth "anything."

Football is a team sport, superstars don't win football games. BYU has proven that for decades.

But with a superstar like Van Noy he opens up a lot of things for his teammates.

BYU's defensive line and middle linebackers are the reason BYU has great run defense. I'm not going to sit here like some fans and say that BYU's DBs are going to "dominate" like some outlandish fans, but Utah fans give zero credit to BYU's defensive backfield. BYU probably has one of the most underrated secondaries in the region (I can't say conference because BYU isn't in one right now). BYU might have played weak defensive teams (which may speak to their offense more than their defense) but BYU played some very good offenses last year. Utah State, UCF, TCU, Tulsa, and even Hawaii and New Mexico State were no slouches on offense and BYU kept them in check.

No one is saying BYU's defense is SEC good but come on.

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

@rafinsure
"It concerns me that it's a small back field, PAC-12 and Big 10 teams have players that are 6'0" or over."

There are several guys BYU will have playing in the secondary that are over 6' including DeQuan Everett 6'3", Cameron Comer 6', O'Neill Chambers 6'2", Jray Galeai 6'1", Chase Pendley 6'1", Preston Hadley 6', Craig Bills 6'2", etc. All of these guys will be in the mix for the 2 deep, especially if we run a lot of nickel packages this year. We'll have plenty of size and speed in the secondary.

I think you're overblowing it a bit. Pac 12 Utah's top returning WR's go 6'1", 6'1" and 5'10" (Andersen, Christopher and Dunn). An inch or two isn't going to be the end of the world or spell doom for our defense anymore than it will for Utah's defense where they have a couple starters in their secondary that are in the 5'9" to 5'10" range (and contrary to popular myth held by ute fans, not every ute DB runs a sub 4.3 40).

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