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Published: Monday, Feb. 25 2013 3:20 p.m. MST

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St George, Utah

Anae is going to have full reigns as Offensive Coordinator. If you look at the signs, this is Bronco's last season as HC and he will be replaced by Anae in 2014. Bronco's contract goes up after this year, a contract he chose to cut short, and the fact Anae has been hand picking his entire offensive staff says it all.

Anae's experience at Arizona will bring a whole lot of excitement to the BYU offense. He was the only member of Stoops staff that Rich Rod kept on staff last year. Anae was able to play a vital part in one of the best offenses in the country last season as O-line coach and running game Coordinator.
We will see a very strong running game and an efficient passing game with the no-huddle. Many of the chips are in place on offense to have a very good and balanced attack. QB, RB, WR, and TE are all very deep with a lot of experience and talent. And with all the JUCO O-Linemen coming in it is obvious that the focus is on improving the line.
Either way, good change is coming to Provo.


In an interview with 1280 the zone, when he was asked who was most responsible for the decisions to start Riley, lark pointed at doman over bronco, which is consistent with his tendency to delegate and proverbially wash his hands of the offense. With anae at the helm, hopefully the best players will play.


Excited to see what BYU can do this year. Great schedule and lots of new players to watch. Should be a fun year.

Y Eng
Ann arbor, MI

Apparently we BYU fans are prone to amnesia. Just a few years ago most of us were greeting Anae's firing and Doman's hiring with great enthusiasm and now we're hailing Anae's return as the Second Coming? It does seem rather contradictory.

Granted there are some good things that are happening. Riley Nelson is gone, we have some good players, and Anae got some good experience while away. While I think it's fine to be cautiously optimistic about this season I think that's about all. Anae hasn't demonstrated yet that he has overcome his previous weaknesses that led to his firing/resignation. And that won't happen until fall.

Omaha, NE

I hope this isn't like last year where the press plays everyone up with BYU having all conference at every position in the spring and then in the fall "wow what happened to our team they were so good in the spring and pre season"

Lawndale, CA

Cant wait to see what this year holds. Last year was a disappointing, but I'm very eager to see what this group will do with a better Quarter Back at the helms. A healthy O-line wouldn't hurt either. Skilled positioned wise we are as good and deep as any team in the country. Some question whether Anae will let certain players play their game, throw that out.....Anae will coach to the strengths of the team. I see a lot of passing and running just like it was when thunder and lightning were playing in the backfield. I also see Hill running for at least 6-700 Yards along with 2500 plus passing. We have great receivers and tight ends. Look for Devin Mahina to have a great year. Anae will love going to him early and often. Mahina just lost his Father (my role model growing up) and will have a fire in him to say the least this year. I know im writing a novel, but this WILL BE A GREAT YEAR for BYU football. Quote me please. lol
GO Cougars.

Gorum The Old
Madison, AL

People have short memories. Everyone raves about Williams and relagates Alisa to a blocking/back up roll. The funniest comments are the ones about how Williams proved he was better than Alisa.

I don't know who is better, but Alisa has shown he can be is at least as capable as Williams.

Alisa's first year at RB, he averaged 5.4 ypc.
Williams' first year at RB, he averaged 4.7 ypc.

Most say that Williams has a much greater big play ability. At least as of last year, that is incorrect, or at the very least unproven. In 166 carries last year, Williams had two runs that went for over 30 yards. In 2011, Alisa has 3 carries that went for over 30 yards, in only 85 carries.

Now, it must be said, that Alisa definately did have better blocking, so I won't say that he performed better. What I will say is that both Alisa and williams are good backs and could become a great ones.

Gorum The Old
Madison, AL

Continued from first post...

The nice thing is that they have different strengths. Williams has quicker feet and has a cutback ability that Alisa doesn't. While Alisa is signifficantly bigger and stronger than Williams, that isn't only part of the story. The more important, and more surprising part is his speed. He is at least as fast as Williams, if not faster.

Williams can do a lot of dammage on options and shovel passes because of how quickly he can get to full speed.

Alisa can be the most dangerous up the middle. His long runs don't usually come of of sweeps,opions, or streatches that go out wide. They happen in the middle of the field. If he can get into the second level of the defense, he is only a missed or broken tackle away from a long run and/or TD. Once he is past the LB, he has the speed to beat the safeties in a foot race, which he did several times in 2011.

Summary: BYU has a great pair or running backs. Go Cougars!

Las Vegas, NV

I was not impressed with Prichard. I think that was a wasted scholarship. Hacing said that, BYU has a lot of talent in that backfield and under Anae's system, all may be able to display talents that were buried in Doman's offense of bubble screens and option pitches. Anae has a lot more trap and pulling rotation blocking schemes planned. That will create more and better holes than the zone read and reaction blocks that cause BYU's running backs to stumble and paw for holes at times. Prichard may be of value as a lead blocker, but again, that person has to be able to hit the (A & B Gaps usually) hole and not stumble in which blocks it for the ball carrier.

Mildred in Fillmore
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm so happy with the Cougar running backs for this year. Very few teams, if any, have the talent at runnung back that the Cougars do. Our depth at that position is like a SEC team.

Gilmore in Milford
Spanish Fork, UT

Byu is going to need more than Williams this year. Utah had the best front seven in the country last year and rumblings on the hill say we'll be the best this year too. Go UTES!

West Jordan, Utah

at Blue husky, your post has me rethinking my position some. Good observations. Next at black and blue, I agree with that one. Level headed Cougars are refreshing today. BYU has some RBs that with Anae's strengths of putting together an O line have me worried the Cougs could be tough to beat.

midvale, UT

In case BYU fans wonder why I comment on these articles it's because I love football and am already experiencing withdrawals from its absence.

Cougar fans should be justifiable stoked about Hill and Williams. They both showed last year that they are potential studs. I would have some concerns about whether Anaes system will take full advantage of there skill set. I know Anae says he learned a lot fron the Rich Rod scheme, but it's 1 thing to say your going to add wrinkles to an offense and another thing to actually implement them and coach them. (See UTE OC's for the past 7 years).

I hope the Des News runs the same type of spring preview articles leading up to our spring practices. It's always fun to be thinking football.

Herbert Gravy
Salinas, CA

mnsave - That's why Bronco is the coach and you, I, nor anyone else is not. He is on the field with the players. All in all, he has done pretty darn well don't you think. He was more interested in Ziggy's development than in selfishly using him "ahead of his time". Kudos to Bronco.

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