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Published: Wednesday, July 3 2013 6:40 p.m. MDT

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Vladhagen
Salt Lake City, UT

Maybe they are considering just sending KVN out by himself. They could call it the penny formation: one single guy laying havoc down. I mean, he pretty much won the bowl on his own.

NorCalCougarFan&Alum
Elk Grove, CA

I'm really pleased with the defense Mendenhall has put together during his tenure at BYU. However, I want the Cougars to get back to its roots, which includes an incredible offense. The latter includes quarterbacks with accurate arms supported by a strong offensive line and great wide receivers. I'm reserving judgment on Anae, but I hope he is better the second time around. His offensive plays were too predictable and his play book was too small during his first stint in Provo.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Way to go, guys! You beat Chris to the punch.

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

NorCalCougarFan&Alum

"I'm reserving judgment on Anae, but I hope he is better the second time around. His offensive plays were too predictable and his play book was too small during his first stint in Provo"

Yeah, those ranked teams and Top 25 Offenses were just horrible, and you are a genius.

From the official BYU website:

"During Anae’s first tenure as offensive coordinator at BYU, the Cougar offense was extremely successful, earning top-25 NCAA statistical rankings in 10 different offensive categories a total of 35 times, including 15 top-10 ratings. BYU ranked in the top 25 in third-down efficiency each of Anae’s six seasons, including a No. 1 ranking in 2009 and No. 2 ratings in 2008 and 2006. The Cougars were in the top-6 in passing offense three times (2005, 2006, 2008) in his six seasons overseeing the BYU attack."

While Bronco is an excellent defensive coach, Anae became a scapegoat for Bronco's shortcomings as a head coach. I am surprised and pleased he returned, and hope both he and Bronco have improved in their respective positions.

Elk Hair Caddis
Sandy, UT

Another defensive product of Bronco's tutiledge, Brian Urlacher will soon enter the pro football hall of fame. Lets hope KVN does the same.

Utah Valley Guy
Springville, UT

I know you were being tongue-in-cheek about the "penny" formation with Van Noy, but the reason he can utilize his awesome talents so effectively is because of the other ten guys on the field playing their role so well, coupled with the great coaching they get. I'm encouraged that we could be entering a new era for BYU football - more visibility, better players, and more seasoned coaching.

The reason the Edwards-era teams did so consistently well, even after they started playing much better teams, was in large measure due to the experience of the coaches. Edwards was an offense guy, so it's natural that was what he knew best and he had stellar offenses year-in-year out. Mendenhall is a defense guy, so it's natural that he knows that best and will have stellar defenses year-in-year out. Add to that the seasoning and additional experience of Anae, and we have the makings for some great teams in the coming years.

thebigsamoan
Richmond, VA

I'm anxious to see how this season is going to shape out but I hope it'll be a nice surprise to all the fans. Can't wait to find out!

Go Cougars!!!

NorCalCougarFan&Alum
Elk Grove, CA

@ Rational,

The stats that you rattled off from BYU's website do not impress me. I work with high school coaches in the state of California that are consistently in the top 5 in the state. They are that successful because of the complexity of their play books, their unpredictability and trick plays on offense. My friends scratched their heads when they saw some of Anae's play calling during his first stint at BYU. I scratched my head as well on more than a few occasions. Furthermore, if he was that good of an offensive coordinator at BYU, he would have jumped into another offensive coordinator or head coaching position when he left BYU. Instead, he took a demotion at Arizona. I hope he learned a lot under Coach Rodriguez at Arizona. On top of being willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, I'm willing to do it for 3-5 years because he has a lot of rebuilding to do since be found the offense in shambles.

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Valley Guy

"The reason the Edwards-era teams did so consistently well, even after they started playing much better teams, was in large measure due to the experience of the coaches. Edwards was an offense guy, so it's natural that was what he knew best and he had stellar offenses year-in-year out."

Lavell Edwards was the Defensive Coordinator before he became the head coach, this again found on byucougars dot com.

The moderators can only filter for rude and demeaning, and given the prominence of some commenters we can all name, they don't do a very good job of that. Please police yourselves for the accuracy or logic of your comments.

Vladhagen
Salt Lake City, UT

UV Guy does of course bring up the good point that a team is only as good as its weakest player. We have a good collection of team players on defense. Kafusi will bring great things. So will Hadley. The holes are in the secondary, but hopefully some people can step through for us. Also, for all the Anae detractors, keep in mind that while the offense was relatively predictable, it was also hard to stop. It is like standing on the train tracks. Yes, I can well predict exactly where the train will be and when it will come; stopping the train is another matter.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Under Coach Bronco Mendenhall, every position is marquee.

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

NorCalCougarFan&Alum,



Well, I didn't know you know HIGH SCHOOl coaches from CALIFORNIA! I stand corrected! Everyone knows high school coaches are smarter than college coaches, and all BYU alums knows Californians are smarter and better than everyone else, because anyone who has attended BYU has heard many, many Californians say so.

Trick plays require two things: Offensive players smart enough to execute them, and defensive players who break their defensive assignment. That's why you see more trick plays in high school than in college, and more in college than you in the pros. It isn't because coaches aren't sophisticated or smart or not from California, it is because defensive players at each level are more disciplined at reading keys and sticking to their assignments.

BTW, did you proof your post? Did you realize you said Anae must not be all that hot because he was only an assistant between stints at BYU, yet your argument was that guys who can't even make it as college assistants are smarter than Anae? Your friends can't be high school coaches because there is more money in it, because they coach in CA, not Texas.

CO Ute
PARKER, CO

I could make an argument regarding the term 'marquee position' but will leave that for another time. I think Van Noy has a chance to finish a great career this year and move on to the next level, he is an outstanding talent and has been a marquee player the past two years.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

I wonder if Van Noy is proud of his 0-3 record against his rival, big brother University of Utah Pac 12 Utes?

kokua
KAYSVILLE, UT

This is all real nice coverage of the "D" and how powerful they will be this fall. I hope they are in-shape because they will be on the field a lot.

The real emphasis should be focused on the "O" line and how shallow and inexperienced the skill level is. I hope the JUCO talent adds significant depth to the already extremely vulnerable "O" line positions. I am Crossing my fingers for the 2013 season.

STuFOO
Korea, AE

Chris B

He'll feel just fine after this years game.

Then it won't matter because then he'll go bowling, then to the NFL, and u will be a little tiny afterthought.

u can watch his bowl game from your couch, with the rest of the u team.

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