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Published: Thursday, Feb. 6 2014 7:15 a.m. MST

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cal cougar
camarillo, CA

Stretching the defense will open up the game for the tight ends and the running game for everyone. Dick Harmon, another good article. Thanks.

MacNasty
Rexburg, ID

This is good news for the Cougars. Now it is up to the offensive line to give Hill time enough to make throws, and it is up to Hill to throw down field completions.

cdchttrtn
meridian, idaho

Good recruiting class but not sure Anae knows what to do with them. If you look at last season makes you wonder. I wish we had someone else to be the offensive coordinator.

FACTchequer
Salt Lake City, UT

cdchttrtn

"Good recruiting class but not sure Anae knows what to do with them."

You obviously weren't around in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 when Anae's offenses helped BYU finish with four straight 10+ win, Top 25 finishes.

byu_realistic
Salt Lake City, UT

I for one grow tired of the hype. BYU is a little bit better than mediocre football team with the inability to bring in the talent needed to reach its goals to play in a BCS bowl or be competitive in signature games like @Wisconsin or @Notre Dame. I'm not a UofU troll. I just grow tired of articles overstating our chances. I think recruiting is our biggest weakness even though I like the coaches and all they do to work with the talent they recruit. Nothing would make me happier than to be proven wrong.

eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT

I'm not a fan of Anae. He doesn't have a great track record of making good players better OR of knowing how to call plays. Forget the 10+ win seasons in the MWC. He loses consistently vs. quality competition.

Until Mendenhall hires a strong OC (as LaVell did early on), we will continue to struggle. There are no Tollners or Holmgrens in this bunch of coaches.

I've been hearing the same old hype for 40 years now...nothing really changes.

peacemaker
Provo, UT

Still no tight ends?? How about a coach with NFL experience as a tight end with coaching experience? Utah, Utah State, Weber State and BYU have each produced some great tight ends, some Itulu Meli and others who would certainly qualify. A very busy Coach Anae would probably welcome the help. The red zone offense surely welcome the help.

Black&Blue
St George, Utah

Peacemaker,

Umm... we signed a Parade All-American tight end named Matt Bushman.

Lone Star Cougar
Plano, TX

A good O-line makes all other offensive players much better. Where are we with the O-line? Do we have plenty of O-line players that can start so we don't get one hurt and the rest of the season is over?

A great O-line makes a mediocre QB a good QB and a good QB a great QB. The same with receivers and RBs. To me, having a very good O-line will make the difference - especially with the hurry-no huddle offence. Keeping fresh legs out there can make a difference on the line.

Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

Lone Star:
We have very good OL returning from missions and recruited some decent ones in this class. I agree with other commentators that the O-line will ultimately determine our success and I think BYU will be better as time goes on and they recruit Oline players.

That said, there were times this season when the OL protected well and Taysom couldn't find an open receiver. While Hoffman, Matthews were good, they didn't have the speed to stretch defenses. That's why defenses like Utah would line up in man coverage and load the box making it difficult to run block. Having receivers that can stretch the field with speed like Dye, Blackmon, and Kurtz will make defenses back off and will make a great impact on the OL ability to run block and pass protect when there aren't 7 guys blitzing gaps because defenses don't respect our speed. Landing these speed demons was a huge deal for BYU.

The DL also struggled against good OLs this year. BYU recruited this position very well also and has some serious studs like Graham Rolley returning from missions to help in that regard.

Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

FYI- 40 times for new BYU receivers are as follows

Devon Blackmon- 4.41 avg with a low of 4.35 (watch his film...no doubt about his speed).
Trey Dye- 4.48 with a low of 4.42 (scouts often said his game speed looks much faster).
Nick Kurtz- 4.5 with a low of 4.47
Jordon Leslie- 4.59 with a low of 4.52

Leslie, Matthews, and Apo add to the size (though Mathews has been clocked at 4.58), while Kurtz has both size and speed (hand clocks which aren't officially counted had him as low as 4.42).

Speed is what's been lacking in the WR corps and this group gives reason for optimism in changing that.

idablu
Idaho Falls, ID

So true, Lone Star Cougar, it all starts and ends with the O-line.
If Taysom has enough time to go through his progression, with that kind of speed and size in the receiving corps, this could be a very potent offense.

Another big variable, is whether Anae can get the most out of his talent with his offensive scheme.
Back in the good old (Edwards) days, BYU could embarrass some of the best defenses in the nation with less talent, man for man at the skill positions. That was a direct result of extremely talented and smart OC's. Note Boise State's success over the past decade against more talented teams.

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

Ok, I'm officialling drooling...I didn't think I would fall for the banana in the tailpipe again but after the load of WR talent we hauled in I am officially crazy looking forward to spring football and then August when fall camp opens.

As for tight ends, don't forget the 2 guys returning from missions, Matt Sumsion and Colby Jorgenson.

Sumsion goes 6'8" 240 lbs and has a crazy vertical leap. He was an all state basketball player out of Springville and was recruited to play football by former NFL QB Scott Mitchell. He will be a very good TE when he's through at BYU.

Colby is 6'7" and 230lbs and was a top 10 National SPARQ Athlete coming out of high school. For a TE his athleticism is off the chart good and if we line up in a 2 TE formation with 6'7" Jorgenson, 6'8" Sumsion, 6'6" Nick Kurtz and blazing fast Devon Blackmon opposing defenses will really struggle to contain them.

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