Sidelined, hurt

Several key players did not practice, including halfback Fahu Tahi (hamstring) and offensive linemen Lance Reynolds, Jake Kuresa and Ray Feinga. Others who were held out were receivers Matt Allen and Bryce Mahuika, defensive backs Chris Hale, Justin Robinson, Spencer White, Kayle Buchanan, Judd Anderton, Dustin Gabriel, Hala Paonga and Kyle Luekenga. "If we had a game today, none of those who sat out would have played," Mendenhall said. "We hope to start getting some back."

Edwards appearance

Hall of Fame coach LaVell Edwards attended Wednesday's scrimmage and visited with Mendenhall for 10 minutes following the drills. "I remember in spring camp I looked up and I saw LaVell walking across and my feeling was, 'It's going to be OK, Coach Edwards is here,' " Mendenhall said. "Just being able to have a chance to go in the stadium and sit down and gain his perspective is very helpful and reassuring." Other visitors included BYU's first All-American Eldon Fortie from Escondido, Calif., and former tight end coach Mike Empey, now employed in Orem.

The kickers

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Mendenhall sees progress in the kicking and punting game but he isn't sure if he'd kick field goals or go for it from 30 yards out. "Our punter is gaining confidence and seems to be settling in," Mendenhall said. He's (Derek McLaughlin) gaining confidence and precision daily. Obviously it will be different to punt out of our end zone against Boston College. How will we know until we get in that situation how critical situations will be. On the kicking game? If we would go for 30-yard field goal at the end or go for it on 4th-and-2 to get him closer? That's a decision I am not able to make right now." The field goal kicker is Jared McLaughlin, no relation to Derek.