PROVO — With another spring practice all but wrapped up, BYU defensive lineman Jan Jorgensen is happy about the way the defense has acquitted itself.

With 10 returning starters on offense, the defense, which lost its two top linebackers and the entire starting defensive secondary, has been in the spotlight during spring ball as numerous players have been battling for open spots at those positions.

"I think we've progressed very far on the defensive side of the ball," Jorgensen said. "We had 11 new guys, learning new positions and guys who haven't played. They know their positions now. The best word I can use to describe what we've done is that we're competitive. The defense has come out and competed every day. Some days we've been sloppy, some days we've been a little more sharp. But every day we've competed. It's been good."

The Cougars held their final practice Thursday prior to the official conclusion of spring practices Saturday when they hold the annual Blue-White scrimmage (1 p.m.) at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

On the D-line, Jorgensen, Brett Denney and Ian Dulan all have plenty of experience and have spent the spring sharpening their skills.

"It's been nice for us on the defensive line because we know the scheme already and we've been working on getting better," Jorgensen said.

At times during the spring, the defense has held its own against the explosive, veteran offense. BYU's offense is better now than it was last year at this time, Jorgensen said.

"A lot better. The biggest thing right now is, they have an identity. Last year during spring, they really didn't. They didn't know who they were as an offense. They didn't know who their go-to players were going to be. Right now, guys know their roles, they know who the go-to guys are and they just execute. They're great."

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