PROVO — BYU sophomore Austin Kafentzis' collegiate career has been far different from his prep career, but the former Jordan High standout is working hard to get back to contributing during game situations.
While at Jordan, Kafentzis started at quarterback for four seasons, while putting up record numbers. After originally signing with Wisconsin, the 6-1, 185-pound athlete transferred to Nevada and then Arizona Western (JC) before winding up at BYU.
However, he's no longer at quarterback, opting to try his hand at running back and slot receiver.
“You have to take a step back to move forward,” Kafentzis said. “It’s just kind of what it’s been. Five offenses in three years — you can pick up things in every place that you’ve been and that’s what I’m trying to do.”
Kafentzis has been playing with the scout team, but this week has been practicing primarily at running back, with the goal to just contribute wherever possible.
"That was kind of the goal going in. I was sick of not playing," Kafentzis said. "It's been a long couple of years. So wherever coaches needed me — I was willing to do whatever."
SEARCH FOR CHUNK: BYU's offense has been severely lacking in so-called "chunk plays," which can best be defined as plays going for big yardage.
"That's the conversation each week and kind of the focus going into the offseason, is that we need more chunk plays. We need to create more opportunities," Detmer said. "Sometimes the defense takes things away or it's there and you miss it — you miss your chance. We've got to hit them and that's what we're talking through with the quarterbacks...We want them taking the shots."