PROVO — As expressed by coach Kalani Sitake this week, the mantra for BYU football is aggressiveness.
That’s what Sitake wants to see out of the Cougars in all phases of the game.
What does that mean from an offensive standpoint?
“You’ve still got to be smart. It doesn’t mean to throw caution to the wind and drop back and throw Hail Mary’s every down,” said offensive coordinator Ty Detmer. “But for me, it means we can open up things a little bit and it’s time to probably evaluate and really see what we have at the quarterback position and trust that we make the right decisions. It might mean a little more throwing on first down or being more aggressive on third down. At the same time, you have to do what is best for the team to win the game. I wouldn’t say I’m giving away the game plan and there’s a big change in what we’re doing. It’s a matter of calling it and having players make plays. That’s the aggressive side. There are times when we have deep routes on most plays. It’s a matter of having the quarterback feel comfortable enough to take those shots at different times of the game instead of playing safe.”
Quarterback Tanner Mangum said he’s ready to be more aggressive this week.
“I’ve got to continue to take care of the football and take advantage of the opportunities that we get,” he said. “When we get those chances to throw it deep, or take shots, I’ve got to make the most of it and also be smart and not abuse that privilege. My job is to execute whatever is called.”