Kelsey Brunner, Deseret News
BYU defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki gives a thumbs up to his players during a break at a BYU football practice in Provo on Thursday, August 10, 2017. Tuiaki likes the effort his defense shows in practice, but is hoping to see more of it translate to game days.

PROVO — In reviewing film of BYU's 33-17 loss to East Carolina, BYU defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki observed players consistently in the right position to make plays, but too often failed to do so. Several of the plays not made were during pass-rush situations, according to Tuiaki.

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“We ran some blitzes this past week that should have hit, but we just missed,” Tuiaki said. “We missed sacks. We missed opportunities and we weren’t as tight in coverage … The message is that we just need to tighten up what we’re doing.”

Tuiaki has seen his players tighten their play up during practice situations, but noted none of it matters, unless it becomes apparent during games.

“Confidence just comes with success. So they’ve got to do it on game day,” Tuiaki said. “When we practice, they’re doing a good job competing. They’re fighting and clawing for the ball, but it’s got to show up on game day in order for them to really feel like they can do it.”