BYU football notebook: Bronco Mendenhall looks forward to running defense again

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  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 30, 2011 1:32 p.m.

    hedgie doesn't have a job. No time for one. Ever since she was dumped by her return missionary / BYU football player she has lived in her mothers basement so she can read and comment on every BYU article she can find. Sometimes she even shows up on a Utah article when the BYU news is slow but whe even comments on BYU in those articles.

  • afro14 Sandy, UT
    March 30, 2011 11:15 a.m.

    It seems that the y's defense is going to have the same difficulty as the U's will, which is replacing the secondary. The Utes will have a hard time replacing Brandon Burton at corner, and Brian Blechen's move from safety to linebacker leaves a lot of question marks at safety. Likewise, Andrew Rich's departure leaves a huge hole in byu's secondary, replacing a talent like him will be difficult. However, if there's one thing we know about both coaches, it's that they both know their way around a defense. It will be fun to watch the players and see who emerges as the new starting secondary players.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    March 30, 2011 10:22 a.m.

    The trolls will never get it, and some of the BYU fans don't seem to either. As every year goes by, I become a more ardent BYU sports fan not because of what I think the Cougs' chances of winning it all are, but because these athletes chose to come to my alma mater, take on the honor code and all the rest of the stuff that comes with being a BYU student, and are putting it out there to represent my school. Some give up scholarships elsewhere to walk on here. Others choose BYU over offers from schools in "bigger" or flashier conferences for what BYU offers off the court or field. I've seen what BYU has done for my life, and for my friends and kids who have gone there.

    Of course I hope the teams win every game. But I cheer for them, team and individuals, for who they are and are trying to be as much as for how they do in any particular game.

    Trying to get the haters to understand this will never happen. And I couldn't care less.

    Go Cougars!

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 30, 2011 9:26 a.m.


    "I remember last season and all the hype in the blogs"

    ...just before Utah was totally humiliated in "the biggest in Utah history"


    the delusion continues in the PAC 10.2

  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    March 29, 2011 10:00 p.m.

    Its only spring practices so its a bit early too read too much into all the positive vibes, but I do like the talent that this team brings back. I am interested to see Mike Hague at safety, perhaps he is the one to take Andrew Rich's spot.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    March 29, 2011 9:22 p.m.

    Re: crowntown1

    WHAT do you think BYU is trying to do going independent? Trying to schedule your so called 'big boys' who I hope have your same attitude so we can keep beating you every year.

  • crowntown1 Corona, CA
    March 29, 2011 8:40 p.m.

    BYU will look back and realize what a mistake it was to think your an elite top 10 program wand going indy. Your now gonna have 3 or 4 losses a year now. Pride and the fall is coming. You have to win every year and schdele the big boys. I have never understood why they left the MTN.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    March 29, 2011 8:20 p.m.

    I agree with Ernest T. I hope we can finish first in the Independant League so we can go to the Independance Bowl.

  • crowntown1 Corona, CA
    March 29, 2011 8:11 p.m.

    3-4 losses this year.

  • AK Cougar Palmer, AK
    March 29, 2011 7:58 p.m.

    Hedge, I see you are the most famous of the BYU fans again. Basketball is over and your obsession with all things Cougar continues with Spring Football. Wow. Two comments, one on the morning shift and another right after getting home from work.

    The rest of Cougar Nation has your "endless drivel" quotes to look forward to for the summer? What? And next fall? Isn't there a team or two in Michigan that are supposed to play exciting football? Nah, only in Provo, and you read it here first.

    Next year will be exciting for the fans of BYU. We will not know how good or bad they are till after a the first couple of games.

    Go Cougars.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    March 29, 2011 7:45 p.m.

    Chris B, you have outdone yourself this time, and that is going superbly low.

    How do you propose that BYU will be 1-4 with the only win coming against Oregon State when the Beaver game is 7th on the schedule?!?!?!?

    I think your mom said it was your turn to do the dishes anyway.

  • BYU/USU/JAZZ Wellsville, UT
    March 29, 2011 7:29 p.m.

    Is there any knowledgeable fan that knows how much talent BYU has in the Defensive Backs this year? It seems like a area they are sometimes weak in.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    March 29, 2011 6:24 p.m.

    We are going to be so dang good next year. Probably only ND from the indepedent league is going to be any better.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    March 29, 2011 6:05 p.m.

    'I remember last season and all the hype in the blogs"

    Yes, how can we forget the endless drivel about having the three best qB's ever at byu. How only the TCU game was a question mark. 2 coaches, 1 qb and 7 loses later.......the same delusion continues.

  • -PSUYB- Scranton, Pennsylvania
    March 29, 2011 5:54 p.m.

    Chris B

    Ever heard of Nick Saban?

    He calls the defense for Alabama on game days. Although he does have the help of Kirby Smart when he needs it, Saban almost exclusively calls the defensive plays for the Crimson Tide.

    I have very optimistic but realistic expectations for 2011. Until the second game, we will have no idea how good this cougar football team is. If they win in Austin, they can win anywhere. So I will reserve judgement until then.

    All I know is I love BYU's chances with so many talented returners and coaches and a fresh start with Independence. I think the players will be very excited to play in different places against new opponents.

    So much to look forward to!

    I wish Utah fans would go cheer on their own team, I can see they are still unable to escape BYU's shadow even after an incredible move to the PAC.

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    March 29, 2011 5:49 p.m.

    Let's get spring ball out of the way then fall camp them the first couple of games before we all jump the gun with how remarkable the Cougars will be in the new Independant era. I remember last season and all the hype in the blogs. Let's let this 2011 season get it's feet under it, before we let the tale wag the cat.

    Poly Cougar Nation

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    March 29, 2011 5:34 p.m.

    Ah, Chris B, you are beautiful, brother.

    Your prediction would truly make this a miraculous season... Oregon State is the seventh game of the schedule. They must REALLY be depeleted to lose to the cougars in the first five.

    BYU isn't the only entity getting some increased exposure. Go back to your rock, little sister.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    March 29, 2011 5:27 p.m.

    Wow! I thought the trolls would take a breather in the off-season. They are more obsessed with the Cougars than I am, and that's not easy to do. Is there a BYU article that they don't read?

    BYU is going to be improved and deeper at every position this year.

    I don't agree with Claws assessment of the competition. I agree that UCF is solid, but Texas will not have two down years in a row. Mack will have then fired up and ready to go. They'll contend for the Big 12 title. And TCU will simply reload. Sure, they lose some solid players, but they have a pipeline of talent. Their only big question mark is at QB.

  • SeattleUhasabballteam? Seattle, Wa
    March 29, 2011 4:17 p.m.

    Chris B:

    Utah will lose to the aforementioned Oregon State Team.

    Mark it down.

  • Flame of the West The OC, CA
    March 29, 2011 2:59 p.m.

    In today's DNews:

    Bronco: I love my team and want to serve them
    Chow: My QB is bored
    Coach K: Now we gotta keep up with the neighbors

    Two teams, different directions...

  • TheSportsAuthority Arlington, VA
    March 29, 2011 2:30 p.m.


    "How many other college football head coaches also assume the duty of DC? I know this happens at the junior college level a lot."

    Really? Without looking it up, name me one junior college head coach who is also the offensive or defensive coordinator.

    As usual, you need to do a little research before spouting off.

    Division I programs with Head Coaches who are also Offensive or Defensive Coordinators:

    Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
    Texas A&M Aggies
    BYU Cougars
    South Carolina Gamecocks
    SMU Mustangs
    New Mexico State Aggies
    Arkansas State Red Wolves
    Western Michigan Broncos


    Chris B

    Utah has a better chance of being winless in the PAC 12 than BYU does of starting the season 1-4.

  • sports-junkie West Jordan, UT
    March 29, 2011 1:22 p.m.


    I dont know for sure but the stickers probably carry over from the previous year(s). I highly doubt they strip all the players of their stickers after the season is over.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    March 29, 2011 1:04 p.m.

    I see BYU's defense being tough with Bronco at the helm. He knows what he's doing and has proven that more than once. There are questions on offense due to the new coaches. It may take some time for them to work out their schemes. I look for BYU's defense to save them in some of the early games as they get used to the new offense.

  • OregonBlue Eugene, Oregon
    March 29, 2011 12:54 p.m.

    can some one aswere my question regarding the helmet stickers?

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 29, 2011 11:47 a.m.

    Bronco will have the Defense ready to smash anything that comes at them. They are very deep this year and have much more experience than last year. If the offense is half as good as they ended last year, the Y will be very good this year.

    Troll 1 and troll 2 are really on one. Rollin with the trollin, zealous with the jealous, unconfessed but still obsessed and transparent as glass with lack of class. Keep it up children, the adults ar still amused. Very comical.
    The closer the football season gets the more Yning they will do. Win or lose they will always be around. It's the only way they can get attention from anyone besides their mommies.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    March 29, 2011 11:41 a.m.

    Re: Hedge and Chris

    You guys only wish.

    After looking over the BYU schedule, it really looks like the toughest team on the schedule might be Central Florida. BYU will have their work cut out for them to win that game.

    Not necessarily a tough team, but look for Hawaii at the end of the year to be a bit of a challenge. BYU needs to make that the tough end of the year "rivalry" game in lieu of the Utah game. Hawaii has the #1 passing offense in the country and they are tough to beat in the islands. Should be a good challenge.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    March 29, 2011 10:47 a.m.

    I'm planning to go to Ole Miss this year. Wear my BYU polo shirt. I've heard it is a beautiful campus and football in the south is special. I'm optimistic we'll do well in the game. I plan to represent BYU well. I expect the hosts to provide that southern hospitality. It will be fun.

    I was at LES one year for a game against a Texas team. TCU? I forget. I walked across the parking lot with a couple in the opposing team colors. They told me how impressed they were with the campus and the fans. Several people invited them to share their tailgate cooking. Someone gave them home-made cookies. They were smiling all the way to the stadium.

    I think BYU will be able to get beyond the rivalries of the little MWC world and present a great picture of what BYU stands for. I have friends in Oklahoma who love BYU (they are OSU grads), especially after we beat Oklahoma.

    Win or lose, the national scope of independence will be a great thing for BYU. And we probably won't do a lot of losing.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    March 29, 2011 10:24 a.m.

    There are a lot of good reasons to believe BYU will be better than last year on both D and O. However, lets see the fall line up and how they perform in a real game before getting to excited.

    On the other hand there is no reason to believe Utah will be any better than last year and they do have a tougher schedule than last year.

    Since they open with MT State, @USC, @BYU there is a very good chance they go 1-2 before they limp their way thru the rest of the schedule which is not that difficult. WU, AZ St, @Pitt, @Cal, OR St, @AZ, UCLA, @WA St, and CO. Most of their remaining hard games, if you could call them that, are at Utah.

    I strongly suspect they will drop a game or two they should not but best case they are 9-3 with 2 PAC losses. They also could just as easily have a worse record than BYU last year.

    We will see how it plays out.

  • Tommy2Shoes Lehi, UT
    March 29, 2011 9:43 a.m.

    Ahhhh Spring is in the air. Time to put some fertilizer and weed control down so we'll have great lawns until snow covers them up again in the Winter. Bronco and his other stallions are working out training the cerebral cortex and muscles to gain an edge on the competition. Keep up the great work but watch out for those dangerous noxious weeds that continue to pop up on the comment boards. On the other hand just ignore them and trim the lawn a little more. Looking forward to another season of great Cougar Football. Win or lose real Cougar Fans cheer for the blue and white. Great to hear those ex-USC players are fitting into our team.

  • OregonBlue Eugene, Oregon
    March 29, 2011 9:28 a.m.

    In the pictures here, I see on some of the helmets little cougar stickers. Are those left over from last year or are they already earning those in spring?

  • sports-junkie West Jordan, UT
    March 29, 2011 9:11 a.m.

    It must be a nervous time for fans of the team on the hill. BYU really should have beaten the utes last year... remember? the year you guys started 8-0 ranked #5 and the Cougs started 1-4? Remember? the team that got pounded by Utah St and Air Force. Remember? the team that fired their DC mid-season? Remember?

    Coulda woulda shoulda and the utes squeak out a win against the lowly, struggling Cougs. This year will be different, much much different.

    You guys have a starting qb yet? Didnt think so. Good luck v Montana St. U will need it.

  • IndianaCoug Bloomington, IN
    March 29, 2011 8:26 a.m.

    Yeah, BYU is the worst football team ever. They'll probably start 1-17 and it's only downhill from there. And Heaps will win the Heisman and then prove that he's the biggest bust ever, not even making it into the elite eight.

    This is a troll only discussion thread, right?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 29, 2011 8:04 a.m.

    This team knows in the back of their minds its another 1-4 start, with the win coming against a depleted oregon state.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    March 29, 2011 7:59 a.m.

    How many other college football head coaches also assume the duty of DC? I know this happens at the junior college level a lot.