BYU football: Returning corners key as Cougars continue to tweak base 3-4 defense

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  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    July 26, 2012 1:34 a.m.

    "It concerns me that it's a small back field, PAC-12 and Big 10 teams have players that are 6'0" or over."

    There are several guys BYU will have playing in the secondary that are over 6' including DeQuan Everett 6'3", Cameron Comer 6', O'Neill Chambers 6'2", Jray Galeai 6'1", Chase Pendley 6'1", Preston Hadley 6', Craig Bills 6'2", etc. All of these guys will be in the mix for the 2 deep, especially if we run a lot of nickel packages this year. We'll have plenty of size and speed in the secondary.

    I think you're overblowing it a bit. Pac 12 Utah's top returning WR's go 6'1", 6'1" and 5'10" (Andersen, Christopher and Dunn). An inch or two isn't going to be the end of the world or spell doom for our defense anymore than it will for Utah's defense where they have a couple starters in their secondary that are in the 5'9" to 5'10" range (and contrary to popular myth held by ute fans, not every ute DB runs a sub 4.3 40).

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    July 25, 2012 6:03 p.m.

    Re: Papa Smurf

    Kyle Van Noy is the only player on D that is worth anything.

    "Anything?" He isn't the only player on defense that is worth "anything."

    Football is a team sport, superstars don't win football games. BYU has proven that for decades.

    But with a superstar like Van Noy he opens up a lot of things for his teammates.

    BYU's defensive line and middle linebackers are the reason BYU has great run defense. I'm not going to sit here like some fans and say that BYU's DBs are going to "dominate" like some outlandish fans, but Utah fans give zero credit to BYU's defensive backfield. BYU probably has one of the most underrated secondaries in the region (I can't say conference because BYU isn't in one right now). BYU might have played weak defensive teams (which may speak to their offense more than their defense) but BYU played some very good offenses last year. Utah State, UCF, TCU, Tulsa, and even Hawaii and New Mexico State were no slouches on offense and BYU kept them in check.

    No one is saying BYU's defense is SEC good but come on.

  • Papa Smurf UTE Herriman, UT
    July 25, 2012 10:49 a.m.

    All these amazing stats came against the WEAK teams of college football. Had the Y actually played some decent teams, with a QB that could actually throw the ball, and not play teams that were ranked over 100 in total offense, this stats might actually look good. Let's see where they are at once they play some quality teams. Washington St could become a quality team under Leach, but it may take time. Bronco has a great defensive mind, but he doesn't have the player for it. Van Noy is the only player on the D that is worth anything.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    July 25, 2012 12:55 a.m.

    Tom in CA

    Last year BYU built its record on top of horrible teams...

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    July 24, 2012 6:53 p.m.

    Navy Boy and Milly:

    Last year BYU finished in the top 25. utah was no where to be seen. sad.

  • kaspercasey gilbert, AZ
    July 24, 2012 6:48 p.m.

    Seems like a good group in a secondary that only a couple years ago was the team's weakness. I hope BYU can get some more JC kids to restock the system when a lot of this group turns over at the end of the year.

  • LDS-BYU Convert ALPINE, UT
    July 24, 2012 6:11 p.m.


    I'm not sure where you got your facts about BYU's defensive ranking but in the most important stat (points scored against), they were 22nd...see

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    July 24, 2012 1:22 p.m.

    Rafinsure: I could be wrong but neither Tim McTyer nor Omar Morgan were especially big, but may have been BYU's best corners.

  • Yerffoegn Maricopa, Az
    July 24, 2012 1:14 p.m.

    Ya Vet, you have about 4 more months to refer the WAC in any regard. However, as usual, beating a dead horse is your specialty.

  • DC Alexandria, VA
    July 24, 2012 12:03 p.m.

    I'll admit - I'm more comfortable with our defense on the field than I am our offense.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    July 24, 2012 11:59 a.m.

    Bronco's Defense is AMAZING! Last year, the Y's Big "D" held their big brother to only 481-yds of total offense, and a meager 38-pts. I'm surprised SEC coaches don't fly to WACistan to learn defensive strategies from cougar coaches. Why, the last time anyone from SEC country flew up to Provo...

    ...they wanted to meet with Kyle.

    So weird!

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    July 24, 2012 10:57 a.m.

    No mention of O'Neal Chambers. Is he still returning this year? The plan was to move him to the defensive backfield. I look forward to watching him compete.

  • rafinsure Elk Grove/U.S.A., 00
    July 24, 2012 1:01 a.m.

    It concerns me that it's a small back field, PAC-12 and Big 10 teams have players that are 6'0" or over. Sorensen is the only guy they mention who is 6'0". Hopefully, they have at least a lot of speed. They might have difficulties against tall and fast wide receivers.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    July 24, 2012 12:08 a.m.

    The funny thing is that Mildred is closer to the truth than he wants to admit. Bronco's defenses tend to be quite strong.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    July 23, 2012 11:40 p.m.

    Bronco is a defensive genius.