BYU football: Offense a work in progress as Cougars open fall camp

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  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Aug. 5, 2013 11:53 a.m.

    Regarding the OLD BYU passing attack: Thirty years ago, BYU was the first college adaptor of the West Coast Offense. Nobody knew how to defend it and for years BYU's offense was famous, culminating with the NC in '84 and Detmer's Heisman. BYU seldom had much defense (1984 being an exception).

    This is 2013. BYU's defense is top 10 caliber. Thanks, Bronco. Under Anae BYU had a good, hard to stop, run/pass offense. The West Coast Offense is passe. Now we see the spread, the read option, and the Rich Rodriguez blitz attack used at Oregon and Arizona, and now, BYU. Zone blocking is supposedly simpler and puts less pressure on the OL. BYU is getting better athletes than ever. Our defense is fast, we have fast running backs and big, fast receivers. I believe this is largely due to independence.

    The BYU Blitz should be very effective at LES ... and Bronco's defense will be able to stop most offenses. I don't expect miracles this year, but I do expect to see some good wins this year. Nine or ten wins looks possible to me.

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 10:07 p.m.

    Those wondering about the conditioning of this team need to watch the video at the top of the story. Bronco addresses that within the first minute.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 8:49 p.m.

    Ya dad:
    Lol, yes I remember that quote from Lavell. I think you're right, it seems that mentality has carried over time. While BYU has the talent at receiver, they have it just as much in the backfield. The best offenses recently have run the ball with great success and I believe it will be the same for BYUs version of the up-tempo offense if it is to be successful.

    I think it will be 50/50 as it was the first time Anae was here. Remember he was in charge of the offensive line and running game for AZ and look at how successful their run game was. Should be exciting to see how it all turns out.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 8:11 p.m.

    I personally think BYU will pass the ball quite a bit. They have talented receivers and it wold be a shame to waste it. That's not to say that they won't run it; they will run a balanced offense.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Aug. 4, 2013 7:10 p.m.

    West Point , UT

    Remember when Lavel first came, he said the reason he installed the passing offense was because old slow returned missionaries couldn't block for the run well enough to compete. I think many BYU fans inherently think the same thing this time around.

  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 4:52 p.m.


    Idaho Falls, ID

    "Linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who was held out of Saturday’s practice as a precautionary measure"

    Precautionary for what? He's not healed yet? Just when, exactly, will he be ready to practice?

    BYU already knows what they have in Van Noy, give the reps to the younger guys who need them. Save Van Noy for when you really need him, he will start practicing about a week or two before the season opener against Virginia.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 3:31 p.m.

    Sandy, UT

    He has a hamstring issue he is working with.

  • wattsde Sandy, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 2:04 p.m.

    8idablu - Precautionary for what? He's not healed yet?

    Bronco and Robert didn't want KVN to disrupt the tempo on this new "Work in Progress" or "Fast & Hard." Coaches will unleased KVN sometime soon.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 4, 2013 11:53 a.m.

    "Linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who was held out of Saturday’s practice as a precautionary measure"

    Precautionary for what? He's not healed yet? Just when, exactly, will he be ready to practice?

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 11:09 a.m.

    Where's Stockton:
    "The passing game still has to be the major offensive emphasis at BYU and the run secondary".

    Why is it that some BYU fans feel/think this way? This year, BYU is installing an offense similar to Arizona and Oregon. Guess what stat they led the PAC12 in? NOT passing, but rushing. Both were top 15 RUSHING offenses in the country (Oregon was 300 plus yrds a game and AZ had the nation's leading rusher). High tempo, and go fast go hard do not necessarily mean passing 70 times a game. I would encourage BYU fans to watch the PAC12 network 60 programs when they get a chance in the evenings, to watch what AZ and Oregon did last will be surprised at how much they RAN the football.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Aug. 4, 2013 10:22 a.m.

    A new Anae offense is exactly what is that hopefully includes a significantly improved passing offense that has more to dish out than the usual down an out. Despite the previous 10 win seasons that he had at BYU... Anae's waste and uncanny inability to develop an extremely significant abundance of previous receiver talent his first go around still has to lay heavily on the realm of fact. The passing game still has to be the major offensive emphasis at BYU and the run secondary.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 10:19 a.m.

    @BYU Joe

    "Out of shape" and "rusty" are not the same things. Out of shape comes from not working out and nowhere did the coaches say the players were out of shape. By all reports they were pleased with their conditioning. Bronco said they were "rusty". That comes from not having organized practice's with coaches. It takes time to get timing and execution down, you simply do not have it the first practice of fall regardless of how much conditioning you've done. They simply are not the same thing.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 10:01 a.m.

    Go fast, go hard, work long, work strong...the rest will take care of itself. BYU has the talent at the skilled positions to make this a special season. Everything hinges on the O-line coming together...that will be the difference between a potent, dangerous offense, or an inconsistent frustrating fiasco like the last couple years. Good luck Cougs!

    Aug. 4, 2013 9:08 a.m.

    I have never understood why young men come into fall camp out of shape or "rusty." You know you are playing football at the NCAA level and facing a tough season. Seems like just because it's the off season you should still be working out and working hard.

    But then again they are young men.

    As for some of us that make comments on the boards, well lets just say I sometime put down the pizza and actually change the station directly on the TV set without the remote - just to keep in shape.

  • Elk Hair Caddis Sandy, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 8:59 a.m.

    Not sure how well the high tempo offense will work. But the preparation to run it appears to be taking all players beyond what they felt were their physical limits. This is good because they will need to play beyond whats on paper to win the tough games against the likes of Texas, Notre Dame, and Utah.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 8:23 a.m.

    Yes!!!! Football is back!!! I am stoked to have more than rehashed speculation to read about. As Hot Rod used to invoke, "You gotta love it baby!!!" Go Cougars.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 8:03 a.m.

    The summer conditioning was good?

    Wow... you don't hear that very often.

  • Scott Farcus Beaver, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 7:51 a.m.

    "Do you trust me?"
    An obvious question to ask his players, the coaching staff in 2011 surely didn't.

    Coach Anae needs to "beware the Ides of Fall."

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Aug. 4, 2013 7:07 a.m.

    Just going on record to be first ahead of Chris B.

    Go Cougars!!

    Aug. 4, 2013 12:30 a.m.

    Asking a lot to install a new offense and play it well in the first year, but I can't wait to see the Cougars in action!