BYU football: Using top players has turned the tide for Cougars' special teams

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  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Oct. 23, 2013 8:35 a.m.

    @Chris B
    You are right in that penalties played a part in the loss to Utah. But 30 incomplete passes helped too. The offense was brutal at that point. Obviously, in hindsight, Anae had the right guys on the field but they had not assimilated the new offense yet. Looks like Anae brought them along in stages. We'll see against BSU Friday. My guess is that BYU will handle BSU, but it will be a tough game.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 12:02 a.m.

    BYU's special teams had dropped to some of the worst in the nation prior to Mendenhall's hiring as head coach. He changed the format from having the coaches pick people or ask them to work on the special teams to one where the players have to try out for the special teams and it's an honor to get on. They have all risen to national prominence using this model. They use an advisor coach but the players lead the team and it has resulted in a dramatic improvement. The players who do fail to perform up to the team standard get cut. I enjoy watching the team work to try and perfect their performance. Unfortunately some times imperfect people do imperfect things and plays don't work out the way you would like.
    At least most people learn from sticking their foot in it. Others consistently go out of their way to perfect it.

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Oct. 22, 2013 4:51 p.m.

    I know this is a BYU article but I have to say this.
    I think Dres Anderson would be a fun player to see returning kicks
    (if he does sorry haven't seen a ute game since BYU)

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 22, 2013 3:33 p.m.

    Bronco should have taught his special teams players not to hold. If he had, perhaps byu wouldn't have lost for the fourth time in a row to their rival Utah.

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Oct. 22, 2013 3:08 p.m.

    This does show a little lack of depth.
    But every team that put starters on special teams would probably have a lot better special teams.
    Go Utah Schools.