BYU offense benefiting from Jordan Leslie's experience, talent

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  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Aug. 4, 2014 7:47 p.m.

    Regarding the junior college comment, I think there have been some slights directed at Jordan Leslie. May have just been an attempt to even the attention out.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 5:13 p.m.

    Leslie has big shoes to fill with the absence of Cody Hoffman. If he has legs, hands, and can run routes, hey! I'm in!

    Go Cougars!

  • sky2k1 Provo, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 4:09 p.m.

    My biggest concerns are in the passing game. If Hill can get through his reads faster, and the line can give him more time, I will enjoy this season a little more. Our away schedule isn't horrible, and should give us a chance at a few quality opponents. Wish I could say the same for the home games.

  • J Poll Gilford, NH
    Aug. 4, 2014 3:54 p.m.

    Just win.

  • Family First, Red & Blue SLC, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 2:39 p.m.

    In the Saturday practice this #9, beat the defensive #7 to like two TD's. Very good day of practice for Jordan; not so much for the Cornerbacks.

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 12:33 p.m.

    We are undefeated so far and none of our big boy brothers have won us so we are way good.

    Go Utes!

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Aug. 4, 2014 11:53 a.m.

    BlueNtheFace, I have no doubt you're right, but then that's just more cliche. I don't know which is less interesting; the inaccuracy, shrill tone and irrational opinions you find on blogs and message boards, or the dull "this stuff writes itself" articles in the "real" papers. I guess I'm just growing less tolerant for blather in my middle age. Just play the games already.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 10:38 a.m.

    I also noted the comment about JC guys vs D-1 players. Coach Halliday and I have a mutual friend and that friend tells me he is a tough guy that likes to challenge his players. With that in mind, I'd say the comment was a general statement about experience, but also a direct challenge to the JC guys to prove themselves.

  • docdages WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 10:17 a.m.

    One of the things I am the most excited for is the space that these receivers are going to open up in the middle of the field. I would not be surprised to see Leslie in the slot running some type of underneath patter against a linebacker. This will also open up the TE and H-Back. BYU now has multiple problems for defenses to try to stop and if they focus on one then BYU will just switch to what is working. The key is Taysom... if he make quick decisions then BYU's offense will be very hard to stop.

    Looking forward to this season! I agree with everyone else "Just Win" should be the teams motto.

  • BlueNtheFace Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Aug. 4, 2014 9:57 a.m.

    SlopJ30: If you read other articles/blogs on the first couple days of Fall camp, coaches have said that (as usual for a team) the O-line and the CBs are lagging substantially. It takes at least 1 1/2 weeks more time for these 2 positions to gel. Taysom is throwing a lot of deep balls and otherwise go routes for that reason. Just under a dozen TDs so far in Fall.

    General: I saw that here and in the video after practice. Hopefully it wasn't a mean shot at Kurtz or anyone in particular. Maybe it was a general statement about D1 experience vs no D1 experience, when both have talent that can't be taught. D1 experience wins.

    Go BYU.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 9:56 a.m.

    It's no secret Bronco holds the defense back in fall camp to avoid injuries. That's why BYU has struggled in it's first 3 games each year under Bronco. You won't have a real sense of their abilities until the first game.

  • General Alpine, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 9:39 a.m.

    How about some insight into the comment about every JC player isn't a D-1 player. Is the coach taking a shot at someone?

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Aug. 4, 2014 8:17 a.m.

    I don't know why I read these preseason articles. Of course everything is looking great in the preseason. Of course everyone appears ready to play and everyone's experience and/or talent is impressive. It would be refreshing (and darn funny) to read an article where someone expressed pessimism about the upcoming season and doubt that they had the talent to compete. Meaning, corner one of the more candid Ute players, maybe ply him with some sort of refreshment, and interview him.

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    Aug. 4, 2014 8:03 a.m.

    Hey BlueHusky,

    I've been noticing a lot of posters using the phrase "just win" I like it. I think it should be BYU's unofficial motto this year. With JL et al and a lot of improvement (and a weaker schedule), I think BYU could have a very good year this year. Here's hoping!

    Just win!

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Aug. 4, 2014 7:23 a.m.

    Confident optimism here. Lots of bad things can happen in sports, but I'm liking what I'm reading. I'm confident that this team will be much better than last year's team.

    Just win.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Aug. 4, 2014 7:00 a.m.

    We need to remember this guy is a legit receiver. His D1 highlights are very good. We might have a legit down field receiver. Hype for this guy is expected.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 3:18 a.m.

    It sounds like so far the OL isn't quite where it needs to be but Taysom is pulling the trigger on his passes so much quicker so the pass protection isn't an issue. Hopefully the OL has time to gel together and coaches can find the best pieces and get them into place. The WR and QB groups are way ahead of everyone else after 2 days. NO doubt they've been working hard this off-season.

  • esodije ALBUQUERQUE, NM
    Aug. 3, 2014 9:05 p.m.

    If the O-line is better as pass blocking and Taysom's passing has improved, this will be a fun team to watch.

    Aug. 3, 2014 7:54 p.m.

    Preseason hype is crazy high, seems like every team will be ranked in the top ten. I am excited for the season to begin and if BYU (Taysom, Jamaal, Jordan, etc.) lives up to half the hype, it will be a great season.

    Glad to have you Jordan, and best of luck this season.

    Go Cougars!

  • mnsave Rigby, ID
    Aug. 3, 2014 7:47 p.m.

    Every year there is so much hype that really gets me excited and then I am somewhat disappointed. This year does feel a little different. Even Mendenhall himself has said things that he normally would not say. I am cautiously excited again.