BYU football notebook: Defense punches back in 2nd scrimmage

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  • Doctor C Orem, UT
    Aug. 19, 2014 10:52 a.m.

    This is going to be a special season for BYU. I really hope the coaches play the best players . Alisa needs to be on the field at linebacker and I am not convinced Kafusi will be able to play LB. LB's have to fly around and in all the times I have watched Kafusi I have never seen him play like that. As far as Hill goes if he cannot develop accuracy, the hardest thing to coach a QB to have, then they might as well move him to tailback, safety or LB. He is a great athlete but he must get more accurate. If he cannot do it then by all means start Stewart. Too many coaches stick with a guy because of the potential while passing over a productive player who may not be that flashy.

  • LadyMoon Crestucky, FL
    Aug. 16, 2014 8:59 p.m.

    Ever since BYU 'won' the lucrative ESPN television contract, medocrity has ruled their play and soured the conferences that may have offered admittance but then backed off, leaving the school I standing without a chair to sit in when the music stopped. The 'Y' is stuck with there predicament, which may likely never resolve itself to our liking. ONLY going UNDEFEATED will offer a positive solution and entrance to a Power 5 conference. And nothing else.

  • taylormade1 Springville, UT
    Aug. 16, 2014 5:58 p.m.

    I have watched Taysom as well in both spring ball as well as this fall . I can assure you that barring any injuries , Taysom is the real deal and he will prove it this year . You can count on it !

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    Aug. 16, 2014 2:31 p.m.

    What has become most clear is that Williams is not all that important to BYU's success. So far this fall, he has been outperformed by the three other running backs. He has consistently achieved a lower yards per carry average.

  • runnerguy50 Virginia Beach, Va
    Aug. 16, 2014 1:10 p.m.

    So are you guys telling me Bronco is again impressed with the good runner and not who is best at running the offense ?
    I saw TH last year at Virginia and was stunned at how many under thrown balls he tosses. I was hoping this year would be different but perhaps I should temper my optimism.

  • Midwestcoug Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 15, 2014 11:28 p.m.

    I agree with poyman. I went to the scrimmage tonight with high hopes but came away with a dose of reality and thinking Stewart was much better at managing the offense. Hill is a terrific athlete and can run better than pretty much anyone else on the field but he can't throw. I'm afraid that he will tuck and run too much so once again, teams like Texas will stack the box and dare him to throw. This will be a problem - 2013 all over again.

    I still love my Cougs!

  • Scores Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 15, 2014 11:02 p.m.

    Yes, I was there too. The defense did rise up and played really well. They sort of shell shocked the offense. Stewart had some nice passes. Hill also found receivers and did okay. From what I saw, I think this team is way ahead of last year's team. Instead of a 1-2 start to the season, I see this team no worse than 2-1 after three games. If they win all three to start the season, hold on to your seats, because this will be a special season!

  • Whatsnu Sandy, UT
    Aug. 15, 2014 10:17 p.m.

    Scrimmages are difficult to evaluate because you're obviously scrimmaging against yourself.

    The defense knows the strengths and weaknesses of the offense thoroughly, and visa versa.

    If the offense performs well, does that mean the defense is bad?

    If the defense performs well, does that mean the offense is bad?

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Aug. 15, 2014 10:07 p.m.

    I was one of the 12,000 and I was impressed with the defense and completely underwhelmed by our Heisman Candidate... It looked to me like 2013 all over again... Frankly, I think that Stewart outplayed Hill... Hill reverted to his tuck and run stuff again and when he did throw he had trouble hitting the open receiver...

    Most completed passes were to the backs for short gainers... Blackmon, Williams, Hine and Dye had a decent night with some good runs and a couple of good catches... Hill checked off third and fourth receiver options maybe a couple of times, but that was it... He mostly had time to look for the first option and then resorted to an emergency dump off or a tuck and run.

    I love the Cougs but the Offense looked like 2013 Deja Vu all over again to me.

    On Defense I was impressed with Jackson (a very hard hitter)and I was impressed with the front three (The O-Line had trouble keeping them out)... The DBs also did a nice job staying with some speedy Receivers.

    My opinion? Hill needs to step up or step back... He has skills but bails too quickly.