BYU coaches' focus turns to special teams as fall camp wraps up

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  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Aug. 21, 2014 3:45 p.m.

    I was going to comment that last December would have been a great time to use bowl practices to work on special teams, but then I decided that horse has been beat enough.

  • BiggerUtefan Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 20, 2014 2:41 p.m.

    Special teams could've used the extra practice before the bowl game last year. Bronco only used 7 of the allotted 15 practice days before the Fight Hunger Bowl and we looked very unprepared in that game. You could tie at least 2 special teams blunders that were resulting in (or heavily contributed to) 2 TD's for Udub.

    Even then it was still a disappointing effort overall by our team and execution (especially on offense) was poor. We scored in only one quarter (the 2nd) and yet out-gained them for the game. Otoh, you could tell that they were well prepared for us.

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    Aug. 20, 2014 9:27 a.m.

    Doing a bit of research, it's amazing to find out how many close games are either won or lost each season in college football because of special-teams play. And few such losses are more frustrating to both teams and their fans. They leave with that "if only" feeling in the pit of their stomachs.

    As the article pointed out, BYU's last bowl game was a prime example. That was a terrible way to end a mostly good season.
    Yet few teams seem to put the needed and necessary time and effort into developing and maintaining that segment of their programs. Too often, it seems to be an after-thought. Having such an attitude will usually come back to bite them.

    Here's hoping that all local college programs have done their due-diligence in that area this season. We'll soon find out.

  • RepresentBlue West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 20, 2014 9:19 a.m.

    They better! The special teams looked absolutely AWFUL in the two open scrimmages and will result in at least two losses this season if they don't get it fixed.