Yesterday completed week one of BYU’s Fall Camp. The Cougars held an open scrimmage to all fans and media at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Here were some of my observations from the scrimmage.
- Dallin Leavitt is the best option for the boundary cornerback position, and that’s not a bad thing. Leavitt’s closing speed was impressive and he is a big hitter.
- Impressed with Robertson Daniel as well at cornerback. One of the taller cornerback’s BYU has had in many years. Reminds me of a Brian Gray build. Still has a lot to learn, but the physical tools are definitely there.
- Offensive Line has some work to do. I was expecting more from that group yesterday. Penalties and bad center exchanges were some of the notable mistakes from the o-line in the scrimmage. Wasn’t the best day for Garrett Tujague and his unit. The right tackle position is concerning at the moment. Michael Yeck was getting pushed around by Bronson Kaufusi. True freshman Brayden Kearsley had a few bad Center exchanges but was one of the standouts on the offensive line. Has a mean streak and a nastiness that you like from your O-Linemen.
- Defensive Line is coming along nicely. Marques Johnson is going to be the starter at defensive tackle, allowing for Eathyn Manumaleuna to switch back to defensive end. Also, Remington Peck and Austin Holt had nice showings in the scrimmage. A position that many had concerns about going into the season, could very well end up a strength by season’s end.
- Quarterback Taysom Hill is far away the best quarterback BYU has. Hill though still has to work on his accuracy and holding on the ball too long. The ceiling is very high for Hill, but he is going to have his up’s and down’s this season. People tend to forget he’s only sophomore. BYU will go as far as Hill can lead them.
- Behind Hill, Christian Stewart stood out as the second best Quarterback. Ammon Olsen had a touchdown pass, but Stewart appears to be a more versatile player.
- BYU’s running attack is going to be the strength of the offense in 2013. The running game will need to be established early in the season. We all know about Jamaal Williams. Williams looks stronger this year and is destined for a huge season. Michael Alisa’s arm injury has concerned many, but the emergence of Adam Hine was positive. Hine has a nice burst out of the backfield. If Alisa is injured, BYU still has the talent to run the ball.
- Kicking game is making positive strides. Justin Sorensen was bad in 2012, but the new faces and competition in the program are pushing Sorensen back to his old form at Bingham High. Sorensen booted a 52-yarder with ease. If I had to rank the pecking order today it would be: 1) Justin Sorensen, 2) Trevor Samson, 3) “Moose” Bingham.
- Saw good things from punter, Scott Arrellano. Arrellano can boot the ball, but he also has some speed. Gets down field fast.
- Not a huge supporter of Cody Hoffman being involved in the return game. Hoffman is a threat to take it to the house (UCF, 2011) but it’s too risky having him back there. Hoffman is vital to BYU in the receiving game.
- Coaching staff was vocal and aggressive. If a player made a mistake they would hear it and be pulled from the scrimmage. Holding these players responsible for their actions.
- The attendance has already been discussed by many, but to get over 10,000 people to a scrimmage was an impressive turnout by fans. Folks are very excited for Cougar Football to return.
Topics: Adam Hine, Ammon Olsen, Austin Holt, Brayden Kearsley, Bronson Kaufusi, Christian Stewart, Cody Hoffman, Dallin Leavitt, Eathyn Manumaleuna, Jamaal Williams, Justin Sorensen, Marques Johnson, Michael Alisa, Michael Yeck, Moose Bingham, Remington Peck, Robertson Daniel, Scott Arrellano, Taysom Hill, Trevor Samson