BYU takes down the #15 Texas Longhorns tonight, 40-21. Here’s how the grades shake out for tonight’s game. Spoiler alert, the grades are pretty good.
Only thing preventing me from issuing an A grade to Taysom Hill tonight is because of the 9-for-26 in the passing game. To Hill’s credit, his accuracy in the second half was on point. But the running heroics from Taysom tonight was a thing of a beauty, and historic. One for the ages.
The exciting thing about Taysom and this offense is that the passing game has a ton of room to improve. The running attack can be potent, if the passing game gets going, watch out!
Running Backs: A
Jamaal Williams rushed for 182 yards tonight. The sophomore sensation now has 326 yards on the young season. Paul Lasike, who was a difference maker in the backfield added another 87 yards. A total of 291 yards on the ground from BYU running backs.
Williams had a scary back injury towards the end of tonight’s game. Williams said in the post game press conference that he is “okay”. Nice timing to have a bye next week to get ready for rival Utah.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: B
Having Cody Hoffman back in the lineup gives BYU a much needed playmaker in the receiving group. After Hoffman though, there is still much to be desired. Taysom needs to get better with his accuracy, but after Hoffman there isn’t much in the receiving department.
Offensive Line: A-
Huge improvements from the offensive line this week compared to the debacle we saw last week against Virginia. A number of guys saw action tonight and the O-Line had a dominating presence against Texas’ talented defensive front. Center exchanges still need to improve which is a concern, but the vision that Robert Anae and Garrett Tujague had for this O-Line started to show it’s face tonight.
Defensive Line: A
One concern many folks had entering the 2013 season was could this defensive line create pressure? Through two weeks of the season, the defensive line is as stout as ever. Bronson Kaufusi and Eathyn Manumaleuna were terrific and when Marques Johnson lines up at DT is when this unit is at their best.
Thrilled to see Uani Unga back from injury. Along with Unga, the entire Linebacking unit was sensational. Kyle Van Noy continues to be a headache for opposing offenses to game plan for. And when the opposing offense focuses in on KVN, here comes Alani Fua. Both have been great and Spencer Hadley has been stout in the middle.
Defensive Backs: B+
Through two weeks of the season, the defensive backs have been very good. There was some set backs tonight though that raised some concern. Skye PoVey was burned numerous times tonight, most notably on the 57 yard TD pass from Texas’ David Ash to Mike Davis. PoVey had no chance on that play. But Robertson Daniel at Boundary Cornerback continues to do great things. Plays with a lot of confidence out there.
Then Craig Bills and Daniel Sorensen have quietly went about their business in the safety spots.
Going forward I’m intrigued to see if this group can create some takeaways. BYU has yet to get one this season.
Special Teams: A
Justin Sorensen remains perfect on the season. Was 4-for-4 tonight on Field Goals.