BYU Football Fall Camp 2014: Day 4 Recap


Camp Cougar rolls on into day 4.  The biggest news from camp was a surprising position change and a starter running with backups.

Yesterday there was no media availability from camp, and today was very limited.  No 11-on-11 time was in front of the media for day four of camp.

The headline from today was wide receiver Michael Davis is switching to cornerback where he played for the majority of last season.  Davis saw time with the starting defense at boundary cornerback today.

If you’re keeping track at home, Davis came to BYU as a wide receiver out of high school.  Then he switched to cornerback last year.  This past spring was switched back to receiver, and now he’s at cornerback again.

Davis was asked by coaches to make the change.  Sounds like he was “shocked” by the decision.

This speaks highly of BYU’s newcomers at wide receiver.  Jordan Leslie, Devon Blackmon, Nick Kurtz, and Trey Dye are delivering on the accolades they came in with.  Only so many passes for Taysom Hill to throw in a game.  This is a smart move by BYU’s coaching staff to switch Davis.  He’s one of the fastest players on the team, you have to get his speed on the field somehow.  Cornerback is the best option for him to see playing time.  Barring injury this season, he wasn’t going to see the field at wide receiver.

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Jordan Leslie & Keanu Nelson are now “tight ends”

The tight end position (a.k.a. inside receivers) is basically another glorified wide receiver in this BYU offense.  These two won’t lie up like a traditional tight end by any means.  Another move to maximize the best 11 players on the field.

  • NT Marques Johnson running with the backups

There has been speculation that there will be other suspensions besides Jamaal Williams for the opener against UConn, is Marques Johnson one that might be suspended as well?  Johnson has been running with the two’s and three’s in camp declined to answer if he is going to play against the Huskies.

After Johnson you would then assume Travis Tuiloma becomes a lock for starting nose tackle with Graham Rowley and Remington Peck off the edge.

Christian Stewart with a deep touchdown pass

Stewart is the clear-cut number two at quarterback behind Taysom Hill, and the senior from Snow JC is having a solid camp so far.  Today, Stewart threw a deep touchdown pass to wide receiver Travis Frey.

This is good for BYU to have Stewart playing well.  Gives BYU more confidence if Hill was to ever have an injury, and also gives BYU some options when it comes to trick plays with field goals.  Backup quarterbacks are always the holders on the Cougars special teams unit.

  • Sione Takitaki is “good to go”

The surprising turn of events with linebacker Sione Takitaki.  Takitaki is a freshman linebacker who had some off-the-field issues causing Bronco Mendenhall to dismiss Takitaki from the team.  After a team vote, and votes of confidence from assistant coaches, Mendenhall granted Takitaki the opportunity to re-join the team.  Many thought it was going to be in winter semester coming up in January.  He’s actually on the team this season, and has been participating in fall camp since day one.