Maybe Jeff Grimes was actually calling the plays
While the offensive formations looked very familiar to what BYU Football was running last season, there were some stark differences. First, there was only one trick play called the entire game that had Hall essentially run the “Philly Special”. The running backs were not used much in the passing game at all with Allgeier and Katoa only having one catch each for 11 combined yards. Of all the changes, this is one I expect will stay. With Romney and the Nacua’s not playing, the running backs immediately became probably the second and third most dependable receivers on the team, yet they were not used for screens or dumpoffs, they were kept back to block or run play action.
Finally, the tight ends weren’t targeted much. Rex had two receptions for nine yards and Holker was targeted twice but had no receptions. While this may have been the Arizona defensive scheme, a few jump balls to Rex probably would have been thrown last year in the same situation.
Now it was only one game, and especially considering it was the first game, Aaron Roderick may have been trying out a few new things before reverting back to the old game plan, but at least from my perspective, it did not match the same playstyle that we’ve grown accustomed to seeing the past two seasons.