Cougars more comfortable as spring football begins

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BYU’s spring football practice schedule made its way in on Monday.

“I thought our team worked hard today,” said BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall. “We’re certainly starting from a different place offensively than a year ago in terms of how much they know about the new system. We have more depth at defensive line than what we’ve had in quite some time, and we also look more athletic at corner than we have in a while.”

Christian Stewart, quarterback, gets ready to pass in drills on the first day of practice. Photo by Elliott Miller
Christian Stewart, quarterback, gets ready to pass in drills on the first day of practice. (Photo by Elliott Miller)

The new offensive coaching staff last year made it difficult for players to know what to expect, but this year that isn’t the case. The “go fast, go hard” concept wasn’t mentioned because the team knew it was a matter of improving from last year.

Returning quarterback Taysom Hill is excited to play with more efficiency and with a knowledge of the offensive system in place.

“Now we can be comfortable and really hone in on the stuff we want to get better at instead of running a new offense,” Hill said. “I think it will really help us take a leap forward.”

The Cougars spent the last part of practice going 11-on-11 with only helmets.

According to BYUcougars.com, “Running back Jamaal Williams made his presence known with back-to-back catches, later followed by a touchdown run to cap off the day. Quarterback Taysom Hill led the first-team offense while Christian Stewart manned the second group.”

The Cougars are ready to refine their system as they open their season at Connecticut on Aug. 29.

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