BYU starting spring practice on March 17th and the Cougars who had consecutive 11-2 seasons and back to back Mountain West Conference titles, and now the Cougars are looking to make it to the BCS in 2008. The Cougars do not lose much offensively with frosh All-American Harvey Unga and QB Max Hall, plus multiple other key positions. The things that BYU needs to figure out in this spring ball is to find replacements for Bryan Kehl and Kelly Popinga at the linebacker position and also they need to find more depth and improve the secondary overall. The should be fine, because of the amazing job the coaching staff did when injuries really hurt that position with the Cougars playing 2nd and 3rd string players and still able to defeat Utah and UCLA.
So far the coaching staff has limited full contact drills to save players from being injured and not at 100% for fall camp and the season. The staff still gets in what they need to with the limited contacted to be able to create a early depth chart and get the walk ons and younger players the ability to get a grasp on the scheme.
|2008 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE|
|10-3-08||at Utah State (Fri.)|
|TBA||at Air Force|
|TBA||at Colorado State|
|TBA||SAN DIEGO STATE|
So far this spring the linebacker position is WIDE open and so far Shawn Doman and Matt Bauman working with the first team and giving way to Matt Ah You and Terrance Hooks who have been working with the second team, but nothing is finalized as of yet. Offensively the team according to coach Bronco Mendenhall is ahead of last years pace, and that can be attributed to the offense being unchanged and not as many spots to fill on that end. According to the amazing website National Champs they have their early bird spring analysis with QB Max Hall and TE Dennis Pitta who are both ranked in the top 15 players per position nationally.
The annual Blue/White Spring game will take place on April 12th.
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