August 27, 2012
Players are Feeling the Urgency of Playing Under the Lights
The practices are getting a little more intense and a little more focused. Just days away from the season opener against Washington State, one of the position groups that will be seeing some new faces is the offensive line. And according to Blair Tushaus and Ryker Matthews the group is not sure who the starting five will be.
"They have not said to the line where we are, we have practiced with a lot of different line ups with personnel. We have had like 4 or 5 different groups that we could go with. We kind of know where we will be playing, we don't know exactly who will be the first five but we know pretty much of where we will be," said Tushaus who is battling for the center position with Houston Reynolds.
Coach Mendenhall has talked about how at the center position we will probably seeing a rotation of the center position. Riley Nelson after practice commented that he trusts the coaches and they will make the right decision but hopes they will stick the one who is playing well, which he feels is how it go.
With Mike Leach coming into to town to his Alma Mater, there is certainly going to be plenty of thrown balls to go up against. BYU has a lot of expectations from its defense. Right in the middle and leading that defense is Uona Kaveinga.
It will be interesting to see how Kaveinga and fellow ILB Brandon Ogletree defend a Mike Leach offense. Will they drop back more into coverage? Will Bronco want blitz more and cause more quick passes? Leach's offense will spread the field and try to cause mismatches.
"First game everyone is going to be amped and excited but football is football; we have to come out just ready. Can't let all the excitement get to us, I really don't know about our offense but I know our defense will be ready," said Kaveinga.
Feeling the excitement and intensity that was inside him as he was telling CougarNation about his ideal play would go, as he was telling it you could see it in your mind and you could tell that he has envisioned this scenario many times.
"My dream play would be the biggest hit, not the quarterback, a receiver. He is on a crossing route, it's like 3rd and 4 and he doesn't see me and I just come up and hit him so hard his helmet falls off and he doesn't return, that would be my dream play."
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