BYU Fall Camp Report: Day Six

BYU Fall Camp Report: Day Six

Day 6 of BYU's Fall Camp wrapped up on a sunny, warm day in Provo on Thursday. It was the second day of full pads for BYU, which saw plays being made on both sides of the ball as the offense and defense start get a feel for one another. Jake Hatch has your report of what happened.

Day 6 of Fall Camp saw the second day of drills for BYU in full pads. Players aren’t allowed to go “live” yet. They are wrapping up the opposing players and driving or as they calling playing “thud” football. Bronco Mendenhall said he doesn’t anticipate having his team “live” very often in fall camp, maybe for only one scrimmage. His priority is keeping his players as healthy as possible before the season gets started.

Offensive Notes

Offensive Line Depth Chart Notes

In the final team segment of practice today the “1’s” on offense were are follows:

LT De’Ondre Wesley LG Kyle Johnson C Terrance Alletto or Edward Fusi RG Brayden Kearsley RT Ului Lapuaho

The “2’s” went as follows:

LT Brad Wilcox LG Solomone Kafu C Tejan Koroma RG Quinn Lawlor RT Ryker Mathews

There’s a group of about 7 players who have emerged as the guys who will be the main rotation going forward from the look of things. Those 7 players (I’d make it 8 when Tuni Kanuch is back from injury) are: De’Ondre Wesley, Ului Lapuaho, Brock Stringham, Kyle Johnson, Brayden Kearsley, Edward Fusi, and Terrance Alletto. Outside of the guys already mentioned, Ryker Mathews, Brad Wilcox, Michael Yeck, and Tejan Koroma are all challenging for playing time as well. Yeck has been nursing an injury and left practice early today.

Wide Receivers

The wide receiver position has received a lot of praise this fall camp so far and the increased competition for reps have upped the production level of the entire position group. Walk-on sophomore Colby Pearson was the star of Thursday, hauling a long touchdown pass from Christian Stewart in 11-on-11 drills that covered at least 50 yards. Mitch Mathews also had a nice catch between two defenders as well in team drills. Nick Kurtz hauled in two touchdown passes in redzone drills, rising over the defense to haul in the passes. The two-deep at receiver right now looks something like this:

Wide Receiver 1: Mitch Mathews, Devon Blackmon Wide Receiver 2: Nick Kurtz, Colby Pearson

Inside Receiver 1: Jordan Leslie, Terenn Houk Inside Receiver 2: Jake Ziolkowski, Mitchell Juergens

Other players challenging for time at wide receiver include Ross Apo, Kurt Henderson, Travis Frey, and David Kessler. At inside receiver Keanu Nelson and Trey Dye are making for stiff competition.

Defensive Notes

Linebackers

Inside linebacker continues to be a position in flux. Zac Stout is injured and hasn’t been seen at practice for a few days. Jherremya Leuta-Douyere and Austin Heder were running with the first sting practice on Thursday, with Harvey Langi and Teu Kautai also seeing reps with the first stringers. Sione Takitaki and Va’a Niumatalolo were running with the third string today. Manoa Pikula continues to sit out dealing with academic issues. The depth chart at the position will remain in flux for the foreseeable future.

Alani Fua had a good day at Sam linebacker on the outside. He recorded a whistle sack on Christian Stewart after blowing through a double team from the tight end and a running back. At Wheel linebacker, Michael Alisa and Sae Tautu saw most of the reps with the first string in relief of Bronson Kaufusi, who continues to rehab a hamstring injury.

Defensive Line

There are a lot of bodies on the BYU defensive line this season. Graham Rowley (LE), Travis Tuiloma (NT), and Remington Peck (RE) continued to run with the first string defense on Thursday. Rowley did exit practice early and no reason was given for his early exit. Marques Johnson is the second string nose tackle with Kesni Tausinga and Josh Carter behind him. Distinguishing a definitive second and third string at end is tough but Tanner Balderee and Theodore King are playing behind Rowley at LE and Logan Taele and Tomasi Laulile at RE behind Peck.

Special Teams

Players who were fielding punts from the jugs machine today included Devon Blackmon, Keanu Nelson, Mitchell Juergens, Michael Shelton, Jordan Leslie, and Mitch Mathews. The kicking competition continues with Andrew Mikkelsen, Moose Bingham, and Trevor Samson battling it out. Mikkelsen connected on two 55 yard field goals today kicking with a tee today while Samson and Bingham struggled with their accuracy.

Various Odds and Ends

Former BYU linebacker Bryan Kehl was in attendance at practice today as he continues to wait on a phone call from NFL teams. McCoy Hill was seen on the field with his knee wrapped after undergoing surgery on his knee on Monday. BYU coaches expect him back in a few weeks. Toloa’i Ho Ching, Phillip Amone, Sam Lee, and Kamalani Kaluhiokalani continued to work out with the athletic training staff today. Sae Tautu and Ross Apo are still wearing red, “no contact” jerseys. Algernon Brown was still in a helmet only this afternoon as he goes through the 5 day NCAA-mandated acclimatization period. Coach Mendenhall says having Algie on the field makes him feel more secure with his depth at running back.

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