I'm not going to lie. I'm concerned about the D-line having much of an
impact. Peck was decent but really didn't do anything special, and the same
goes for Tuiloma and Rowley before their missions.As I have
re-watched most of our games from last year, there is something that was very
interesting: when Eathyn was in at nose tackle, we pretty much stuffed the run
every time, with the exception of the Wisconsin game. However, when Marques
Johnson was in, we allowed teams to smash it through the middle pretty easily.
Against Wisconsin, it was just ugly when Johnson was in.I do feel
like there is much more depth, so hopefully we can rotate more and keep players
fresh. That seemed to be an issue last year. But still, I don't see any
difference makers on this line. Just a bunch of mediocre players in my opinion.
I've been very concerned about the D-line not having the stars or big
names, but I'm pleased that the coaches aren't worried about them at
all. Kafusi is a great D-line coach and there seems to be some solid development
there. If they really can lock down the middle, this is going to be a great
defense. Anyone listed at 230-240 lbs shouldn't even be considered. They
need some beef in the middle who can't be moved. GO COUGARS!
I wouldn't put it past Bronco to devise schemes that will utilize Bronson
Kaufusi in a down position periodically if needed at times.The DLine
and Oline are big question marks for this year. How they play will determine
the Success of BYU this year.
I didn't see anything here that said that the coaches aren't worried.
They only really said that they have more depth than last year. I have to
believe that the coaches are worried about both the D and O lines until they
have proven themselves by the 3rd or 4th game. Then maybe the coaches can relax
a little on that point.
I have to disagree with all those worried about the offensive line. They are
going to be good. Possibly very very good. I could list all of the reasons
why, but I don't have the time. But I will point out that last year's
starting left tackle, Michael Yeck (1st Team 2013 All Independent Selection),
has not only lost his left tackle spot, but probably won't even be a
starter anywhere on the line. If you don't believe me, Phil Steele sees it
too. He has ranked BYU's offensive line as the 15th best in the
country.On the defensive line, I really like Tuiloma and Rowley.
Both were very impressive in 2011 and Cougar Coaches have named them the top 2
DL in Spring. I think this defensive line will be comparable to last years.
They may not put up huge numbers, but they don't have to, especially with
Fua and Kaufusi potentially blitzing from the outside and a secondary that will
be able to go man up a lot more often than they have in the past.
Also remember that BYU has Bronco Mendenhall. Even if you don't think much
of this year's DL(personally I think they will be just fine) you have to
remember what Bronco did last year with the defensive backs. Using a bunch of
3rd and 4th string guys at corner, BYU finished 9th in the nation in yards
allowed per pass attempt.
Gorum brings up a good point about the secondary this year. With the depth and
talent we have at corner (here's hoping they stay healthy) we will see a
lot more aggressive coverage starting at the LOS. Opposing QBs/WR's
won't have a 10 yd cushion to work with like in years past and we will see
a lot more pressure being brought by Bronco. Sacks will go up this year as a
result and I think Peck is ready for a breakout season. The player
I'm eager to see in this group is Jatterius Gulley. As Brandon noted this
is a position that Bronco hasn't been shy about using freshman players in
the past (Manumaleuna, Tialavea, Tuiloma, etc) and been able to have a lot of
success. With Johnson coming back Tuiloma has time to work back into playing
shape and gives Bronco some nice options at both DE and DT depending on the
need. I fully expect to see a defense as exciting as the one we had
in 2012. Bronco will be a mad genius with his schemes and it will be fun to