After seeing the defense dominate in the first scrimmage, this week was more even keel in performance.
Adam Hine Impresses at Running Back
Adam Hine has made a notable improvement after being called out by Offensive Coordinator Robert Anae to step up his role in the run game. Adam has looked much more explosive and improved in reading his blocks. During the scrimmage he rushed 5 times for 73 yds and 2 TDs including an impressive run between the tackles from about 50 yards out. With the departure of Jamaal Williams, his emergence helps with the questionable depth that BYU has at running back.
Walk-On Scott Huntsman Makes Some Noise
Ben Criddle predicted before fall camp that a walk-on from Coppell, TX would have an opportunity to make the two-deep at outside LB, through 14 practices his prediction has proven true. Scott has improved with his knowledge of the defense and ability to make plays on the edge, Bronco Mendenhall had high praise of Scott Huntsman, “Scott will probably be a 2 and he’s shown great athleticism, he trained with Jordan Pendleton coming into camp for about a month on his own. He’s certainly scholarship worthy and he certainly reminds me a lot of Jordan Pendleton as a true freshman.”
Offense and Defense Grind it Out in Scrimmage
The offense and defense were evenly matched in today’s scrimmage, standouts on both sides were Harvey Langi, Butch Pau’u, Trey Dye, and Adam Hine. Harvey has been one of the major stories of fall camp with the way he elevated his leadership vocally. There was quite a bit of movement across the line backer position today and he was consistently providing pressure on the QB and making plays in the backfield. One play in particular stuck out where he lined up at Will LB and put FB Francis Bernard on his back with the play resulting in a sack.
Trey Dye really stepped up his presence at the slot receiver position with the absence of Mitch Juergens. Dye had 6 catches for 62 yards and showed his ability to catch the ball over the middle and make moves in traffic. His performance adds more intrigue to an extremely deep BYU wide receiver core.
Taysom Hill was 13/18 passing for 143 yds, he also added 2 rushes for 22 yds with his action being limited to the first half. Hill has continued to impress in the improvement he has made in reading defenses and throwing the ball.
The scrimmage saw the defense come up with 8 sacks, 5 PBUs, and 1 INT. Sacks were credited to JLD, Chris Badger, Dayan Lake, Bronson Kaufusi, Harvey Langi, Moses Kaumatule, Sae Tautu, and a team sack which saw Harvey Langi involved. Micah Hannemann, Remington Peck, Eric Takenaka, Moses Kaumatule, and Michael Shelton were credited with PBUs. Also, Sione Takitaki showed great ability in coverage picking off a pass over the middle from Tanner Mangum. The defenses ability to provide pressure on the QB and make plays in coverage is a vast improvement from the last year’s defense.
Tejan Koroma, Travis Tuiloma, Mitchell Juergens, Algernon Brown, Kyle Johnson, and Tuni Kanuch were held out of today’s scrimmage. They were held out for recovery and to develop depth behind them since they are established in their positions.
Trevor Samson impressed in his FG kicking. He hit a pair during the scrimmage at 48-yds and 51-yds and has proved consistent throughout fall camp.
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