Here’s the latest updates from the preseason camp of BYU, LSU’s Sept. 2 season opening opponent in Houston.
DEFENSE RULES: After BYU’s offense had the upper-hand in the first preseason scrimmage a week ago, the defense bounced back with a win in Thursday’s second scrimmage, according to multiple media reports.
“We called out the defense last time and they responded,” BYU coach Kalani Sitake said. “I was really pleased with how they pressured the quarterback, disrupted plays and caused turnovers. I don’t know if it was as much what the offense wasn’t doing as it was what the defense was doing. Since the last scrimmage, they have been on a mission to show they are better.”
Some of the defensive highlights, according to the Deseret News, were cornerback Troy Warner breaking up a a long pass in single coverage against receiver Beau Tanner, a PBU from Chris Wilcox and a scrimmage-ending interception in the end zone by safety Zayne Anderson.
Senior safety Micah Hannemann said Anderson’s pick was his favorite moment of the scrimmage.
“We haven’t been getting that many interceptions at safety in practice,” Hannemann said. “It was good to see him drop back perfect, then make a play on the deep ball.”
WHAT’S THE PROBLEM WITH THE OFFENSE?: Sitake credited the defensive line’s pass rush for consistently disrupting offensive coordinator Ty Detmer’s group.
“They would make good plays here and there but they couldn’t get much momentum going because of how disruptive our defense was being,” Sitake said.
Starting quarterback Tanner Magnum said the offense was a “little sloppy.
“It wasn’t our best practice but that is going to happen,” Magnum said. “You can’t get too down over one practice. The defense made a lot of plays today, so we’ve got to learn from it. It was good for our defense to come out and have a good day. Sometimes you just have to take it.”
Detmer thinks his offense is far ahead of where it was last year at this time, but he knows the season-opener…