BYU's offense is ready

BYU's offense has practiced against the 3-4 defense day in and day out when facing its own defense in camp. Washington State has a newly installed 3-4 defense this year. The edge goes to BYU here. But when it comes to preparing for WSU's defense, BYU is ahead of the curve in a few other ways as well.

The Cougar offense is a week ahead of the game. Well, that's what junior wide receiver Cody Hoffman feels.

"Right now if we had to play the game, we could do it tomorrow if we had to," said Hoffman. "We've had our offensive script in place for a week now, so that's what we've been working on over the past week. We know exactly what we're going to run, so right now it's just about perfecting the details and we still have a lot of time to do that."

Coach Doman and his offensive staff have already worked out exactly what they're going to do, in so much that they can now work on polishing up the little details within their offensive script.

"We've gotten to the point where we can now focus on the little things like picking up blitzes and making sure we're sharp on our routes within our script," Hoffman said. "We know exactly what we're going and are now just polishing it up. The coaches know exactly what they're going to do and we've got all of our plays in. If we had to step on the field right now we would know exactly what we want to do and what we need to do. We are feeling really confident right now."

The Cougars still have practice on Saturday, as well as next Monday and Tuesday. But let's take a look at why Hoffman is so confident.

"We feel like our offense is ready to go and it's a lot different this year than last year," Hoffman said. "A lot of that confidence comes from the fact there isn't a quarterback controversy this year like there was last year. We've really solidified our offense and built up the chemistry and I think that has put us farther ahead of the game this year than we were at the beginning of the season last year.

"So that's the first thing, is we have a lot more offensive chemistry this year. We just have one quarterback and we all know each other and how we play a lot better together."

So what will that do?

"Well, guys are moving quicker and are a lot more precise within the offense, and so just from a normal offensive standpoint you're going to see our offense run faster and guys be more precise," Hoffman said.

In addition, the team is a year older and a year wiser.

"Then we have a lot of experienced guys coming back in Coach Doman's second year of being the offensive coordinator," said Hoffman. "We have all of our guys coming back at wide receiver and tight end this year. We also have a really good run game, so that's going to be another difference. We know what kind of an offense we want to have and now have experienced players back to run it. That will be a big difference."

Another point Hoffman brought up is the fact that Coach Doman has implemented his plan of attack this week, allowing the offense a few extra days to polish up.

"We started adding plays last Monday to our script," Hoffman said. "Then the next day we added more and more until today where it's all pretty much set in stone. We are ahead with our script and it's pretty much done, so guys are running the game plan a lot quicker and faster.

"I feel like we're farther ahead this year than last year with more time to spend on perfecting the little things within our script. Now what we're doing is running against our script against our defense but doing it more precise and faster. We'll continue to do that until we don't have any more time left, so those are some of the reasons why if we had to play the game tomorrow I feel like we would be ready."

Hoffman also brought up the offense's familiarity with the 3-4 defense, having faced it in practice for years.

"It might help us a little bit and work in our favor to know what the linemen and the linebackers are going to do," said Hoffman. "We know how the guys on our defense respond to us in certain formations and things like that and know how to attack it. The only thing that might be different is how they choose to defend us in their secondary. You don't know if they're going to try and use a cover-two or man-zone defense.

"They can mix it up really but it won't be anything that we haven't seen from our own defense at some point in time. It's definitely going to play a major role for us because we've seen a lot of different things from our defense that I don't think we'll see anything new."

Junior tight end Marcus Mathews agrees with Hoffman's assessment of the WSU secondary.

"I'm going to look at what we've faced in our own defense from over the past few years and make comparisons to them," Mathews said. "They try and mimic what we do. I don't know if that's intentional but they try and run our defense, so what they bring to the field won't be anything new to us. We get tons of looks at it in practice.

"It's a good defense and a defense that's going to be really eager to prove themselves against our offense. I think our offense is going to be really used to what they bring to the field. I do expect their defense to be good, but at the same time I'm confident that our defense is going to be 10 times better than theirs."

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