Cougar Snapshots: Week 3 Inside the IPF

Due to weather conditions the Cougars went indoors during yesterday's practice where the offensive ground game seemed to be making strides. TotalBlueSports.com photographer Troy Verde was on-hand to capture the action in this edition of Cougar Snapshots.

The wind was blowing hard outside but inside the IPF (Indoor Practice Facility) the ground was shaking. For the most part BYU running backs ran roughshod during the observation portion of practice. The offensive line and the backs looked to be more on the same page and playing with greater confidence.

Affectionately dubbed "The Leprechaun" by fellow teammate Jamaal Williams and "The Penguin" by some of his coaches, Nate Carter has become a crafty villain to BYU's defense as of late. Carter has been gashing the defense, running through large lanes provided by the offensive line.

Nate Carter rolls out in front of quarterback Christian Stewart. The running backs have been involved in every aspect of the go fast, go hard offense much like they were in the old west coast offense under Lavell Edwards.

Carter is seen busting off a big run with defensive linemen Graham Rowley, Travis Tuiloma, and Remington Peck pursuit.

Moved over to the right tackle during practice, Ului Lapuaho and right guard Solomone Kafu open up a hole for Carter to run through. The offensive linemen where moved around quite a bit playing in new positions across the line on Monday.

Here defensive lineman Tomasi Laulile gets a double team from tight end Devin Mahina and Ului Lapuaho. Running behind them, and barely visible, is walk-on running back Jeremiah Burr.

The passing game is still behind the Cougar's ground game but it's steadily gaining ground. Coach Mendenhall mentioned that the offensive goals based on completion percentages have already been surpassed this far in spring camp.

Quarterback Taysom Hill lines up behind Terrance Alletto and directs the offense. Lining up on the defensive line is walk-on Adam Ingersoll, who's been in the rotation mix with Bronson Kaufusi lining up on the outside.

Receiver Terenn Houk played tight end last year and has been moved back out to the x-receiver position along with playing some y-receiver. Here he catches a pass from quarterback Taysom Hill.

Jamaal Williams is once again off to the end zone. Williams busted through the defensive line with Manoa Pikula pursuing. Williams mentioned he's now 208 pounds now that he's turned 19. Williams looks fast and runs as though he's currently in mid-season form.

Running back A.J Moore takes the hand off and sprints down field. Moore is still shaking off the missionary rust from his legs and is a part of the rotation at running back.

Walk-on receiver Colby Pearson has been making noise early in spring ball, being one of the surprises of spring camp. Pearson and Henderson have been pleasant surprises in both the pass game while being effective blockers down field in the run game.

Once an outside linebacker on Coach Mendenhall's defense, Bills suffered a string of injuries that left his playing situation in question. Bill is back playing long snapper for the Cougars while working his way into the linebacker rotation.

Mahina takes on a big challenge in providing pass protection against big Bronson Kaufusi who has had a very good spring camp at his new outside linebacker position. Yesterday, Kaufusi recorded another sack while intercepting a tipped pass that he returned a long ways.


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