Cougar Snapshots: 2014 Fall Camp Day One

The BYU cougars started off fall camp with a bang as the team got right back into the mix as though the intermission of summer wasn’t even there. Although the team was dressed in helmets and jerseys, footballs were flying around and plays were made in abundance. staff photographer Troy Verde was on site to capture the action.

The action has come fast and furious on both sides of the ball to start fall camp, which is a good thing. Check out some of the action below.

Jamaal Williams is the primary back but Hine received quite a few reps early in fall camp due to what will be a one game suspension of Williams. Here Hine catches a pass out of the backfield.

Starting at left guard is Brock Stringham. Stringham is back in action at the left guard position after missing spring camp to take back the starting left guard spot.

A walk-on wide receiver prospect, Colby Pearson has become a reliable target for Taysom Hill. In fact on the first day of fall camp Pearson made a diving catch that wowed both offensive and defensive players.

Speedy receiver Devon Blackmon sprints into his routes. On the first day of fall camp Blackmon did fairly well. However, on the second day of fall camp he had a much better day making a catch that required him to lay-out to make the play.

One of the hardest working offensive lineman in the group. Edward Fusi used the off-season to transform his body and is now close to 320 pounds as an offensive center. He beat out Terrance Alletto and Brayden Kearsley for the starting spot in the middle with his tenacity and physical play thus far.

Here Fusi and Stringham run through a blocking drill as running back Adam Hine takes the hand off.

Nebraska transfer Harvey Jackson is tall and well-defined physically. Early evaluations on him reveal that he’s a big, physical player with many tools the coaches can work with.

Here Jackson listens to Nick Howell for instruction.

Jamaal Williams receives a pass out of the backfield during the opening drills of spring camp.

Here is a side by side comparison of Jordan Johnson, Trent Trammell, and Harvey Jackson as they receive instruction from Coach Howell prior to a drill.

Kai Nacua runs through drills with the defensive backs. Nacua had a very productive day on the first day and was recognized by the coaches for his performance.

Sporting a pink head cap, Michael Davis adds more down field speed to the Cougar wide receiver corps. Taysom Hill will have many weapons to through to downfield this season and Davis should be one of them.

Coming in at 6-foot-6, Mitch Mathews is a tall target that stretched the field all day long on day one of fall camp. Mathews caught a pass over the middle on a slant and was able to out run the secondary as he headed towards the end zone.

Here Mathews catches an outside pass from Taysom Hill.

Nick Kurtz runs through an agility drill. In regards to his spring and fall camp performances, Kurtz was night and day. No longer was he grasping for air, running soft routes, or struggling to fit within the system. Kurtz looked like a veteran within Robert Anae’s offense as the summer workouts with Taysom Hill payed dividends.

Here Taysom Hill rolls out, survey’s the field, and throws the ball down field. Hill is a much improved passer and found multiple receiver targets throughout day one.

One of the strongest linebackers in the program, Toloa’i Ho Ching blows off the line in a pass rush as Brock Stringham and Ului Lapuaho attempt to block him.

Here true freshman outside linebacker Tyler Cook stands next to Kelly Poppinga as the outside linebackers run through drills. Cook was playing the Sam linebacker position during day one.

Already receiving praise by Coach Tujague for his physical abilities and style of play, Ului Lapuaho will become a major player on the Cougar offensive line for years to come.

Two veterans square up as left tackle De’Ondre Wesley and defensive end Remington Peck line up in the trenches. Remington Peck was singled out by Coach Howell as one who is showing great leadership on the defensive line. On the other hand, Wesley has emerged as one of the offensive line’s leaders as well.

Senior Buck linebacker Zac Stout is a monster in the box against the run. He also had a very good open day camp performance picking off Taysom Hill in the blue zone. Stout was running with the first team linebackers to start of fall camp.

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