Cougar Snapshots: 2014 Fall Camp Day Four

Day Four of BYU’s Fall Camp featured highlights from both sides of the ball but the offense had the last laugh after a lackluster start to the session. TBS Staff Photographer Troy Verde was on hand to capture the action in the latest edition of Cougar Snapshots.

BYU’s offense enjoyed a relatively successful day yesterday on all passing fronts. From the outside receivers to the tight ends, Taysom Hill was able to distribute the ball to a wide range of targets.

Devin Mahina goes up and makes the catch from his tight end position. Along with Bryan Sampson, Colby Jorgensen, and Matt Sumsion, Mahina will be more of a traditional tight end in a three-point stance rather than a flex tight end like Jordan Leslie and Keanu Nelson.

Hayden Griffitts, Taysom Hill, and Hunter Moore make their throws during passing drills.

Harvey Jackson provides nice size and speed to BYU’s defensive backfield. Jackson is very good at closing the gaps in coverage and here he’s seen covering walk-on wide receiver David Kessler prior to 7-on-7 drills and team practice.

Having recently returned home from a LDS mission to Mississippi, Troy Hinds goes up against Quinn Lawlor on the outside. Hinds made a great play today and recorded a sack on Christian Stewart.

Hinds combines speed, athleticism, and size at the outside Sam linebacker position. He has great range and can cover ground very well and has shown that early in fall camp.

Although he’s been gone for a few years knocking doors, Hinds returned home from his mission in great shape.

Jaterrius Gulley is a load at 6’3”, 330-pounds and will play the nose tackle position. Coach Kaufusi mentioned that he believes Gulley could help the Cougars this year.

UTEP graduate transfer Jordan Leslie comes in at around 6’2”, 200-pounds and will play the flex tight end (Y) position this season. Leslie is enjoying fall camp success and has become a favorite target for Taysom Hill. Leslie provides good speed and quickness on the inside and up the seam. The fact that the X and Z receivers have speed on the outside should open things up for him inside.

Following in the path of Paul Lasike, Josh Whippy came to BYU as a rugby player, and like Lasike is playing running back in Robert Anae’s offense.

Coming in at 6’1”, 300-pounds, Kesni Tausinga is currently running with the second team defense at nose tackle but will see playing time this year as Coach Kaufusi plans to rotate players this year more than in years past. Tausinga is big, strong and has molded his body to be a capable two-gap player.

Nose tackle Marques Johnson is back after a scare with blood clots in his lungs caused him to miss spring camp. Johnson is back in action and trying to make up ground behind Travis Tuiloma, who is currently with the first team defense at nose. Johnson will receive playing time in the two deep.

Alani Fua is a terror for opposing quarterbacks with his ability to both defend the run and cover in space. He’s got soft hands and was working on refining that element on his game in this picture before he was dismissed from the field due to an on-field scuffle with walk-on lineman Chase Larson

Here Nick Kurtz catches a pass during team drills with former Cougar Fui Vakapuna looking on. Kurtz is going to play a major part in this season’s offense and is already enjoying success during fall camp. His ability to stretch the field has become readily apparent.

Middle linebacker Sione Takitaki out on the practice field running through drills. Takitaki’s suspension has been revoked but he’s still on a good behavior contract with Coach Mendenhall. He will be allowed to suit up and participate this season.

Although he isn’t the biggest offensive lineman in the fold, Tejan Koroma has some of the biggest arms among his position group. The 6’0”, 260-pound center is among the strongest lineman on the team as a true freshman. Koroma is making a push to earn playing time in 2014.

After being carted off the field in spring with a leg injury, Tomasi Laulile is back in action in the fall and running with the second team defensive line.

Having come home at 265-pounds after serving a mission to Samoa, nose guard Travis Tuiloma is now back up to 280-pounds. He’s currently running with the first team defense at nose tackle, with Graham Rowley and Remington Peck rounding out the current starting three.

Here outside linebacker Tyler Cook goes through pass catching drills. Cook was a highly recruited prospect out of Murrieta, California and turned down offers from Miami, Arizona, Arizona State, and many others to play at BYU.


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