Cougar Snapshots: 2014 Fall Camp Day Six

The BYU Cougars were back on the field on Thursday, running through drills in full pads as the team continues their preparation for the 2014 season and the opener at UConn. staff photographer Troy Verde was on hand to capture all of the action.

Thursday’s practice wasn’t the most exciting of fall camp, but the Cougars hit the practice field and pushed through the physical and mental fatigue as they continue preparations for the 2014 season.

Terrance Alletto eyes Austin Heder as Taysom Hill hands the ball off in the backfield. Remington Peck is locked up with Kyle Johnson at the guard position. Austin Heder has turned in a productive fall camp so far at linebacker.

Middle Linebackers Coach Paul Tidwell has a bevy of talented inside linebackers to work with including Philip Amone, Austin Heder, Michael Alisa, Jherremya Leuta-Douyere, Adam Pulsipher, Zac Stout, Va’a Niumatalolo, Sione Takitaki, Toloa’i Ho Ching and Utah transfer Harvey Langi.

Outside linebacker Fred Warner lines up across from wide receiver Jake Ziolkowski. Warner is slowly getting his feet wet in fall camp and learning the ropes of Coach Mendenhall’s defense. In time he should become a monster on the field.

Stanford transfer Keanu Nelson runs through some ball handling drills as he high steps on by. Nelson has turned is a fairly good fall camp so far and should see playing time this season among the receiver rotation.

Here Nelson bursts out from the slot receiver position.

Kurt Henderson was a reliable receiver last season as a walk-on who rose up to receive playing time. Henderson is now battling a talented crop of receivers that will improve the overall passing game of the Cougar offense.

After suffering a leg injury during spring camp, Tomasi Laulile is back in action in the fall and in the two-deep roster on the defensive line.

Pitch and catch with Mitch Mathews has never been so easy. Not only is Mathews tall but he possesses the speed to spread defenses and the range to make difficult catches. When it comes to being a target, he’s a quarterback’s dream to throw to.

Defensive linemen Theodore King and Josh Carter take on offensive linemen Ului Lapuaho, Brock Stringham, and Edward Fusi. That would be a tough match for any player.

Jordan Preator has seen playing time with the second team defensive backfield. Preator has a lot of upside to his game and should be a future staple in the BYU secondary.

Wearing a red jersey so as not to receive any contact, Ross Apo has had a quiet fall camp thus far. The senior out of Texas makes a leaping snag over the middle.

Offensive tackle Brock Stringham welcomes middle linebacker Harvey Langi to BYU with a block that knocked him into the back of nose tackle Marques Johnson.

The block by Stringham knocked Langi right into the blocking responsibilities of Brayden Kearsley.

Quarterback Taysom Hill throws the ball as nose guard Marques Johnson chases him to the outside. It’s very apparent that Hill has improved his passing game and should be moe effective as a passer this season.

Just because he’ll have more targets to throw to that doesn’t mean Hill can’t take off at a moment’s notice and run the ball. Hill could become an even bigger threat to run now that he has speedy receivers stretching defenses thin downfield.

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