“We’re looking to redeem ourselves and get out of this little slump,” said BYU tight end Devin Mahina. “We gave up 29 unanswered points to Nevada at home in our last game. We can do either two things. We can hang our heads and give up or we can get up and go fight.”
Mahina played a big role in the UCF game prior to BYU’s loss to Nevada. Against Nevada, Mahina, along with Mitch Mathews, Jordan Leslie, and others, helped the Cougar offense rack up over 400 yards of passing offense.
“It stinks and it’s so frustrating because we wanted to do more,” said Mahina. “I don’t think we were as explosive in the second half as were in the first half. The first half we were really explosive. I think if we would have kept that same fight I think we would have smoked them.”
It was a frustrating defeat to say the least, but Mahina feels there was progress made. There just needs to be a little finer tuning and preparation on both sides of the ball.
“Yeah, I think we will pick ourselves up and go out there, but it’s going to have to start with preparation first,” said Mahina. “We have a lot of young guys playing now, so we need guys to prepare and step up and make plays. That’s really what it comes down to. We need guys to prepare and make plays, and I think now that a lot of these guys know they have to step up they will.”
Along with a rash of ankle injuries, the Cougars have been flush with an infusion of younger, less experienced talent. The more preparation and experience these younger players receive the more they’ll be able to compete on a higher level on both sides of the ball.
“Yeah, there is a little bit of a lack of experience we’ve had and that’s part of the game,” Mahina said. “You’re always going to have guys with more experience than others, but when your name is called you better know your assignments and responsibilities. The coaches obviously recruited us all for a reason so we have to live up to our end. I think our guys are trying to get there where they can be where they need to be.”
Tomorrow the Cougars will look to take their preparation and youth on the road to redeem themselves on the blue turf of Boise State. Mahina knows Boise State will be looking for some redemption of their own having lost to BYU last year.
“It’s going to be a great atmosphere for us up there,” said Mahina. “It’s going to be loud and there will be a lot of people there cheering, but we’ve played in big venues before that were much bigger. I do think it’s going to be a great venue for us, but we’ve played up at Texas where there were over 100,000 people. I think it’s going to be another good game. We just have to come out ready to fight and I think we will.”
Cougar Cam: Devin Mahina
Devin Mahina talks about the tight end position and his recent performances. He gives his thoughts about Christian Stewart and his chemistry with him. He talks about what he brings to the field and about Matt Edwards his position coach among other topics.
Cougar Cam: Devin Mahina