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Get a glimpse of the BYU spring game through the lens of TBS photographer Troy Verde

With a buzz in the air, the stands packed with adoring fans, and the BYU Cougars taking the field at LaVell Edwards Stadium, Kalani Sitake’s inaugural spring game was a success. There on the sidelines to capture the action was Total Blue Sports’ photographer Troy Verde.

During BYU’s annual Blue and White game, BYU fans caught a small glimpse of what their program’s offense and defense will look like. Cheering fans got a look at some of the Cougars and their coaches in action.

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BYU head coach Kalani Sitake takes in the pass skeleton portion of the scrimmage. Coach Sitake has brought in a new buzz of excitement that has electrified the Cougar fan base, who came out in droves to see his team.

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Coach Sitake and wide receivers coach Ben Cahoon shared a lighthearted moment together on the field.


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Offensive and defensive members of BYU’s coaching staff meeting on the field prior to the day’s action.


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Sophomore quarterback Tanner Mangum sets his eyes on a receiver and lets the ball fly during the first series of the scrimmage. Mangum drove the offense down the field for the score during his time running the offense.


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Cougars fans were excited to see senior running back Jamaal Williams suited up and back out on the field. Prior to the scrimmage, Williams delighted fans by playing catch with some young Cougars fans sitting in the stands.

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Senior wide receiver Nick Kurtz didn’t receive any action during the scrimmage portion of BYU’s spring game, but he did receive a lot of action during the 7-on-7 portion and scored a touchdown.

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Running back Algernon Brown attempts to shrug off a tackle from defensive back Matt Hadley.


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Nick Kurtz hauled in a Mangum pass and as a Cougar defender attempted to strip the ball away. Kurtz will play a big role in the new BYU offense.

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From BYU player to BYU coach, Jernaro Gilford gives instructions to his cornerbacks during the scrimmage.


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Quarterback Beau Hoge hands the ball off to running back Squally Canada. Canada carried the ball five times for a total of 45 yards and a nine yard average on the day.


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Here running back Squally Canada burst between the tackles.

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The pro-style offense is alive and well at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Beau Hoge goes under center in Coach Detmer’s offense.

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The future of BYU football is in good hands. Here, Troy Warner stands along the sidelines next to senior wide receiver Nick Kurtz. Warner could see himself playing both ways this year.


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Outside linebacker Fred Warner didn’t receive much action during the spring game, but looked to be enjoying himself being suited up and taking in the atmosphere of the day.

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Defensive end Sione Takitaki, linebacker Harvey Langi, and defensive end Tomasi Laulile having a good time watching the action from the sidelines.

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Quarterback Beau Hoge often showed he could make plays with his feet much like senior quarterback Taysom Hill. Hoge ran the ball seven times for 37 total yards, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. He even used his legs to score a rushing touchdown during the scrimmage.

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Named after his father, and former BYU running back, Kalin Hall, K.J. Hall turned in a productive day as a walk-on running back. Hall carried the ball seven times for 27 yards in limited action.

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Junior running back Trey Dye with the Heisman pose as he cuts to avoid being tackled and bounces it outside. Dye finished the day with 10 carries for 41 yards, averaging just a little over four yards per carry.

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BYU offensive line coach Mike Empey walks the field and keeps watch over his offensive linemen.

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Ului Lapuaho played a lot of the guard position during the scrimmage. Lapuaho is a beast in the trenches and looked really good, providing a physical presence on the interior of the offensive line.

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Here Micah Simon receives a pass downfield as one of the players who stood out early in the pass skeleton portion of the practice. Simon will be a name BYU fans will hear a lot of throughout the years.

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Wide receiver Micah Simon catches the ball over the middle as linebacker Adam Pulsipher turns in hot pursuit.

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Will he play cornerback or will he stay at wide receiver? Akile Davis is a real talent on the BYU roster. His coverage skill were talked about during interviews during spring camp. While his position isn’t solidified yet, Akile Davis is someone Cougar fans should be excited about.

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