From the old ways to the new, Moroni Laulu-Pututau has set aside the old BYU offense and fully immersed himself within Coach Detmer's new pro-style offense that will make its debut against Arizona on Saturday night. Laulu-Pututau explained why he feels the offense will benefit him and the rest of the receivers heading into the Arizona game.
"Everything is going well for me," Laulu-Pututau said. "They've got me moving around depending on the situation and personnel, so I'll play both sides depending on what the situation is. The offense is pretty easy and we're ready to go. It's simpler, not in scheme but in how we run it. It's at a slower place in comparison to the old offense where it was get the call sign, and go, go, go. As far as learning the new scheme, I think we're all good and know what to do. I'm excited to see how we do against Arizona."
Back to run the offense will be the most athletic quarterbacks to ever to wear a BYU uniform, Taysom Hill. A season veteran, Hill will unleash his skill set against the Wildcat defense. Laulu-Pututau feels Hill brings more to the offense than just his abilities to throw and run the ball.
"Oh man, it's great having him back as our quarterback!" Laulu-Pututau said. "Having an experienced quarterback like Taysom Hill behind center does a lot of things for you. He brings a calm because he's such an experienced leader and makes things easier for you as a receiver. He brings that, 'Everything is going to be okay,’ feeling. It's more of that calm feeling you get with him."
SCOUTING THE WILDCAT SECONDARY
Playing the "Bandit" defensive back position is Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles, a former three-star recruit by scout.com, who comes in at around 6-3, 200-pounds. The second string cornerback is 6-0, 190-pound freshman Chanco Ulloa from Centennial High School in Corona, CA.
At the other cornerback position is 6-2, 196-pound redshirt junior Jarvis McCall, and 5-10, 178-pound DaVonte Neal, a redshirt senior, who transferred from Notre Dame, who beat out 5-10, 170-pound senior Devin Holiday. Laulu-Pututau expects to see more DaVonte Neal than Jarvis McCall.
"One is returning and the other one is gone," said Lualu-Pututau. "The one that I'll be going up against is DaVonte Neal and he's a good player. He's around 5-10 so we got some things for him."
Also in the defensive backfield is 6-1, 204-pounds Dane Cruikshank who is a redshirt junior transfer from Citrus College. At one time BYU had recruited Cruikshank but never offered. Behind him is 5-10, 180-pound sophomore Jace Whittaker.
There is some experience in the Arizona defensive backfield, but Laulu-Pututau feels, after looking at some film on the cornerbacks, the Cougars will face finesse rather than physical pass coverage come game time.
"They're not very physical from a secondary standpoint," said Laulu-Pututau. "Their cornerbacks have good feet and they're quick. They're not very physical from a defensive secondary standpoint, but they have good feet and good speed, so we're focusing on our technique and our route precision."
The type of coverage the Cougar pass catchers are banking on with the Arizona Wildcat defense is similar to what they faced from Boise State. The Cougars are expecting a wide range of coverages based on the situation.
"We're expecting a little bit of everything when it comes to their coverage packages," said Laulu-Pututau. "What we're most expecting is a lot of zone defense. I mean, we're not watching a lot of last year's defensive film because Boise State's defensive coordinator is over there now. We're watching more Boise State from last year and seeing what they do."
Prior to Marcel Yates' arrival to Arizona, the Wildcat defense ran a 3-3-5 defense under former defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel. It's hard to say exactly what type of defense the Wildcats will run in 2016 currently. Last season the Wildcats allowed 466.8 yards per game placing them 114th out of 127 division one programs.
"This defense that we're doing has a lot of different packages, has a lot of different things that we can do," Yates told Anthony Gimino of the Tuscon News Now. "We can have four down linemen, three down linemen, even five down linemen if we really want. I feel we will be able to surprise more people."
When it comes to secondary coverages, Laulu-Pututau expects to see a change up in coverages depending on down and distances. For the most part he believes the Wildcats will run mostly a zone covarage based on the defense they saw against Boise State.
"They mix it up in the box and last year Boise ran more of that 4-2-5 or 4-3-4 defense and they mix it up," said Laulu-Pututau. "We plan on picking up what they'll run. They bring in that nickel and mix it up so we'll see. We'll be ready though no matter what."
To fend off any secondary attack the Wildcats throw at BYU will be a corps of Cougar receivers led by seniors Mitchell Juergens and Nick Kurtz. Laulu-Pututau feels BYU's receivers will throw a deep, yet skilled group with a wide range of skills.
"They's not much of a dropoff between the ones and the twos and our two-deep is great!" Laulu-Pututau said. "I mean it's really good because we have a lot of competition. There isn't a sure thing when it comes to who will start between the ones and the twos, so it created a lot of competition between us. There's not really a drop off between the first and second teams, so I think the receiver position is one of our strengths on the team.
"We have a little bit of everything, and that makes us a very diverse wide receiver group. I really think that is one of our strong points. I mean, we don't just have your typical wide receiver groups. We have really good player who are 5-9 to 6-6, so we have weapons all over the place that can do a lot of different things."
The thing Laulu-Pututau is most looking for to when heading down to Arizona is simple.
"Winning!" Laulu-Pututau said with a laugh. "That's what I look forward to the most. Hey, if I don't get the ball that's fine as long as we win.”