Injury Updates Aside, DE John Denney Shines

BYU's fall football camp is over and the team practiced in the rain today in preparation for Georgia Tech next Thursday.

Running back Reynaldo Brathwaite rejoined the team today after an emergency visit to his ailing grandmother in Los Angeles. Defensive tackle Manaia Brown, who underwent shoulder surgery last week, suited up for the first time since the beginning of fall camp and participated in drills.

Defensive end C.J. Ah You's surgery went well today, according to BYU head coach Gary Crowton.

"They were nervous about the ACL, but they found that his ACL is strong. They found his meniscus folded over and sort of stuck in there and they pulled it out, so it went as well as could be expected. He could be ready for the game against Georgia Tech," a relieved Crowton said.

The head coach also talked about John Denney and the defensive end rotation he plans to use throughout the season. "John Denney is very athletic. He's a lot like his brother Ryan (Denney now in the NFL) was during his junior year. He's really started to show up lately and play really well. He's really going to help, so it's nice to see him starting to excel at the defensive end position because we're going to use all of those guys."

Crowton said All-American candidate Brady Poppinga, Denney, Ah You and Bill Wright will be the primary players he will rotate at defensive end. "We'll rotate them according to situation."

Denney has been taking reps with the first team the past couple of days after impressive showings in scrimmages. Pleased for the opportunity to show and shine, Denney said "it's always nice; that's where you want to be."

He added the biggest challenge and difference from last year's defense to this year's new defensive scheme requires "heart. "You have to have the heart to play and give it all that you have. There's a lot more shifting around and you give the offense so many different looks, so that's different."

Playing football for BYU has become somewhat of a family tradition for the Denney family. After playing alongside older brother Ryan, John Denney was joined this year by his younger brother Brett Denney.

"It's always nice to have a family member on the team. Brett is doing well. He's paying his dues like all freshmen do. He's young, so he's just getting his feet in the water. He's trying to figure out what he's doing. He's on the scout team right now and he's young. I don't think he's completely matured to his full capabilities as an athlete, but he's learning," Denney continued. "He's just getting a feel for things and he's going to start training with Coach Omer. I'm sure Coach Omer will put 30-plus pounds on him or so."

Bret Denney has definite mission plans, John added. "He'll be leaving on a mission in January or around that time, so he'll come back in two years and just carry on the family tradition. Both my older brother and my father played here, so it's great to keep up the family tradition of playing at BYU."

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