Order Supersized Pancakes with Ofa, Jake & Scott

BYU's official fall camp roster lists freshmen offensive linemen<b>Ofa Mohetau</b> and <b>Jake Kuresa</b> at about 350 pounds apiece – with unit leader <b>Scott Jackson</b> adding a hefty 300 pounds.

Let's do the math.

If all three of them are in the lineup at the same time, that is one-half ton of beef coming at you – if you are the other team's MLB. Yummm.

Since they are both extremely talented and agile for their size, it remains to be seen whether they will play at lighter weights this fall. However, all of this tonnage on the center of our offensive line may be a mixed blessing.

On third down, or a couple of yards from the end zone, this tonnage might come in handy if we decide to score by smash-mouth instead of the usual trickery or pass.

On the goal line, there is little margin for error for the defensive line and linebackers. They must protect and hold a certain piece of ground, like the 101st Airborne holding Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge – despite being surrounded and outgunned from all sides.

Ofa, Jake and Scott may be a force with pure brute power, giving Marcus Whalen, Taufui Vakapuna or Fahu Tahi and others the space they need to hammer it in.

Because Ofa is so agile and strong, he may cause the outside linebackers or cornerbacks to lose their water if he is the pulling guard on a sweep to their side.

If you were the CB or OLB, would you step up and take Ofa's block on a sweep? Take one for the team? Fall on your sword? A couple of hits from Ofa on a sweep and a guy could forget his name, rank and serial number.

For the master of the pancake block, when Ofa gets up a head of steam, the oppostion will be dreaming about IHOP or Aunt Jemimah ... That kind of stuff will get captured on film, for the the next team's defense to see… and the next.

When Aaron Francisco introduced himself to SDSU's J.R. Tolliver last year, it began Aaron's rep as an intimidator for WR's to beware of. Reminds me of the psychological and intimidation mileage in future games the 49ers used to get from Ronnie Lott's hits.

BYU head coach Gary Crowton has confirmed Ofa will play this year. None of us know how much he will play or when, but this is going to be fun to watch him develop into a Division I player, and watch as his rep develops.

Can you imagine how the BYU running backs are looking forward to playing this year, with this kind of outstanding young talent joining the team?

With so little offensive line blocking last year, I wonder if the RBs sometimes felt like that famous Bill Cosby comedy routine, where he saw so few holes from his OL at Temple that whenever he saw one, he stopped his run just to admire it. Except that it wasn't funny for us.

As hard as Bronco Mendenhall has had the defence coming at the offense, it's been great training for the OL. A few days ago, quarterback coach Robbie Bosco said on the radio that they would be working on pass protection more before the season opened. I don't know if it means anything, but Bosco didn't seem to be as concerned about the run blocking and didn't mention it. Crowton's offense typically runs at least 50 percent of the time, so it is important.

I may be reading more into what Bosco did or did not say, but it would be interesting if this young OL was actually better at run blocking during the first part of the season. If so, this really does feel like a different kind of BYU offense.

If running the ball more means that we see Ofa more early, we may see a little more running in the first games of the season, to leverage his strength and to give the OL time to work on its pass blocking.

It's a lot easier to pass block when you don't pass on every down, because the defensive line cannot tee-off on you so easily. It's easier to pass block when your team passes when it wants to, not in desperation because we can't do anything else. It's easier for the WR's and TE's to get open, if the secondary has to play them honest and snug up for run support.

I don't think we should expect BYU's offensive line to blow Georgia Tech off the ball in the first few series. If our OL outweighs them and is stronger, maybe we can wear them down and bring in fresh linemen, to make them crack in the second half.

It wasn't so many years ago that a football chef needed the raw ingredients of

1 center + 2 guards + 2 tackles to exceed a ton.

Now, we've got three guys in the G-C-G positions who can brew up a ton of trouble by themselves.

Since this sort of weight increase has been gradually happening for years among the defensive and offensive lines and linebackers, it is no wonder that so many athletes are hurt from contact.

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