BYU's Tight Ends Get More Involved

Total Blue Sports Spring Practice coverage continues with an interview with tight end Daniel Coats. Coats gives his take on the effect of the new offense on his position. Wide receiver Saia Hafoka also chimes in with his thoughts.

BYU has three very solid tight end prospects currently on the offensive roster: Johnny Harline, Jeremy Gillespie and Daniel Coats. Daniel Coats talks about how the tight ends will be more involved as part of this year's offensive prowess.

With the new offensive developments currently being drawn up on chalkboards and implemented on the practice field, one offensive unit that could benefit greatly from the new passing attack are BYU's tight ends.

"It's a lot more passing for us," commented Coats. "You know the past couple of years we've been blocking a lot. It's kind of a switch of pace from where you're going down field to block first in comparison to going down catch a pass first and block last. Last year we were more of a linemen, but this year the coaches are looking at us as more as receivers. We like it a lot better because we all pitch ourselves as receivers first instead of linemen."

As has been the theme with many players who've commented on the simplicity and functionality of the offense, Coats also feels it's the same for the tight end position as well.

"It's so much easier," Coats said. "The reads and getting to where you need to go. The last offense was more difficult to where everybody was confused. Now it's more like everyone goes here and everyone goes there. This play you go here and that play you go there and there's not as much guessing."

BYU running back Fahu Tahi agrees with Coats on the efficient nature of the new offense.

"It's easier and it's very basic," agreed Tahi. "It's pretty straight forward and they call a play out and this is where we're going. We're gone through the off-season learning the playbook and now it's time to come out and execute them. Just running the plays perfect."

Offensive coordinator Robert Anae was seen working the tight ends yesterday getting them to learn and perfect their routes with a higher pace of temp.

"He just wants tempo," replied Coats. "From the old offense it wasn't really fast-paced you know. We would just walk up and set up and run it. This new offense you get up on the line and it's like go, go, go. A lot of us can do it but we're just not used to it, so it's just getting everyone in the right mind set that we've got to go faster. It's a lot better because we'll put a lot of points and it's more exciting that way."

BYU slot receiver Saia Hafoka was the recipient of many passes over the course of yesterday's practice, and feels the offensive pace and urgency has increased under new offensive coordinator Robert Anae. "Anae's a good guy," said Hafoka. "He works us hard trying to get us to perfect our routes and form and all the simple things. We've learned a lot of plays already.

"It's fun with the five receivers out at a time. It's a fast pace offense, being in the right place at the right time catching balls. It's good; they spread us out with five receivers at a time."

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