Give Me Some New Faces Please!

BYU's football team has faced each other all year long, starting out with a fast pace in spring camp that rolled over into summer voluntary workouts and culminated with the recently completed fall camp. For many, being able to line up against some different faces under different colored helmets this Saturday could not have come sooner.

College football coachs fight a constant battle keeping their team focused while sustaining a high energy output in the off-season. The demands and expectations becomes even more difficult to maintain when all the players do day is hit, tackle, block and line up against the same people day in and day out.

"We need to have a fast start and be able to finish," said BYU running back Fahu Tahi. "It just seems like that last couple of days we've started out kind of slow. We do really good in between and then finishing off slow, so the thing is we just need to be consistent coming out from the get go and finishing off strong."

It's not hard to see how the monotony of lining up against teammates day after day might cause players to lose a bit of mental focus. The day when you can put practice into play would become a welcomed and exciting one.

"I think as a whole we all are kind of anxious I guess to get going," said Tahi. "I'm pretty sure a lot of the guys are going through that. We had a really good camp but it was long and we went against our defense the whole time, and I think everybody just wants to get out there on Saturday and see somebody else. I think they just want to go against somebody else."

With Boston College arriving into Provo Friday afternoon, the excitement of many on the team is visible. Tahi, who had been nurturing a strained hamstring and was held out of a few scrimmages and drills for precautionary reasons, is ready and anxious to go.

"I'm coming off a little hamstring strain and I'm trying to get healthy so I can do my part on the offense," he said. "No it's not bad. I mean, I get sore but I had a message therapist and the trainers look at it and they say they don't feel any knots in there, and I feel loose and everything so it's just a little soreness I get after practice. I feel good though. I know I'm ready. Oh yeah, I'm ready. I'm 110% ready to go right now."

Now with fall all but wrapped up and coaches and players alike beginning to check and recheck every facet of game time preparation, Tahi feels Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall and his staff have covered just about every aspect of preparation for Saturday's contest.

"There's not a whole lot left we can do in fall practice. The coaches are just helping us to prepare for the game on Saturday," said Tahi. "We were a little rusty at the skill positions today. We've got to start off fast and finish strong to the end. It's just like what coach Anae always says we have to say. We have to start off strong and finish strong.

"We just have to stay mentally focused, stay disciplined and master your positions which is what the coaches are trying to get us to do, and by doing that you get a much tougher offensive unit. This is what we are focusing on but the offense is ready and I'm ready. Oh yeah, I'm ready."


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