So with this in mind, how did the Cougar football team respond going through reps and game preparation for the New Mexico Lobos next week? "Their heads are up," said Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall. "I think they're ready for all their hard work to show up in the wins column."
Mendenhall again references his learning on the job and told reporters that perhaps he emphasized things backwards heading into the season. "I'm not so sure I haven't done it backwards," he said. "Where each specific week with what we give attention is maybe not what needs to be focused on. It's my responsibility to narrow their focus week by week."
Mendenhall has stressed tradition and conference championships inherent within the tradition of BYU football. It's a tradition of winning and something that John Beck stated a great understanding for, "A lot of people are around here got to see the great teams in the 80s and 90s," said Beck, "They care about this university and they want to see them have success again. It's our responsibility to do everything we can to uphold that tradition."
Road Lessons Learned
Coming off of his first road trip as head coach, Mendenhall mentioned that he will tweak some things in preparing his troops to play away from home. While most things are minor in comparison to the week's preparation before, Mendenhall aims to fix some things starting this week in Albuquerque against the New Mexico Lobos.
Said Mendenhall: "We had to check out early, so we had a large room where we had a game going and we were in that room for approximately an hour. We left that room early and got to the stadium almost 45 minutes prior to when we had to. The early checkout is something that doesn't appeal to me anymore."
Mendenhall again stressed that checking out early had nothing to do with the game, but that it was something he will look to manage better in the future.
- Paul Walkenhorst and Cameron Jensen practiced today with the starting defense and both are expected to play this week. Manaia Brown practiced while Vince Feula and Daniel Marquardt did not. Both Marquardt and Feula are day-to-day while Brown has been cleared from his concussion and is expected to play this Saturday.
- Mendenhall mentioned that Eddie Keele has a fractured rib, but is expected to play. No other injuries of note as BYU looks to be much healthier this week against the Lobos.
- Curtis Brown took a lot of reps returning punts and Mendenhall stated that he needs to get Brown more touches as one of the primary play-makers on the team.