The Difference Between Spring and Fall

BYU wide receiver McKay Jacobson was not content to come in with rest of his recruiting class and have only three weeks to learn the system and fight for a starting job. In order to get a head start on the competition, the Texas 5A wide receiver of the year graduated high school a semester early, enrolled at BYU last January, and participated in spring ball.

For true freshman wide receiver McKay Jacobson, the spring ball experience him on par with the veterans when he reported to BYU the first week of August.

"The difference between spring and fall is during spring everything was all new and I had to learn and adjust to all that," said Jacobson. "Having already gone through all that in the spring now I'm more relaxed and I'm able to play up to tempo. The first day of fall practice it still felt a little like the first day of spring but now I'm able to play with more intensity and with more focus.

"I learned all the offense in the spring and I still have a little ways to go, but nothing feels new to me anymore. I've gotten down all the plays, and now I can execute them with greater confidence not having to worry about if I'm doing things right or not.

"In spring it was a bit of a transition where I would have to think of the play, but now I don't really have to do that and I can go out and just play. Now I can go more fully without doing that and can concentrate more on sharpening up a few personal wrinkles in the offense that I'm still picking up here and there. I'm getting more and more comfortable with that and gaining more confidence in what I'm doing out there as far as fall camp goes."

With the added confidence, Jacobson feels he plays with less hesitation and more speed. His quickness has improved, which allows him to get down field faster.

Jacobson has a unique perspective of BYU defensive backs after facing them for the last few months.

"It's hard for me to compare our defenders against other DB's because I haven't faced anyone else, but in looking at how our DB's have progressed from spring through summer to now, I feel they've gotten a lot better," Jacobson said. "We have a lot more depth with people that have transferred in, which helps create competition within the DB group, so that helps out a lot too.

"Also we've got some guys that where playing hurt last year that have come back like Kayle Buchanan and a few other guys where nicked up last year that are now healthy. Just being able to play healthy really helps out a lot too, so with the secondary being better than it was this also helps out us receivers get better also."

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