Sorensen Out but not Down

Tom Sorensen was battling his way up the depth chart this fall camp. He worked hard during the off-season and was competing for the starting job at two different positions. Unfortunately for the Salt Lake City, Utah native, everything changed in an instant this morning. It is frustrating for Sorensen, but he aims to turn the experience into a positive.

"It's about the most frustrating thing you could imagine," said Tom Sorensen. "All through my mission I got up at 4:30am to workout just so I could come in and play right away after my mission and now it's done. It doesn't matter and I'm just hoping to be back in time for spring."

Sorensen's journey to BYU got sidetracked when then head coach Gary Crowton did not offer the talented center a scholarship. Sorensen opted to sign with Vanderbilt, where he started as a true freshman and was named to the SEC's all-freshman team. The Brighton High School product then served a mission, after which he was offered a scholarship by Coach Bronco Mendenhall.

"I've been waiting to play here my whole life," said Sorensen about strapping on the BYU blue. "Now I'm just going to have to wait a bit longer. Waiting is something I've learned to do and it's not fun to wait, but what can you do?"

Sorensen does have a redshirt available, which he will be using this coming season. He will come back ready to battle for a starting spot as soon as he is able. Until then, Sorensen will employ some of what he taught while on his mission.

"The last two years on my mission I've been answering people's questions as to why things happen and why things are what they are," said Sorensen. "Now it's time to put whatever I was teaching in motion and look on the bright side of things. I have a great future ahead of me, and I just have to wait my turn which will now be a little longer than I planned for."

Sorensen was set to play a key role on this year's line. He was getting many reps at guard and at center looking to back up both positions at the very least. Sorensen is particularly disappointed not to play with BYU's outstanding seniors."

"Guys like Curtis Brown, John Beck, Daniel Coats, Jonny Harline, Jake [Kuresa], Eddie Keele—man, I really wanted to play with those guys," said Sorensen. "That's probably my biggest frustration. I really admire those guys and wanted to help them finish strong. Now I'll lend them all the support I can and look to the future to help others become great players like those guys are."

Contingency

Dallas Reynolds who started last season at guard as a true freshman is quickly becoming the renaissance man on the Cougar offensive front snapping the ball to Jason Beck with the second-team offensive line during this afternoon's practice. Reynolds had been battling through the change to tackle after playing at guard for most of his football career.

"It's just one more thing you have to learn," said Reynolds. "I'm learning so much stuff right now that it's hard to keep up with, but whatever they ask is fine with me. I'm here to help out wherever and whenever I can. Tom going down hurts us as a unit to be sure, but you have to move on and you have to make adjustments. Just whatever is best for this team is what I'm willing to do."

Standout Player

The standout player in the afternoon practice session was tight end Jonny Harline, who went streaking up the sideline taking a perfectly thrown pass from John Beck 75 yards for the touchdown.


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