Almost a week ago, linebacker Chris Bolden dropped from the first team to the second team defense, but today he was back with the ones showing why he deserves to be on the field. Bolden made life difficult for offensive tackles and quarterbacks whenever he was in the game. He recorded a sack on the day and made a nice play when he dropped back into the secondary to break up a pass. True freshman cornerback Robbie Buckner nearly had an interception on the day as well.
Manning the second team defensive line, Russell Tialavea got into the backfield a couple of times against the second team offensive line. Tialavea helped to force quarterback Jason Beck on a scramble to the outside and gave chase to the smaller more nimble quarterback. Matangi Tonga and Judd Anderton rounded off the second team D-line.
One of the exciting plays of the scrimmage occurred when freshman linebacker Terrance Hooks intercepted a tipped ball and, without missing a beat, ran the ball across the middle of the field, beat the offense to the outside, and turned it upfield for a defensive touchdown. The one time high school running back was greeted to the sideline with hollers and cheers from his defensive teammates.
Do or Die Time
The defense was tested several times today in goal line situations where there is no margin for error. With the big hogs up front, the offense scored on the first few plays, but the defense stiffened up to keep the offense out of the end zone on the next attempts. Dulan teamed up with Kelly Poppinga to stop tailback Fui Vakapuna short of the goal line and strip the ball from the powerful tailback. Outside linebacker Bryan Kehl picked it up and ran it back close to midfield where coaches blew the play dead.
Back to the Front
BYU freshman Braden Hansen was back on the offensive line today after being held out for most of fall camp due to a minor shoulder injury. Hansen played offensive tackle where he had his hands fill with smaller, quicker blitzing linebackers.
With game day rapidly approaching, the good news that came out of today's full contact scrimmage was that everyone came away relatively healthy—well, almost everyone. Cornerback Kayle Buchanan, came up with a sore shoulder after taking down big Vic So'oto. Buchanan did not scrimmage for the rest of the day although he indicated to coaches that he was ready to go back in..
Click on the following link to hear BYU Quarterback John Beck gives his assessment of both the offensive and defensive scrimmage performances.
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