Cougars Caught on Film

TBS photographer Troy Verde was there during day one of spring practice, focusing in on those who were taking the practice field for the first time at BYU. Many of these newcomers had an immediate impact. Verde was also able to photograph some familiar faces. Here's some of his best work from day one.

True freshman Jake Heaps twirls the football on his finger as he waits for practice to begin. Heaps made an immediate impact during his first collegiate practice session, guiding the offense to a touchdown against the first-team defensive unit.

Harvey Unga is happy to be back after strongly considering a jump to the NFL after last season. He is sure to be a big help to the new quarterbacks vying for the starting spot.

Braden Brown got most of his reps at right tackle with the first-team offense during day one. He's hit the weights hard this offseason and started spring practices weighing in at 288 pounds.

Aveni Leung-Wai was mentioned as someone coaches expect to make a strong bid for one of the two inside linebacker spots this fall. He received all his reps with the first-team defense during day one.

Although he won't be playing in 2010, Uona Kaveinga was getting first-team reps after impressing coaches during offseason workouts.

A lot is expected of true freshman Kyle Van Noy. The first day of practices saw him get reps with the second-team defense at the weakside linebacker position, and he was able to hurry the quarterback on a couple of occasions.

True freshman Joshua Quezada showed very well during his first practice session, scampering outside of the defensive pursuit on his way to a 36-yard touchdown run.

True freshman Devin Mahina will battle for the starting tight end spot. In limited work during the first day, he showed an extremely large frame that has a lot of potential at either tight end or defensive end.

Mike Muehlmann received first-team reps as he battles for the starting tight end spot. Here he hauls in a pass as offensive coordinator Robert Anae watches intently.

Thomas Bryson is one of the new and exciting young players who took the field in practice Monday. He'll compete for a spot on the two-deep roster at defensive end and saw work with the second-team defense during the first day of spring practice.


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