Chambers Ready For Husky Rematch

Wide receiver O'Neill Chambers was a freshman when BYU squeaked out a 28-27 win on the road over Washington in 2008. Now a more experienced and polished cog within the Cougar passing attack, Chambers will be counted on to play a larger role against one of the more experienced units on the Huskies defense.

It's been a few days now that the Huskies have become the Cougars' focus, and with that focus comes a renewed sense of urgency and energy that has sparked across the practice field.

"I feel like practice was a lot faster and guys were going out there and rotating a lot faster," said Chambers. "We're getting plays in and guys are going as quickly as possible in a two-minute tempo. We're getting ready to go and are clicking on all cylinders."

The Huskies look to redeem their 2008 loss to the Cougars in Husky Stadium following a celebration penalty on quarterback Jake Locker that ended in BYU blocking an extra point that would have tied the game.

"I haven't played them since my freshman year and it wasn't too bad," Chambers recalled. "I feel like we as a team had a bad game that year too, but they put up a good fight. In the end it came down to a field goal, but I feel like whenever anyone comes into our house at LaVell Edwards Stadium it's a hard place to play. We're going to ball all-out."

The Husky defense lost All-Pac-10 second-team linebacker Donald Butler, who led the defense in total tackles (94) last season. The middle will be anchored by 6-foot-2-inch, 242-pound linebacker Mason Foster, who was second on the team in total tackles last year with 85. Joining Foster is Salt Lake City native Cort Dennison of Judge Memorial High School, who was forth on the team in total tackles with 52 last season.

"On film I don't expect too much of a difference from their defense from last year," Chambers said. "We'll see what happens when it comes time to play on the field. I do feel we have better guys and a much better team since the last time we played Washington. We have a lot more athletes on the team now and they want to win. I feel like we're going to come out with a lot more tempo than we did the last time we played them, but with a lot more talent."

Husky Cornerbacks

Mirroring BYU, the Husky secondary is the deepest and more experience group on the defense. Sophomore Desmond Trufant (6-0, 177 pounds) and junior Quinton Richardson (6-0, 200 pounds) will be the starters at cornerback.

"Our receivers coach, Coach Higgins, has done a great job in getting us ready to prepare for our first game against Washington," Chambers said. "We have one of the better receiving corps that BYU's ever had and a lot more athletes than we've ever had. We have a lot more speed than we've ever had and the knowledge is there as well. I feel like the younger guys that are coming in have learned the plays as fast as possible. We've got big targets, fast targets, quick targets and we're all there. I think we'll be ready."

Husky sophomore Adam Long (5-11, 168 pounds) took over Richardson's starting spot during the second half of last season, but should be relegated primarily to a backup role. Rounding out the cornerback two-deep will be sophomore Anthony Gobern (5-11, 189 pound).

"Defensively, they lost a few guys but got their whole secondary really back," Chambers said. "They're pretty good players and they don't really hide what defense they're in. They run things pretty straight-up and expect their guys to go out and execute."

Husky Safeties

Senior safety Nate Williams (6-0, 215 pounds) started 11of the 12 games for the Huskies last season. He finished the year with 62 tackles and should play a major role in the Husky secondary.

Joining Williams will be free safety Nate Fellner (6-1, 201 pounds), who started three games at safety for the Huskies last season. Safety Will Shamburger (6-0, 190 pounds) is expected to travel with the Huskies and be in the safety rotation if needed.

Freshman safety sensation Sean Parker (5-10, 200 pounds), who was selected as a USA Today second-team All-American in high school, has had a great fall camp and should be in Provo come game time.

"I feel like our coaches have done a really, really good job in preparing us over fall camp," Chambers said. "They've done a really good job in getting us ready for the season, and I feel they've done their jobs as best as possible. I'm really excited to get the show on the road. These guys aren't going to come in here and have a cakewalk and it's going to be a hell of a fight. I think it's going to be a good game."


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