1. Luani back in action
- Senior safety Shalom Luani (pictured above) was back in full pads and looked ready to make an impact on defense this week. Luani wasted no time as he moved around the field with a purpose on Tuesday – getting back into his rhythm as one of the leaders on defense and showing his explosive power against the scout team.
2. Offense taking no plays off
- The offense knows they can put up lots of points against any team on the schedule. Now they know that every game could be a shootout if this defense doesn’t turn it around quickly. The offense played with fire and had an extra sense of focus on Tuesday. It seems certain that they want to score on every possession in the upcoming matchup on the road with Boise State. Their body language says they won't settle for another loss with the season possibly resting on their shoulders.
3. Defensive communication coming together
- Communication issues were noted by multiple players after the EWU loss last Saturday. In Tuesday’s practice, I saw coaches and players putting extra effort into communicating calls across the defense. Players were a lot more vocal – signals and play calls were echoed loud and clear to make sure everyone was on the same page. I saw good effort across the board that led me to believe they are trying to improve such a crucial aspect of the defense. And just as BSU’s offense operates, the Coug D matched their tempo today with fast reps and constant movement. Defensive coordinator Alex Grinch emphasized that the communication needs to be that much quicker, louder, and more efficient than it was in the season opener.