BYU's Hoffman: Rivalry with USU has a different feel, but still intense
Barring something totally unforeseen -- like what happened last Friday before BYU played Middle Tennessee State -- both Cody Hoffman and Jamaal Williams should play on Friday when the Cougars take on Utah State at sold-out Romney Stadium in Logan.
You can read more about that, and get injury updates on several other Cougars, in this notebook in today's Tribune.
"Yeah, it is huge. Jamaal is a guy who the defense has to prepare for, and the same thing with Cody," said BYU quarterback Taysom Hill. "Even if they are not getting the ball regularly, the defense has to account for them, so that's really big. So it is good to have them back, but at the same time, I was really impressed with the way Ross [Apo] played, and the way Mitch [Mathews] played. Those guys really stepped up, and I expect them to continue to do those things whether or not Cody is in the lineup."<
First, kudos for Hoffman for coming up to the interview room last night knowing that he was going to be asked about the suspension. That couldn't have been easy.
As a side note, I remember talking to Hoffman by telephone after he committed to BYU, and then in person a few times his first and second years in Provo. I can't remember a player who has taken bigger strides in doing interviews than the shy, quiet teenager from a small town in Northern California.
"It is always difficult to sit out and watch the team play. It was a learning experience for me," Hoffman said Monday night. "Watching my guys go out and compete and come away with the win was good. Knowing that I will be back this week makes it a lot better."
The article touched on Hoffman's response to his suspension, and also provided an update on his health ("as healthy as I've felt since I first tweaked my hammy in fall camp").
Here are a few more comments, mostly focusing on the senior's feelings about the BYU-Utah State rivalry:
On whether USU rivalry has a different feel than the Utah rivalry:
"It is just a different feeling, I would say. It is still a rivalry game, and it is still going to be competitive and intense and everything. It is just a different feeling. But the intensity level is still there."
On what he remembers about 2010 game in Logan, a 31-16 Aggies win: