BYU practice report: Bronco eases up a bit after Monday's marathon
BYU's practice this morning at the outdoor practice facility behind the student athlete building (SAB), the fourth practice of preseason camp, was open to the media. The last 45 or so minutes, that is.
The Cougars didn't end the session with the tradition 11-on-11 team segment, and coach Bronco Mendehall later said that he took his foot off the pedal a bit and cut the workout short because Monday's practice at the IPF was so intense.
"We have gone really hard. Yesterday's practice might have been one of the most difficult, intense practices we have ever had, and so yeah, even though it is Day 4, guys are working hard. So I cut it short today, because of that," he said.<
It did get a bit heated, with one scuffle breaking out that involved linebacker Alani Fua and offensive lineman Chase Larson, a walk-on. Both guys were sent to the showers early, and DL-turned-OL Tuni Kanuch joined them.
A lot of other players simply weren't there, or were off to the side working out on their own.
"Today was thin [numbers-wise]," Mendenhall said.
The worst news was the revelation that McCoy Hill, the one-time all-state quarterback from Jordan High who played tight end his first year at BYU before a church mission, will undergo knee surgery on Monday. No official word on the timetable for his recovery.
Freshman Hayden Griffits, a lefty from Florida, took third-team snaps Tuesday at quarterback.
Monday, LB Toloa'i Ho Ching suffered a concussion, so he will be out a while.
Regarding other injuries that have kept guys out of practice, Mendenhall said they are "mostly just soft tissue" injuries. "I think it is par for the course where we are in camp right now."
Bronson Kaufusi, the former defensive end who will play linebacker this season, still hasn't practiced after tweaking a hamstring in offseason conditioning, according to DC Nick Howell.
I asked Mendenhall if he's concerned because Kaufusi is learning a new position.
"Not yet. If it were at this same time next week, I would start to get on the edge a little bit," he said. "So anything prior to maybe Wednesday of next week, I am OK with. Once it starts getting around there, I would be a little bit edgy."
Tight end Devin Mahina told me that he's got a slight ankle sprain but he practiced a bit on Tuesday for the first time, then spent the other half of practice working out on his own or with a trainer and defensive back Sam Lee and fellow TE Terenn Houk. Mahina expect to go full tilt by the end of the week.