p class="TEXT_w_Indent"> Offensive coordinator Robert Anae said Tuesday that scrimmaging will be kept to a minimum this camp, despite the fact that the Cougars probably have more healthy offensive linemen at a camp — spring or fall — than in his tenure at the school.
"We are not going to scrimmage, maybe but one time," Anae said. "So right now the focus on offense is bringing in our newcomers up to speed with what we are doing. And the guys that are here since spring are looking good."
Fans may have noticed Wednesday that the Cougars' helmets were all white, and did not include the oval Y logo on their sides.
Mendenhall said he is not punishing his players, like Texas coach Charlie Strong is by taking the longhorn logo off Texas helmets until the players earn them back.
Simply, Mendenhall said Tuesday he just wants a clean start.
"It was really a clean slate [as a reason]," he said. "There are a lot of different changes in college football right now, and with a new role for myself as the head coach, and really just a different era of college football, I see a lot of things almost starting over … So it was more symbolic as a clean slate than [having to] earn them back … It is certainly not a punishment. It is a progression."
Here are a few more comments from Mendenhall from Tuesday's availability. The next interview session is Thursday after the 10 a.m. practice in Provo.
Mendenhall on the defensive secondary at this point in camp:
"There are a lot of good things. Dallin Leavitt, his development is coming along nicely. So I like what he is doing. Craig Bills, very steady. Skye PoVey can play either boundary corner, or at the safety spot. Chris Badger has actually been very strong so far in camp. Then Harvey Jackson. So, our safety spots I like.
We know we have Jordan [Johnson] and Rob [Daniel] at the corner spots, which, that's a fantastic thing. I like the development a lot of Kai Nacua, Michael Shelton. So those are two young players, with Jordan Preator. So I would say the up and comers kind of include that group. Then you throw Michael Shelton into that group, there's a little bit more maturity, a little bit more speed and athleticism where he is not a veteran and he is not a newcomer. That kind of links them together. "