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BYU practice report: Probable starters Kaufusi, Kanuch finally back on the field

First Published Aug 19 2014 06:22PM      Last Updated Aug 19 2014 06:22 pm

Last week, BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall issued Ice-Bucket Challenges to Utah media members.

Tuesday, he passed out doughnuts. Well, sort of.

Some NFL scouts who showed up to watch practice Tuesday apparently arrived with Krispy Kremes, and three were left over after the coaching staff was finished with them. So Bronco told us he would give them to whomever asked the best questions.

As I’ve mentioned several times the past few weeks, Mendenhall is as loose and easy-going this camp as I’ve seen him in seven years of covering the team. He’s laughed more during interviews this month than the last three years combined.

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p class="TEXT_w_Indent"> The first doughnut went to a woman who asked if she could have one; the second went to a radio guy who pointed out there were 10 days until the opener and asked how training camp was going.

In between, Mendenhall was asked about the third-string kicker. Seriously. No doughnut for you.

"We have a good team. I like where we are. Some odds and ends to trim up. Field goal work today, in terms of substitutions and timing and pressure. So it is becoming more specific and situational now. I like where we are," Mendenhall said of BYU’s camp progress. "We will have one more scrimmage tomorrow morning for younger players, who are working their way to get on the travel team, and to possibly establish some depth or a special teams role. Then we will move on to UConn."

The Cougars practiced indoors because it rained in Provo this morning, and the media viewed the last portion in time to see some nice throws by Taysom Hill and a field-goal kicking duel.

Hill threw long TD passes to Devon Blackmon and Mitch Mathews.

The Mathews catch was a highlight-reel type grab, as the junior bobbled the ball at first and then corralled it after some contortions.

Trevor Samson seemed to keep his tenuous lead in the kicker battle, making and missing 51-yarders when Moose Bingham missed his long-range tries.

Mendenhall said that after Monday Samson was leading the race by two percentage points. As for the third-string kicker, Andrew Mikkelsen, he’s out with a sore back. Mikkelsen is the best kickoff man, Mendenhall said.

Perhaps the best sign for BYU at the practice Tuesday was that LB Bronson Kaufusi and OL Tuni Kanuch were out there practicing, after having missed the first two weeks of camp with injuries. OL Brayden Kearsley, who did not participate in the scrimmage last Friday, was also out there. So were Robertson Daniel and Jordan Johnson, guys I didn’t seen in the scrimmage Friday.

Players were in helmets, shorts and shoulder pads.

Linebackers Alani Fua, Zac Stout and Harvey Langi didn’t practice today.

 

 

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