p class="TEXT_w_Indent"> And, he mentioned the team he really wanted to play in the 2014, opener, instead of UConn. Read further for that.
Regarding last year's 19-16 loss to Virginia, Mendenhall said he hopes his players learned from it.
"To me, any loss has more value than a win," he said. "The lessons, man, they hurt, and they are applied usually faster. Always difficult to tell exactly where you are going into the opener. I was shocked that we didn't score more points last year in our opener based on how our offense had moved it against our defense.
I think I am more cautious than anything and maybe less accepting of exactly what I see and trying to predict what will that really look like. But the opener, there is always uncertainty. I think that is the takeaway. There is uncertainty in the opener. I didn't think there was a year ago, and there ended up being a lot."
Mendenhall said players are adjusting well to the early morning routine. Coaches arrived at 5:45 a.m. Monday morning, although some "younger coaches, more dedicated coaches" were here at 5 a.m. to do their individual workouts.
"Man, it feels like we have gotten a lot done in a short amount of time," Mendenhall said. "I think coaches are adjusting to being home earlier and I think wives are adjusting for them to be home earlier, which I think is good."
It was somewhat surprising that Mendenhall announced the captains on Saturday, and not through a BYU news release as he usually does. Heck, even the coach was surprised.
On why he announced it Saturday night:
"I did announce it Saturday night. I wasn't planning to, but since Craig [Bills] was there, I announced him, which kinda led to the announcing of the other captains."
They are Remington Peck, Taysom Hill and Paul Lasike.
"Paul has made a real rapid ascent in our program, from not knowing the rules to being named a captain. Remington has been a product of the program, has tried really hard.