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More notes and quotes from BYU football signing day
First Published Feb 06 2013 08:52 pm • Last Updated Feb 06 2013 08:52 pm

I've already written a couple of stories for the newspaper today about BYU's 2013 recruiting class, along with nearly a dozen updates for the website. You can find the particulars there, including a list of all 26 signees.

It should also be noted that five players who committed to BYU didn't sign today because the Cougars can only sign 25 guys per year, per NCAA rules (two of today's signees, mid-year transfers Billy Green and Trenton Trammell, don't count against that number).

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Best I can tell, those five will all be heading out on church missions. They are: East High running back Patrick Palau, Cottonwood receiver Inoke Lotulelei, Herriman running back Francis Bernard, Timpview linebacker Pita Taumoepenu and Maataua Brown, a defensive lineman from Cerritos (Calif.) Community College.

Also, Tribune columnist Kurt Kragthorpe weighed in on what was perhaps the most newsworthy development of the day: new offensive coordinator Robert Anae's rather bold 20-minute news conference in which the former OC succinctly said that he returns with something to prove.

What follows is a collection of random thoughts and tidbits from today, stuff you might have missed:

* For whatever detractors he had when he departed two years ago -- he reiterated today that he resigned and coach Bronco Mendenhall wanted him to stay -- Robert Anae won over some folks today. He was candid, didn't duck questions, and didn't act like he had a bus to catch.

"I come with a sense of urgency," Anae said. "I come with the intent to prove something ... that BYU's offense can mimic what the defense is doing."


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* Anae said he learned a thing or two working under Rich Rodriguez at Arizona this past season, namely that a successful offense in college football these days requires a quarterback who can run with the football. I asked Anae if there is a quarterback on BYU's current roster that fits that bill, he said there was. But he wouldn't name the guy. And he wouldn't say that Taysom Hill, or anyone else, is the clearcut starter heading into spring ball. He said the words "clean slate" a couple of times.

* Anae said the offense under his direction will go fast, and go hard. Get used to hearing that.

* Anae acknowledged that new hires Mark Atuaia and Garett Tujague are his guys and noted that the "biggest transition with the offense starts with the line." He said he hopes the offensive line is the "hardest-coached" group on the team. "Certainly we've put our resources into that area" in recruiting, he said.

* Anae acknowledged he was "surprised" when Mendenhall invited him back. "It may have been puzzling, my departure two years ago," he allowed.

* On the only quarterback signing with BYU this year, Billy Green, Anae said: "He's going to be tested to the hilt."

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