Hill feels that he needs to continue to showcase his running talents and hopes that all of the hard work in the offseason will pay off as they face Virginia in the season opener Aug. 31. Olsen credits the strength of his defense for preparing him and says the whole team is working hard to get ready for a successful season.
Both feel that Skyler Ridley and Mitch Matthews will make a big impact on the receiving end of the field and will also hand off to some stable running backs in veteran Michael Alisa and sophomore Jamaal Williams.
The BYU defense ranked in the top five in five national defensive categories at the end of the 2012 season and will look to replace a few key players this season. Defensive players Craig Bills and Bronson Kaufusi met with McCann to discuss the team defense.
Kaufusi credited basketball for keeping him in shape during the offseason, and Bills said the whole football team was excited to see him on the basketball court. In answer to a fan question, Kaufusi said that there is definitely more pressure and focus under the lights of the Marriott Center as opposed to being hidden under his helmet at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Running backs Alisa and Williams appeared next with McCann. Alisa, who is coming back from a season-ending arm injury last year, said that the experience humbled him and made him more grateful than ever to be a BYU football player. Both guys are looking forward to a new offensive set up and a revamped offensive line.
McCann took a break from interviewing players to discuss the team’s bowl bid for 2013 which will feature BYU vs. a Pac-12 team on Dec. 27 on ESPN in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
Pre-season All-Americans Cody Hoffman and Kyle Van Noy joined McCann to wrap up player interviews. Hoffman updated the viewers on his shoulder surgery and rehab, saying that he’s been able to recover and hopes to be at full strength before the start of the season. Hoffman is close to breaking Austin Collie’s records in career receptions, career receiving yards and career receiving touchdowns.
Van Noy will return for his senior year and knows that every opponent they face will be working hard to beat them. He says the team needs to look at the bigger picture and wake up every day with the mentality to go forward and improve.
BYU football analyst Blaine Fowler joined McCann to close out the show and look at the season prospects.
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