BYU head football coach Bronco Mendenhall and BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe spoke about the state of the BYU football program on BYUtv during BYU Media Day.
Mendenhall and Holmoe are excited about the schedule for this season. Holmoe specifically mentioned Texas as a game he has been looking forward to since winning the game against them last season. Because of how junior quarterback Taysom Hill played in that game, Mendenhall is sure that Texas will pay closer attention to him to try to stop his running game.
BYU is set to play a bowl game in Miami in December. Holmoe talked about the difficulties of scheduling a bowl game when independent, but he is pleased with this game. Mendenhall said that only Florida State has won more bowl games than BYU in the past 10 years. He is excited about travelling to Miami.
“I like the weather, I like the water, and I like 10 straight bowl games,” Mendenhall said.
With all of the talk recently about BYU’s relationship with different conferences in regards to scheduling, both Mendenhall and Holmoe stressed that they are happy with where BYU is right now. They both mentioned that independence has brought BYU exposure and has helped spread the BYU brand across the country.
“We will continue to play teams in every conference,” Holmoe said.
Another topic of interest was the allegations against BYU regarding improper benefits. Again, Mendenhall and Holmoe were on the same page. BYU has gone through a complete internal investigation. Mendenhall focused on the high ethics at BYU and is not worried about the outcome.
“I’m at complete peace,” Mendenhall said.
BYU football offensive coordinator Robert Anae spoke optimistically about the state of BYU’S offense heading in to the 2014 season.
“Looking forward to a couple minor tweaks, the biggest of which will be personnel,” Anae said.
Anae believes that with the returning starters and new additions coming this fall, the offensive group is better prepared for the “Go fast, go hard” offensive scheme than last year’s group.
The offense looks to be more explosive with a highly anticipated group of receivers and one tweak Anae mentioned will be an offense that won’t hesitate to throw deep.
“This is an exciting group that will add to our team’s value,” Anae said. “They’ll be going deep a lot. They will go fast, go hard, and go far too.”
Anae told the media that he expects Jamaal Williams to break the all-time rushing record at BYU if he remains healthy.
“I’ve already spoken to Harvey because his record will go down,” Anae said.
As for Taysom Hill, Anae said the key to his success will be focusing on the present moment and how he can get better “week to week.”