Devin Mahina returns for his final year at BYU looking to make a big difference in BYU’s evolving offense. The senior tight end from Upland, California, remembers BYU’s tough loss at Virginia to start off the 2013 campaign and is ready to do his part in making sure 2014 starts off with a win.
“I’m excited and anxious and ready for the season to start,” Mahina said. “July is going to seem like a really long month for me, but when the season comes I’ll definitely be ready.”
Statistically, BYU tight ends haven’t played a big part in offensive coordinator Robert Anae’s new up-tempo offense. Mahina saw limited playing time in 2013, finishing the season with seven catches for 54 yards and expects those numbers to increase significantly in 2014.
“The offense's chemistry has increased and our overall knowledge of the offense has increased as well,” Mahina said. “Last year we started from ground zero, but this year we’re a lot more comfortable and know exactly what is expected from us.”
One of the biggest reasons for the expected increase is a major tweak in the offense that Robert Anae eluded to during an interview on BYUtv.
“We’ve catered a little bit more to my needs as a tight end,” Mahina said. “We’ve done a lot more three-point-stance stuff, which is where I feel I thrive. I’m really excited for that.”
While the tight end position should become a bigger part of BYU’s offense in 2014, Mahina has seen progression throughout the entire team and expects big things in the upcoming season.
“Even if we just go off of spring practices, we’ve seen huge progress,” Mahina said. “I think this year we are going to see big things from the entire team, and especially the tight ends.”