Monday, July 27, 2009

The 2009 mindset

"I'm excited about going into my senior season and feel good about where I'm at. Workouts have been good. Everyone is refocused. Everyone had a bad taste in their mouths after last season. We want to go out and do something about it."

-Dennis Pitta

What must be going through the heads of our beloved Cougars as they prepare to enter fall camp?

On paper, things look pretty good for our boys in blue. Coming off a third 10+ win season, senior leadership at the skill positions, a plethora of returning starters on offense and defense…

And yet things just don’t feel right in Provo. Something is out of balance.

A horrible loss to Utah, followed by a poor showing in the 2008 Las Vegas Bowl vs. Arizona has given BYU a collective case of cottonmouth.

So now how are they feeling? I’m guessing one (or all) of these:

Embarrassed

BYU got cased by its most hated rival. Max Hall got picked off like 15 times in one game. BYU’s “Quest for Perfection” missed the mark (by about 40 miles to the north), and they played one of the flattest bowl games of the season on national TV. That, as Rev. Lovejoy would say, is the miracle of shame.

Overlooked

BYU fans are as excited as they’ve ever been about the BYU football program. The problem is… it’s all focused on 2010. The 2010 recruiting class is shaping up to be the biggest in BYU’s history, and we can’t wait until these highly touted athletes get to Provo. Meanwhile, Max Hall and the boys are asking “what about us?”

Humble

Perhaps, after last season, the thought has occurred to our Cougars: “I guess we aren’t destined to win.” After two hard losses, and a season that exposed many weaknesses, the locker room may be a little more workman-like. The projector is being used a little more often, workouts are getting a little more intense, and BYU players are working harder than they ever have before.

Hungry

The Cougars are picked to finish second in the MWC to TCU. They’re also picked to get absolutely destroyed by Oklahoma in the season opener. Suddenly more and more games are looking like a toss-up. However, where we see doubt the team only sees opportunity. They’re hungry to protect LaVell Edwards Stadium, and they’re hungry to beat down their rivals and reclaim the MWC trophy.

I hope our team is feeling every one of these. I hope Dennis Pitta’s senior season turns out to be one of the best in BYU history.

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