Monday, April 12, 2010

Three sights at Spring Practice

Man, Saturday was a great day. The weather was warm, the air was fresh and there were footballs flying through the air of LaVell Edwards Stadium.

That combination would make even those weird little emo kids that hang out at the mall smile.

I know I was certainly all smiles, but like I said in an earlier post the feeling was bitter-sweet. It was awesome to see the team play, but this open practice also signaled the end of Spring practice, and the beginning of a looooooooooong summer of waiting.

But let's not talk about that. Let's talk about three things a punk BYU fan (me) saw and liked at BYU's open Spring Practice.

1. Wide Receivers. Our WRs are the most impressive group of athletes at BYU, in my most humble opinion. I took one look at newcomers Cody Hoffman and Ross Apo and knew we had a pair of special players coming into the fold. Then you add in O'Neill Chambers (who looked to me bigger, stronger and faster) and McKay Jacobsen, and we could be stretching the field to new lengths next year. These guys are tall, lean like gazelles and they look like playmakers.

2. Q. Josh Quezada impressed me on Saturday. Every time he touched the ball he showed a combination of speed and power. He scored the only TD of the day on a nine-yard run, and he hit holes hard and burst through the line with gusto. He also showed good hands catching the ball out of the backfield. He could be the next in a line of what is becoming the best string of RBs at BYU in school history.

3. My take on the QBs. I've made it semi-public that I am in the Riley Nelson camp. I think Riley could be a really good QB at BYU-- he brings a different element to our offense, and already has a year's worth of experience. A year in the program is what Jake Heaps could use, in my opinion.

Having said that, Jake throws one beautiful ball. He made every throw look easy, and the ball simply jumped out of his hand. Nelson, on the other hand, really had to put his whole body into deeper throws.

I wish Jake would have had more live scrimmage experience on Saturday; it seemed like he only got one or two chances. It would have been nice to see him really get a chance to get in a rhythm.

But I think I'm still behind Nelson. I saw him play last year, and I'm really excited to see what he can do as the No. 1 guy. He deserves a shot, and Jake would benefit with a redshirt year.

Anyway, that's my take. Who else was there at Spring Practice? Make yourselves known, and please share your insights.

1 comment:

Kirk C. said...

One thing that I noticed was at the very start of practice and Heaps and Nelson were throwing the up and out routes. Like you said, Jake would just throw it and it would zip to the receiver. Nelson, on the other hand, would have to lob the ball for it to get there. That's going to get picked off so easily and that is a play BYU runs quite often. That is probably the one reason I want Heaps.