BYU began practice on Saturday in Provo and head coach Bronco Mendenhall bragged on the quality depth at most every position.
Mendenhall believes the Cougars have to use their depth as an advantage during an brutal early-season schedule. BYU opens the season at Ole Miss then travels to Texas the following week. The next two games are in Provo, but against Utah and UCF.
After practice, Mendenhall said, “Most positions…there are some that are three-deep, but most are four-deep and there are a couple that are five-deep. It’s reflective of the program’s maturity and it’s been a while, especially in the line positions, that we’ve had that luxury.”
"I think the competition will actually be even more fierce between better quality and not as many unknowns. It's how the reps will be divided. My hope is that I'm looking for a higher level of performance from our team through camp at a faster pace than what we've had before because it's a difficult early schedule."
By all accounts, there is a ton of excitement and enthusiasm around the BYU program heading into this season.
Offensive lineman Terence Brown told The Deseret News, "Our goal is to be the nastiest, most aggressive offensive line in the country, and it started with what we did in the offseason.”
Here is Bronco’s post-practice media session from Saturday: