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What Can BYU Do To Improve Their Dismal Season?

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A lot of people knew that this was going to be a rebuilding year for the BYU Football team. After all, they lost a lot of great players from last season and so there was the anticipation that it might take some time and a lot of work to get the new team to gel. What was not anticipated, however, was the fact that the more experienced of the two ace quarterbacks for the team would suffer a season ending injury. That unfortunate injury has left the freshman quarterback with a pretty heavy load to carry. After winning the season opener against Washington, the Cougars have gone on to lose each of their last three games. That is an astonishing statistic for a school whose football team has been on the winning end of things for the last umpteen years and it does not bode well for the remaining games to be played. Fans and foes alike are wondering what Bronco Mendenhall and the coaching staff are going to do. Is there any magic to be pulled out of their bag of tricks? The latest upset is the firing of Defensive Coordinator Jaime Hill, a decision that has a lot of people scratching their heads. Certainly the Cougar defense has had it’s share of problems of late but then so has the offense. Are there going to be changes in that department as well? Mendenhall is non-committal about what, if any, changes he plans for the offense. Meanwhile, the numbers are in and they are not good. Actually, that is a bit of an understatement, they are terrible. BYU ranks dead last in the nation for defensive rushing yardage and 94th in offensive rushing, 118th in passing efficiency and 114th out of 120 teams for scoring. Ouch. Time will tell whether the changes in defensive coaching will be helpful but it seems obvious that something also needs to be done to improve the offense as well.

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