BYU Cougars video: Jeff Call tells us what to look for in the week leading up to UConn

By Lafe Peavler and Jeff Call, Deseret News

Published: Tue, Aug. 26, 2014, 9:45 a.m. MDT

Jeff Call tells us what to look for in the week leading up to UConn

 Deseret News BYU beat writer Jeff Call

Deseret News BYU beat writer Jeff Call shares his observations and insight as BYU prepares to face UConn on Friday. This week, Call talks about the players who impressed him the most from fall camp, the impact of missing/injured players, what he expects from the Cougars in 2014, his keys to the game vs. UConn and BYU's Bronco Mendenhall feeling energized in his 10th season as head coach.

Lafe Peavler is a staff sports writer for the Deseret News. Follow him on Twitter @LafePeavler.

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1. PDX_CougarFan
Milwaukie, OR,
Aug. 26, 2014

@Chris - I hope that isn't what we see. It could be what is seen in the Utah, Idaho St game as well, except that I won't see that game. :)

2. Mexican Ute
mexico, 00,
Aug. 26, 2014

Taysom has improved as a QB. The question is how will his line hold up? And how will the BYU secondary do? Who is UCONN's QB?

I call this game a Tossup due to BYU's insistence of starting out their seasons with their left foot.

Utah should blow out Idaho State though. It's really our only easy win of the season. But it is good that we are playing Idaho State this early in the season to get our confidence up. Not like the TDS playing Savannah State at the end of the season.


3. eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT,
Aug. 26, 2014

Wow, Chris, congrats on being first...again. I'm not sure why this article even matters to a Ute fan but I'm happy some of you people still care even though you have 'moved on'. I just wish you would tell us more about what you really think about BYU football. I'm especially interested in how this game relates to Utah being in a Power5 conference?

4. Objectified
Richfield, UT,
Aug. 26, 2014

As we've come to expect, Chris B's guesses when it comes to anything BYU are not reliable at all. In fact, they are usually wrong. His guesses in that respect are more like hopes than guesses. So his negative slant prediction is actually a good omen for BYU. Notice that he didn't offer his usual "you can mark it down" remark. That means he's actually a bit worried that BYU might actually be very good.

I've undoubtedly paid a lot more objective attention to BYU's preparation going into this game than the aforementioned person offering his guess-work assessments. As such, I can vouch for the Cougars being a lot more prepared going into this first game than they were a year ago for that opening game.

They have also upgraded regarding their athleticism and experience in several key positions. The most noticeable will probably be on the offensive line. That in turn will allow for improved performances from both Taysom Hill and the running backs. Expect to see some impressive long-ball pass completions to faster receivers resulting in some quick scores for the Cougars. Their impressive performance will open some eyes.

5. Mikeylikesit
Davis, UT,
Aug. 26, 2014

Chris B

Mandel's flop team: Oregon Ducks. The string of 11- and 12-win seasons can’t go on forever, and despite the return of star quarterback Marcus Mariota, the Ducks’ once-unstoppable offense showed cracks last year following Chip Kelly’s departure. Oregon’s defense may miss retired coordinator Nick Aliotti.

Feldman's flop team: Utah Utes. They have been sputtering since arriving in the conference and don't be surprised if the bottom drops out in 2014. The rest of the league has elevated from when Utah planned the move to the Pac-12, and with CU improving, the hunch here is that Utah will end up in the South division cellar.