BYU Football Fall Camp

BYU football: Cougar fans get glimpse of fall camp

2014-08-02T14:00:00Z 2014-08-04T18:16:09Z BYU football: Cougar fans get glimpse of fall campJared Lloyd Daily Herald Daily Herald
August 02, 2014 2:00 pm  • 

About 1,250 fans came to the outdoor practice facility Saturday morning in Provo to watch the BYU football team on Day 2 of fall camp.

What they saw has many of them pretty excited about the gridiron future for the Cougars.

"After the reports yesterday about BYU throwing downfield, I was impressed by Taysom Hill's accuracy," said Sam Bates, a Cougar fan and an assistant football coach at Orem High School. "The defense was also very active and (freshman linebacker) Fred Warner is going to be a man out there. His interception was impressive."

There were cheers for great plays, groans on missed passes and shouts like, "Looking good, Taysom!" from the assembled fans during the two-hour practice.

Social media also got its share of comments on the Cougar performance.

"@BYUfootball the team looked great," Adam Bangerter tweeted from his @AdamBangerter twitter account. "Lots of team chemistry. The offense was cheering and defense really stayed focused an animated."

Naturally the offense got most of the attention but the defense had some nice moments as well, evening things up a little more after the passing game had a lot of success on Day 1.

Bates mentioned Warner's interception during the team session at the end of practice, and he wasn't the only one to get a pick. Former running back-turned-linebacker Michael Alisa had a pick off a tipped pass earlier, which came right after he got a "tap" sack.

But the offense had some impressive moments, including junior wide receiver Devon Blackmon hauling in a deep pass from backup QB Christian Stewart for a TD, then coming back and snagging an impressive one-hander on an out-route.

During the final team session, it was Hill and senior wide receiver Jordan Leslie who hooked up twice in a row for big gains, including a 35-yard TD.

That got the fans going, including Lane Leishman who tweeted from his @lennylee41 account: "@Jles9 (Jordan Leslie) looked amazing today! Excited to watch him play this year! #byufootball."

Transfer Nick Kurtz also continued to make big plays in the passing game, showing an impressive ability to go up and use his hands.

While the new guys certainly had their moments, returning wide receiver Mitch Mathews continues to be a favorite target. His best catch of the day was hauling in a finger-tip grab in the end zone during the early part of practice. 

However, putting on a show in front of the fans didn't make things any easier for the players, who were dealing with the fatigue of Friday's conditioning test and first day of camp as well as the August heat.

BYU sophomore defensive back Kai Nacua, who had an interception during 7-on-7 drills, tweeted after practice from his @KaiNacua_23 Twitter account: "Today was a hard day indeed!!!" which was then retweeted by Cougar sophomore wide receiver Colby Pearson.

Bates also pointed out that it's very hard to get a gauge on where the BYU run game and offensive line play are at this point.

"As a former offensive lineman, I always look at that," he said. "It looks like the pass protection in going all right. We'll see how the run game goes soon enough."

BYU will get back to work with closed practices on Monday.

Daily Herald sports editor ​Jared Lloyd can be reached at 801-344-2555 or Twitter: @JaredrLloyd. Instagram: @JaredrLloyd.

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