Quick BYU football trivia question: Which Cougars had the best yards-per-rush average in 2013 (minimum 15 carries)?
If you said junior running back Adam Hine and senior running back Paul Lasike, give yourself a pat on the back.
Hine and Lasike each averaged 5.9 yards per carry, edging out the more high-profile rushers Jamaal Williams (5.7 yards per carry) and Taysom Hill (5.5 yards per carry).
With Williams not being available for the season opener at UConn on Friday (5 p.m. MDT, ESPN), both of those two guys will have to be ready to carry a heavier load.
Hine said last week that he's ready.
"I look at it as any other opportunity," Hine said. "There's been a lot of competition but this next week at Connecticut will be a little different without Jamaal (Williams). It's going to give me a chance to really step up from where I've been. I'm really excited for it."
Hine said he views this situation very similarly to when a guy gets hurt and can't be out there playing, especially with a guy like Williams who has ramped up his performance in various aspects of the game and who brings such personality.
Hine pointed to the "Hammer" debate between Williams and Lasike as to who is being more physical.
"Jamaal has been playing this fall camp the type of 'Hammer' position and he's been doing great at it," Hine said. "That's when he start teasing Paul (Lasike), saying, 'I'm the Hammer.' Then Paul will say, 'no, you are the nail.' That's been joked about a lot."
The junior said that the group will miss having Williams on the field but is confident that everyone will pick up the slack.
"We're excited to get Jamaal back and get him with us," Hine said. "But we have prepared well. We're ready to go up against Connecticut with our personnel."
Now Hine is focusing on being personally as prepared as he can be.
"I have to review my film and know what I need to improve," he said. "There are a lot of things. Once I can do that, I feel that is what is going to help me personally to be prepared to give my best."
The rest of the team seems to pretty comfortable relying on Hine, Lasike and the other running backs as well.
"Those guys are really good," BYU junior quarterback Taysom Hill said. "Jamaal is going to help us when he gets back but it's no problem at all."
Cougar captains announced: BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall announced who would be the captains for the 2014 football team at the Big Blue Bash Saturday night.
The Cougars chose Taysom Hill, Paul Lasike, senior safety Craig Bills and junior defensive end Remington Peck as this year's captains.
Depth chart speculation: Many media folks are spending a lot of time trying to predict who will be on the BYU football depth chart heading into the season-opener at UConn this Friday.
Cougar offensive coordinator Robert Anae was no help, saying BYU's starting lineup could be three running backs and two wideouts ... or two running backs and two wideouts with a tight end ... or two running backs and three wideouts ... or one running back with four wideouts.
All of the guesses, however, will be rendered obsolete come Monday when the depth chart is actually released.
With the amount of players who will get on the field and the variety of packages and formations, even the official chart will only be moderately useful.
That's also when many will examine the names closely, trying to look for names of players who might be suspended (Jamaal Williams and Devon Blackmon chose to announce their suspensions themselves).