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LLOYD: QB only big announcement in BYU football post-spring depth chart

2013-04-10T19:45:00Z 2013-09-02T09:07:26Z LLOYD: QB only big announcement in BYU football post-spring depth chartJared Lloyd - Daily Herald Daily Herald
April 10, 2013 7:45 pm  • 

As a conversation piece, the 2013 BYU football post-spring depth chart that was released on Wednesday could be considered very valuable. The discussions could even be quite lively.

∫ Is Skyler Ridley really better than Ross Apo?

∫ Terrence Alletto is the starting center? Didn't he only play in four games last year?

∫ Kaneakua Friel and Brett Thompson will be sharing time at tight end? Or is that just because Friel will be at H-back too?

∫ How can Tyler Beck be listed in front of Manoa Pikula at buck linebacker?

∫ No backup at kicker? Is Justin Sorensen the only option?

Now these could all be possible water-cooler discussions in Utah during the next few months but let's be honest — this will be basically irrelevant by the first day of fall camp or maybe even sooner.

It’s like hearing that former BYU defensive lineman Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah is now officially going to New York City for the NFL draft (which also was announced on Wednesday).

It’s good information to have but it says nothing about what will actually happen when the draft rolls around, just as the depth chart is good information but says little about how things will be when the season gets here.

In my opinion, the only position possibly worth noting is the most significant: quarterback.

Yes, Ammon Olsen had a great spring.

No, he didn't do enough to put himself on the same level as consensus No. 1 QB Taysom Hill, something Cougar head coach Bronco Mendenhall confirmed in releasing this information.

"We have named Taysom the starter because of his game experience in 2012, strong leadership qualities and his breakaway speed and athleticism," Mendenhall said in the press release. "Ammon also had a phenomenal spring. I am confident in his ability. We have two very capable quarterbacks."

Given the injury risks involved, BYU may need both of them — as long as it doesn't become a continuation of the Jake Heaps/Riley Nelson/Taysom Hill/James Lark carousel that has been the main story in Provo for the past three seasons.

But other than that, don't read too much into what is listed on the depth chart.

All of these guys have a long stretch of workouts over the next four months that could drastically alter whether or not they end up on the field.

Mendenhall made that clear that after the final scrimmage on Alumni Day last Friday.

"No. 1 is the conditioning of the physical play with speed," he said. "That has to continue to happen. The position mastery within the schemes is going to have to happen at a really high level so we can be consistent enough to move the ball and stop opponents from being able to move the ball from beginning to end, not just bits and pieces here and there."

There's no doubt that any of these athletes could see their stock rise — or fall — during the grueling months to come.

I also wonder about the special teams factor, since special teams coordinator Kelly Poppinga said no one except possibly the quarterback will start on offense or defense unless they start on special teams.

Does the post-spring list reflect that? If so, where?

That might be the reason Apo is listed behind Ridley or it might have nothing to do with it.

If that isn't reflected in this depth chart, than it indicates even less because there is no telling where that might come into play in fall.

When August 31 finally rolls around and the depth chart for the first game at Virginia gets released, I suspect around 80 percent of the starters will be the same. As for the rest of it, I expect plenty of changes as newcomers get integrated.

But at least it gives us something analyze and consider as we wait for football to get here again.

Daily Herald sports editor Jared Lloyd can be reached at 801-344-2555 or jlloyd@heraldextra.com. He can also be followed on Twitter at @JaredrLloyd.

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-- Daily Herald sports editor Jared Lloyd is also the beat writer for the BYU football team, the columnist for the Cougar men’s basketball team and covers a variety of Utah Valley high school athletics. He can be followed on Twitter at @JaredrLloyd.
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