Inside Darnell's Head: Another Covey tearing up the football field

2014-08-31T13:51:00Z 2014-09-08T21:29:11Z Inside Darnell's Head: Another Covey tearing up the football fieldDarnell Dickson Inside Darnell's Head Daily Herald
August 31, 2014 1:51 pm  • 

At 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, you have to be pretty special to be a legit college football player.

I don’t know where Timpview quarterback Britain Covey will end up, or even what position he will play, but he’s showing early this season he could be an intriguing option at BYU.

The Covey family has a long history in Utah County football. Sean Covey was a BYU quarterback in the early 1990’s. Josh, Stephen and Christian were all quarterbacks at Timpview with great success.

Britain might be the most electric with a football in his hands.

He rolled up 279 yards rushing and six touchdowns on just 20 carries in Saturday’s 42-28 victory at Mission Hills (Calif.). The touchdowns came on scoring runs of 6,20, 5, 20, 5 and 92 yards. Mission Hills, by the way, is a quality opponent that has produced BYU freshman linebacker Fred Warner and a 22-5 record over the past two seasons.

Covey shows great open field instincts and breaks more tackles than he should at 170 pounds. Maybe he fits in as a slot receiver at BYU, or a kick returner.

He seems to have that special something that makes him nearly impossible to tackle.

He has a BYU offer and is also considering Stanford, Utah and Utah State, according to Total Blue Sports.

Old man rant: BYU linebacker Alani Fua's "fishing rod" penalty, earning a 15-yard penalty against UConn, has me scratching my head.

Maybe I’m making a big deal about nothing (that’s never happened before) but every response on social media seemed to be in favor of the move. Even former Cougar defensive back Brian Logan got in on the fun, posting that he would take that penalty “every time.”

Frankly, I thought it was a selfish, boneheaded play and Fua, a senior, should know better. Bronco Mendenhall doesn’t share disciplinary action with us media types, but I would be disappointed if there wasn’t some sort of punishment meted out in practice this week.

Fua himself tweeted, “LET ME FISH!!! Caught a 10lb carp out there tonight. Cost me 15 yards.”

No, Alani. It cost your TEAM 15 yards. And it was a half a sack. What are you going to do when you get a solo sack? Dance the Paso Doble with Coach Poppinga?

Rewind: A few things I picked up while re-watching the BYU-UConn football game:

• The statistics for Taysom Hill were very, very good, but I was even more impressed with his decision-making. He’s the trigger man for every offensive play and rarely made a bad decision. He kept his eyes up when scrambling and made pinpoint throws on the run.

• I tend to be hard on BYU’s offensive line because I believe winning the battle up front is absolutely essential to getting wins in college football. Against UConn the O-line didn’t give up a sack and didn’t commit a single false start penalty, which was a big problem last season. So big props there. What I wanted to see was a dominating performance in the run game and I don’t think that was the case. Jamal Williams will be back next week (we think) and that could make a difference.

• The defense gave up 25 completions for 284 yards, but I can live with that when the BYU DB’s, especially Jordan Preator and Michael Davis, make plays on the ball like they did on Friday. The confidence displayed by these two young players was impressive.

Mean Green: The UVU men’s soccer surprised the heck out of me Saturday night in the program’s first-ever college match. The Wolverines put five goals on UMass, including four in the first half. I don’t know if they can keep up that pace but if that’s the kind of offense Greg Maas is going to put on the field every match, I could grow to like soccer. A little, maybe.

Next up: The Texas offense is a work in progress, made apparent with a slow start in a 38-7 win against North Texas. But the Longhorns defense looks much, much better than when Hill made them look silly last season in Provo. Improved tackling and discipline will make Saturday’s game in Austin a lot closer.

That’s all, but for this: I discovered that Dmitri Shostakovich, a Russian musician, once said, “Football is the ballet of the masses.”

Great. Don’t tell my wife. She’ll expect me to start watching “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Have a cool Labor Day and hang in there until Saturday.

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