If spring football gives BYU’s offense just one thing, it would be a more mature understanding of what offensive coordinator Ty Detmer expects.

And none of that works if the offensive line doesn’t make itself a force come fall.

After exchanging the mobile Taysom Hill for pocket passer Tanner Mangum, protecting Mangum will be a premium.

Can this O-line get it done, meaning give Mangum time?

“Oh, yeah, definitely,” head coach Kalani Sitake told reporters over the weekend.

“They’ve been doing some good things. I’ve been really impressed with the young guys. We already know what the returning starters can do. We lost one O-lineman. The other four are going to be fine, but they showed that already last year.

“But the guys who redshirted and guys who are developing in the program give us the ability to go two-deep in the O-line and feel comfortable with those who are rolling. You see, we use different lineups to be in there with Tanner and that also allows the backup quarterbacks to get in and go through their reads. Sometimes that frustrates their progress and development.”

Veterans Tejan Koroma, Thomas Shoaf, Tuni Kanuch, Jacob Jimenez, injured Ului Lapuaho and Keyan Norman are the foundation. Offensive coach Mike Empey believes this spring that group is further ahead than a year ago.

“So far, so good,” said Empey.

“I like the format of getting in a lot of reps for everyone and working on fundamentals.”

There are newcomers sprinkled in and he like their progress.

“They’re learning and I can give them more reps and ask them to do more. We got back four guys last year from (LDS) missions and they all redshirted. So, they’re working themselves in. We have 12 linemen for spring. Everyone is finding reps.”

The redshirted guys off (LDS) missions have had time to acclimate themselves in Sitake’s first year …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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