BYU pleased with first scrimmage of training camp

PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - The BYU football team ran 70 plays in its first scrimmage of training camp at LaVell Edwards Stadium, and despite holding out several starters, head coach Bronco Mendenhall was pleased with his team's performance.

"We were a little bit sharper offensively than I actually thought we would be," Mendenhall said. "The play action pass game is strong at this point. The protection is stronger than I anticipated at this point. I think the offense won the day if I had to say one way or another."

The highlight of the day was running back Adam Hine hurdling over defenders on his way to a 20-yard run. Hine, who will probably start for the suspended Jamaal Williams in the season opener at Connecticut, also scored a touchdown and ran hard. 

"I'm ready to go," Hine said. "Whatever the team needs me to do to help, I'll do. We're deep and we're ready to run on these guys whoever comes up against us."

Quarterback Taysom Hill moved the offense well, leading the team on two touchdown drives.

"We did a lot of good things, and we have a lot of good things to get on film to work on," Hill said. "But we have to clean up some of the three and outs and little miscues on assignments that we need to clean up."

The Cougars came out of the scrimmage healthy, but Friday in practice it was discovered that wide receiver Nick Kurtz has a fractured foot and will be out 6-8 weeks. 

"Luckily we have depth at receiver at this point," Mendenhall said. "But that will hurt us because he was doing a really nice job."

Demonstrating that depth at receiver, freshman Trey Dye caught a 70-yard touchdown pass that was actually called back because of a penalty, while Devon Blackmon hauled in a 23-yard touchdown pass from Christian Stewart that did count. 

Eight days into training camp, and the Cougars are already getting antsy. 

"I mean, it feels good to hit somebody," said offensive tackle De'Ondre Wesley. "But I'm tired of hitting my teammates. I'm ready to hit somebody else now."

20 days and counting until the season opener.

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