We have played 4 real games. I don’t count the two practice games.
We have a good, experienced QB.
We have a good RB with pro potential.
We have a TE with pro potential.
We have a WR (Roberts) with pro potential and several other good ones.
We have an NFL LT and a really good center (Pay).
Despite talent that should be able to compete vs at least mediocre P5 competition, this offense has produced over 300 yards ONE TIME (KU). With some pretty solid talent, this offense has been TERRIBLE. There is no silver lining for an offense that has generated 281, 366, 295, and 243 yards against 4 mediocre opponents with a combined 13-14 record. Our scoring offense has been marginally better, but not by much, and our scoring has been more a result of turnovers and short fields than our imposing our will on opposing defenses.
We have allowed 424, 351, 498, and 587 yards to opponents. We get gashed, plain and simple. I’m willing to give Jay Hill more time, but our talent on D is really bad. As bad as our D has been, it’s actually a considerable improvement from the Tuiaki defense, so there’s room for hope.
3rd down defense: 94th.
Run D: 80th.
Pass D: 66th.
Team sack D: 122nd.
Our pass D has improved a bit simply due to better scheme and Heckard. Our run D still sucks, and our pass rush is still non-existent. You can’t beat good teams with any consistency with a bad front 7, and that’s what we have. Our DL and LB are simply terrible, because we can’t stop the run, and we can’t pressure the QB. Can’t blame that on the walk-on safeties…
OFFENSIVE COACHING: F.
Our OL stinks, yet we focus on deep, slow developing pass routes. We don’t use Rex, our best talent. Our run blocking is a joke but we keep trying to run.
BYU yards/carry each game: Ark: 2.5. KU: 0.4. Cinn: 2.5. TCU: 2.8.
BYU cannot run and looks silly continuing to keep trying.
I think after half the season it’s time to admit the truth and just throw 50-60 times a game. Basically we have good talent yet overage under 300 yards of total offense so far against middle of the pack competition. We are not failing on offense because of a lack of talent. This is schematic and play-calling failure on an epic scale.
DEFENSIVE COACHING: C
Conversely, Hill is severely handicapped by a giant talent gap between his defenders and their individual opponents. I want to like Batty, but he never gets sacks, so meh…Heckard has been great.
Bywater was really good but is gone. We don’t win the 1 on 1 battles, so we don’t win the 11 on 11s either. Hill’s scheme has done well enough to keep us in all but 1 game, so he gets an OK grade from me.
I still think my pre-season hope of 6-6 is within reach, but the TCU game really exposed how unprepared BYU was to play, even after a bye week. Our D has been about what I expected, but our O has been a MAJOR MAJOR disappointment. I expect we will be slaughtered by UT and OU, so we have to go 2-2 in the remaining “winnable” games. I think we can do it but my confidence suffered a major blow watching BYU look like a bad high school team last Saturday.