PROVO — The second day of practice saw better precision and overall execution on both sides of the ball. According to defensive back Mike Hague it’s largely what they expect of themselves.
“We just communicate really well with each other out there,” said Hague. “We’re used to playing with each other and we’re very tight as a group. We all know our assignments, so we’re feeling a lot better as a group coming out this year.”
Indeed field corner Jordan Johnson is the only expected starter without a wealth of experience. Nevertheless, he’s been in the program for two years and has logged game reps..
“A big key is just being patient with each other,” said Hague. “When you see guys putting forth the effort you’re more than willing to be patient with them and I’m seeing that with pretty much everyone. Jordan Johnson is doing great and he’ll be very good this year for us.”
Hague will likely take the role of the utility defensive back this season. Since switching over from running back he’s been on the fast track learning what can be a complicated defensive system.
He currently feels comfortable playing at boundary corner, Kat safety and at free safety and is quickly learning the nickel back position.
“I don’t know if I could play field corner, but that’s okay — Jordan Johnson is doing great there,” said Hague. “I love the role I have on the team this year and I think we’re all the same way. We support each other, we communicate well and I think we have the chance to be really good.”
-The team did situational work during team drills with Riley Nelson completing seven of ten passes for 63 yards and an interception unofficially. Safety Daniel Sorensen picked off an attempted sideline pass that was slightly overthrown.
-James Lark went 1-3 for 10 yards, Taysom Hill went 2-2 for 23 yards and Ammon Olsen went 1-2 for 15 yards.
-Most of the passes went to the running back with true freshman Jamaal Williams hauling in a pass that may have gone the distance without quick whistles. Williams showed very good burst on the play.
-Joe Sampson and Cody Hoffman were held out of practice due to disciplinary reasons, but are expected to return tomorrow.
-Oregon linebacker recruit Johnny Ragin was in attendance sporting a BYU golf shirt.
-Offensive lineman Brock Stringham sat out practice with a sprained ankle with no timetable for his return. Stringham saw reps at right tackle with the first team offense the first day.