BYU Cougars


Tuesday, June 18 2013, 07:16 AM MDT
Preview Of BYU And Washington State
(KUTV) Bronco Mendenhall knows what to expect from a Mike Leach run
offense, the two have tangled in the past. And a week from tomorrow the
two coaches will meet again, as the Cougars from Washington State invade
Provo to take on the BYU Cougars in the season opener.

It is
the first game for Washington State's new head coach, Mike Leach, who is
making his return to college football a controversial departure from
Texas Tech.

More than a decade ago, when Menhendall was New
Mexico's defensive coordinator, he faced Mike Leach's Texas Tech teams.
So how much has Leach changed since then?

"Not much. We
anticipate some possible changes this year, Mendenhall said after
Wednesday's practice. "[It's]hard to know. You hear rumors here or
there.

When you have had as much success as he has had
offensively[it's] hard to conceive of changing a lot. We are kind of
preparing for what we know and we will adjust to what we haven't seen
yet if there is anything."

Texas Tech loved to spread teams out
and throw the ball to four wide outs, Leach once ran 113 plays in a
game. Twice as many many as some teams run. So how many defensive backs
does Bronco need to keep guys fresh throughout the game?

"You
know you would like to have as many as you can, but really the
continuity of playing the routes and playing together is more important
than having fresh bodies. So just throwing a fresh body in there, if he
is not really well grooved in on execution doesn't mater. So the
challenge is not having enough bodies, but enough trained bodies that
know exactly what to do," Mendenhall added.

No one really knows
what Leach is cooking up in his Pullman practices, but Bronco says in
the first game of the season he is more worried about his team.

"Our
focus is almost exclusively on us. We have a decent idea what they are
going to do but in the opener it is not so much about the opponent it is
more about your execution."


(Copyright 2012 Sinclair Broadcasting Group) Preview Of BYU And Washington State


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