Wednesday, February 12 2014, 09:21 AM MST
Mendenhall Has Plenty of Respect For Leach
(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."
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