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August 31, 2010 at 10:21 AM

A few words from Bronco Mendenhall

I frankly never know if you guys want to read much from the opposing coach. But I got on the Mountain West Conference coaches conference call this morning to hear what BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall had to say and figured I’d pass some of it along.
— Asked about defending elusive quarterbacks such as Jake Locker, he said that Loccker “is more mobile, he’s faster, and he’s bigger” and that he had been told by a former assistant that Locker “might be the fastest player on their team. … it’s just the physical dimension with the speed that makes him more difficult to handle.”
— Asked about Steve Sarkisian’s comment Monday that he wouldn’t be surprised to see BYU put both of its QBs on the field at the same time, Mendenhall said “I doubt it. They both play quarterback, and as you know, my philosophy and my temperament isn’t one to throw out a lot of tricks and gadgest. So most likely you will see both quarterbacks leading the team separately.”
— He said he has “stayed out of” the talk about BYU’s conference affiliation and that he has not discussed it with the team. He said for that reason, he doesn’t see it being a distraction this season. “My entire focus is on Washington and Jake Locker,” he said. “It sounds like the outside world is very intrigued by it, but really in our building it has not been a topic of conversation in any regard.”
— There was lots of talk about BYU’s two-QB system, and Mendenhall said that it was not his preference to go with two but that the way the two competed evenly throughout the spring and summer and because they have differing styles that it made sense for now to go with two. And he said it’s likely a long-term situation. “At this point, it’s most likely going to be two, and maybe for the entire season,” he said. He said that playing two “wouldn’t be my choice” but that he thinks the nature of the rest of the players on the team should allow to make it successful this year.
— He talked about Jake Heaps and said he was “pleasently surprised” at the quick progress Heaps has made. “I just hadn’t expected him to be this far along,” he said.
— Asked if he thinks the prospect of facing UW is heavy on Heaps’ mind this week, he said “I’m sure it will be on his mind, but if it is, it’s got to be way in the back because there is so much else going on (meaning school, practice, etc.)”

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