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BYU Football: Three Observations From Spring Practice Day One

Feb 28, 2022, 8:43 PM | Updated: 10:13 pm

BYU QB Jaren Hall talks to the media at spring practice...

BYU QB Jaren Hall talks to the media at spring practice (Courtesy of BYU Photo/Jaren Wilkey)

(Courtesy of BYU Photo/Jaren Wilkey)

PROVO, Utah – The BYU football team opened up spring practice today in the indoor practice facility led by returning starting quarterback Jaren Hall.

Head coach Kalani Sitake had high praise for the offense after the first day.

Here are my observations from the media observation period of practice.

1. Jaren Hall arm strength

Hall is the unquestioned starting quarterback heading into his junior season. It’s hard to believe he has more eligibility beyond his fifth season at BYU, but he does.

The zip and velocity on his passes from what the media was allowed to see was impressive.

In one portion of team drills, Hall dropped back in play-action and fired a laser to Puka Nacua on a corner route.

The ball traveled in my estimation about 40 yards in the air before Nacua made a nice grab against the sideline.

All of the passes I observed from Hall were tight spirals, which is something he lacked at times last season.

Aaron Roderick must be a happy man with Hall at the helm, and the wealth of options they have offensively.

2. BYU football “F” position

Masen Wake isn’t participating in spring practice, which opens the door for Roderick to experiment with a new weapon: transfer Houston Heimuli.

Heimuli was previously at Stanford before joining BYU, and he saw plenty of action playing the “F” position in team drills.

He lined up as fullback, as well as in the slot position.

It’s going to be interesting to see how Roderick juggles Wake and Heimuli in games this fall.

From what I observed today, the “F” position will be utilized heavily in both the run and pass game.

3. The speed of Kody Epps

With Neil Pau’u departing for the NFL, the door has opened for someone to emerge as wide receiver three on the depth chart.

Kody Epps is someone who received rave reviews this offseason from wide receiver coach Fesi Sitake.

On one play in team drills, Epps took a short pass from Sol-Jay Maiava-Peters to the end-zone, showing off his impressive speed.

Injuries plagued him last season. If he can remain healthy, Epps will be someone that will see playing time in the fall.

You can hear Matt Baiamonte every Saturday on KSL Newsradio for Cougar Sports Saturday from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. or you can find him on Twitter here.

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