PROVO — An aggressive man press coverage is something BYU receivers will likely see in this weekend's game against LSU. How those same receivers respond to the aggressive style LSU runs about as any team in the country will play a big factor in the final outcome.
While a lot of the Cougar receivers' success in beating coverage depends on technique, it also has a lot to do with specific situations, according to BYU coach Kalani Sitake.
“I’m concerned about having long-distance situations,” Sitake said, when asked of the concern of beating coverage. “The average was third-and-9 (in last week's game.) So when it’s third and long, it’s going to be a pass and it doesn’t take a brilliant defensive back to figure out that he should probably cover this guy, you know?”
Many of the third-and-long situations were due to penalties, in addition to gaining few yards on first and second downs.
“We’ve got to get in third-and-3 to third-and-7,” Sitake said. “We get there and we probably see some more separation with the receivers.”