PROVO — BYU wide receivers coach Ben Cahoon is a stickler for detail, and now he has a way to track his players’ improvement.
With help from the Utah County-based data management and analysis company Domo, Cahoon’s receivers know on a daily basis how they stack up against their teammates at that position thanks to specific metrics.
“They get rated every day on six aspects of the game that we emphasize,” Cahoon explained. “They know right where they rank and stack up against everybody else. The guys see that. They see what they’re doing well and what they need to work on.”
Why use this method?
“I’m always looking for ways to give feedback,” Cahoon said. “I use it in recruiting to evaluate recruits, too.”
The receivers follow the ratings closely.
“We pay a lot of attention to it. It’s simple things like making plays, finishing plays, blocking, running the right assignments, catching the ball,” said receiver Talon Shumway. “There are like six things that he’s tracking. More than anything, it keeps it in your mind. When he gives you a visual representation of what he’s trying to get across, it’s easier than making a comment. That’s what is cool about him. He’ll try anything to give you the smallest edge.”
Quarterback Tanner Mangum said it takes a lot of work to develop chemistry with the receivers.
“At the receiver position, a lot of it comes down to repetitions. We need all of camp to get that chemistry and timing down so that come game time, we’re clicking. You can’t expect to be game-ready right now. … I’m very hopeful, very optimistic with our group — a lot of good talent, a lot of good speed.”