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It May Be March, But Football Is Still King

Everyone knows when it’s football season. This is America and I’m not talking about that round white ball you’re supposed to kick. I’m talking about America’s game. The hard-nosed, beat-you-down sport with a lemon-shaped ball. 

It’s football season when the leaves begin to change colors. 

It’s football season when the night air begins to embrace the cold chill of winter.

It’s football season when school is starting. 

It’s football season in March?

For BYU Sports Nation it’s always football season, and especially in March. March is the time when Coach Mendenhall and the Cougars display what the new season has in store, with the Spring Practice Scrimmage.

Now, it may not sound like a lot, but last Saturday’s scrimmage told BYU Sports Nation what to expect this coming season. 

Taysom Hill, who heads into his junior season, appears to be more focused than ever on his efficiency as a passer, especially with his touch on the deep ball, which seemed to demonstrate itself when Hill threw a 56-yard bomb to receiver Michael Davis. 

Now, whether he can lead the Cougars into Austin on September 6 and come out victorious over the Longhorns, still remains to be seen.

Coach Mendenhall lost players Kyle Van Noy, Uani Unga, Daniel Sorensen, and Ethyn Manumaleuna to the NFL this year; but the return of Zac Stout to BYU and Bronson Kafusi moving to linebacker seems to inject confidence into the defense. Kafusi seems ready to wreak havoc on Utah State’s Chuckie Keeton and other quarterbacks this season with his 6 foot 8, 245-pound frame; a body that hardly gets overlooked.

The scrimmage this last Saturday was all about potential. The 90-minute scrimmage gave 7,000 fans an opportunity to see what is yet to come. It gave coaches a chance to tighten routes and complicate offensive and defensive schemes. It gave players a taste of what Fall will be like - a hard-hitting, fast-paced sprint to each week’s win. 

There’s a reason why football is America’s game. It displays all the qualities we embody; hard work, sacrifice, and persistence, until perfection is achieved. 

For Coach Mendenhall, the team, and all of BYU Sports Nation, it’s a countdown.

So let’s just skip summer and go right to Fall. 

From the desk of Spencer King, who helps produce "BYU Sports Nation" on BYU Radio.

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