Dick Harmon: BYU football offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes sees plenty of room for improvement

PROVO — As expected, Jeff Grimes has X-ray vision compared to the casual observer.

That’s the takeaway from BYU’s spring football practice Monday, a split session inside and out. Practice No. 4 of 15 is in the bank.

During the team segment, myriad quarterbacks received reps with good success. Tanner Mangum, Beau Hoge, Zach Wilson and Joe Critchlow each got chunks. It was a fast-paced affair, mixing in runs and passes, shifts, motion. The energy was high; the effort impressive. On the defensive sideline, players were dancing and shouting to the beat of loud music blaring over giant speakers.

Former NFL star Merril Hoge was there to see his son Beau along with his nephew Tristen, an offensive lineman who transferred from Notre Dame. Critchlow threw an impressive seam route TD to Micah Simon, but he also threw an interception. At times, a few guys were out of position, a lineman jumped before the snap count, but generally, the offense looked impressively organized and clean.


Grimes filters through it all and sees the nitty-gritty. He notices things measured in inches, other things timed by fractions of seconds. In other words, he wants it perfect.

So, coach Grimes, what did you see and what were you trying to get done?

“Well, it wasn’t a very clean practice. I’m not very pleased with the execution,” said Grimes.

“There were too many missed assignments, too many false starts. We had a lot of install today … so I expected some of that, but there was more of that than should have been.”

There. That’s the difference between a casual, perfunctory glance at a portion of a practice session and a professional getting paid to get it right.

“We did a good job keeping the ball from hitting the ground, job security, but the execution could have been better. We have a lot …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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