BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis
When Texas traveled to Provo to face Brigham Young in the second week of the college football season, few expected the embarrassing upset that Brigham Young would inflict. It was a disastrous game for Texas; they gave up 679 total yards in a 40-21 loss that cost defensive coordinator Manny Diaz his job.
I took a look at a few of Texas’ and BYU’s draft-eligible players and how they performed on Sept. 7.
#2 WR Cody Hoffman
-Played with hamstring injury
-Exclusively downfield routes early
-Sneaky quickness to get past defensive back
-Great adjustment and catch on poorly placed ball, better placement was likely a touchdown
-Fell on hard inside cut leading to interception
-Knows how to use size
-Solid downfield blocker
-Great job turning, locating the ball and snatching ball in good coverage
-Good pivot on short in, almost makes catch despite holding penalty
Overview: Hoffman didn’t have many opportunities to catch the ball, but he looked impressive on both of his catches. On both catches, he used his long strides and surprising quickness to get past the defense before making impressive grabs. He also showed he knows how to use his body to gain leverage and separate.
His route running is still suspect. He looked somewhat crisp on the few short routes he ran against Texas, but most of his routes were downfield.
As a blocker, he uses his size (listed at 6’4″, 210 by BYU’s official athletics website) to dominate smaller corners. He extends his arms and pushes cornerbacks out of plays.
Hoffman missed the season opener against Virginia with a hamstring injury, but that didn’t seem to bother him in this game.
He dealt with mostly off-coverage from Texas. It will be interesting to see how he matches up against press coverage, especially against physical cornerbacks.
#3 LB Kyle Van Noy
-Anticipates snap count well
-Instinctively senses cut block, hops over and stops runner at line
-Consistently makes plays and creating pressure
-Excellent awareness and instincts
-Impressive spin move getting into backfield, misses tackle
-Shows off range getting to flat and forcing receiver out of bounds
-Dropped into coverage, forcing scramble then forces quarterback back inside
-Natural athlete, smooth and very fluid
-Astounding acceleration and closing burst
Overview: Van Noy showed why he is a top draft prospect against Texas. He was consistently around the ball and making plays.
He is a natural athlete who moves very fluidly with quick hips. He quickly accelerates and has an elite closing burst. While he mainly relies on speed rushing, he is able to drive blockers back when he does bull rush.
He was in the backfield all day against Texas, both hurrying the quarterback and disrupting the run. He anticipates the snap count very well and is a quick player off of the line.
Van Noy showed he can excel at almost every aspect of his position and should garner lots of attention during draft season.
See page 2 for notes on four Texas prospects.