Scouting Notes: 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl (BYU vs. Washington)

BYU wide receiver Cody Hoffman finished his collegiate career with a strong performance in the Fight Hunger Bowl. (Photo: Ed Szczepanski — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Joseph Curtis

Brigham Young (8-5) and Washington (9-4) faced off in the Fight Hunger Bowl on Friday, Dec. 27, with both teams looking to get their ninth win of the season.

Despite being overwhelmingly outgained on offense, Washington led 21-16 at halftime behind a couple of touchdowns by junior running back Bishop Sankey, who declared for the 2014 NFL draft Monday, and won the game by a final score of 31-16.

Several seniors from both teams, as well as a number of Washington underclassmen including Sankey, are expected to be selections in the 2014 NFL draft.

Kaneakua Friel, TE, Brigham Young, Sr.

-Got downfield quickly but doesn’t set feet on block

-Initially solid block, no aggression and lost defender

-Kicked out defender but quickly loses him, did not sustain block

-Manhandled at line, doesn’t get hands on linebacker

-Doesn’t move after blanketed in coverage

-Doesn’t use arms off line, just tries to run through press

Overview: Friel struggled blocking and recorded zero receptions, failing to impress in his final collegiate game.

While he flashed good form, he lacked any aggressiveness blocking and failed to finish his blocks. He could turn out to be a good blocking tight end, but he must learn to sustain his blocks.

When he went out as a receiver, he was slow getting off the line of scrimmage and not the savviest of route runners. He failed to add to his season total of just 11 receptions for 128 yards and one touchdown.

Cody Hoffman, WR, Brigham Young, Sr.

-Used body to help make catch

-Has surprising agility, shifty runner for his size

-Lazy route, easily read by corner and pass broken up

-Excellent block, got leverage and positions defender outside

-Came back to ball on screen, makes hands catch above body

-Nice cut on post, feels defender’s location and spins away after catch

-Good concentration to make catch in triple coverage

-Dove on wide throw, slow to get up

-Lazy route, let ball into body a bit but caught in stride

-Rounds off slant, catch away from body, some shiftiness after catch

-Hit hard on reverse pass, down and helped off field

-Beat press, nice adjustment but drops pass in end zone

-Decelerated and well-timed leaping back shoulder catch

Overview: Hoffman finished his college career with one of his strongest performances of the season, catching 12 passes for 167 yards.

He made some quality catches in coverage, but too often let the ball into his body. Many of his routes were not crisp and rounded off. He flashed plenty of ability, but needs to work on his route-running and catching away from his body.

He gained plenty of yards after the catch with surprising shiftiness. While Hoffman might not have top receiver skills, he flashed the potential in this game to be a quality receiver at the next level.

Kyle Van Noy, OLB, Brigham Young, Sr.

-Stays with man in coverage after hand off

-Quick into backfield, slow to change direction as runner goes by

-Quick drop into coverage, looked fluid

-Drives guard back, bit upright but accelerated into chest and keeps feet moving

-Breaks on WR screen, wrapped up

-Impressive vertical leap, nearly blocked punt

-Gets downhill fast, huge tackle for loss at goal line

-Active hands, sheds block for tackle

-Good bend and weight behind tackle

-Open-field tackle, good position and wraps up

-Over-pursues and misses rusher

-Slow coming out of coverage into run support

-Slow reaction, hesitates, needs to trust instincts

-Hesitant off the line on blitz, hurries quarterback

Overview: While he did not make as many big plays as usual in the Fight Hunger Bowl, Van Noy still had a quality game.

His coverage skills were on display throughout the game. He showed he could drop quickly and hold range over a zone while also holding his own in man coverage.

Though he made a few plays against the run, he looked hesitant to play his usual aggressive style and disrupt the backfield.

While he shows he can cover, Van Noy is at his best when he is allowed to rush and disrupt.

See page 2 for notes on some of Washington’s top prospects.

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Tags: 2014 NFL Draft, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bishop Sankey, Bowl Games, BYU, Cody Hoffman, Danny Shelton, Fight Hunger Bowl, Kaneakua Friel, Keith Price, Kyle Van Noy, Marcus Peters, Scouting Notes, Sean Parker, Washington

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