We are now five games into the BYU football season. Yes, as sad as it can be football's regular season is almost half way done. There are two things that we have learned about BYU football, at this quasi halfway point that slap the face of the preseason predictions: First, BYU's pass protection is awful, and Second, the three headed running game is not close to the driving force it was supposed to be this season.
The running back issue I believe goes deeper then just not having talent at this position. Anyone that has seen Unga, Tonga, or Vakapuna knows that they have talent to compete on the D-1 level of football. Yet, BYU is 95th in the nation in yards per game. I know that I cringe every time we hand to ball off in our current offensive set. Looking at our three runners they all have one thing in common, they are man freaks for their abilities to run over defenders. They run North and South. That is why when we run out of the shotgun and try to run around the corners it kills me. I understand that every once and a while we need to run out of the shotgun to keep defenses honest, but running out of the shotgun as the main source of our rushing offense just won't work.
Running out of the I-formation is the answer. We need to establish running between the tackles with a fullback in front and use that four to five yard average yards per carry to kill these smaller Mountain West defenses. It will also give the oppertunity to BYU to establish the play action game.