Throughout the week BYU has held the eyes of many sportscasters, and quite frankly shocked fan bases around the nation last Saturday.
But, its the new person on the coaching staff that they think is making the difference. The difference from BYU’s 4-6 season last year, to beating two Power 5 teams with Heisman candidates in the last 3 games.
USA Today’s Dan Wolken showed some love to BYU after the win over Wisconsin.
“The Kalani Sitake regime looked like it was trending the wrong direction last year at 4-9, but the Cougars scored one of the signature wins of the season Saturday with a 24-21 upset of Wisconsin in Madison. Bringing in Jeff Grimes as offensive coordinator has made a world of difference.”
Is that really what’s changing this team? What has changed is the discipline on this team. They are pushed to work harder and be more responsible. Is a lot of that is stemmed from head Coach Jeff Grimes? Let’s take a flash back to July football for BYU.
During media availability, Grimes had this to stay about his coaching technique:
“I think everybody wants to win on game day. The larger question is, who wants to win on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, when the preparation is going into it?” Grimes said. “In relation to how our guys will respond in the heat of battle, I think I have a pretty good idea of how most of them will.”
He goes on to say,
“We tried to create a lot of pressure for them during practice. We try to create a high-energy environment. I put pressure on them to perform. We’ll throw a guy out of a drill or move him to the back of the line if he’s habitually fumbling or missing assignments. I think how guys respond to those moments give you a clue as to how they’ll respond.”
Kalani Sitake is a fan of how Grimes has ran the offense, especially considering this season, so far.
Time will tell with this team in the weeks to come, especially vs Washington.