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The man with Utah State and Utah degrees and a decade’s worth of experience as a BYU assistant (under first Hal Mitchell, then Tommy Hudspeth), had helped the Cougars pull off a few decent seasons, but he knew maintaining was difficult. Their average S&P+ ranking in the 1950s was 93; it was 77 in the 1960s.

I was appointed the head coach. How or why I got the job is still one of the great mysteries of the profession. In 18 years of coaching (8 in high school, 10 at BYU) I had been associated with only four winning seasons. In 47 years of football BYU had averaged a little over three victories per year, had won one conference championship, and had never been to a bowl game.

In a situation like that, you have to think outside of the box a little and be more creative than usual. My concern was not whether I would be fired, but when. That had been the pattern for many years. I figured that because I probably wasn’t going to make it anyway, I might as well try something radically different. I decided to throw the football, not just the normal 10 or 15 times a game, but 35 to 45 times per game, on any down, from our own end zone to the opponent’s end zone. […]

Ironically, in that first season we had a running back, Pete Van Valkenburg, who led the nation in rushing. Picked to finish last in the conference, we tied for second place. The second year we started our passing game with a quarterback named Gary Sheide and had our only losing season. In light of the success we had in that first year, it would have been easy to abandon the pass and stay conventional. The third year we started out 0-3-1. We then won seven straight and never looked back.

Over the next decade or so came constant program firsts. The Cougars reached their first bowl in 1974, won nine games for the first time in 1976, finished ranked for the first time in 1977, scored their first bowl win in 1980, finished in the top 10 for the first time in 1983, and won one of the most unlikely national titles ever in 1984. Six years later, quarterback Ty Detmer won the program’s first Heisman.

In the 28 seasons from 1973 to Edwards’ retirement in 2000, BYU ranked in the Off. S&P+ top 50 all but three years and ranked in the top 20 sixteen times. Despite recruiting limitations, and despite living in the WAC and Mountain West, BYU became known for not only winning, but winning with a terrifying offense.

Despite a bit of an identity shift — Bronco Mendenhall’s 2005-15 tenure was just as likely to produce good defense — the passing prowess was never far in the rearview. John Beck threw for more than 10,000 yards from 2004-06, Max Hall threw for more than 11,000 from 2007-09, and even in Mendenhall’s final season, Tanner Mangum threw for nearly 3,400.

Throwing to an almost completely new receiving corps, Mangum threw for just 1,540 yards. Mangum ruptured his Achilles in early November, and backups Joe Critchlow, Beau Hoge, and Koy Detmer Jr., combined to complete 51 percent of their passes at just 5.2 yards per attempt (including sacks). BYU finished the year 106th in Passing S&P+ and 121st overall in Off. S&P+.

The run game was the primary source of late improvement, though the passing game did tick up a bit, too. Regardless, BYU finished with a triple-digit Off. S&P+ ranking for the first time since 1970, the second-to-last year before Edwards. The Cougars also won four or fewer games for just the second time since 1970.

Perhaps the word most prevalent in spring football reports in the local media was “crisp.” (I also saw the word “multiple” quite a bit, but I’ll ignore that because every new offensive coordinator uses that word.) The goal for 2018 is simply a sense that BYU knows what it wants to be and has some idea how to execute it.

By 2009, however, his influences had shifted. He was with Gene Chizik at Auburn during the Gus Malzahn/Cam Newton renaissance, and he was at LSU for the last four seasons, coaching for an offense that had almost all of its brightest moments leaning on a power running game.

Grimes’ line might not be too bad. Three starters are gone, but Notre Dame transfer and former blue-chipper Tristen Hoge joins guard Thomas Shoaf and tackle Austin Hoyt, and with 10 former three- and four-star recruits, the OL appears to have a solid reservoir of talent. Squally Canada Marco Garcia-USA TODAY Sports

• At RB, senior Canada returns after providing maybe the only offensive bright spot. He was the main reason for BYU’s late-year improvement, averaging 115 yards per game and 7.1 yards per carry over the final four games. But he was getting pushed this spring by redshirt freshman Zach Katoa, who has built quite a bit of buzz. Juniors KJ Hall (6.9 yards per carry) and Riley Burt (4.5) should be able to contribute something, too.

• At WR, four of last year’s top six are back, all of whom were either freshmen or sophomores. Aleva Hifo and Micah Simon flashed some big-play potential when not catching pointless three-yard passes. They’ll be joined by Hawaii grad transfer Dylan Collie (who posted better efficiency numbers than any of BYU’s 2017 WRs) and the jewel of the 2018 recruiting class, high-three-star freshman Gunner Romney.

• At TE, Matt Bushman was thrust into a go-to role as a freshman and produced decent efficiency numbers (and no big-play threat). He’ll be joined by junior Moroni Laulu-Pututau, who was expected to make a star turn in 2017 before missing the entire year with a foot injury.

With an offense that should at least improve to mediocre, DC Isaisa Tuiaki might be able to take a few more chances. And with five of last year’s top six havoc guys back, those risks might be rewarded. Sione Takitaki Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

The front seven should be a little more fun. The Cougars’ only two pass rushers — senior end Corbin Kaufusi (six sacks) and senior outside linebacker Sione Takitaki (five) — are both back, and the linebacking corps should boast a bit more speed thanks to middle linebacker Butch Pau’u returning to full strength after a series of nagging injuries last year, and thanks to senior safety Zayne Anderson moving to OLB to replace new San Francisco 49er Fred Warner.

At tackle, Tuiaki must replace last year’s top two tackles, but senior Merrill Taliauli is back, as is exciting sophomore Khyiris Tonga, who is listed at 332 pounds but managed to make four tackles for loss and bat down three passes as a backup.

Add in ends like junior Trajan Pili and four-star sophomore Langi Tuifua, plus two more Kaufusis — sophomore linebacker Isaiah (who had a nice spring) and incoming freshman end Devin — and this should feel a lot more like the type of BYU front seven we got used to.

With Anderson moving to LB, corner Dayan Ghanwoloku moves to safety, and he should form a nice duo with junior Troy Warner. But that leaves cornerback exposed a bit. Junior starter Chris Wilcox returns, but someone from a pool of senior Michael Shelton, junior Trevion Greene, or converted receiver Beau Tanner will need to raise their game quickly. You can’t make too many gambles in the front seven if you can’t trust your cornerbacks. Dayan Ghanwoloku Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports Special Teams

Place-kicker Rhett Almond has decent leg strength (2-for-4 on FGs longer than 40) but was scattershot inside of 40 yards, and the return game was a mess. The offense should improve, and the defense could, but it’s hard to be too optimistic about a special teams rebound. 2018 outlook