We look forward to having him back this weekend, getting in the mix and competing for a starting spot. —BYU head coach Kalani Sitake on Micah Hannemann
PROVO — BYU Cougar safety Micah Hannemann didn't play a snap in Saturday's loss to Utah, although his participation was anticipated in the second half. The senior starter at free safety was forced to miss the first half of the game after incurring a targeting penalty in the first half of BYU's 27-0 loss to LSU the week prior.
“We felt really good with our safeties and the way that they were playing,” Sitake said. “It’s unfortunate, you know? We look forward to having him back this weekend, getting in the mix and competing for a starting spot.”
Those filling in for Hannemann included Tanner Jacobson and Austin Lee.
“I thought Tanner Jacobson and Austin Lee did a good job of filling in,” Sitake said.
HANGOVERS IN PROVO: Sitake has been a part of many BYU vs Utah contests in the past, and is aware of the lingering effects.
“It takes a lot out of you, but you’ve just got to move on. It’s big-time football now,” Sitake said. “I’ve been part of team where you lose it and it hurts you the next week and if you win it, and it still hurts you the next week. So it’s nice that a great team is coming in. They capture your attention.”
SKINNY JEANS AND BELL-BOTTOMS: Fashions are cyclical, and so are football formations. At least that's what Sitake thinks may be the case when asked if coaches will utilize more shotgun formations, moving forward. Sitake thought back to his playing days, when most quarterbacks were more comfortable playing under-center, as opposed to the current day.
“Skinny jeans and bell-bottoms are back, so we’ll see what happens,” Sitake said. “But if you want to play in the NFL you’ve got to do both. They call it pro-style for a reason, but we want to win games, too.”
FAN SUPPORT NOTED: If any fan questions whether their support is noted at games, Sitake gave a pretty definitive answer to that question — expressing gratitude to those who showed up to cheer the team during last week's loss to Utah.
“I was really happy and excited about the fans,” Sitake said. “I think they gave us a lot of lift, you know, and gave us an advantage. Hopefully they can give us the same thing this weekend.”