Dick Harmon: So what has BYU’s big football hire Jeff Grimes accomplished in five months?


Jeff Grimes left SEC country in the heart of a fertile recruiting mecca that spans from Florida to his home state of Texas. It’s a place where football is a religion and is the cutting edge of the college game, from Alabama to Tallahassee and from Athens to Baton Rouge. He put it all in his rear view mirror to accept his first offensive coordinator job in Provo.

It was a leap in almost every way you want to paint it, to help lift a four-win BYU team back to its rightful place as a traditional collegiate football brand. He declared he wouldn’t have made the move if he didn’t believe in Kalani Sitake, have faith in the talent, and think he could make a difference.

It’s been five months. No games have been played. So, what progress has Grimes made?

I asked this question to Jake Kuresa, one of Grimes’s former O-linemen at BYU, who was the first to openly campaign for Grimes to leave LSU and come to BYU.

Here are Kuresa’s Top 5 Grimes accomplishments, a ranking from the least to the most important.

No. 5. QB Battle: “Grimes found a decent option at quarterback in freshman Zach Wilson. So either Zach is going to step up and be a solid real option that can make plays and be a long-term investment, or Mangum will prove he’s better. Tanner Mangum is coming back, and he’ll have to be pretty danged good. The fact that Wilson is giving an option for coaches is pushing Tanner, Beau Hoge, Joe Critchlow and now Jaren Hall. They knew they must play at a high level because Zach has shown he can compete. Either way, that group is being motivated.”

No. 4: Centralized strength in O-line. “In his hires, he added to the coaching of the offensive line. …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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