"I have been really consistent saying it was going to be day by day, with very specific things between he and I that he needs to do. And to this point, there are some of those things that he hasn't done," Mendenhall said. "I am hopeful that O'Neill can just live a quality life and do what he needs to do."
Taysom Hill at Wildcat?
Mendenhall said that backup quarterback Taysom Hill could get on the field at a position other than quarterback because he is "one of the fastest players on the team." He said that Hill could be used in a "Wildcat" role, or some other way to take advantage of his athleticism.
"He could be gaining game experience possibly in a different role" than quarterback, Mendenhall said.
Max is back
Former BYU quarterback Max Hall has joined the coaching staff as a student assistant, allowed by NCAA rules because Hall has not finished his undergraduate degree. Hall will be reunited, in a sense, with former BYU tight end Andrew George, who is a graduate assistant on the staff.
"It is a fantastic thing for our staff, for coach [Brandon] Doman to basically have an assistant quarterback coach," Mendenhall said. "Having Max and Andrew George, that's a great thing for us."
Buckner will be back
Mendenhall said defensive back Robbie Buckner, No. 2 on the depth chart at field corner, is not on the current 105-man roster because he had emergency surgery a few weeks go that is "pretty limiting." Buckner will join the team when school starts.
Drew Reilly, a transfer from Colorado State, practiced with the team Thursday but can't play this season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Scott Arellano, a punter from Foothill College, and Adam Hogan, a defensive back from Los Angeles Southwest College, have also transferred to BYU and practiced Thursday.