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Another training camp practice, another position switch for BYU on Friday night, although this one probably won't be permanent.
Offensive lineman J.J. Nwigwe, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound junior who played in 12 of 13 games last season in a reserve role, lined up at tight end during the second practice of camp and actually caught a pass from Beau Hoge.
When Nwigwe caught the pass, tight ends coach Steve Clark sprinted from behind Hoge to where Nwigwe caught the ball to congratulate the big guy from Rockwall, Texas.
"Yeah, so he did some good things," coach Kalani Sitake said of Nwigwe. "He is a good blocker, and I think he can help us. As a coaching staff, we decided to give him a chance and see what happens. We will flirt around with some other guys, some other movement, but we will see if this one sticks or not."
Asked what other position switches could be made, Sitake was noncommittal.
"Things will start to settle as we get closer to the game," he said. "I think going into the game we will try to have a depth chart set maybe two weeks before the game. But other than that, we have to try to get the best 11 on the field, and that means we have to be creative and find guys at different places and get the best 11 in different situations."
Generally, Sitake said he was pleased with how Day 2 went. He mentioned that the passing game improved and so did the way the defense played.
"I think our quarterbacks are throwing the ball really well," he said. "We had to deal with a few missed throws and a few errant throws, a few drops, stuff like that, but I think from yesterday to today we improved a lot more. The receivers are a talented bunch, they are just young. So I am really excited about the way the passing game is going."
The Cougars practiced in the afternoon with temperatures in the 90s again. Sitake said he will probably hold a few more afternoon practices, then go back to the morning practices like the Cougars did last year.
"I think just getting out in the heat is good for us. I don't think it will be that big of a deal when we play Portland State, and then we play the next game indoors, so I don't know if it will be that big of a problem. We just wanted to change it up for the players and make them hot a little bit, make them appreciate the nice weather here in Provo, Utah."
A few more odds and ends from camp:
* Sitake said the waiver request to get Notre Dame transfer Tristen Hoge, an offensive lineman, elibigle for 2017 is still in the works. "The earlier the better for us, because he is a great talent. We will see. We will keep our fingers crossed and pray for that one."
* Sitake said freshman A.J. Lolohea, a prospect from West High who signed with Weber State before a church mission, has received a waiver to play but is currently "a little banged up" and sitting out of practices.
* Asked which players are competing to be the kickoff returner, Sitake listed a bunch and then said, "just everybody except for Mo Langi will be back there," referring to the 6-7, 410-pound freshman from Tonga who has never played organized football before.
* With BYU announcing Friday that it will host Virginia Tech in 2030, I asked Sitake if he will be around to coach in that game. "Tell Tom [Holmoe] to sign me to a 15-year contract and I promise you I will be here, yeah," he said with a laugh. "Great question."