Brigham Young Cougars play-by-play analyst Greg Wrubell for KSL Radio has reported that running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Joe DuPaix and wide receivers coach Ben Cahoon have been let go. They join Lance Reynolds and Mark Weber among the ranks of coaches who will not return for 2013.
DuPaix and Cahoon joined the BYU coaching staff following the 2010 season when major changes were made on the offensive side of the ball. Optimism ran wild for fans about both coaches.
The hire of DuPaix was a little sketchy from the start, but the news that he was released is somewhat surprising. DuPaix came from Navy and his dad was a successful high school football coach at
High School Salt
Lake City. Both Navy and Skyline run the option
offense. How well he could coach running backs in BYU’s traditionally pass
oriented offense was a major question mark.
In 2011, the entire BYU offense struggled. The running backs were no exception. Four games into this season, they didn’t look any better.
COUGAR FOOTBALL even advocated that DuPaix be let go at that point. However, during the final nine games of the season BLUE
COUGAR FOOTBALL saw enough quality play from the running backs to go back on
that September urging.
True freshman Jamaal Williams exploded. He set a new BYU record for most rushing yards by a true freshman. DuPaix recruited Williams and should be credited with his development into a bonafide D-I running back. BYU also saw
Rugby convert Paul Lasike do some impressive
things this season, his first as a football player on any level. Lasike should
have a key role in the BYU running game in 2013 and 2014. Again, DuPaix
deserves credit for Lasike.
It appears that the dismissal of DuPaix was done to usher in Mark Atuaia as running backs coach.
COUGAR FOOTBALL doesn’t see any problem with Atuaia joining the staff as
running backs coach, if that is what new offensive coordinator Robert Anae
feels is best for his offense. How come DuPaix couldn’t be moved to fill
Reynolds spot as tight end coach? He wasn’t just the running backs coach, but
also the recruiting coordinator. By almost all accounts, he was doing a
fantastic job in that capacity.
Cahoon was well remembered from his playing days at BYU in 1996-97. He led BYU in receiving yards as a senior highlighted by over 200 receiving yards in an upset of nationally ranked
. He went on to star in the
Canadian Football League and finished his career as the league’s all-time
leader in receptions. Arizona
While BYU has seen incredible production from wide receiver Cody Hoffman the last two seasons under Cahoon’s watch, the rest of the receiving corps has not been satisfactory. McKay Jacobson flopped his senior season in 2011. Ross Apo has failed to live up to his potential. Ball distribution is at an all-time low. The biggest problem for BYU receivers lately has been getting separation in bump-and-run, man-to-man coverage. Improvement in this area has been hard to see over the last two years. Quarterback play has been sub-par and partially explains some of these problems, but Cahoon should not be absolved of all blame.
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