BYU football notebook: New turf has Cougars in grumpy mood

by | Sep. 22, 2009

Saints & Sports

Last Saturday's home opener wasn't good for BYU, which got blasted by Florida State, 54-28.

And it wasn't good for the newly planted grass at LaVell Edwards Stadium, either. By the end of the game, there were divots all over the field.

The grass did not hold up well, Cougar defensive lineman Jan Jorgensen said Monday. "I'm not happy about the field at all. It's not in good shape. There's a lot of us who aren't happy about it."

Jorgensen noticed the problem during pre-game warmups.

"During the game, I try not to think about those things and just play," he said. "When I really noticed it was the pre-game. I'm out there, just trying to work on my pass-rushing, and I couldn't get off the ball because every time I'd push off really hard, my foot would slide out."

Coach Bronco Mendenhall acknowledged the field is a problem. He said Florida State players fell down "without being hit that hard." He added that some of his team's blitzes were thwarted as players slipped on the turf.

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