BYU football: Extra motivation

by | Aug. 31, 2009

Saints & Sports

On the heels of back-to-back outright Mountain West Conference championships and 11-win seasons, BYU entered the 2008 season with great expectations, only to see its BCS bubble burst midway through the season. Then the season concluded ignominiously, with losses at Utah and to Arizona in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Memories of devastating defeats a year ago have stoked the embers of motivation during the Cougars' long off-season.

"Everything that's gone on during this summer is the result of last year," said senior linebacker Matt Bauman. "Guys have been working harder. There's been a deeper fire. We went two straight seasons as undefeated conference champions. I think we got a little bit complacent, which is death. That's what we saw. So I think that really lit a fire underneath us. We've got a great group of guys who love the game and want to play and put in the work. It's a whole mentality that we've got to work. We've worked hard and it's shown."

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