I am so glad it’s August. It’s taken forever to get here, but with last night’s season premiere of True Blue, the long hot summer is over and it’s time to start thinking about football. (Watch Moday's season premier of True Blue below.)

The Cougars report to fall camp on Friday and take the field Saturday morning. BYU returns 10 starters on offense and nine on defense. The interesting thing about this fall camp is most of the unanswered questions concern the staff and not the talent on the field.

Brandon Doman is in his first year as Offensive Coordinator. Joe Dupaix is in his first year coaching the running backs and Ben Cahoon is in his first season coaching the wide receivers. That is a lot of newness for any offense, let alone one that is taking BYU into the unpredictable waters of Independence.

I enjoyed watching Doman play quarterback during the 2001 season. He just made plays. He did wonders with Jake Heaps development last season as quarterbacks coach. I have no doubt his creative nature will add some spice to the offensive game plan.

I’m also excited to see Heaps on the field. The sophomore matured so much through his freshman year and emerged as the team leader through spring drills. With such a deep corps of receivers (Cody Hoffman, Ross Apo, McKay Jacobson) and backs (JJ Di Luigi, Bryan Kariya, Joshua Quezada), I’m curious to see how he distributes the ball. It will be a nice problem to have.

Defensively, Blaine Fowler thinks this could be BYU’s best group of linebackers in school history. Blaine joined our True Blue staff Monday and will be with us weekly to share his insights and expertise.

He and I have been working together since the late 1980s and we will be in the booth for a handful of football and basketball broadcasts on BYUtv. Another former Cougar quarterback, Gary Sheide, will sit with me when Blaine is on other broadcast assignments. Sheide, 1974 WAC offensive player of the year, was among the first ‘great’ BYU quarterbacks and will bring a lot to the booth.

Many fans might forget that Sheide was second in the nation in passing in both the 1973 and '74 seasons and won the Sammy Baugh Trophy in 1974 – an award recognizing the top passer of the year – also won by Marc Wilson (1979), Jim McMahon (1981), Steve Young (1983), Robbie Bosco (1984), Ty Detmer (1991) and Steve Sarkisian (1996).

Next Monday on True Blue we will visit with head coach Bronco Mendenhall and Brandon Doman. We will also take you behind the scenes as the team reports to fall camp and Blaine will break down the defensive backs – an area with a lot of questions as only one returning starter (Travis Uale) is back from last year.

Yes, it’s August and it’s time for football. Our True Blue staff will be covering the Cougars like no one else, devoting our weekly show (Mondays, 6pm MT) to the much anticipated season of Independence!