PROVO -- The BYU football squad went through its first practice in preparation for the 2013 season on Saturday afternoon.
Cougars players reported for fall camp on Friday to begin preparations. Coach Bronco Mendenhall meet with the team, which also had individual physicals prior to the first practice.
Mendenhall and new offensive coordinator Brad Anae and the rest of the BYU staff will spend the rest of the month getting the Cougars ready for the season opener on Aug. 31 at Virginia.
BYU is entering its third season as a football independent in 2013 and gears up for a schedule that includes four opponents ranked in the preseason USA TODAY Top 25 coaches' poll.
Fans will have an opportunity to preview the team next Saturday morning during a practice and scrimmage at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Fans can watch the team conduct an open practice/scrimmage that begins at 10 a.m.
Admission is free.
Cougar Nation will also have an opportunity to meet members of the team at the annual Cougar Kickoff at Haws Field on Aug. 21. BYU welcomes fans to Haws Field to meet with members of the football team at the annual Cougar Kickoff from 6-8:30 p.m.
Fans can also meet members of the women's soccer, women's volleyball and men's and women's cross country teams and the Spirit Squad.
Newcomers reporting for camp included Michael Davis (Fr. WR), Rylee Gautavai (Fr. LB), Brayden Kearsley (Fr. OL), Tomasi Laulile (Fr. DL), Dallin Leavitt (Fr. DB), Kai Nacua (Fr. DB), JohnRyheem Peoples (Fr. DL), Trajan Pili (Fr. LB), Jordan Preator (Fr. DB), Addison Pulsipher (Fr. OL), Colby Pearson (Fr. WR), Thomas Shoaf (Fr. OL), Merrill Taliauli (Fr. DL) and Vance Bingham (Fr. P/K).
Transfers include Josh Carter (OL, Jr., Eastern Arizona College), Robertson Daniel (DB, Jr., De Anza JC), Tim Duran (OL, Jr., Cabrillo College), Edward Fusi (OL, Jr. Mt. San Antonio CC), Sam Lee (DB, Jr. College of the Canyons), Trevor Samson (P/K, Jr., Fresno City JC), Kalolo Utu (DL, Jr. Compton CC) and De'Ondre Wesley (OL, Jr., Diablo Valley CC).
Also reporting for fall camp were returned missionaries Bryan Sampson (R-Fr. TE), Algernon Brown (R-Fr. RB), Sae Tautu (R-Fr. LB) and Scott Lefrandt (Sr. DB).
Seniors Houston Reynolds (OL) and Jordan Smith (WR) have not been cleared medically to play and will not return for their final seasons. Sophomore Kevan Bills (LB) will also miss this season to recover from off-season ACL surgery.