BYU coach looking for leaders

Updated: August 5, 2003, 3:22 PM ET

PROVO, Utah -- Following their first losing season in 29 years, BYU's football team is anxious to start winning again.

Coach Gary Crowton says he's looking for leadership from his players to make it happen.

"I want leaders that work as a team," Crowton told reporters at Media Day on Tuesday. "When you have a good work ethic and guys are calling each other to work out, that is where the team unity starts and leadership starts. I've seen a lot more of that this year than I did last year, kind of like two years ago. That has been very encouraging."

Crowton is also encouraged with how starting quarterback Matt Berry and freshman John Beck have progressed during the off season. Berry, who started the final six games of last season, is listed as the starter for the 2003 season.

"I feel much more confident with the quarterbacks this year than I did last year," Crowton said.

BYU will open the season hosting Georgia Tech on Aug. 28. The following week they will travel to play USC. Also on the schedule are home games against Boise State and Stanford and a road game at Notre Dame.

"I always like playing tough teams," Crowton said. "I am not afraid of the schedule."

But he said this year's schedule isn't one he'd want to face every season.

The Cougars finished 5-7 last season, the first time since 1973 they've posted a losing record.

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