From safety to linebacker to special teams, BYU has put Matt Hadley in a variety of positions on the field. He’s a hard worker who, if he can stay healthy, could make a big difference to the Cougar defense. He had 23 tackles in just five games in 2017 (including 1.5 tackles for loss), so that production will likely increase dramatically in 2018.
I watched Zach Katoa do impressive things throughout his high school career at American Fork and he showed he is still very capable during 2018 spring camp. There are a number of BYU running backs vying for playing time but I expect Katoa to be a potent weapon in the Cougar offense, both carrying the ball and as a receiver out of the backfield.
What do you do with a cornerback who led the BYU defense in pass breakups (6), tied for the lead in interceptions (2) and finished sixth on the team in tackles (58)? Cross-train him at safety, of course. Dayan Ghanwoloku has shown flashes of being a playmaker and the freedom of being at safety could enhance those skills — but he could easily go back to corner if that is where he is needed. His versatility will be a tremendous asset in 2018.
College football programs have to figure out how to balance getting enough talent to be effective on their special teams units while also limiting the opportunities for some of the top guys to get hurt.
The BYU football offense has to find ways to make more chunk plays and one of the guys who showed promise in that area at the wide receiver position last year was Micah Simon. He had the highest yards-per-catch average on the team (14.3) while tying for the most receiving TDs (3). If he can get open and snag more than the 27 receptions he had in 2017, he could be a huge asset to the Cougar attack.
Both BYU’s head football coach (Kalani Sitake) and defensive coordinator (Ilaisa Tuiaki) earned a reputation for developing impressive defensive linemen who made things tough on opposing offenses.
With the quarterback position ostensibly up for grabs, Joe Critchlow might prove very quickly that this was far too low of a spot on my list. As a sophomore with experience (55-of-101 passing for 642 yards with three TDs and four interceptions), he is certain to be gunning for the starting spot. If he emerges as the top signal-caller, Critchlow will have the weight of responsibility on his shoulders to make Jeff Grimes's offense click from the start.
The BYU football team’s secondary has relied on Troy Warner and Dayan Ghanwoloku since they were freshmen thrust into key roles at cornerback.
When former BYU football star running back Jamaal Williams was in Provo for Cougar Media Day on June 22, he was asked what his advice for his friend and former teammate Squally Canada would be.
Football players and coaches at BYU have a new appreciation for military ideals and philosophy, thanks to the emphasis placed on it by offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes.
One of the many quotes from Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” says that “in the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.”
During his first two years with the BYU football team in 2014 and 2015, Sione Takitaki showed an impressive ability to be disruptive in opposing backfield. He tallied 6.5 sacks, 11 tackles for a loss and five quarterback hurries.
The success of Tanner Mangum’s senior year really comes down to two weeks in August.
College football fans and observers spend countless hours examining the schemes and talent makeup of their favorite team.
While former BYU and current Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams was talking to reporters during Media Day on June 22, a late-comer caught his eye.
One of the biggest laughs of Friday’s 2018 BYU football Media Day came during the “Cougars in the NFL” program that featured some big personalities.
It’s the middle of June, and difficult to get a true read on the mood of BYU Football.
BYU football’s annual media day is a prime time to make announcements but the closest Cougar director of athletics Tom Holmoe got to that during Friday’s State of the Program portion was a tantalizing reference to the schedule with Notre Dame.
The uncertainty surrounding the BYU quarterback position is probably the most pressing question to most Cougar supporters -- and the health of the most experienced QB on the roster could have a big impact.
In June, the NCAA announced that it had removed a national rule that effectively required players to get permission from their current schools in order to transfer, although conferences still have discretion on how they handle those decisions.
BYU football fans know just how talented former Cougar linebacker Fred Warner is, but during the 2018 NFL offseason, the San Francisco 49ers are seeing it for themselves.
For 30 years, BYU and Utah head football coaches have hit the links in June to support the National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho. The names have changed but the dedication has been the same.
It’s been a year and a half since running back Algernon “Alge” Brown strapped on the pads for the BYU football team, capping a career where he gained 1,310 yards on 259 carries with 285 receiving yards on 35 receptions and 20 total touchdowns.
According to BYU and as of Saturday night, 186 former Cougar football players have earned opportunities as undrafted free agents.
Former BYU star linebacker Fred Warner knew going into this week that likely Friday or Saturday would be a big day for him as he chases his dream of being a pro football player.
At its fundamental level, the NFL draft is a gateway toward achieving a dream.
ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has been covering the NFL Draft for 35 years and said during a media conference call on Wednesday that he watches college football games during the season trying to spot top talent.
Former BYU standout Daniel Sorensen said he didn’t have just one “A-ha!” moment that made him feel that he belonged in the NFL.
After another far-too-early football appetizer in the form of spring camp, now BYU fans have to settle back and wait.
Isn’t always fun to try to figure out whether to be excited or apprehensive about your favorite college football team after an intersquad scrimmage?
Combine an adrenaline-infused atmosphere at LaVell Edwards Stadium with slick, rainy weather and you often end up with a recipe for costly mistakes.
Aug 26LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
Sep 2NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Sep 9LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
Sep 16LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
Sep 29Romney Stadium, Logan, UT
Oct 6LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
Oct 14Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS
Oct 21Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, NC
Oct 28LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
Nov 4Bulldog Stadium , Fresno, CA
Nov 10Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
Nov 18LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
Nov 25Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI