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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Former BYU quarterback Marc Wilson was selected by the Oakland Raiders with the 15th pick in the 1980 draft.

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Drafted as the No. 1 pick in the Supplemental Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Steve Young  began his career in the USFL.

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After playing on BYU's 1984 National Championship team, Trevor Matich was drafted by the New England Patriots with the 28th overall pick.

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Before Jason Buck won a Super Bowl ring with the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XXVI, he was drafted with the 17th pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1987.

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BYU defensive end Shawn Knight was drafted by the New Orleans Saints with the 11th overall pick in the 1987 draft.

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Drafted 14th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1999, John Tait played 10 years in the NFL.

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Former BYU tight end Gordon Hudson spent two years in the USFL with the L.A. Express before joining the Seattle Seahawks in 1986.

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Rob Morris was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts, 28th overall in the 2000 draft.

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The Cougars will likely run a basic defense, meaning the offense should be able to find a few openings.

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Two of the newer players who have made waves for BYU in spring both have the first name Zach.

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The Cougars weren’t able to force a ton of turnovers last season but this spring a lot of defensive backs have shown some ability to make plays on the ball.

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BYU football has benefited for years from the abilities of defensive linemen from the Kaufusi family and this year the Cougars have two of them.

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BYU offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes has now had a couple of months to put his stamp on the Cougar offense and there are some things that have become clear.

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