August 11, 2022

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BYU football: Depth chart for opener tells the tale for Arizona game

BYU football: Depth chart for opener tells the tale for Arizona game

Opposite to some of these world-wide-web rumors that normally seem to be to be commonplace this time of 12 months, BYU football mentor Kalani Sitake expects to have a nutritious, academically qualified group Saturday when the Cougars encounter Arizona in Las Vegas.

Sitake introduced BYU’s depth chart for activity week on Monday in conjunction with his weekly press briefing (by means of Zoom) and reported, succinctly, “Everybody on that depth chart is cleared and completely ready to perform. … Everybody is envisioned to take part and lead in the game.”

Indeed, receiver Puka Nacua, the transfer from Washington who has been rumored to be battling a reduce leg damage, is on the depth chart, proper there with his brother, Utah transfer Samson Nacua.

“Yup,” Sitake said, when requested if he expects Puka Nacua to be all set to go on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. MDT at Allegiant Stadium. The activity will be televised by ESPN.

Despite the fact that envisioned RB3 Miles Davis of Las Vegas is not on the depth chart (BYU shown only just one RB spot, with stars Tyler Allgeier and Lopini Katoa outlined as co-starters) and rumored to be out with a quite really serious harm, Sitake reiterated that receiver Brayden Cosper is the only participant who sustained a period-ending damage in camp.

“We have been quite lucky with only a person setback as significantly as a year-ending personal injury, this drop camp,” Sitake explained. “We have had men get banged up due to the fact we run a physical software with a ton of 11-on-11 football. So we are likely to have guys banged up.”

Sitake stated if gamers who were on the post-spring depth chart but are not on the depth chart now, “they probably have some nagging accidents. But it is football. Nagging accidents are element of the game.”

Allgeier, defensive lineman Uriah “Lopa” Leiataua and receiver Gunner Romney also spoke to reporters Monday, and Allgeier elected to “pass” on a concern pertaining to Davis, who was the star of BYU’s very first scrimmage of camp but apparently bought injured soon thereafter.

Allgeier explained freshman Jackson “Cheese” McChesney and sophomore Hinckley Ropati are competing to be RB3 proper now. The two have been wounded for all or most of the 2020 period.

As expected, the depth chart is rather crystal clear. There are only a few of ‘or’ designations exactly where there is not a crystal clear-slash starter, this kind of as at the RB1 place the place Katoa and Allgeier share major billing.

There is an ‘or’ at the right guard placement, with redshirt junior Joe Tukuafu and freshman Connor Spend seemingly are nevertheless dueling for the spot. Pay back is also listed as the backup centre to All-American James Empey.

As common, BYU’s defensive depth chart lists 15 positions coaches say they do it that way to replicate the several defensive strategies the Cougars utilize. Gone, nonetheless, is the ever-well-known “Frodo” placement in the secondary of yesteryear.

On defense, the only co-starter places are Rover (Max Tooley-Ben Bywater) and Nickel (Utah Condition transfer Jakob Robinson and freshman Caleb Christensen, the key kick returner).

“Not a ton of surprises,” Sitake acknowledged. “I suggest, these are fellas that we understood would be in the combine. … We really feel very good about the guys that are going to engage in. I just like that the fellas have all enhanced. I give all these guys a likelihood to make plays and gain a setting up location.”

If there was a huge-open up situation moving into preseason coaching camp (aside from beginning quarterback, which Jaren Hall gained) it was commencing robust safety, right after 2020 mainstays Troy Warner and Zayne Anderson graduated.

The winner is junior Malik Moore, a San Diego indigenous who brought the most encounter to run alongside starting off powerful security Chaz Ah You.

Why did coaches settle on Moore and Ah You at the safety places?

“They have wonderful instincts, they practice actually well, and they make a great deal of plays,” Sitake reported. “We come to feel seriously great about individuals fellas foremost the way in the secondary.”

Showing up on the weekly “Coordinators’ Corner” clearly show, safeties mentor Ed Lamb reported redshirt junior Ammon Hannemann is the “most improved” participant between the safeties and must “play a lot this year and engage in properly for us.”

Juniors Mitchell Price, Matt Criddle, freshman Javelle Brown and fifth-year senior Jared Kapisi also made the depth chart at protection.

The setting up corners were being also up in the air, specially after 2020 starter Micah Harper sustained a significant knee injuries in spring camp. The depth chart lists redshirt juniors D’Angelo Mandell and Keenan Ellis as the starters, backed up by Isaiah Herron and Oregon Point out transfer Kaleb Hayes.

“We experience actually good about the corners,” Sitake mentioned. “We will see how it goes, but for the most aspect I have a great deal of self confidence in all those two starters, and the fellas who are guiding them. There is not 1 placement on (the depth chart) that I don’t truly feel assured with the players and the talent there. We will just have to set it to the examination.”