Preview 2018: BYU Cougars

Preview 2018: BYU Cougars

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Preview 2018: BYU Cougars

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What You Need To Know About The BYU Offense

–  You’re BYU. You’re supposed to have an offense. The program of Edwards, and Young, and Bosco, and McMahon, and Detmer couldn’t score against any defense with a pulse. The Cougars finished the season averaging 17 points and just 325 yards per game, and now come the changes.

It starts with new offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes coming in to try finding something that works. The former BYU O line coach will have a good front five – that wasn’t the problem last season – but the skill guys have to be healthy and far, far stronger.

– And now the Cougars have a No. 1 receiver. TE Matt Bushman is a nice go-to target, and almost all of the top producers from last year are back for the passing game, but that passing game didn’t do enough. Enter Dylan Collie, one of Hawaii’s top receivers last season. He comes to BYU as a grad transfer, giving the team a dangerous go-to guy to go along with all of the experience in place.

– The running backs will work by committee. There isn’t a true workhorse back who can carry the O when things breakdown, but there are a whole slew of decent backs to get some work. Squally Canada is the top returning rusher and should be the starter, but Zach Katoa is looking like a player after sitting out last season, and Ula Tolutau’u is a massive 250-pound back who can barrel. The ground attack will average more than 131 yards per game, but …

Biggest Key To The BYU Offense

BYU needs a quarterback. Tanner Mangum is the main man with the experience, the moxie, and the skills to bring back the offense, but he was awful early on last season – hitting 57% of his passes for 1,540 yards with eight scores and nine picks before tearing his Achilles’ heel – and now has to come back healthy.

Nine Cougars got time under center, and none of them were any good. In all, BYU threw for 2,530 yards with 13 scores with 19 picks. Beau Hoge and Joe Critchlow got their chances being thrown to the wolves, and they both had a hard time.

Enter 6-3, 200-pound freshman Zach Wilson, who lit up the offseason practices, with the running ability to go along with surprisingly sharp passing skills.

As long as there’s someone the Cougars can rely on, the entire program will change.

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