Preview 2018: BYU Cougars

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What You Need To Know About The BYU Defense

– The defense did what it could, but it didn’t get a lick of help from the offensive side. The D, though, also had its problems, especially against the decent passing teams. And why? There wasn’t enough of a pass rush, coming up with just 17 sacks on the season and a mere 55 tackles for loss. Almost all of the parts are back up front, but there needs to be a lot more disruption.

– This offseason has been more about working with the current parts than finding replacements. There’s no one good enough to be the next Fred Warner, but moving safety/nickel defender Zayne Anderson to linebacker, switching around some parts in the secondary, and finding the right starting foursome up front has been the focus. The pieces are there, now the puzzle has to be put together.

– Okay, so what’s going to happen with the secondary? Great tackling corner Dayan Ghanwoloku will move to safety, Troy Warner has the talent to rise up and do far more at one safety spot, and now the hope is for Anderson to add more athleticism to the linebacking corps. Coming up with more picks and more big plays overall is a must no matter what the configuration, because …

Biggest Key To The BYU Defense

There was a massive drop-off in takeaways. The Cougar D that generated 31 takeaways two years ago only managed 17 last year, with 12 of them coming in four games. Considering the offense still might not be up to the normally high Cougar standards, the defense will have to do its part to clean up more messes.

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