Preview 2018: BYU Cougars

Preview 2018: BYU Cougars

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Preview 2018: BYU Cougars


Best BYU Offensive Player

TE Matt Bushman, Soph.
There were a whole lot of really bad things happening with the BYU offense last season, but the emergence of Bushman as a terrific tight end was one of the lone bright spots.

The 6-5, 240-pounder is a terrific athlete with great hands and the quickness to get open. He led the team with 49 catches for 520 yards and three scores, turning into the team’s only reliable target.

2. WR Dylan Collie, Sr.
3. QB Zach Wilson, Fr.
4. RB Squally Canada, Sr.
5. QB Tanner Mangum, Sr.

Best BYU Defensive Player

DE Sione Takitaki, Sr.
Solid in all three of his seasons so far, he was gone in 2016, but came back to turn into one of the team’s few disruptive players. The 6-2, 231-pounder cranked up 79 tackles with five sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss from his spot on the outside, and now he’ll be the main pass rusher to work around.

2. DE Corbin Kaufusi, Sr.
3. LB Butch Pau’u, Sr.
4. LB Zayne Anderson, Sr.
5. S Dayan Ghanwoloku, Jr.

Key Player To A Successful Season

QB Zach Wilson, Fr. 
And here’s your hope, Cougar fans. It would’ve been nice to have landed star prospect Tanner McKee, but he 1) went to Stanford and 2) was going to take a few years off to go on a mission.

The BYU offense needs help … now. The 6-3, 200-pounder was great in spring ball with enough all-around skills to settle the murky quarterback situation. If he’s good, this will be his program for the next several years.

Key Game To The BYU Season

at Arizona, Sept. 1
The Cougars need to at least establish some semblance of an offense to start the season, and they desperately need a big tone-setter to show that this is a different team and it’ll be a different year.

They’ll have to put some points on the board in what should be a shootout against QB Khalil Tate in the high-powered Wildcats. With Cal up next, along with trips to Wisconsin and Washington coming up before the end of September, lose this, and a 1-4 start – they’ll beat McNeese State – is possible. That would be a problem.

2017 BYU Fun Stats

– Time of Possession: Opponents 32:07 – BYU 27:53
– Red Zone Scoring: Opponents 44-of-53 (83%) – BYU 28-of-38 (74%)
– 2nd Quarter Scoring: Opponents 104 – BYU 66

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