2019 Spring Football Games: BYU, San Diego State, Western Michigan
QB Zach Wilson didn’t play as he tries to get over an injured shoulder, but the Cougars got to see what Jaren Hall could do. He completed 12-of-14 passes for 203 yards and two scores, and he showed off the running ability to all but end the fight for the backup job.
The Cougars let everyone roll. Head coach Kalani Sitake made the quarterbacks live, turned the defense loose, and Hall delivered. The receivers are there this year to make the passing game more of a plus. The offense has more weapons and is a whole lot deeper, but …
The running back situation is wee bit spotty. Lopini Katoa is going to start, but the depth needs to develop. Redshirt freshman Tyler Allgeier ran for two scores, but it’s Katoa’s gig. The biggest plus for the ground game? The offensive line is deep, and it should be the strongest in the Sitake era.
San Diego State Aztecs
Where are the defensive linemen? The Aztecs have to replace everyone on the defensive front, and redshirt freshman Connor Mitchell was solid with a sack and six tackles. LB Seyddrick Lakalaka who turned in the biggest defensive performance with six tackles and two tackles for loss.
Starting RB Juwan Washington and QB Ryan Agnew were held out. Why does this matter? The Aztecs are stepping up their passing game to a wider open spread attack, and Agnew could use the reps. Veteran RB Chase Jasmin ran for 65 yards, but it was Chance Bell who had the only rushing score in the scrimmage.
Who’s No. 2 behind Agnew? It’s going to take all of fall camp to figure that out. JUCO transfer Jordon Brookshire completed 4-of-6 passes for 22 yards, but Mark Salazar had the best day, completing 10-of-17 throws for 61 yards.
Western Michigan Broncos
It wasn’t really a spring game as much as it was a practice, but there was real hitting and a few real moments to get fired up about. The receiver combination of D’Wayne Eskridge and Jayden Reed will be among the best in the MAC, and now the offense gets back Dashon Bussell, who missed all of last year but showed off this …
Who’s going to throw the ball to solid-looking receivers? Kaleb Eleby got the reps in and should have a hold on the No. 2 job, but the offense is still missing starting Jon Wassink. He’s going to be ready for the season, but a foot injury kept him out for most of spring ball.