Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the BYU season with what you need to know.
2018 Record: 7-6 overall
Head Coach: Kalani Sitake, 4th year: 20-19
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BYU OFFENSE
– Maddeningly inconsistent, the offense came up with a few big performances late in the season, but it hit a major power outage in the middle of the campaign. With the emergence of sophomore QB Zach Wilson, the offense has its franchise star to work around. It’s no coincidence that his emergence led to the strong finishing kick, and now the O is his to run as the next great Cougar quarterback.
– Wilson has a strong group of targets to throw to, too. TE Matt Bushman is way too good to not get the ball a whole lot more – he led the team with just 29 catches – and just about everyone else returns. Dylan Collie is done, but Aleva Hifo on the inside, Gunner Romney on the outside, and the decent pass catching backs should do far more for a passing game that averaged just 212 yards per game.
– The running game is along for the ride, but Wilson can move, and Lopini Katoa is a strong back who’ll average over five yards per pop behind a line that gets back four starters. It’s not going to be a killer front five, but it’ll be deep and effective.