College Football News Preview 2020: Previewing, predicting, and looking ahead to the BYU Cougars season with what you need to know.
5. College Football News Preview 2020: BYU Cougars Offense 3 Things To Know
– The offense was really, really good against the okay to bad teams, and it was really, really just okay against everyone else. The Cougars averaged 444 yards and 28.5 points per game overall. They failed to hit 360 yards against Utah, Tennessee, Washington and Boise State, and they hit 400 or more against everyone else including USC.
This year’s offense is full of good veterans for an attack that should be even better, and when it’s not, it should still be able to come through in key moments like it did in the win over the Vols and Broncos.
– Zach Wilson didn’t explode like many hoped he would – Throwing for 2,382 yards and 11 scores and nine picks – and he ran for 167 yards and three scores. The 6-3, 2101-pounder is accurate, he’s not afraid to take shots, and now he has two years under his belt.
The backup situation is terrific with Baylor Romney – who threw seven TD passes and two picks – and Jaren Hall good enough to step in if needed. Both were fine when they got their chances.
If Matt Bushman isn’t the best tight end in the country, he wasn’t terribly far off, and now he’ll be sorely missed after being lost for the season to a preseason injury. The 6-5, 240-pounder led the team with 688 yards and four scores on 47 grabs, and to make matters worse, the top three wide receivers are gone.
Gunner Romney is a solid junior who caught 31 passes, and Dax Milne made 21 grabs for 285 yards and two scores. The rest of the parts have to fill in, with 6-4, 215-pound Neil Pau’u the big No. 3 guy.
– All five starters are expected back on a line, but there should be some big fights among a group that was fine, but wasn’t dominant. There’s depth, and there are plenty of options. 6-6, 300-pound junior Brady Christensen is a keeper at left tackle, and junior James Empey has established himself the main man at center.
It would be nice if a No. 1 rusher could rise up. Sophomore Sione Finau is back after leading the way with just 359 yards, but he’s likely going to be a part of a rotation with 6-1, 210-pound junior Lopini Katoa. Running back by committee wouldn’t be a horrible thing here.