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College Football Preview: The 2015 BYU Cougars

College Football Preview: The 2015 BYU Cougars

2014 Record: 8-5

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The Brigham Young Cougars have the potential to win a lot of games despite a tough schedule.

Overview: The first thing most people are probably thinking centers around the health of Taysom Hill. A healthy hill automatically makes the Cougars a top 20 threat and a good defense makes the Cougars a threat to climb high in the rankings. Does BYU have both?

College Football Preview: The 2015 BYU Cougars

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Offense: Brigham Young saw Christian Stewart forced in to action when Hill went down and he wasn’t bad with 2,621 yards passing and another 302 yards on the ground. Hill can throw the short to intermediate pass well but he is most exciting when he runs and hopefully the injury doesn’t hurt him in that regard. Jamaal Williams is the leading rusher with 517 yards but with Hill back defenses might not be giving him as much attention. Leading receiver Mitch Mathews (73-922) and Mitchell Juergens (28-424) will see plenty of balls thrown their but the Cougars do spread the ball around so everybody is a threat in the passing attack. Because of injuries BYU developed depth up front so despite losing four starters the unit also gets back four starters.

Defense: Brigham Young was tough to run on in 2014 so that is unlikely to change with the top five on the defensive line back. Opponents did throw with success with Bronson Kaufusi the only pass rushing threat with 11.5 TFL and seven sacks. Three of the top four linebackers are gone along with 17 TFL and five sacks but the Cougars are neck deep with three and four star athletes at linebacker. The secondary lost their top three but corners Michael Davis and Jordan Preator combined for 15 passes defensed. However BYU has plenty of bodies to fill in any void although a stronger pass rush would probably be the best thing that could happen to the secondary.

Special Teams: Strong legged punter Scott Arellano too his 45 yard average to graduation put dependable PK Trevor Samson is back after going 12-14 on field goals and 62-63 on PAT’s. Adam Hines averaged 24.5 yards and scored on kick returns while Devon Blackmon and Mitchell Juergens  will split punt return duties. 

Outlook: If healthy the offense will be fine but the pass ‘D’ needs to improve as well. The schedule is tough early and if the Cougars snag a few wins the season could be exceptional. That’s probably optimistic but BYU is a team that we won’t know about until they take the field.

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