Brigham Young Cougars 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
2015 Record 9-4
Brigham Young Cougars 2016 Preview
The Kalani Sitake era begins at Brigham Young and the question is can he produce another winner in 2016.
Overview: Bronco Mendenhall no longer walks the Cougars sidelines but he did win games and Sitake will be expected to do the same with BYU having the talent to make some noise.
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Offense: The first question to be answered is whether Taysom Hill will play the entire season injury free or will he even start with Tanner Mangum proving capable in 2015 with Sitake yet to tip his hand. The Cougars do lose their top two receiving options leaving Mitchell Juergens and Nick Kurtz as the top returning targets with four star JUCO transfer Jonah Trinnaman a name to look for. Brigham Young has a few options on the ground with leading rusher Algernon Brown (127-709), Hill (?) and Jamaal Williams (500+ yards in 2014) giving the ground game punch especially running behind a deep offensive line assuming center Tejan Koroma remains with the team and guard Kyle Johnson is healthy.
Defense: New BYU defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki will be going to the 4-3 alignment and has some pieces to work with up front despite the departure of DE Bronson Kaufusi and his 19.5 TFL and 10.5 sacks. Ends Sae Tautu and Sione Takitaki gave the Cougars 16 TFL and 7,5 sacks while linebackers Fred Warner and Harvey Langi combined for 18 TFL and 8.5 sacks. The Cougars appear to have the talent to rush the passer and that would bode well for a secondary that gets back virtually everybody with safety’s Kai Narcua and Micah Hannemann combining for 13 passes defended and eight picks while corner Michael Davis defended nine passes.
Special Teams: The Cougars need to replace dependable placekicker Trevor Samson (James Baird?) but punter Jonny Linehan is back as well as returners Riley Burt and Michael Shelton although the real issue is the punt coverage team was subpar.
Outlook: Brigham Young has a tough schedule but this team has the talent to win. The Cougars will be going to the postseason and might be looking for conference to call home as well.
9/3 @ Arizona
9/10 @ Utah
9/24 @ West Virginia
10/8 Michigan State
10/14 Mississippi State
10/22 @ Boise State
10/29 @ Cincinnati
11/12 Southern Utah
11/26 Utah State