Brigham Young Cougars 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart
Brigham Young Cougars 2017 Preview
The Brigham Young Cougars look for another trip to the postseason in 2017 with another tough defense leading the way.
Overview: Brigham Young has been living on an ultra tough defense and that looks to be the case again unless head coach Kalani Sitake finds some sparkplugs on the offensive side of the football.
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Offense: The Taysom Hill era for the Brigham Young Cougars has ended and Tanner Mangum is the quarterback (again) and he will lead an offense with a few unknowns. One unknown comes in the Cougars ground game where Jamaal Williams takes nearly 1,400 yards to graduation leaving Squally Canada and/or Ula Tolutau to pick up the slack. BYU needs somebody to step up amongst the receiving corps as well with the unit wiped almost clean by graduation which leaves Jonah Trinnaman, Talon Shumway and somebody else to take over. The best news for Brigham Young is six offensive linemen with starting experience come back for 2017.
Defense: The Brigham Young defense was unkind to opposing rushing attacks a year ago but sometimes they were vulnerable to the pass. The Cougars will be interesting to watch with four of their top linemen graduating. Tackles Kesni Tausinga and Tevita Mo’unga along with defensive end Corbin Kaufusi are left to pick up the slack but the overall rotation will lack experience. The good news is the linebacking corps returns playmakers Francis Bernard, Fred Warner and Butch Pau’u who bring back 23 TFL and seven picks although this group benefitted from a strong D-Line. The BYU secondary lost a few pieces but is generally more experienced with a year under their belt.
Special Teams: Brigham Young placekicker Rhett Almond was dependable up to 40 yards and Jonny Linehan averaged 42.5 yards on punts but the return game loses some production.
Outlook: If Brigham Young can survive a tough early schedule, watch out…and if they don’t they will still go Bowling anyway because that’s what this program does.
8-26 vs. Portland State
9-2 vs. LSU
9-9 vs. Utah
9-16 vs. Wisconsin
9-29 @ Utah State
10-6 vs. Boise State
10-14 @ Mississippi State
10-21 @ East Carolina
10-28 vs. San Jose State
11-4 @ Fresno State
11-10 @ UNLV
11-18 vs. UMass
11-25 @ Hawaii