Offensive Line Depth Chart Notes
In the final team segment of practice today the “1’s” on offense were are follows:
The “2’s” went as follows:
There’s a group of about 7 players who have emerged as the guys who will be the main rotation going forward from the look of things. Those 7 players (I’d make it 8 when Tuni Kanuch is back from injury) are: De’Ondre Wesley, Ului Lapuaho, Brock Stringham, Kyle Johnson, Brayden Kearsley, Edward Fusi, and Terrance Alletto. Outside of the guys already mentioned, Ryker Mathews, Brad Wilcox, Michael Yeck, and Tejan Koroma are all challenging for playing time as well. Yeck has been nursing an injury and left practice early today.
The wide receiver position has received a lot of praise this fall camp so far and the increased competition for reps have upped the production level of the entire position group. Walk-on sophomore Colby Pearson was the star of Thursday, hauling a long touchdown pass from Christian Stewart in 11-on-11 drills that covered at least 50 yards. Mitch Mathews also had a nice catch between two defenders as well in team drills. Nick Kurtz hauled in two touchdown passes in redzone drills, rising over the defense to haul in the passes. The two-deep at receiver right now looks something like this:
Wide Receiver 1: Mitch Mathews, Devon Blackmon Wide Receiver 2: Nick Kurtz, Colby Pearson
Inside linebacker continues to be a position in flux. Zac Stout is injured and hasn’t been seen at practice for a few days. Jherremya Leuta-Douyere and Austin Heder were running with the first sting practice on Thursday, with Harvey Langi and Teu Kautai also seeing reps with the first stringers. Sione Takitaki and Va’a Niumatalolo were running with the third string today. Manoa Pikula continues to sit out dealing with academic issues. The depth chart at the position will remain in flux for the foreseeable future.
Alani Fua had a good day at Sam linebacker on the outside. He recorded a whistle sack on Christian Stewart after blowing through a double team from the tight end and a running back. At Wheel linebacker, Michael Alisa and Sae Tautu saw most of the reps with the first string in relief of Bronson Kaufusi, who continues to rehab a hamstring injury.
There are a lot of bodies on the BYU defensive line this season. Graham Rowley (LE), Travis Tuiloma (NT), and Remington Peck (RE) continued to run with the first string defense on Thursday. Rowley did exit practice early and no reason was given for his early exit. Marques Johnson is the second string nose tackle with Kesni Tausinga and Josh Carter behind him. Distinguishing a definitive second and third string at end is tough but Tanner Balderee and Theodore King are playing behind Rowley at LE and Logan Taele and Tomasi Laulile at RE behind Peck.
Players who were fielding punts from the jugs machine today included Devon Blackmon, Keanu Nelson, Mitchell Juergens, Michael Shelton, Jordan Leslie, and Mitch Mathews. The kicking competition continues with Andrew Mikkelsen, Moose Bingham, and Trevor Samson battling it out. Mikkelsen connected on two 55 yard field goals today kicking with a tee today while Samson and Bingham struggled with their accuracy.
Various Odds and Ends
Former BYU linebacker Bryan Kehl was in attendance at practice today as he continues to wait on a phone call from NFL teams. McCoy Hill was seen on the field with his knee wrapped after undergoing surgery on his knee on Monday. BYU coaches expect him back in a few weeks. Toloa’i Ho Ching, Phillip Amone, Sam Lee, and Kamalani Kaluhiokalani continued to work out with the athletic training staff today. Sae Tautu and Ross Apo are still wearing red, “no contact” jerseys. Algernon Brown was still in a helmet only this afternoon as he goes through the 5 day NCAA-mandated acclimatization period. Coach Mendenhall says having Algie on the field makes him feel more secure with his depth at running back.