Cougar Cam: Bronco Mendenhall

Cougar Cam: Bronco Mendenhall

The BYU Cougars face the UConn Huskies this Friday for the first time in both program’s histories. BYU will depart Wednesday- a day earlier than normal- in order to get acclimated. BYU also released their initial depth chart, but Bronco Mendenhall mentioned that it could change by game day. Included is the video of Coach Mendenhall addressing the media.

Bronco Mendenhall addressed the media this morning in his only media availability leading up to the season opening game against UConn. Coach Mendenhall mentioned that the depth chart could change at any given notice, as of today the depth chart published for both the offense and defense looks like this.

Offense

QB: Taysom Hill, Christian Stewart

RB: Adam Hine, Algernon Brown

HB: Paul Lasike or Algernon Brown

SR: Terenn Houk, Colby Pearson

WR: Mitch Mathews, Kurt Henderson

WR Jordan Leslie, Ross Apo or Keanu Nelson

TE: Devin Mahina, Bryan Sampson

LT: Ului Lapuaho, Brad Wilcox

LG: Kyle Johnson or Edward Fusi

C: Terrance Alletto or Tejan Koroma

RG: Brayden Kearsley or Tuni Kanuch

RT: De’Ondre Wesley or Brock Stringham

Of note is that the left tackle spot has been solidified, at least for now, by a freshman in Ului Lapuaho while the starting center position has been retained by Terrance Alletto. Wide receiver Ross Apo has also now broken the two deep after being limited during fall camp.

Defense

DT: Graham Rowley, Tomasi Laulile

NT: Travis Tuiloma, Logan Taele

DT: Remington Peck, Tanner Balderee

SLB: Alani Fua, Fred Warner

MLB: Zac Stout, Harvey Langi or Austin Heder

BLB: Manoa Pikula, Jherremya Leuta-Douyere

WLB: Bronson Kaufusi, Michael Alisa or Troy Hinds

FC: Jordan Johnson, Michael Davis

BC: Robertson Daniel, Jordan Preator

KAT: Dallin Leavitt, Kai Nacua

FS: Craig Bills, Skye PoVey

Of note defensively is that Michael Alisa is the second string weak side linebacker behind Bronson Kaufusi after making the switch back to linebacker this year. Also of interest is to note that Jordan Johnson and Robertson Daniel both are listed as the starters for the season opener. There was suspicion that both might be suspended for the season opener similar to Jamaal Williams, Devon Blackmon, and Marques Johnson. Coach Mendenhall commented about Johnson and Daniel saying “I would love for both of them to be able to start.”

Bronco Mendenhall Press Conference Video

Coach Mendenhall talks about the depth chart prior to BYU's season opener with UConn and what he expects from the Huskies. He also talks about the team captains for 2014, comments on handing over the reins of defensive coordinator to Nick Howell fully, and what that entails for him, among other topic brought up by the assembled media.

Mendenhall Video

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