Fall camp is just a couple of weeks away. To start things off let’s get a look at the offense for the Cougars. With returning talent and some who have played elsewhere but have transferred to BYU. This offense has great potential going into the 2022 season.
Jaren Hall is the clear starter for this season. Hall played great in 2021 after Zach Wilson left for the NFL In 2021 Hall played in 10 games and started in those 10. He threw for 2,583 yards for 20 touchdowns and had 5 interceptions. Hall also rushed for 307 yards and 3 touchdowns. Many expect Jaren Hall to have another big season and go on to play in the NFL. He has to stay healthy though. Jacob Conover has played in many games for the Cougars backing up Hall last season and Zach the year before that. In the two games he played in 2021 he threw for 45 yards. Conover is a strong backup and could fill in for Hall if he goes down this season. No matter who is in at quarterback the Cougars will have a big year on offense.
Chris Brooks transferred from California. During his time as a Golden Bear, he was the teams leading rusher. Brooks rushed for 1,734 yards and 14 touchdowns. On the roster posted for Media Day, he is the starter for this next season. Lopini Katoa rushed for 242 yards and two touchdowns. Katoa has had some big runs for the Cougar offense over the years. Jackson McChesney had 14 attempts for 64 yards and one touchdown in 2021. Miles Davis plays more at kick returner than running back. While playing kick returner he has 78 yards on 4 returns. Hinckley Ropati played in 5 games last year and had his first carries in the win over Idaho State. As long as Brooks and Katoa stay healthy they can help the cougars put up points.
Gunner Romney is the veteran of the group for the Cougars. Romney has played in 42 games. In those 43 he has 117 receptions for 1,900 yards and nine touchdowns. He has had some injuries that have kept him out of the lineup but let’s hope that this year he can stay healthy. Puka Nacua last season he played his first season as a cougar. Nacua played in 12 games and had 43 receptions for 805 yards with six touchdowns. he is ready for another good season for the cougars. Keanu Hill played in 13 games last year with 343 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Hill will be a great third wide receiver for BYU. Kody Epps is coming off his second year as a cougar. He didn’t play last year due to injury. Chase Roberts hasn’t played a game for BYU. Brayden Cosper didn’t play in 2021 as he wasn’t needed much with the rest of the talent at wide receiver. The wide receivers will be a big part of the cougars in 2022 as they have a quarterback with a big arm.
Isaac Rex had a big year last season until the last regular-season game when he got hurt and left the game on a cart. In 2021 he played in 12 games and had 18 receptions for 191 yards and three touchdowns. Dallin Holker played exceptionally in the bowl game and the rest of the USC game after Rex’s injury. Holker had 14 receptions for 200 yards and one touchdown in 2021. Whether they are blocking or wide open in the back of the end zone the tight ends need to be utilized to have a successful year.
Masen Wake will hurdle anyone to get those couple of extra yards needed. Wake as a receiver last year had 14 receptions for 148 yards and one touchdown. Houston Heimuli transferred from Stanford and played in all 12 games and one reception for 11 yards last season as a Cardinal. We don’t see the fullbacks very much but when we do they are usually hurdling someone.
At left tackle, Blake Freeland JR, Kinglsey Suamataia FR, and Campbell Barrington SO.
The left guard position there is Clark Barrington JR, and Tyler Little SO.
Center returns Connor Pay SO, who played when James Empey went down, and Joe Tukuafu SR.
Right Guard, Joe Tukuafu SR and Campbell Barrington SO
Right Tackle, Harris LaChance JR, Kingsley Suamataia FR, and Brayden Keim SO
Most returning starters on offense this group can be the most productive on offense. 247Sports says “each member of the starting five should stand somewhere between 6-foot-4 to 6-foot-8 with an average weight of more than 305-pounds.” this is already looking like a power 5 offensive line.
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