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2023 Independents Team Preview Capsules [BYU]

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2023 Independents Team Preview Capsules

 

NDIrish21

BYU Cougars

Head Coach: NDIrish21 

2022 Record: 9-4 (Won Famous Idaho Potato Bowl)

 

Changes: The two biggest losses were CB M.K. Sharpe and DT Jeremy Minor.  Minor left early and ended up going undrafted.  Quarterback Jabari Sneed graduated leaving change at the most important position.

Strength: Running game and defense.  Adarius Galloway returns looking to build on his 1,504 yard, 21 TD campaign.  With a new quarterback, look for the Cougars to lean on him early and often.  On defense, Sharpe was a shutdown corner and his loss will hurt.  But they have many other pieces ready to step up.  OLB Brayden Reeder burst onto the scene last year and was a huge playmaker.  The strength of this team has been and continues to be the secondary with 4+ potential players at every spot.  It will be tough throwing on this team.

Weakness:  They look to break in redshirt freshman quarterback Max Walker. He is talented but the question is how long it will take him to adjust to the college game.  They replaced Minor with JUCO Braylon Conley.  He's playing out of scheme but has the size to play in the 3-4.  Getting him up to speed early will help this defense.

Key Returning Starters: 

  • RB Adarius Galloway 274 carries, 1504 yards, 21 TDs 
  • WR Roman Byrne 68 catches, 1066 yards, 10 TDs
  • OLB Brayden Reeder 52 tackles, 6 TFL, 4 sacks, 7 Ints
  • CB DeSean Robertson 2 tackles, 2 Ints, 3 PD

Key Games: Utah, Virginia, @Notre Dame

2023 Outlook: BYU has a chance to open 9-0.  They open with a soft schedule which is good when breaking in a new quarterback.  This team has talent and depth.  How quickly Walker develops will be the key to their season.

Prediction: 9-3 (Bowl Berth)

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