BYU Football: Five Players To Watch in Spring Football 2018
Spring Football begins in late February/early March
Young, talented faces will be competing for playing time during BYU spring ball
In less than one month, BYU football spring practice is expected to kick off. The 2017 football season is a distant memory, and a new hope always springs eternal with Cougar football.
Coming off a 4-9 campaign, the worst season since 2003, BYU needs to get better in a hurry to keep head coach Kalani Sitake’s seat from heating up and to also bring BYU football back to respectability. That was clearly lacking when we witnessed losses against the likes of East Carolina and UMass take place.
Spring will be an opportunity for young, talented players to showcase their abilities and create competition on a roster that has very few spots nailed down. Competitions will be all over the field as BYU looks to bounce back in 2018.
Here are five players that fans should be keeping tabs on when spring football kicks off next month.
Zach Wilson, Quarterback
BYU has a laundry list of quarterbacks vying for the starting job in 2018. Wilson might be the most intriguing prospect of them all. The highest-rated QB recruit since Jake Heaps in 2010, Wilson received a full-court press recruitment after Jeff Grimes was hired as the offensive coordinator. Does Grimes’ pursuit of Wilson shed light on the type of offense he wants? Wilson was a dual-threat star at Corner Canyon.
Wilson is enrolled and he is preparing to win the job. He’s been making an effort to be part of the team in every way he can from introducing himself to everyone to going to elementary schools with fellow teammates for community service. He’s left an impression already on many already.
Ula Tolutau, Running Back
Tolutau is back with the program and is participating in winter conditioning. This is a big off-season for Tolutau to establish himself as the identity of BYU’s offense, which was something that Kalani Sitake believed Tolutau could become at some point in his career with the Cougars.
Alden Tofa, Defensive End
Former West Jordan High standout redshirted last season after recovering from a knee injury. Tofa is not expected to serve an LDS mission, so he will have the next four years to compete on the defensive line. Tofa could play off the edge or the interior of the line depending on where he is at physically.
Morgan Unga, Flash Linebacker
One of the big questions for BYU this off-season is going to be, who will replace Fred Warner? Walk-on linebacker Morgan Unga has the inside track at winning the job at the flash linebacker spot. Ilaisa Tuiaki likes Unga’s explosiveness and athleticism.
Austin McChesney, Cornerback
McChesney has had two season-ending injuries in as many years with his knees. It’s up in the air on his health status for spring ball, but if he’s able to participate, he could earn first-team reps at cornerback if Troy Warner is still out as recovers from a lisfranc injury.