6’0, 180 lbs, 4.4
Before BYU: Though Sam Lee grew up LDS, the Maryland native didn’t know much about BYU as a young football player. He had heard of BYU, but never watched them play and didn’t know much about them. While serving his LDS mission, Lee started to learn more about the BYU football program. Early on in his football career, Lee didn’t play cornerback like he will for the Cougars, but rather, wide receiver. Given Lee’s speed, it’s easy to see why his high school coaches would want to get the ball in his hands.
Most recently, Lee has been playing for College of the Canyons under new BYU coach Garret Tujague. At the California Junior College, Lee was second-team all-conference.
His film shows that Lee can hit hard and is an average defender as well. Lee seems to be a good fit for Bronco Mendenhall’s defense because of his ability to use his speed and play solid zone coverage. Personally, I don’t think Lee has the coverage ability to play one-on-one man defense for an entire game, but his speed and hard-hitting ability make him a great candidate for success at BYU.
Expectations in 2013: Starter
As any BYU fan knows, the Cougars have never had much depth at cornerback. This year is no different. Due to some injuries and a lot of inexperience, Lee will have an excellent opportunity to earn a starting role Week 1 this season. Provided he plays well and stays healthy, I think Lee will play in every game for BYU.
Potential in BYU Career: High
Lee has great speed and great quickness. Lee also has a chance to play significant minutes from the minute he puts on the uniform. Due to his athletic ability and the chance to play, Lee will has huge potential to grow into a solid player for BYU. Lee is a hard-hitter and will undoubtedly make a few highlights this season. As I said earlier, I think that Lee is a good fit and will be able to do some really good things for BYU this season. Lee must stay healthy; not only for his career sake but for the good of the football team as he is one of only a few capable corners on the team.