Bronco Mendenhall had a conference call today over the phone discussing various topics around the BYU Football program. The most notable bit of news from Mendenhall’s conference was position changes. Junior Bronson Kaufusi is switching from defensive end to outside linebacker. The same spot left vacant by Kyle Van Noy.
It’s an interesting move switching Kaufusi to OLB. But it’s also one that could see tremendous production. It has been known all along that BYU has wanted to showcase Kaufusi more this season as a pass rusher. He will need to improve in many areas, but with a full off-season focusing just on football, Kaufusi could be BYU’s version of DeMarcus Ware out there. He has endless potential.
Here are some other position changes that fans will be seeing in 2014. This tweet courtesy of Jeff Call from the Deseret News.
Davis going back to wide receiver is smart. Davis made nice strides as a cornerback towards the end of last season, but to be a significant contributor in the program Davis is better suited to be catching the football rather than defending it.
Alisa goes back to linebacker where he started his BYU career as a true freshman in 2008. Alisa broke out as a running back in 2011 but injuries and the rise of Jamaal Williams and Adam Hine has left Alisa as the odd man out at running back. Linebacker is always a position that BYU has solid talent. But next years linebacking unit is thinner than usual. If Alisa is healthy, he can be a solid contributor.
Tuni Kanuch was out all of last season due to injury after returning home from a mission. Kanuch will try to add some pop to an offensive line that has been sorely lacking.
Kanuch was a former Mr. Utah at Bingham High School. Switching Kanuch & Kaufusi from the defensive line speaks highly of the personnel in that unit for next year. Adding Graham Rowley and Travis Tuiloma from missions have made it easier for BYU to be flexible at that spot, and return missionary Troy Hinds is expected to play defensive end.