Jan 3, 2013; Fort Lauderdale FL, USA; Notre Dame fighting Irish defensive coordinator Bob Diaco during a press conference for the 2013 BCS National Championship game at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

BYU Football: What You Need To Know About UConn Before Kickoff

Casey Cochran is the starting quarterback, but he’s not the only quarterback you’ll see.

New head coach Bob Diaco announced that his starting QB would be sophomore Casey Cochran (who has a Boba Fett tattoo) and not former starting quarterback and senior Chandler Whitmer. However, we’ll still see Whitmer in action against BYU. Nobody knows how much he’ll play for sure, but he’ll play. 2 quaterbacks is something BYU fans should be familiar with as well as something we never want to experience again.

Geremy Davis will test the suspension-riddled secondary of BYU.

Nov 30, 2013; East Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies wide receiver Geremy Davis (85) makes the catch under pressure form the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the first quarter at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Geremy Davis is for real. I think he is UConn’s best NFL prospect and is arguably their best player. UConn undoubtedly knows that Rob Daniel and Jordan Johnson will not be available to play for the Cougars and they will undoubtedly look to test Michael Davis and Jordan Preator. Personally, I think they’re up for the challenge, but you’ll see them be tested.

UConn’s secondary could be cause for some worry from Cougar fans.

Frankly, UConn doesn’t have any position groups that I’m especially concerned about for BYU. However, their secondary is talented and could present some problems if Taysom Hill is not more accurate passing the football than he was last year. Cornerback Byron Jones and safety Obi Melifonwu are leaders of the team and stalwarts on the defense. Melifonwu hits hard and is a great fit for Bob Diaco’s defense while Jones led the Huskies in interceptions last year.

BYU will test the UConn offensive line.

The starting offensive line for the Huskies is full of upper-classmen, but they are not experienced players. Center Alex Mateas is the only projected starter that started all 12 games last year. Guard Gus Cruz started 5 games in 2013 before he was sidelined due to injury. Tackle Dalton Gifford started six games last year and played in 11, so he does have some experience. The other two linemen have no experience. I would expect Bronco to dial up some pressure and get to the quarterback tomorrow.

Bob Diaco knows BYU and how to slow down the Cougar offense.

But that said, he knows how to stop the offense with Notre Dame Athletes that committed to his defensive style of play out of high school. UConn Athletes are more athletic than BYU bloggers, but they’re not Notre Dame. It will be interesting to see how similar the defensive play calling is for UConn. Will it look like it did when BYU played Notre Dame last year or will they look more confused and lost?

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