2. Jake Oldroyd
What happens when you get two good players in the same position but only one can play? They both get better. Last season Skyler Southam emerged as a kicker with a lot of potential going 11/16 on the season with a long of 47. But what about Jake Oldroyd, remember him? He hit a game winning field goal as time expired against Arizona in Kalani Sitake’s first game as BYU’s Head Coach.
Although nobody knows whether Southam or Oldroyd will end up being the placekicker next season, prepare for a lot of improvement in the kicking game. Neither player is going to be able to take a day off or else they could potentially lose their starting spot. What will likely happen is one will end up being the placekicker and the other will hand kickoffs and punts. But it is nice to know that if one guy is struggling to hit FG’s there is another player capable of hitting from 45 yards+.
As a freshman Oldroyd kicked three for four and had a long of 43 yards before suffering a season ending knee injury.
Before you argue that a kicker shouldn’t be on the list consider this; BYU has had nine games decided by three points or less in the last three seasons.