BYU Football has a 21-4 record over the past two seasons, but there is still room for improvement.
BYU Football went 6-1 against Power Five teams in 2021. They also went 3-2 against G5 teams however. While that doesn’t seem to add up, it is what 2021 gave fans. As the Cougars turn the page to next season, there are some areas that the team needs to focus on if they hope to have a chance at taking even another step forward, not only for 2022, but for the long term future.
1. Get Strong, Get Healthy
Health was by far the biggest issue for the Cougars this season. It seemed that the offensive line was a random draw of players every single week and the defense was down their two best defenders after only two games. Throw in three quarterbacks needing to play and losing recievers and tight ends to season ending injuries and it goes without saying that health needs to be the teams’ biggest focus.
While there isn’t a single reason that could be blamed for the injuries, many of the injuries seemed to be from a lack of strength. Going against seven P5’s led to players getting worn out, tired and strained. In this kind of condition, suddenly the smallest tweaks, turns and bends can lead to serious season ending injuries.
From a conditioning standpoint, this team needs to practice getting hit, being tired and getting strong.