BYU Football concluded their Spring Football last week.
The phrase no news is good news is what summarizes BYU Football this spring pretty well. In my five seasons covering BYU Football, I have never been so bored covering the storylines going on. While for me personally that isn’t great, for you and all BYU fans this is great news.
For the most part, there weren’t any crazy position battles, injuries or storylines around the team. For the first time…ever there weren’t any Big 12/P5 invite rumors. We already know that Jaren Hall will be the starting quarterback, and even the backup Jacob Conover was expected to be the backup. The defense is returning nearly all of their production and the wide receiver and offensive line groups are returning most of their production as well. Even the BYU Combine was somewhat of a quiet day with only five players competing and none having a realistically high chance of getting drafted any higher based off of their performance.
The one storyline that did gain some traction was the running back position. Whether the Cougars will run more of a running back by committee or lean heavily on Brookes is a question that we knew we wouldn’t get answered during the spring. Bringing in Chris Brookes appears to be handing him the RB1 position, but the backup spot seems more up for grabs between Lopini Katoa, Jackson McChesney and Miles Davis.
Sione Finau decided to enter the transfer portal, and while we had high hopes for him, with such a full running back room, the lost production likely won’t be felt much. There were other transfers on the team, however none of them had registered many statistics or were expected to be huge contributors in 2022.
Aside from the running backs however, not much came out or was expected to come out of spring ball. The fact that the alumni game got by far the most coverage and interest says a lot, and again given the recent history of season ending injuries, conference rumors and quarterback battles, not having a lot to report on is the best report that I can give.