BYU Football: Three under the radar players for 2022

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Nov 6, 2021; Provo, Utah, USA; Brigham Young Cougars running back Jackson McChesney (21) runs the ball against Idaho State Bengals cornerback Jihad Brown (21) in the fourth quarter at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

BYU Football is going to need more than just Jaren Hall, Puka Nacua and Peyton Wilgar.

While Vegas and some other sources believe that BYU Football will only win seven to eight games, fans believe that the Cougars could be a double digit winning team for the third straight season. With so many stars that could realistically leave for the NFL next year, it isn’t hard to see why the expectations are so high.

But as the saying goes “you are only as strong as your weakest link”. While that phrase is flawed in some ways, the overall message is true.

If BYU Football is going to have a third special season in a row, they need to depend on players that are not the household known names or players who will be playing in the NFL in 2023.

The list of contributors is really long, but here are three under the radar players to look out for this upcoming season.

Some players who didn’t quite make this list but do need have big years include:

  • Jackson McChesney – Whenever he’s played, he has done great. With no Allgeier, he will likely get a few more opportunities.
  • Atunaisa Mahe or Caden Haws – The nose guard position needs to be solid. Last year, part of the reason that opposing offenses had so much success was the lack of pressure up the middle.
  • Connor Pay – If, and this is a big if, there is a weakness with the offensive line it is at center where Pay is playing a bit out of his more played position of tackle. If Pay can be solid, this line will be historic.

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