You learn a lot about a football team during Fall Camp, and it rarely goes how we expect it to. A few months ago I wrote a fall camp preview, and many things still hold true: Zach Wilson is still the catalyst of the offense, the offensive line is the position group with the most experience, Matt Bushman is a stud. However, there have been quite a few surprises both good and bad in fall camp. In my season preview i wrote "BYU will have one of the best 1-2 punch TE combos in college football next season.", and this could still be true... if we see Moroni Laulu-Pututau soon. Moroni had knee surgery after the Washington game last year, but it isn't his knee holding him out of practice; he is working through some academic struggles in order to get back on the field. BYU needs multiple effective TEs to be as efficient and explosive offensively as they can be. With the loss of Hank Tuipulotu to a reinjured ACL, BYU really needs to get Moroni back and ready to go ahead of the Utah game. Before fall camp, we were hoping one running back would emerge as the go-to back in Jeff Grimes' offense, and after the scrimmage Saturday it sounds like Ty'Son Williams is rising to that challenge. When Ty'Son made the decision to transfer, BYU fans were hopeful he would become that feature back and all signs indicate that he is starting to become that. One of the best surprises at fall camp so far is the arrival of Keanu Hill. Every recruiting report I read said that Keanu would be a developmental guy and a likely redshirt candidate, but that does not appear to be the case. Keanu has been someone both Jeff Grimes and Fesi Sitake have mentioned as a guy who has stood out during practice. With the loss of Neil Pau'u for the season BYU needed a big receiver to take 6-4 223 LB Pau'u's place and it looks like 6-4 210 LB Keanu Hill might be that guy.
On the defensive side of the ball the front 7 is looking about how we expected them to; Khyris Tonga is dominant, Zayne Anderson and Isaiah Kaufusi are leaders among the linebackers. The surprises on the defense have all come in the secondary. BYU has suffered the loss of a few guys who were going to be looked upon to make plays in 2019: Chris Wilcox (Injured, possible RS), Troy Warner (Injured, possible RS), Eric Ellison (Will enroll in January), Keenan Ellis (has not practiced). Luckily, Jenaro Gilford and Preston Hadley have done an outstanding job of building this secondary and its depth. A secondary of Dayan Ghanwoloku, D'Angelo Mandell, Austin Lee, Malik Moore, Sawyer Powell, Isaiah Herron, George Udo and Dimitri Gallow is as good a group as BYU has had in recent years. BYU has added walk ons Hayden Livingston and Beau Tanner, both are great athletes who could help on defense and be difference makers on special teams.
A big question that still needs to be answered is who will be the punter? Will it be Australian, Danny Jones, or will Jake Oldroyd handle kicking and punting duties? There is nothing more frustrating than consistently shanking punts, lets hope this question is answered soon!
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