Monday, August 17, 2009

#22 Brigham Young

I have the Brigham Young Cougars coming in at #22. The Cougars had a very successful season in '08 going 10-3, and are ready to have another in '09.

The Cougars are returning a good amount of talent at the skill positions on offense, and their defense should be very strong as they return eight starters, all of whom are seniors.

Let's take a closer look at the Cougars...

At QB they return Max Hall, Hall is a stud who threw for 3,957 yards and 35 touchdowns. Hall will need to lead this high octane offense again for them to be successful.

Max Hall will need to have another solid season for the Cougars

At running back they return Harvey Unga. Unga is a solid back who went over a thousand yards last year. Like Hall, Harvey will have to step up this year and make plays to keep the offense going.

BYU lost their two best WR's, including star Austin Collie. I think the player to fill this void is McKay Jacobson. Jacobson had a standout freshman season and showed signs that he might be the next guy for the Cougars. If Jacobson can step up it will really help out the depleted receiver group.

The offensive line is the huge question mark for the Cougars, if they can get it together and give Hall and company time to make plays they will be successful.

Defense should be a strong suit for the Cougars as the are loaded with experience. Their run defense is talented and will be able to shut down the run, but their pass defense is questionable. Most of the secondary returns so they are hoping to put it together.

BYU should be good, really good, but they do have some areas of concern. If these areas get addressed look for them to make a serious run.

Players to Watch: McKay Jacobson, Max Hall

Projected Record: 10-2

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