2018 (early) Position Preview – Special Teams

Returning as Special Teams coach is Assistant Head Coach Ed Lamb who will enter his 3rd year as ST coach. Initially, in 2016, general confidence in special teams play was elevated as players saw a more disciplined and sound team on kickoff and punt coverage. However, after 2017 it is evident that there are areas of the ST that need to be addressed due to poor performance, as well as plenty of question marks in the future.

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2018 (early) Position Preview – Safeties

BYU will return their most productive player from the position last year but will have to find a replacement for Micah Hannemann. Irregardless, Cougar fans can go into 2018 with confidence in their Safeties.

2018 (early) Position Previews – Cornerbacks

Dayan Ghanwoloku and Troy Warner have been entrenched as starters since joining the program as true Freshmen. Between the two of them, it’s possible that no other position group has seen more consistency in the past two years. Because of the consistency, we should not expect much to change in how the corners play or perform, other than the improvement one can expect with age, maturity, and experience.

2018 (early) Position Preview – Linebackers

It was anticipated that the trio would build upon their 2016 success and expectations sky-rocketed before 2017 began. However, trouble began brewing early and didn’t necessarily get better from there. Unlike 2017, expectations for the position group in 2018 are not sky-high, but there is still plenty of experience and talent to make the group competitive this year.

2018 (early) Position Preview – Defensive Line

In 2017 BYU got some good production from their Defensive Linemen against the run game. In fact, a Defensive End makes up for one half of the top four tacklers on the team last year. The group, along with the rest of the offense and defense, suffered from injuries and other ailments particularly with Defensive Tackles. That said, arguably the most consistent performers on the defense last year were the Defensive Ends which return the top two major contributors.

2018 (early) Position Preview – Quarterbacks

Pictured: Current BYU QB Tanner Mangum attempts a pass against Wyoming, via universe.byu.edu The final piece to the offensive positional preview is also the position with the most uncertainty heading into 2018. The Quarterback (QB) position is seen as perhaps the most important position in all of football, and may even fall behind only the … Continue reading 2018 (early) Position Preview – Quarterbacks