BYU Cougars expect to field another solid defense this fall
“The D-line will be way better and way deeper than we were last year,” Poppinga said. “Travis Tuiloma, by far and away, I would say is our best nose tackle. He had a great spring. Kesni Tausinga was shocking us all before he got hurt the first couple of days of spring practices.”
Manoa Pikula and Stout emerged at Buck and Mike linebacker, respectively, with Letua-Douyere and Heder backing them up. On the outside, Kaufusi and Alani Fua will man the outside linebacker spots. Michael Alisa and Sae Tautu are listed as their backups.
Which defensive players impressed BYU quarterback Taysom Hill during the spring?
“Robertson Daniel had an extremely good spring. He came in and gave us a good, physical presence in our secondary,” Hill said. “I think he’ll be a great boundary corner. I’m anxious to see how Jordan Johnson recovers from his ACL. Also, that move Bronson made to outside ‘backer is really good for him and for our team. I think that compared to last spring and fall camp when he had his hand on the ground, he made a lot of plays this spring at that position.”
Poppinga said that for the defense to enjoy its run of success, players need to put in the work during the offseason.
“It’s on them. They need to take ownership, make each other accountable. They need to make sure they come into fall camp prepared both physically and mentally. They need to continue to work in the film room and do our player-run practices. If they do that, we’ll be really good.”
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