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BYU football: Top 10 position battles entering fall camp

Published: Friday, Aug. 28 2015 2:02 p.m. MDT

After intercepting the ball BYU's #55 Eathyn Manumaleuna (CQ) tries to score but is tacked from behind by New Mexico's #21 Kasey Carrier as BYU and New Mexico play at Lavell Edwards Stadium in Provo Utah. Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. Photo by Scott G Winterton Deseret News. (Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News) After intercepting the ball BYU's #55 Eathyn Manumaleuna (CQ) tries to score but is tacked from behind by New Mexico's #21 Kasey Carrier as BYU and New Mexico play at Lavell Edwards Stadium in Provo Utah. Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. Photo by Scott G Winterton Deseret News. (Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)

PROVO — Position battles routinely make headlines at college football fall camps around the country. At BYU, there are at least 10 such battles making headlines heading into the Cougars' fall practice sessions, which begin this Saturday.

The good news for the team is that the starting quarterback position was decided last spring. Taysom Hill has the reigns and looks to be a signal-caller BYU fans can completely get behind given his tremendous upside and intriguing skill set.

Most skill positions on offense also appear to be set entering fall camp, led by the return of last year’s leading receiver, Cody Hoffman. Running back is well-stocked with returning starters Jamaal Williams and Michael Alisa. Kaneakua Friel returns as the starter at tight end.

BYU runningback Mike Hague reaches out and makes a one handed catch during fall football camp day ten. Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010 Stuart Johnson, Deseret News (Stuart Johnson, Deseret News) BYU runningback Mike Hague reaches out and makes a one handed catch during fall football camp day ten. Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010 Stuart Johnson, Deseret News (Stuart Johnson, Deseret News)

Most of the question marks on offense are along the offensive front, which struggled mightily last season.

On defense, outside linebacker and safety look as strong as ever, but questions remain along the defensive front and at one cornerback position.

Other storylines are sure to crop up as the practice sessions wear on, but until further notice here are the top 10 position battles entering fall practices:

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