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BYU starting cornerbacks Jordan Johnson, Robertson Daniel don't make trip to UConn

Published: Thursday, Aug. 27 2015 8:26 p.m. MDT

Defensive back Jordan Johnson is interviewed during BYU Football Media Day in Provo, Monday, June 23, 2014. (Ravell Call, Deseret News) Defensive back Jordan Johnson is interviewed during BYU Football Media Day in Provo, Monday, June 23, 2014. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — BYU officials confirmed Thursday that seniors Jordan Johnson and Robertson Daniel — who were listed as the starting cornerbacks on the depth chart Monday — did not make the trip here for Friday night’s game against Connecticut.

Johnson and Daniel mostly worked with the second and third teams during fall camp, and for weeks there has been speculation that they wouldn’t play in the season opener. It was supposed to be a homecoming for Johnson, who hails from Springfield, Massachusetts, which is about 30 minutes from East Hartford.

On Monday, when asked if Johnson and Daniel would be starting against the Huskies, coach Bronco Mendenhall said, “I would love them both to be able to start." He added, “I’d be leery of the two-deep and say, that’s Monday’s depth chart. I’m not promising that will be Friday night’s depth chart. … Anything that happens internally in the program, I don’t always share. That’s the way I plan to keep it.”

Brigham Young Cougars defensive back Robertson Daniel (4) intercepts the Washington Huskies pass during the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco  Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.   Washington Huskies won 31-16.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Brigham Young Cougars defensive back Robertson Daniel (4) intercepts the Washington Huskies pass during the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. Washington Huskies won 31-16. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Sophomore Michael Davis and freshman Jordan Preator are listed as the backups at cornerback for the Cougars.

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