PROVO -- BYU starts its spring practice session this week -- earlier than just about every other program around the country. The session provides a chance for coaches to establish depth, get a look at players competing for spots while offensive coaches look to establish a new system and culture among the players.
Several players will capture media and fan attention immediately and here's a look on who we'll have our eyes peeled toward throughout the first few days and probably throughout March.
Coaches have completely opened up the quarterback competition for spring and Jason Munns will see first reps, but make no mistake who will garner most of the attention this spring -- it's Hill.
The soon-to-be sophomore electrified fans with his ability to run the football, but will be focusing on beating a defense with his arm throughout spring. Reports indicate that he's ahead of schedule recovering from his leg injury last year and should see plenty of practice time as a result.
It's the last chance for Munns to show he has starter potential -- something he's struggled to do since returning home from his LDS mission. The starting job will be Munns' to lose given his seniority, but he'll have his work cut out for him this spring.
Several young up-and-comers will be nipping at his heels led by Ammon Olsen (6-3, 209) who ran the scout team last year. Spring will provide a chance to see four-star prospect Tanner Mangum perform before he leaves for his mission this summer and Billy Green, who graduated early from high school to enroll early and get a leg-up through spring practices.
Trammel will be looked at to fill the boundary corner position vacated by Preston Hadley. Trammel transferred from San Francisco College and will get a hard look throughout spring as a result.
Spring will provide an opportunity for Trammel to lock down the starting spot in time for Fall when other reinforcements join the program.
It's rare to list a kicker as being 'one to watch' in spring, but given Sorensen's struggles last season he warrants mention. The Bingham product has struggled mightily with health issues and coaches are hopeful he can put it behind him and realize the great potential he showed in High School.
Coach Bronco Mendenhall mentioned that they'll be working much more on kicking and punting this spring and we'll be sure to note any developments.
Apo has realized some of his great potential, but he's yet to hit his stride by his own admission. Apo is likely to see first reps in spring and it will certainly be worth noting how he meshes with Offensive coordinator Robert Anae's offensive system along with the quarterbacks who will be competing for spots.
Apo will work on becoming a better-rounded receiver — capable of being a go-to guy in any situation while running every sort of route.
Holt has made the switch to defense after playing tight end through his first three years in the program. The Bingham High product has a lot of potential and it will certainly be worth noting how he adjusts the rigors of playing defensive end.
Pikula and Unga will likely see first reps at inside linebacker where they'll work to replace starters Brandon Ogletree and Uona Kaveinga from last season. Both players have shown very well during practice sessions with Unga seeing quality playing time last season.
Unga is likely to play at Mike linebacker while Pikula will compete for the starting Buck linebacker spot.
Alisa will likely see first reps at running back despite how Jamaal Williams played last season. The senior injured his arm and had to sit out most of the season after earning himself the starting nod.
The available options at running back are intriguing and Alisa will have to fight hard to earn the starting nod.
The nose guard position is wide open on the heels of Romney Fuga playing out his eligibility and Kanuch could make an instant impact. Kanuch recently returned from his LDS mission and should see a lot of reps this spring.
The Bingham High product was named as "Mr. Football" his senior season and is one of the top defensive line prospects BYU has signed in recent history.
Bills ended last season as the team's starter at free safety and is likely to reprise that role this season. With a year under his belt the Timpview High product should make huge strides this spring with the hopes of establishing himself as a team leader.
Bills is one of the hardest-hitting safeties you'll find and he should pose an intimidating duo along with strong safety Daniel Sorensen.