BYU football: 10 players primed for breakout seasons

Published: Tuesday, July 16 2013 4:03 p.m. MDT

10. Remington Peck, 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive end, sophomore Next » 10 of 11 « Prev
Peck quietly established himself as a reliable option at defensive end toward the end of last season and into spring practices.

Position coach Steve Kaufusi readily mentions Peck as the third option at defensive end behind Eathyn Manumaleuna and Bronson Kaufusi. The former Bingham Miner is set for a lot of reps at defensive end in 2013.
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Salt Lake City, UT

Can't wait to see how many of them do have breakout seasons to go along with the outstanding seasons expected of KVN, Hoffman, and other award nominees.

Go Cougars!

Frisco, TX

It's hard to argue with this list. The team is loaded at most positions. The only three question marks are O line, kicking game and QB. I believe this will be the best QB play we've seen since Max, and Sorensen has the potential to have a breakout season if he can get / stay healthy. This has to be the (cumulative) most talented four running backs we've ever had.

Can't wait for Virginia.

Lyman, WY

The Cougars are loaded in many key positions, and are primed with a great schedule to have a breakout year, if the Cougs can win the big games on their schedule and avoid the upset in the other games, this could be a very, very special season. I cannot wait for the start of the season. Go Cougs!

Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT

Actually, I've had this name for 3.3 years

west jordan, ut

I have been looking forward to this season. I hope that BYU can really show that with the honor rules restrictions, we can still find talent. Still expect some losses, but we have the potential for a great season. Just hoping they can live up to that potential. The offense will be the key because I think the defense will be as good or even better than last year. All we had to do was score a field goal or one extra touchdown last year in a few games and the outcome would have been completely different but the offense disappointed.

Cinci Man

"The offense disappointed" is an understatement. I sure hope more than 10 players have a breakout season. Every player counts on both sides of the line. BYU will need every position to be played by eager, hungry winners if they are to win the 'big' games. Injuries cause demise of potential. They need excellent conditioning, great heart, a strong work ethic, and here's a good one; good coaching. I was anxious to see Anae dismissed before, when he showed no creativity, obvious predictability, and little skill as offensive coach. I wanted Doman to succeed, but he had less than Anae to bring to the table. Every offensive play was predicted by the way the team lined up (Anae's old style). And the number of QB draws cause bald-making hair pulling in my arm chair. And BYU's solution is to bring back the king of the 4-pay offensive playbook. I truly wish Robert Anae the very best on his return, but I have to hope he has a few more plays in his 2013 playbook.
GO COUGARS! Bring it to the field.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Adam Hine will make heads turn - as much or more than Jamaal Williams did last year. Feel sorry for the team they play 9/21. Well, not too sorry.

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

As I read the article I was struck by he number of linebackers. Three of the 10. I wondered how could there be that many on the field when Van Noy and Hadley are expected to be starters. Then I read the possibility of a 2-5-4 defense. Has anyone ever heard of that line-up? As an offensive coach, if I had any running game, I would love to see what I could do against that defense! Excited to see how it works!

Syracuse, UT

Too many if's in the equation. New quarterback, new offensive line, inexperience on defensive line, one new cornerback. I hope they do well but I see some real question marks with the schedule and the inexperience in key places.
Go Coogs.

Highland, UT

@who am i

BYU ran that same defense at times last year and did pretty well. I think they were 2nd or 3rd in the nation against the run?



Yes, byu piled up nice stats against such powerhouses as Idaho, Hawaii, Weber State, San Jose State, and New Mexico State, 5 guaranteed wins (whoops, forgot about San Jose State). But when it really counted, your team fell short (Boise State, Utah, Notre Dame, Oregon State). So hold off on all of those pre-season defensive awards for now.

Lindon, UT

It'd be nice to see Matthews live up to some hype.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Their all going to have outbreak years!

Beaver Native
Garland, UT

Just a couple of predictions from an admitted amateur:

BYU will be bowl eligible, but not with a great season. Tough schedule. I'm not too confident in Anae's ability to turn the offense around and I'm scratching my head trying to figure out why they brought him back.

The Utes will not be bowl-eligible; they're not a match to their upcoming schedule, but don't expect them to be in the cellar for too many years.

As for the BYU-Utah game, the game will be the same as it always is - emotional and unpredictable.

Best wishes to all in-state college teams, but my support goes to BYU!

Highland, UT



BYU's defense did well against a pretty wide variety of opponents last year, it was the offense that was the problem. I believe Georgia tech was one of the best rushing offense in the country and BYU shut them down. BYU also shut down boise's running game, utah's running game and just about every other running game they faced last year other than notre dame's.

But why the snarky comment? who am i asked the following question "Has anyone ever heard of that line-up?" I just answered him that yes we have because BYU used it at times last season and had good results with it. It had nothing to do with anything other than that. Aren't you one of the bigger whiners around here about the sorts of exchanges you just tried to provoke? So when an actual civil exchange occurs between a BYU and utah fan why would you be the guy you are always whining about other people being? I didn't take who am i's comment as any sort of shot against BYU and my answer was not a shot toward him or utah.




I gave you no "snarky comment", although, from your own "snarky comments that you aim toward our Utah fan base (ute "fans", as you call us), I'm not quite sure why anything I post would bother you.

As far as you calling me whiny, where was there anything in my post to suggest that? I merely said that pumping up your team as being a defensive powerhouse was premature and definitely unsubstantiated, based on last year's byu team, and how byu fell short based on their lack of success against every good football team that they played.


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