With Rivalry Week upon us, we thought fans might be interested in pinpointing five Cougar players who should be on the Utes' radar Saturday. Here they are.
The redshirt freshman has caught seven passes for a team-high 86 yards. He has also caught two touchdown passes — which are BYU's only offensive TDs this season.
One of the leaders of the Cougars' front seven, the senior linebacker has recorded nine tackles, including 1.5 tackles-for-loss, and a pass breakup this season. After missing most of last season with a knee injury, Pendleton suffered an ankle injury last week against Texas. But he is expected to be ready to play Saturday against Utah.
The sophomore QB has completed 46-of-76 passes (60.5 percent) for 417 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. In last year's rivalry game, Heaps was 22-of-37 for 228 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
The hero of the Ole Miss win, the speedy, athletic Van Noy is one of the strengths of BYU's linebacking corps. He has 11 tackles this season to go along with one tackle-for-loss, one quarterback hurry, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He scored the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter against Ole Miss.
The senior Outland Trophy and Lombardi candidate anchors an offensive line that will be counted on to protect Heaps and help open up the run game for a Cougar offense that has struggled to score points so far this season.