They've yet to perform in games, but several BYU freshmen have had strong showings in fall camp. Those performances, coupled with coaches' comments, indicate they'll make an impact this season for the Cougars. Here's a list of 13 freshmen fans can expect to see play this year.
No freshman on the team is set to make a bigger contribution than Ryker Mathews. He's set to start at the critical left tackle position and has received accolades from offensive line coach Mark Weber regarding his play thus far.
While the team's first scrimmage was the Jamaal Williams show, the second scrimmage belonged to Hine. The redshirt freshman ran for 117 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Expect Hine to see some quality reps at the running back position this season.
Williams stole the show during the team's first scrimmage, which was open to fans. Throughout fall camp Williams has not looked much like a true freshman, showing an exciting running style that should warrant playing time this coming season.
Pikula played well during fall camp — steadily moving up the dept chart and should see a lot of playing time this season. The Bingham High product will get most of his time spelling Brandon Ogletree at the Buck linebacker position.
Hill has all but locked down the third-string quarterbacking duties but has been widely mentioned by coach Bronco Mendenhall as someone he'll use in spot situations this season. Hill is a versatile option who can be used in the wildcat formation — or even as a place kicker.
Hannemann has been a pleasant surprise during fall camp. Originally ticketed for a gray-shirt year, Hannemann was added to the 105-man roster late and has made the most of his practice time. The Lone Peak High product could very well find himself on the two-deep roster at corner when the season starts.
The quarterback-turned-receiver has certainly been one of the notable surprises of fall camp. The Mountain Crest High product has wowed coaches with his ability to make plays from the slot position and should be used in games this season backing up JD Falslev.
Leuta-Douyere has steadily made progress and was recently mentioned by Mendenhall as someone who they don't plan on redshirting this season. He'll be a backup option behind Kyle Van Noy at the weakside linebacker spot.
Collie entered fall practices polished and poised enough to warrant immediate playing time. Look for the youngest of the Collie brothers to provide adequate backup ability behind Ross Apo and Cody Hoffman.
Don't let his stature fool you, Mathews is no stiff at almost 6-feet-7. He presents a unique option on the outside that should warrant playing time as the fourth option behind Cody Hoffman, Ross Apo and JD Falslev.
Kaufusi is a bit of surprise considering he's only been home from his LDS Church mission service since May. The Timpview High product was tabbed as one of the top defensive end prospects nationally out of high school and has looked equal to his hype through three weeks of practices.
Peck has seen a lot of good practice reps playing defensive end with the second-team unit. The Bingham High product won't be used in the regular defensive line rotation, but will likely appear on the two-deep roster this season.
LeSatele looks to be an option backing up Kyle Van Noy at the weakside linebacker position. The redshirt freshman has seen some good practice moments with the second-team defense and could very well see his name on the two-deep roster when it becomes available.