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Published: Sunday, July 21 2013 6:05 p.m. MDT

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North Salt Lake, UT

Nice article, but it's way too optimistic.

BYU's defensive line will be better than most think, but it's not going to be as good as last year's. One big loss no one seems to talk about is Russell Tialavea, who while not spectacular was steady as a rock. He will be missed this season.

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

The defensive line will be okay, but I worry about BYU wearing down against the run late in games because of the lack of depth. That could prove costly if a team is trying to ice away a close game late. The talent is there, though so hopefully the bench guys are ready by the time the season starts.

West Point , UT

It's also important to remember that BYU likes to morph into a 2-5-4 quite often in the base 3-4, which will give our DL some needed rest. This defense is, and it seems will always be, anchored by great LB play, and this year is no exception.

Taylorsville, UT

Great article! Queue up the 12 angry, obsessed with BYU ute "fans" in 3, 2, 1...


I agree with Felis and Cougarclaws. Way to optimistic and I'm a big cougar fan. No way will the D - line be as good as last year. The coaches are obviously concerned enough to entertain a 2 - 5 - 4 defense. Part of the reason for that is because we're so deep at linebacker. Hope I'm wrong, but the dreams of a #3 defense are optimistic. My guess is top 10 - 20. That would be fantastic considering the schedule and presuming an improved offense.

Idaho Falls, ID

The D-line showed some vulnerability against Oregon State and Notre Dame last year. I am hoping that Bronco has a fix for that. Realistically, I think our defense will be OK this year, but not as good as last year. I think the D-backfield will be a huge question mark.

I think the offense will be considerably better than last year mostly due to a big upgrade at QB.

Frisco, TX

Claws - I don't see the lack of depth with Eathyn, Kaufusi, Peck, Johnson, Kanuch and Holt. Even though it could be a slight drop in talent with a couple of these guys, they will provide all the relief necessary for Eathyn and Kaufusi. I have no worries at all in the D front seven.


Ethyn coming back will be huge for the BYU D line. Along with Bronson Kafusi and Jaronhym People coming in, this 3013 D line is going to be great!

Remember when J. People's got a scholarship offer from Utah, after already committing to BYU? Although he wavered for a day, he ended up turning down Utah for BYU.

Go Cougs!

west valley city, utah

Can anyone update me on our JC transfers on the d-side of the ball?

Highland, UT

It's hard to lose the 5th overall pick in the NFL draft and say that the position will be improved but it would appear BYU will be just fine, if not extremely good still, on the defensive line. With Manumaleuna and Kaufusi at 2 of the spots that is pretty good and some of the other guys are really good prospects. I thought Peck and Kanuch were both excellent in HS when I saw them play. I bet dline turns out to be a strength on defense.

West Jordan, UT

I agree with other fans who think this article is too optimistic. I think that the D-line is going to be thin this year even if everyone stays healthy, which is very unlikely. I think where this will be most apparent is in defending the run. Look for the D-line to get worn down in the 2nd half against teams with dominant O-lines. Losing Ogletree and Kaveinga who were both very good at stuffing the run will also hurt. Hope I am wrong though.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

"Queue up the 12 angry, obsessed with BYU ute "fans" in 3, 2, 1..."


Sandy, UT

BYU still won't beat Boise State.

Saint George, UT

They've been using the 2-5-4 for a while now (or at least a 2-4-5 nickel). I dont know what coverages they use out of it, but they'll have KVN and another olb (sometimes Ziggy last year) line up basically as 4-3 DEs. This is also a great way to get Alani Fua on the field more

Trent Trammell was the best jc transfer but he blew out his knee in spring practice. Sam Lee is another that might take his spot at corner. I dont remember any others--Most of the jc guys were o-lineman. But while we're on the subject, BYU has a shot at Nick Kurtz, a 4-star jc WR for next year..

Provo, UT

Well, we obviously don't know for sure how the season will play out - given that it is still July. However, I feel the pessimists are whistling in the dark a little. The talent is there as much as last year - it's just different. Keep in mind that Ziggy didn't start until a few games had passed and that he never was able to play a full game - he had to come out frequently to catch his breath. Even without the J.C. transfers, the two-deep looks as good as ever.

Besides, all this defense demands of the line is to fill the gaps so that the linebackers can make plays. I really don't see a huge drop-off in the linebackers for this year.

San Diego, CA

The headline is overly optimistic. With questions over who will man the third spot, a more appropriate headline would have been, "Defensive Line Anchored by Manumaleuna and Kafusi Has Potential to Be Strong."

Omaha, NE

This defense will still be just as good. I don't think they'll be #3, but will probably remain in the top 15. Jordan Johnson, Eathyn, and Van Noy are just some of the studs on the defense. They have solid leadership led by a defensive minded coach. The offense will be spectacular with their coach who has put 20 WRs in the NFL, Anae and his top 25 offense, and other staff.

Personally, the only weakness I see on this team is special teams.

Provo, UT

Striker - unfortunately, I'm afraid you are correct about special teams. If Sorensen can get back to the level he played at as a freshman, I will be happy - and hope we can get a good punter. I'm less worried about kick returns, however.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

I didn't realize BYU was so thin at the DL position...

but that's the nature of mid-major teams...

they may have pretty decent 1st string players... but no depth.

Rexburg, ID

Howie said

"I didn't realize BYU was so thin at the DL position...

but that's the nature of mid-major teams...

they may have pretty decent 1st string players... but no depth"

Howie, your knowledge of with mid-major football is infinitely more than ours since your PAC-thetic Utes, except for 2 seasons, have been the quintessential mid-major.

37 years in the WAC and only 2 championships. Face it Howie, Utah was chosen by the PAC 12 as a place holder and nothing more. LOL

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