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BYU football fall practice position preview: linebackers

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  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    July 31, 2014 10:48 a.m.

    "Another exciting addition is sophomore Harvey Langi (6-2, 250), who decided to join BYU's program after playing a season for Utah prior to his LDS mission service"

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    Yes he is. USC and other Pac 12 schools saw his potential on defense and recruited him heavily for that side of the ball. Ute fans and coaches have turned from Red to Green when he confirmed the rumor that had been well known since he left for his mission that he wanted to come to BYU.

    Ute coaches were late in picking up that his NFL future will be on defense not at RB, something that BYU and most of the Pac12 saw from the get-go. Looking forward to seeing his development. Smart move on his part.

    As for this unit as a whole, Bronco has recruited it extremely well and this last recruiting class brought in some amazing young talent with Warner and Cook. I'm excited to see these two hit the field this year. Same with Troy Hinds. It's going to be fun watching BYU's defense again, like it was in 2012.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    July 31, 2014 8:41 a.m.

    Thank goodness we don't have any 5-10, 214 lb linebackers on our roster.

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    July 30, 2014 11:40 a.m.

    So does this mean the Langi transfer is official?

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    July 30, 2014 11:38 a.m.

    Enough speed and athletecism and experience in key slots to be very good. I like Fua's range and instincts. Bronson is awfully big and quick enough to cause coverage problems for opponents. I'm looking forward to seeing Troy Hinds and Fred Warner -- both exceptionally high ratings out of high school.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    July 30, 2014 10:54 a.m.

    No doubt, BYU will continue its supremacy as the University of Utah.

  • Taysom4Heisman Heber City, UT
    July 30, 2014 10:27 a.m.

    I'm not concerned at all about the LB position. With the way we always put together a good group of linebackers, I'm just going to continue to assume that BYU will keep doing that until proven otherwise.

    Last year, everyone was wondering if we could replace Ogletree and Kaveinga. Uani Unga was a question mark, having little experience, and Hadley had just moved over from the outside. All Unga did was easily surpass what Ogletree did, and Hadley was very good when he was actually in the game.

    Everyone also wondered if Alani Fua was ready to be a really good player. He was amazing in the Texas game and essentially sealed the game against Georgia Tech and Houston with interceptions.

    Bottom line, the way we recruit, develop, and coach these linebackers has been successful for a long time and should continue this year.